Monday, April 28, 2008

Vincent Andrew McClelland - April 24th, 2008

Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, words and prayers.

My baby was born on April 24th at about 8:30 am, after about 18 hours of labor. The labor was fairly easy since I had an epideral at the first onset of cramping. The epideral was horrible. It was the first physical pain and discomfort of the whole experience, and while I was lying there on my side, as the anesthesia guy was digging around with his needle in my back, I just kept thinking, "I shouldn't be here." It was the first realization that this was all real. Like someone pinching you to make sure you're not dreaming.

His cord was constricted as it went into his little tummy. I remember the doctor saying the odds of a cord constriction are 1 in 8000. He also had a double knot in his cord, and the cord was wrapped around his neck about 4 or 5 times. My little baby didn't have much of a chance. It was comforting in a way to know that even if we had been able to know what was going on there is absolutely nothing that could have been done. And then in a way it's not so comforting. I can't help but have feelings that maybe the baby decided he didn't want to be with me and did it on purpose. I know it's irrational to think that, but it's hard to not wonder.

There are some things I know for certain. My baby only needed to gain his body and then he needed to return to live with Heavenly Father. The Lord was kind enough to me to allow me to carry him long enough that I was able to feel him moving inside of me. Because I was able to feel his movements, there is no question in my mind that he had a living spirit and is forever linked to my family. If I had lost him early in the pregnancy, before I could feel him move, I would forever wonder if his spirit and body had been united before he died. I needed to be able to feel him move. Also, I know that because of all the complications that his death was not just an accident, or something that wasn't suppose to happen. I mean if only one thing had been wrong... I'm not expressing myself very well... It's just the way things happend is confirmation to me that this was the Lords will. It doesn't make me miss him any less, but it helps me to trust God and find comfort through him.

We named him Vincent Andrew McClelland. His little body was perfect and healthy in every way. We layed him to rest at Dry Creek Cemetary on Friday morning, April 25th. His grave is on a hill, and there is a beautiful view of the valley. I went back on Sunday afternoon to visit. There is not a marker on his grave yet, and I could see were the grass had been moved and replaced. It was a fresh reminder of how little time had passed, even though it feels like forever ago.

I don't feel or look pregnant anymore. I'm afraid in a few days I'm going to begin to wonder if the whole pregnancy was really just a dream and ever happened at all.






For now, I am trying to get back to a regular schedule. It's so easy to just sit for hours and stare off into nothingness with my thoughts and feelings, but for the sake of my little children I need to try to cope better. Its easier when I have things to keep me busy.


Today I have to take Aaron to his speech therapy appointment at the school. Then this afternoon I have an album I am suppose to list on eBay. I really want to try and get it listed. After school the kids have karate class. If I could skip that I would, but the kids really need it for their own emotional well being.


If I can make it through today then I know I can make it through tomorrow and the day after....

13 comments:

mandbrid said...

Oh Cam...I'm here for you if you need anything. I'll keep you in my prayers....

Kristi said...

Cam, I have been thinking about you non stop for the last week. I greatly admire your strength and willingness to express how you feel. I know that by doing so, you will be able to strengthen and help someone else going through similar times. What a beautiful place for your little guy. I will continue praying and thinking of you. Let me know if there is anything that you need.

Shelley said...

Cam,

I've been thinkig about you & your family as well. I know everyone cope and deal with death differently, only time and love can help you heal better.

You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

The resting place for your little guy is beautiful...

Dee Dee said...

Cam - I too have been thinking about you and keeping your situation close to my heart and in my prayers. I think you expressed yourself fine, and I pray you have the strength to keep facing things one day at a time.

Kristine said...

Camille,
I think you do a very nice job of expressing yourself! I cannot even begin to imagine the emotions that you must be going through. You are in my thoughts.

Jesse Edwards said...

I wish I could change the way things happened. That little boy is lucky that he gets to be a part of your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I will do anything I can to help you.

Kindall Klan said...

sweet cami, your words were beautiful, and although I know that your heart is breaking, I can feel that your testimony of the purpose of these events is strong! You're amazing!

The Scrapbooking Factory said...

Cam,

May you continue to find the strenght to get through one day at a time & I pray God heals your heart and gives you peace.

Jane

jillybean said...

Cam,

I love you. I hope you really know that. I will be here for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers every single day.

Love,
Jill

Tea 4 Two Originals said...

Oh, my dear, dear friend and sister in Christ. Yes we will all be together someday in the future at God's choosing. I am and will continue to pray for you and your family as you navigate through this exceptionally rough time. Please know that His love and kindness with strength will always be there for you.
Love, Sandra

ahalversen (DBA) said...

Cam, that place is beautiful. What a great resting place for him. You are very much in my consious thoughts and prayers thoughout every day. I pray you can find comfort and peace.

Love,Amber

Crystal said...

Camille,
I hope that you know that I am here for you if you need me. Let me know what I can do to help. It broke my heart to read your story, but I know that you are right about eternal families and being with Vincent again.
Love, Crystal

AuBien said...

I am so ... so sorry, Camille. So sorry.