There was a little girl who had so many little curls…
She would have turned two today. Her name was Maddie.
I met Maddie’s mom before I met Maddie. Heather came to hang out with me after work one day without Madeline so that we could talk and get to know each other.
The next time we met we both brought our tiny girls so we could compare and contrast. We sat at the Coffee Bean, holding our babies – then maybe 10 or 11 months -and eventually swapped so we could feel the weight in our arms of someone else’s joy, worry, preemie, lightweight. The thing I noticed immediately about Maddie was her smile. It was so obvious what a happy little soul she was. Everyone says stuff like that about babies but I’m telling you, I was jealous! Maddie smiled a huge luminous grin constantly, her eyes huge blue and twinkling.
Heather and I exchanged tons of emails trying to figure out how to wade our way through doctors, food issues, early intervention, OT evals etc. and I’ve never seen a more enthusiastic or committed set of parents.
When it came to Maddie’s first birthday, I was honored to be invited. Watching Maddie mow down her own special cake is one of my fondest memories of her. But seeing the love that Maddie’s family bathed on her is something that stays with me always. Heather and Mike, beaming, Heather’s proud parents glowed watching Maddie make the rounds to all her admirers. Uncle Kyle couldn’t have looked more proud and more involved in his neice’s life. NICU nurses, friends, Jackie!, sorority sisters, blogging buddies everything who ever met the Spohr’s loved that baby girl.
When I found out that Maddie passed away so suddenly, I could only think that cliched thought, “That’s not possible! She was so alive!” It still doesn’t seem possible that she’s gone. It will never seem possible that she’s not safely snuggled in the Daddy Nook or in Heather’s arms. And we will never ever stop missing her.
Happy Birthday, sweet little Madeline Alice Spohr.
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