Wednesday, April 08, 2009

I’ve fallen sad inside and I need a place to hide

The amazingly beautiful Maddie, the daughter of our friends Heather and Mike, passed away yesterday. She was only 17 months old.

Just this Saturday we enjoyed Maddie's contagious smile and her expressive face at the 1st birthday party for Clara, the daughter of our mutual pal Cat.

I plunked our hefty Em down next to Maddie on the blanket to enjoy the children's musical act. Mike half-joked that Em could roll over and crush tiny Maddie. We watched as Heather guided Maddie through the motions to accompany the songs, and I saw Heather's face light up as she watched Maddie's reactions to the entertainers. Maddie beamed from ear to ear, as always.


I'm stunned that that was just a few days ago, and now...

I know I'm not the only one trying to wrap my brain around what happened. The blogosphere and Twitterverse are rallying behind this beautiful family, and it's amazing to see.

If you have been touched by their story, you can show your support in a few different ways.

- You can donate to a Paypal account to help with expenses. "Send Money" to formaddie@hotmomreviews.com. Approximately $1,700 has been raised thus far.

- You can donate to March of Dimes in Maddie's name for the upcoming March for Babies.

- You can add a March of Dimes widget to your blog, Facebook, MySpace, etc.

- You can do a tribute blog post and add it here.

And for you Southern California folks, you can join a growing group of folks who will walk in Maddie's honor at the March for Babies on April 25. It's a 3-mile walk. Brent, Em and I will be there. If you want details on where and when the group will meet, email undomesticdiva at gmail dot com to get added to the list.

If nothing else, please keep them all in your thoughts. No parent should ever have to bury their child.

"Can I stay here with you till the day breaks? How happy it would make me to see your face when I awake." - Can I Stay, Ray LaMontagne

20 comments:

  1. This story is just so so sad. I didn't even read Heather's blog but everything I've heard Maddy just looked like the happiest baby around. So so sad.

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  2. How awful. :(

    I am so sad for Maddie's parents. Thanks for posting this.

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  3. That is terribly terribly sad. My thoughts are with them.

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  4. I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with them.

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  5. I cannot even imagine. :( An online friend of mine just lost her baby girl on March 26th ~ she was stillborn. :( It's just awful ~ you're right: no one should ever have to lose their child. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

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  6. I cannot even process this - it's just too heartbreaking. I got wind of this on Twitter yesterday and am amazed at the outpouring of support everyone is giving.

    My thoughts and prayers are with this family and their amazing little baby.

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  7. This brings tears to my eyes. I will keep her family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  8. so so sad...my heart goes out to them. Sure does make you hug Em a little tighter I'm sure...makes the little things so unimportant.

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  9. It makes no sense. Cherish your precious memories of her beautiful light.

    Hugs.

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  10. This just breaks my heart. Lots of love and prayers for Mike and Heather and Maddie. :(

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  11. Oh, sweet Jesus. Claire is 17 months old! What happened!? I need to go home and hug my little temper tantrumy girl!!

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  12. so insanely sad.
    :( will pray...

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  13. I didn't know Maddie's story until today. It is truly heart breaking. I'm tearing up at the thought of losing a child. It makes me want to go home and just hug my kids. My thoughts and prayers go out to her parents and family.

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  14. I'm tearing up reading about this.

    Prayers and thoughts for Mike and Heather.

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  15. Let's just say Dahlia got a few extra hugs & kisses today. I'm definitely keeping your friends in my thoughts & prayers.

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  16. i've been reading their blog all day long, tearing up at the posts that led up to the saddest news of all.

    there's a widget on my blog now, and i hope that will help somehow. rest in peace, sweet girl.

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  17. Oh my god, I can't tell you how sad this makes me and I don't even know them. I'm so sorry for your loss. Lots of hugs to you.

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  18. :(

    My heart and thoughts are with all of her loved ones.

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  19. I can't even imagine what Maddie's parents are going through. Such a precious little girl. My prayers are with her family. I've decided to do what I can and participate in the walk for babies in Simi Valley and help raise money for the March of Dimes.

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  20. I have been following this and it is just heartbreaking. I can't imagine how difficult and horrible this must be for them. :(

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