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I thought you might like this piece from Carly Marie of Project Heal. One of the best things I got from the GriefShare curriculum from last year is that it's my job to make people feel comfortable about mentioning our lost loved one. I've never forgotten that and I make an effort to talk about Garrett casually or reference the time I was pregnant, things like that. Not in a maudlin or depressing way, just, "hey, this was part of my life the same way my pregnancy with Autumn was. And he's with me all the time in my heart, actions, and reasons for actions so I'm not going to pretend he isn't there." Not that anyone really expects me to forget him (I totally don't spend time with those people anymore!) but I like to think that makes it easier for people to say his name to me.
Here another interesting article about the former Kate Middleton's pregnancy. I guess I hadn't really thought about it but I have been hiding all the news on my home page about her severe morning sickness because I remember my own so strongly. I had morning sickness with Autumn until about 20/22 weeks and with Garrett for about 18/20. It was so terrible. I even have plug in scent things in the hallway because the damp, winter smell of the hallway brings the morning sickness back so vividly that I feel ill. One morning sickness recollection that makes me smile is of a day when I was teaching. We were sitting and doing toe touches when, as one parent said, I turned green. Their feet. It was so. bad. By sheer force of will I didn't puke and made it through the class! The mom said she was impressed, haha. After that, I sent notes home telling parents that their kids needed to wear socks with their shoes. A rule that still stands!
Anyway, sorry. Memory lane dragged me in a little! And gross memories at that!