Simon's Gift of Time 2022
Tonight we begin the eighth anniversary celebration of Simon’s life. On May 14, 2014 at 9:55pm, we welcomed Simon Adam Balentine into this world.
Year after year, my mind travels effortlessly back to the moment Simon was born. Simon had a diagnosis called Trisomy 13. Because of his diagnosis, we weren’t sure if he would be alive at birth as we decided to forgo fetal heart monitoring during labor. We thought if he died before/during labor, it might be hard for me to continue to labor knowing his soul had been taken to heaven already. He was alive at birth, eyes wide open, arms and legs squirming. My OB placed Simon on my chest and all of the prayers from the previous five months had been graciously answered in that moment. He breathed! I shouted praises to God thanking Him for his mercy. It wasn't long after his birth that we finally heard his voice once Adam held Simon for the first time. It was heavenly (this video shares his sweet cries).
Simon lived a perfect 7 beautiful days and 22 glorious minutes.
Following Simon’s death, I learned I needed to be in community with other women who have a similar story. You Made Me Mom is a support group I founded a few months after Simon's death. You Made Me Mom is a support group for bereaved mothers who have lost babies during pregnancy or infancy. We currently have seven active chapters. The support groups gather monthly to discuss our babies and to process our walk with grief.
The goal of this year's Gift of Time fundraiser is to raise funds to cover You Made Me Mom's operational expenses as well as a notebook gift to give each mom in attendance at our meetings. This notebook gives moms TIME to process their grief through note taking at gatherings and journaling/drawing at home. Time to spend thinking, praying and mourning their baby.
Your tax-free donation will be processed through our non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, You Made Me Mom.
Simon’s Gift of Time fundraiser lasts seven days and twenty-two minutes – the same duration as Simon’s brief but mighty life – from May 14, 2022 at 9:55pm to May 21, 2022 at 10:17pm.
Would you consider giving a donation to support our annual costs and gift notebooks to our bereaved mothers?
If you need support or know someone who needs support after losing a baby during pregnancy or infancy, please join us this month, Thursday, May 19 at 7pm Central. Click here to register for the meeting.
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