|A rainbow we saw from our backyard shortly after Karinne's birth.|
Monday, March 14, 2011
First of all - THANK YOU to all of you that have posted such sweet and supportive comments this week on the news of our new baby's great-looking sonogram. We have continued to feel such joy and thankfulness that God has blessed us so abundantly. It has been a pleasure to share this joy with all of you.
Many of you that read my blog may have noticed the name "Rainbow Baby" above our little countdown to baby on the right side of the screen. And some of you have probably wondered what it meant. So I figured I should explain it here.
I remember reading this term about a year ago when a mom on the ABFA forum (Anencephaly Blessings From Above) announced her new pregnancy. And I remember wondering what she meant. In simplest terms - in the baby loss world - the term "Rainbow Baby" refers to a subsequent pregnancy after a loss.
I have borrowed the following from my sweet friend Melissa's blog to explain it more beautifully:
"Below is the best definition I could find...
The idea is that the baby is like a rainbow after a storm. It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of any storm. When a rainbow appears, it does not mean that the storm never happened or that we are not still dealing with its aftermath. It means that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover, but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope.
Posted by Kara at 10:19 AM