For our baby
author By Emilie Leeks,

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Sweet one,
You never made it
Into our arms.

You never knew
The joy your brothers and sisters
Would bring to you.

You never nestled
Into your father's warm chest;
You never found your strength
At my breast.

A spark of life,
A tiny heartbeat,
That was never meant to be

We don't yet know
What gift you have brought to us.
We will see it
Given time.

We wanted, so much,
To meet you;
We understand
This wasn't your time.

You are held
In our hearts,
With joy
And sadness,
And longing.

We miss you,
Sweet one.
Rest well,
In our love and peace.

***For Freddie***

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I am linking here to three posts written about our first miscarriage, earlier this year, in the hope that they are helpful if you too are experiencing this journey:

An early miscarriage

Dear Caitlin…

How to handle grief: why we need to be allowed to cry

A word or two about Journeys in Parenting: a blog about our experiences on the path of peaceful parenting…

We are a family of 5, living in Berkshire in the UK. I (Emilie) am married to the rather wonderful and (thank goodness!) supportive Stuart, and we have 3 young children, aged 9, 6, and 4. I decided to start this blog after a few enquiries from friends and acquaintances about what our parenting style is all about. I hope that writing about the peaks and pitfalls of our peaceful parenting journey will help others in a similar position - i.e. wanting to make changes to their parenting, but not quite sure where to start! It's very much an ongoing journey for us, and in no way do we claim to have all the answers, but we hope that reading about trying to support our children in a peaceful, responsive way that works for our family will perhaps inspire others to find their own path too.

And to all parents out there reading this: I hope this will be a mutually supportive resource. It is not intended to be a comment on any parenting style which is different from ours, rather it reflects what is working for our family and that which might be useful for others - the article I Am Not a Better Mother Than You says it better than I ever could! I fully welcome respectful comments and questions (e.g. in the vein of "I have found X works well for me" rather than "You shouldn't do it like that") - please try to avoid judgement of others when posting. I have no problem with my ideas being politely questioned, but if our overall parenting style is not for you, please do feel free to go and find other resources which are a better fit for you. Best of luck to everyone, as I know we are all doing the very best that we can for our children, no matter which paths we take!

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