- have an appointment with a doctor tomorrow, and then I can schedule an induction
- am in contact with a photographer from Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
- know to ask for the benevolent specialist
- know to use words like "stillbirth" instead of "miscarriage," after all, despite her age, I have still carried her for over 19 weeks, perhaps 20 weeks by delivery and I know that a certificate of stillbirth would be better for me than being sent home with no proof of her existence
- know that I need to find a mortuary/funeral home so that I can
- either get an urn or a casket, depending on cremation or burial
- get an infant burial plot at a cemetery, if we choose to go that route
- have some places to contact concerning a headstone, if we go that route
- got to the Jordan River Temple yesterday - even if I didn't get all the answers I wanted, it was a break from crying and that was nice, my eyes are sore and burn, had to switch to glasses it hurt so much
- know to have MORE memorabilia rather than a bare minimum - I can choose not to look at too many pictures, hide away the foot/hand castings or prints, make a box for everything so I only have to look when I want to, but I can't ever get more done - more people seem to wish they had more photos and memorabilia than fewer/less
How am I feeling? I got most of the really snotty and loud crying out... for now. I still cry, though not for a solid half hour of tears streaming down my face. I'm in business mode trying to get all of these arrangements made. TV isn't very numbing, but being in business mode is. My head hurts constantly. Not sure if it's from crying or from holding back tears, or both, or just the headache that it is to arrange for delivery of my already dead baby and then figure out what to do with my child's body. No parent should have to do this kind of stuff. I called the hospital that I plan to deliver at, and they were very UNhelpful. She couldn't tell me if I'd get a certificate of stillbirth or not - if it's based on how many weeks pregnant I am or the gestational age of the baby. She couldn't tell me what the hospital's photographer offers for parents of a stillborn. All she could tell me is that, if I wanted to, they would DISPOSE of the body for me. Yeah, like anyone wants to hear that. Sounds like (and they probably do) they just throw the baby in the trash. This is my CHILD. She should NOT be in the trash. I WILL do better this time. Half of what hurt so much with Taylor was how her body was treated. Since I never saw it and she was flushed down a toilet, I felt very guilty for mistreating her. I know I didn't do it on purpose. I hope Taylor knows that, too. And I am NOT going to allow such a thing for Isabelle. Her body WILL be respected and treated properly, like a child, not trash.
So, if anyone has any suggestions or stories of what you/others have done considering cremation/burial, cemetery, mortuary, urn/casket, headstone, etc..., please let me know. A closer cemetery is probably better so I can visit, should I want to. Or maybe I should go for the same one that other family is in so that she is properly visited on Memorial Day, though it's a good hour or so from here. Suggestions??