When parents are expecting a rainbow baby, those dreams still exist. But they aren't the dreams I think of first. Let me share with you what dreams are foremost in my mind:
I dream of a child who cries.
I long for a baby that keeps me up at night.
I hope for a child who opens their eyes.
I dream of a baby who will throw tantrums.
I long for a child who can hold my finger, not just my heart.
I hope for a child who breathes.
I dream of a child who giggles.
I long for a baby who laughs.
I hope for a child who smiles.
But most of all,
I dream of a baby who curls up. It's that simple.
I dream of a child who curls up on our chests when being held.
I long for a baby who is difficult to change because their legs are tangled up with their arms.
I hope for a child who makes us laugh with their flexibility.
Because it means they are alive.
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If you are a baby loss parent, what are your dreams for a rainbow baby?