Although, I don't outwardly show it, I am still carrying a lot of pain and heartache with me every single second of every single day. Having both girls home this past week and all next week leads me to constantly wonder where Hailey would have fit into the mix. What would we all be doing together? Would Hailey and Lexi actually be getting along and playing together, instead of Lexi playing by herself? I was home with Hailey all day everyday for three years, which means that I face her loss all day, everyday now. Sometimes its hardest when Lexi is at school and Ava is napping and its just me alone, yet other times its hardest when we're all together as a family and she's missing.
I'm trying so hard to stay positive and focus on the good things about this year. Thanksgiving went very well, better than I had expected. And the fact that we were just able to help five other families in need with donations given to us in Hailey's honor is definitely uplifting, not to mention, this new little baby on the way. But, even those things don't come close to taking away that emptiness I feel inside for Hailey.
Christmas shopping was very difficult for me. As I made out lists of what to get the girls and then walked the aisles of the stores, I couldn't help but look around and wonder what Hailey would have wanted. What would have brought her beautiful smile out on Christmas morning?
I absolutely hate the fact that I have to spend another Christmas (the rest of my Christmases) without her here. I absolutely hate the fact that I didn't get to see her sit on Santa's lap excitedly telling him what she wants. I absolutely hate the fact that I don't get to tuck her into her warm bed in her new p.j.'s on Christmas eve and kiss her little head as she is bouncing with anticipation for the following morning. I absolutely hate the fact that I don't get to watch her face light up as she races down the stairs on Christmas morning to open her presents. And I absolutely hate the fact that I have to go visit my precious daughter at the cemetery on Christmas.
Gosh, I hate to be a downer so close to Christmas, but it's rough. There's so much joy and excitement around during the holidays and I'm trying my best to take that in and remember all the things I still have to be grateful for. I love my family so much and I am thrilled to be able to spend Christmas with them! I still have two beautiful girls here and a new baby on the way! And my husband is the most wonderful, supportive man I could ask for! Plus, I still have so much support from all of you who continue to stand beside me and walk this journey with me. Thank you for that.
Anyways, the anticipation and uneasiness of Christmas Eve and Day is practically killing me, so I just needed to get it off my chest. I'm praying my little heart out that it will be a little easier than last year and I won't have another emotional breakdown like I did then. But, I am nervous.
The one thing that has given me just a little comfort here and there is a poem I posted last year around Christmas that I'll share in closing:
Christmas In Heaven