Yesterday was Brea's 2nd birthday and it was a neat time just celebrating her. This past few days has been hard, though. I've been in a really bad habit of going to bed super late and getting up super late and throwing off our routine and just being out of sorts. I've been really sad a lot, too, mostly at night. I think that is why I've been going to sleep so late, sort of trying to keep myself occupied enough to not have to get overtaken by grief. It definitely caught up with me today, though. I've been crying off and on all day and just so, so sad. I was trying my best to get to bed at a decent hour so that I wouldn't be so grumpy tomorrow, but I can't stop thinking about my little boy. I keep thinking what does he look like? Does he have red hair like Brea and Braden or does he have dark brown hair like Zekes and Ailey? Or is he an anomaly with blond hair? Does he have freckles? Is he fair-skinned or darker? What does his voice sound like? Is he funny or serious? I wonder if he is full grown in heaven or is he a child? I ache to hold him and spend time with him and just be in his company. It makes me so sad that he isn't here to laugh and play around with his brothers and sisters, get irritated that they have a toy he wants to play with and just do life with us all. I miss him so much. So much. I miss all the things I won't get to do with him. He won't have birthday parties or turn 2. He won't have first words or learn to crawl and then walk. He won't learn his abc's and then learn to read and write. He won't draw me pictures to hang on the fridge. I grieve for the loss of all of that.
I had a friend share that as for the losses that she has experienced, it has actually gotten harder as time has passed because there are experiences you want to share with that person and you just can't and its heart wrenching. My new reality is that my kids' birthdays will be both happy and sad occasions for me because Moses won't ever be that age and his smiling face won't be in the pictures with his brothers and sisters. Its a painful and challenging perspective to have.