Thursday, April 16, 2009
Thanks to DVR and Lydia's desire to cuddle, I have been watching lots of Oprah these days. Earlier this week, she had an episode entitled "Unforgettable, Unconventional Dads." Being a new parent, this episode was very close to home. All of the stories were very touching and impressive, but I was especially moved by the story of Matt Logelin, a single father who's wife died 27 hours after giving birth to their first daughter of extremely rare complications from her pregnancy.
Logelin started a blog shortly before their daughter, Madeline was born to keep family and friends in their home state of Minnesota updated regarding their pregnancy, since the family lives in California now. He has continued to write, so his family's story is documented from his wife's pregnancy through his daughter's birth, his wife's death, and his simultaneous days of grieving and new parenthood that followed. His blog has drawn thousands of followers starting in March 2008, and I am now one of them.
I am seriously obsessed with this blog. I sit and read it and cry. There is something about parenting an infant that drives home how irreplaceable we are, especially to our families, and this blog captures that heartbreakingly well. I wouldn't suggest that any pregnant women visit the blog, especially if you are like me and read about extremely rare situations and convince yourself that you will fall to a similar fate. However, if you are a sucker for stories that are both sad and heartwarming or need an outlet for emotions and are looking for something that will make you cry, check out Matt, Liz, and Madeline at http://www.mattlogelin.com/.