Thursday, June 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Angel Weasel

Since I joined the community of bloggers I have befriended a number of people, one of whom is WeaselMomma. I discovered her through reading NukeDad's blog and had the great joy and honor of meeting her and her wonderful family over the thanksgiving holiday. Her blog is one of my favorites and if you do not read it I highly recommend it, just make sure you take a potty break and don't eat nor drink while reading it as you might wet yourself and/or spray your computer laughing at her hilarious posts!

But not all of WeaselMomma's posts are funny. As I read through her archives (I am an archive stalker) I quickly noticed a discrepancy. She has five weasel children (and an adult child aka Mr. Weasel) listed in her nest but she made references to being the mother of six (not including Mr. Weasel). Being an anal-retentive person who had an English teacher hell bent on cramming "bookmarking" into my brain (basically critically analyzing books as you read them) this created a sense of foreshadowing for me, that and her references to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) charity and research. I didn't want it to come, hoped that WeaselMomma had forgotten how to count she does have quite a few weasels running around, a love for coors light and my mother couldn't even keep three kids straight, but she didn't and I cried when she introduced Claire to the blogosphere.

Claire Elaine

I am not sure what it is about Claire, she is sadly not the first nor only child I have read about who has passed away, but she is the one that has stayed with me and grabbed a piece of my heart. I think about her somewhat frequently and am so sad that I never got to meet her as I did her brother and sisters. I simply cannot fathom the pain her family has gone through losing her after only two weeks and how much of a struggle it has been for them to rebuild their lives as best they can. They are truly one of the most beautiful families I have ever encountered, even my niece could sense how special they are when we got to go and meet them and celebrate Monkey Weasel's birthday with them. We literally had to physically fight Niecey to get her coat on and come home with me, this was the only time I know of that the "Fine, I'll just leave without you." bluff was called and I think she actually would have let me leave without her (I totally understand, I honestly didn't want to leave myself!).

One thing that has allowed the Weasels to keep going and to get back to functioning is SIDS of Illinois, a long standing organization that offers support to families who have lost a baby, education to help prevent SIDS from claiming more babies (In IL incidents of SIDS has gone down 68% with the Back to Sleep campaign!), funds research to try and end SIDS deaths and more. And so, today on Claire's birthday please remember WeaselMomma and family in your prayers, go give her some love, and if you can spare some please help honor and celebrate Angel Weasel's life by donating to SIDS of IL or perhaps some other organization like it to help other families going through such a horrific loss and hopefully prevent other families from losing their precious babies.

Dearest Claire, I never got to meet you but you have touched me nonetheless, I love you and your family and hope you have a very happy birthday up in heaven.


WeaselMomma said...

I can't type. There is a waterfall streaming down my face. That was beautiful.

surprised mom said...

I am one of the lucky ones. I actually got to hold Claire. She was a beautiful baby and so much loved. My heart is aching today for the whole Weasel family. They are a wonderful family and I have been fortunate enough to have known them for about 10 years. Happy Birthday, Claire. You are loved and missed.

The Microblogologist said...

WeaselMomma: I am glad you liked it, thank you so much for sharing her!

Surprised Mom: Wish I could have had that honor as well, she is gorgeous and definitely very loved and missed. While I haven't known the Weasel family long and only got to spend a few hours with them they are so open and genuine it was like we had been friends for years!

Melisa with one S said...

Very, very sweet post!

The Microblogologist said...

Thanks Melisa =)

NukeDad said...

Great Job, Karen.

The Microblogologist said...

Thank you NukeDad =)

seashore subjects said...

Wonderful post. My kids can completely relate to Nicey - they didn't want to leave the weaselhome either.

The Microblogologist said...

Thank you Seashore. Who wouldn't want to be a weasel? =)

Mom's Fortress of Solitude said...

Beautifully written, Karen. I, too, am in tears for WeaselMomma and Angel Weasel.

I'm an Archive Detective, too, and just have to source every new lead. Inquiring minds want to know, right?

Was I your English Teacher? lol

I, too, have lost a child, but under different circumstances. The pain just never subsides.

Happy Birthday, Sweet Angel Weasel! You are forever loved.

The Microblogologist said...

Thank you for such a lovely comment, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

Hehe, you live in the right state to have been one of my poor unfortunate English teachers but I'm pretty sure I didn't torment you (I was not a fan of the subject). Glad you like to read back, some of my past crazy antics are potentially worth it, or at least will show what a dork I am, lol! Thanks for the visit =)