CATHERINESGARDENSIDS

catherinesgarden

Sioux City, Iowa · 16 Sales

CATHERINESGARDENSIDS

catherinesgarden

Sioux City, Iowa 16 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   The love a mother has for her child is something that cannot be taken away from someone. It starts the moment the little pink plus sign shows up on the pregnancy test, and grows and changes as quickly as the baby growing in her belly. As worry and anxiety morphs into joy and excitement, that little child becomes a part of their mother, even after they are born. In December of 2012 my journey into motherhood began with a little denial, a large quantity of worry, and growing excitement as I waited in my best friend’s bathroom for the results of my pregnancy test.

From the moment I knew I was going to be a mommy, I felt like there was a little open spot in my heart just the right size for my baby that I never knew was there. Each passing week, I came closer to meeting the little miracle who would fill that empty place, and each week, my excitement grew. With every appointment, every ultrasound, and every kick, my love grew. I was certain that as my little baby grew, so did her love for me.

Finally, I reached 40 weeks, and the day that I was scheduled to meet my beautiful little girl. Catherine Elizabeth Lafferty was officially born on the afternoon of July 31st 2012. The moment I laid eyes on her, I knew that she was something special. She was so tiny, so petite… The opposite of her mother. She had the longest legs, with her father’s “finger-toes” and my blue eyes. There was no denying that she was our child. My heart overflowed with love, and my life changed forever. My days were spent doing diapers, breast feeding and “nuggling” with my little girl, and I wouldn’t have ever had it any other way. She grew so fast, from a 4lb little packet of beauty into a 14 lb bouncing baby girl… She still had slim little wrists and slim little ankles, but her arms and legs were so very chubby, she looked like she was wearing a little fat suit. Her smile was the light of my life, she had a beautiful, full head of hair, and a delightful laugh. She was noticed everywhere we went, and loved by everyone who met her.

On Janurary 8th, 2013, it seemed like a very normal day. Catherine’s daddy was at work, and her and I went to Wal Mart to rent some movies and get something for dinner. We went home and snuggled, and waited for daddy to get off work. I made dinner, and Catherine fell asleep on the couch at about 8 o’clock, after releasing a burp that would have done a trucker proud. She was good for those. Her daddy and I took her to bed between nine and ten. We co-slept, and Catherine was nestled in bed with us, safe and sound. When we woke up for daddy to go to work at 5 in the morning on the 9th, she was gone. If I had known that the day before was going to be my last day with my little girl, I wouldn’t have gone to sleep at all.

When a baby dies, you can’t help but play the events over and over again in your mind. You can’t help but think that there was something that you could do differently. I wish every day that I could turn back time, somehow stop it from happening. I wonder every day what we would be doing now. In order to keep busy, in order to stay sane, myself and my own mommy have been making fabric flowers and turning them into headbands, fascinators, hair clips, and any number of different things. It occurred to us that our hobby could be used to help other families that have been affected by SIDS, and that is when we founded Catherine’s Garden, home of her B.F.F.’s (beautiful forever flowers.) For every one of our crafts you buy, a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Iowa SIDS Foundation. From there, the money will go to the support of families affected by SIDS, as well as research and awareness to prevent SIDS from occurring in the future. The idea that our flowers could save even just one baby from dying, one mommy and daddy from having to say good bye far too soon, has been one of the few things that helps me to keep going.

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The love a mother has for her child is something that cannot be taken away from someone. It starts the moment the little pink plus sign shows up on the pregnancy test, and grows and changes as quickly as the baby growing in her belly. As worry and anxiety morphs into joy and excitement, that little child becomes a part of their mother, even after they are born. In December of 2012 my journey into motherhood began with a little denial, a large quantity of worry, and growing excitement as I waited in my best friend’s bathroom for the results of my pregnancy test.

From the moment I knew I was going to be a mommy, I felt like there was a little open spot in my heart just the right size for my baby that I never knew was there. Each passing week, I came closer to meeting the little miracle who would fill that empty place, and each week, my excitement grew. With every appointment, every ultrasound, and every kick, my love grew. I was certain that as my little baby grew, so did her love for me.

Finally, I reached 40 weeks, and the day that I was scheduled to meet my beautiful little girl. Catherine Elizabeth Lafferty was officially born on the afternoon of July 31st 2012. The moment I laid eyes on her, I knew that she was something special. She was so tiny, so petite… The opposite of her mother. She had the longest legs, with her father’s “finger-toes” and my blue eyes. There was no denying that she was our child. My heart overflowed with love, and my life changed forever. My days were spent doing diapers, breast feeding and “nuggling” with my little girl, and I wouldn’t have ever had it any other way. She grew so fast, from a 4lb little packet of beauty into a 14 lb bouncing baby girl… She still had slim little wrists and slim little ankles, but her arms and legs were so very chubby, she looked like she was wearing a little fat suit. Her smile was the light of my life, she had a beautiful, full head of hair, and a delightful laugh. She was noticed everywhere we went, and loved by everyone who met her.

On Janurary 8th, 2013, it seemed like a very normal day. Catherine’s daddy was at work, and her and I went to Wal Mart to rent some movies and get something for dinner. We went home and snuggled, and waited for daddy to get off work. I made dinner, and Catherine fell asleep on the couch at about 8 o’clock, after releasing a burp that would have done a trucker proud. She was good for those. Her daddy and I took her to bed between nine and ten. We co-slept, and Catherine was nestled in bed with us, safe and sound. When we woke up for daddy to go to work at 5 in the morning on the 9th, she was gone. If I had known that the day before was going to be my last day with my little girl, I wouldn’t have gone to sleep at all.

When a baby dies, you can’t help but play the events over and over again in your mind. You can’t help but think that there was something that you could do differently. I wish every day that I could turn back time, somehow stop it from happening. I wonder every day what we would be doing now. In order to keep busy, in order to stay sane, myself and my own mommy have been making fabric flowers and turning them into headbands, fascinators, hair clips, and any number of different things. It occurred to us that our hobby could be used to help other families that have been affected by SIDS, and that is when we founded Catherine’s Garden, home of her B.F.F.’s (beautiful forever flowers.) For every one of our crafts you buy, a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Iowa SIDS Foundation. From there, the money will go to the support of families affected by SIDS, as well as research and awareness to prevent SIDS from occurring in the future. The idea that our flowers could save even just one baby from dying, one mommy and daddy from having to say good bye far too soon, has been one of the few things that helps me to keep going.

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Last updated on April 5, 2013
Thank you for stopping in our shop, and showing your support through your purchases. We invite anyone who has one of Catherine’s B.F.F’s to send us a picture of it in use for our Facebook page. We also invite anyone who has lost a baby to SIDS, or a child of any age, to share pictures and their stories on our Facebook page. Our little angels are together in God’s loving arms, waiting to welcome us home. Think of them and smile, just as I think of Catherine and thank God that I got to have her, even for a short period of time.

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