October 15: Pregnancy + Infant Loss Awareness Manicure

Good morning my wonderful readers! I hope you are having a beautiful morning. This morning, I saw the sunrise and it was almost heartbreakingly beautiful – the whole sky was lit up with orange and pink. I had a very grateful moment this morning, that I was so happy to be on this earth.

Today marks the commemoration of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness. The whole month of October is set aside for this purpose, but October 15 is the commemoration day. I wrote a little about my own experiences with miscarriage last year (as well as last year’s PILAM manicure here), if you feel so inclined to read that.

This year, my heart is a little lighter, a little less sore. Of course I will always wonder who my babies would have been, and what my life would be like with them in it. But I think with the recent death of my brother-in-law, it has in some way eased my own grief surrounding the deaths of my babies and my mom. I can’t explain it, and I know that grief ebbs and flows. But for now, I’m in a good place.

For today’s manicure, I started off with 2 coats of OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble, a soft pink polish:
OPI Don't Burst My Bubble | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I then used 2 coats of OPI Better Be Blue (aka Last Friday Night) and I Lily Love You, then another coat of Don’t Burst My Bubble on top of that. I added a blue and pink butterfly on two nails. Butterflies represent the child (or children) that have died.
Pregnancy + Infant Los | OPI Don't Burst My Bubble, Better Be Blue, I Lily Love You | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I want to reach out to anyone, woman or man, who has experienced the death of a child in utero or an infant. Please, know that people understand what you’re going through. Know that people in your life love you,Β and will grieve with you if you let them. If you know someone who has experienced a miscarriage or infant loss – please don’t say stupid things like: “You can have another” or “They’re in a better place”. Say things like: “Tell me about your child” or “Tell me what you were looking forward to” or “I will sit and cry with you”.

I’ve created a link up, so if you have a pregnancy & infant loss manicure this year that you’d like to share, please add it!

Thank you for stopping and listening to me today. Don’t forget that if you can, to light a candle at 7pm (your time) for an hour, for a wave of light.

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71 thoughts on “October 15: Pregnancy + Infant Loss Awareness Manicure

  1. I can’t even imagine the sorrow. I wanna start having kids soon and I can’t imagine going through that. Life can be so great, but so tough at times.
    Beautiful nails for a cause that’s close to many womens’ hearts, I’m sure.
    xoxox

  2. I’m so sorry about the sadness you must have experienced (and are still experiencing). Sending you a virtual hug. And your manicure and post are beautiful.

  3. I am so sorry you had to go through this experience *hugs*. Your manicure is really soft and thoughtful and is a beautiful way to honor your babies and all the others out there that didn’t make it as long as they should have.

  4. It’s so nice to see people speaking out about PAIL because it’s rarely talked about. I’m sorry for your loss.

    Such a darling manicure you did! I didn’t get a chance to do one yet but I’m planning on doing one by the end of the month.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jessica. It will be 6 years for me next month and I have found that time has done a good job of healing my heart. I hope it can do the same for you x

    P.S. I added my link. My story is linked in my ‘About Me’ page if you are interested.

  6. Beautiful mani for a great cause! I know way too many women who have been through this loss, and I’m glad you are brave and comfortable enough to speak about your own experience. Hugs!!

  7. A beautiful mani for a wonderful cause. Miscarriage has been a concern of mine for a longtime. Their’s a long running history of it in my family. But I’m so glad there is support and that there is conversation πŸ™‚

  8. Lovely post and manicure. I’m so sorry for your loss, and for anyone else who has gone through it. As a parent, I can’t even imagine the pain.

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  11. Beautiful and delicate, a fitting tribute and reminder of how they will always be connected to you. I am sorry for your losses, but thank you for being brave enough to share with your readers. Many people here in the NP community and beyond can relate.

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