Earlier this year, my best friend shared some of the most excited news I ever heard. She was expecting a baby! The even better part? So was I.
I couldn't have been happier for her. Our baby girls were going to be 6 months apart!
In August, we celebrated Baby Wahl by showering her with lovely gifts. It truly was a beautiful shower. Natalie was glowing with joy.
On Monday, October 5th, I received a phone call that forever changed my life. Natalie's sister informed me that she had went into the ER and they weren't able to locate a heartbeat on the baby therefore labor was being induced. Natalie was 38 weeks pregnant.
Even though there was nothing I could do to change the outcome of the situation, I knew I had to get to Natalie's side. I couldn't imagine what she was going through and just wanted to take her pain away. Even though I knew I couldn't.
Once I gathered my composure and calmed down enough to drive, I headed to my Mom's to stay until I got the clear that Natalie was ready for company. I live 4 hours away from her so being at my Mom's made me 2 hours closer. Natalie was in labor for nearly 2 days. It wasn't until Wednesday that I was able to go see her and the baby. A few of us girlfriends carpooled. Two of us have new babies. Which makes this even harder to grasp.
We spent the afternoon with Natalie, her Mom, and sister, Janel. When Natalie was ready, she shared a keepsake box and told us the baby's name - Kenzie Rayne. Inside the box was her birth certificate, foot prints, hand prints, locks of hair, pictures, and more. Shortly after, the nurses brought Kenzie into the room for us to all meet. She was precious. Such a beautiful little girl. We shared our fair share of tears as we stood aside Natalie before we all had to say goodbye.
It's been a rough week. I'm still at a loss of words. I feel like this is just a bad dream. The autopsy results will take 4-6 weeks. I hope the results will provide Natalie some answers and closure. Please send prayers for Natalie and her family.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal"