This is the open post I’ve been waiting a long long time to write.
The one where I can tell you with my heart almost bursting that MM’s Rebecca Sparrow gave birth to her third child, a beautiful boy called Finlay on Monday. Many of you will know Bec who I actually met through Mamamia and who now works here with us, from her home in Adelaide.
Bec and her husband had a little girl near the end of 2010 called Georgie who was stillborn and it was immediately after that devastating time that we connected through mutual friends. It has been a privilege and an inspiration to watch Bec travel slowly from that place to this one this past 15 months or so.
I am constantly in awe of her resilience in the face of such heartbreak.
And this week, beautiful news. Bec and Brad’s daughter Ava has become a big sister again and little Fin’s arrival has allowed everyone who knows and loves Bec and Brad to exhale.
As anyone who has experienced the loss of someone they love will know, happiness and joy do not erase grief. Fin is not Georgie. Bec and Brad are painfully aware of this. There is always an edge to celebration after such a heavy loss. Of course Georgie can never be replaced and will never be forgotten. But joy does sit beside grief and it can bring much needed balance and relief to those who are forever changed by the death of someone precious to them.
Bec has a message for all of you that she sent this morning – yes, she’s emailing from hospital:
“I’m sitting in my hospital bed listening to the snuffles, sighs and tiny squeaks of a 2-day old baby -my son, Fin!!! – and I couldn’t be happier. I just wanted to say to the MM community one thing: thank you. Over the past 9 months I have felt every ounce of your love, support and good wishes for me and it has meant more than I can say. It actually gave me great comfort. I consider you all to be Fin’s fairy godmothers! He’s doing brilliantly and Brad and I are madly in love. Ava is besotted with him …. Although her first words upon seeing him were, “But he’s not a puppy. That’s a baby!” it was priceless.”
Please leave any comments for Bec on this post – you can be sure she’ll be reading them….