To my dearest McKinley,
One month ago today, you were born. We had to say hello the same day we had to say goodbye. I miss you terribly. Sometimes, the pain of losing you is too much. I try to stay strong just like you did for 6 months. I am so proud of you. You were such a fighter even when they didn't think you would make it past 18 weeks, you proved them wrong and made it to 24. I wish I had more time with you. It breaks my heart that I will never know if you had your daddy's crystal blue eyes or my natural curl in your hair. I would have loved to hear you giggle when your daddy made one of his funny faces. His monkey face would have been your favorite. Your daddy loves you... I know you already knew that because he would tell you in the morning before he left for work while I was still in bed. He calls you his "sweet girl." What I would give you hear the word "mommy" from you. If your first word was "daddy," I would be okay with that too!
I made a scrapbook of your life with your aunt Jillian and your grandmother. I wish I could show it off to the world! I am so thankful to the sweet nurses who gave me so many pictures of you.
When I went back to work, I was worried about the first time someone asked me about kids. Well that day happened yesterday. My patient and I were talking about Thanksgiving and she said, "Do you have children?" McKinley, you will always be my first born and I will never deny you of that. I simply said, "I have a daughter, she is in heaven." I tried to be strong, but tears filled my eyes. The woman started to cry. She told me that she was sorry. She was dealing with the loss of her father. She understood recent loss, especially during the holiday season. Even though I will probably never see that woman again, I know God had a hand in her being the first one to ask me about you. I want you to know that when you have younger siblings, your dad and I will tell them about you. I just know you would have been a great big sister.
Thank you, McKinley, for changing my life. Thank you for being you. I never understood the love for a child until now. I will hold onto that for the rest of my life. Not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts. I am so thankful for you. I am so thankful that I got to be your mom. Christmas has a new meaning to me now. If I could really have what I wanted for Christmas, you would be the only thing on my list today and always.
I love you,