Monday, March 14, 2016

Spud Day

Lily Katherine was due 6 years ago today on March 14th, 2010 (National Potato Chip Day), so one of her nicknames is "Spud." :)

Ironically, the food I ate nonstop during my pregnancy were hash browns (I like to think God has a funny sense of humor). I craved them daily and enjoyed them homemade, as well as at all different restaurants. It's only appropriate that we've made eating them a tradition each year on this day, in honor of our little Spud. My favorite way to eat them is with some soft and some crispy. And with ketchup. Delicious!

My friend Naomi wrote Lily's name and nickname in a potato field on Prince Edward Island a couple summers ago because she remembered what it means to me. Wasn't that so cute and thoughtful?


Though Lily was not born on March 14th, it was the day she was due, the date I associated with her my entire pregnancy. I shared that date when people asked how far along I was. So naturally, I still think of her on this date. I thought it sounded like such a pretty day to be due. I always liked even numbers better than odd.

I love having special days/memories/cute stories like this to share with others...because the fact is, I hardly got to make any memories at all with my first-born babe. And things like this remind me that she was real! She was truly here. March helps remind me and others around me that I didn't just lose an idea of a person, but a real, living, important, special someone...my precious daughter.

I know due dates mean different things for people who have lost babies. For me, the due date is a special, happy memory because I was still carrying Lily and was oblivious to the fact that she was already gone. Due dates are probably more painful for those who lost their babies early in pregnancy because they should have been pregnant up until that time and due dates are a reminder of what could have been.

If you like hash browns, today is a great day to eat them in honor of little Lily. ♥ 

My sister-in-law Kala made breakfast for dinner with (delicious) hash browns for she, my brothers, and I. Joseph said we were celebrating "Spud Day." I like that and want to start calling it that. :)


A gal named Vanessa who is in one of the stillbirth online support groups I'm in sent me this picture and wrote, "Sleep in peace beautiful Lily Spud."


Someone who follows along with Lily's story on my Facebook page sent me this picture and wrote, "Hi, been thinking of you, your family and dear Lily today. As you said you had a special love for potatoes during the pregnancy, and today is National Potato Day, so I wrote her name in our potatoes tonight in her honor. 6 toothpicks to double as "candles."


My mom is visiting one of her best friends in Maryland, who I call "Aunt G." Grace wrote, "We had gourmet mashes potatoes for supper. We rarely eat spuds here, but due to having company and Lily's birthday, we had spuds."

My friend Heather wrote and said they had potato and ground beef casserole.

Thanks to everyone who had spuds today for my lil Spud, both those who mentioned it and those who didn't. It's cool to know people around the world were eating them and thinking of her. And I like seeing the different kinds of spuds people enjoyed. :)

My friend Christine called Lily a tater tot, which I thought was adorable.

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