23 months since the worse day of my life.
23 months since I held her last.
23 months since she took her last breath, laying there in her bassinet right beside me.
23 months since I rocked her to sleep.
23 months since I awoke to a nightmare.
23 months of learning to breathe without her.
23 months of living with this gaping hole in my heart.
23 months of waking up without her and going to bed without her.
23 months living the life I did not plan.
I cannot believe in one short month, she should be 2. There is not a day that has passed in the last 23 months where I did not miss her with every ounce of my heart. There is not a day that goes by when I don't think about how much different I thought my life would be today. There is not a day that goes by that my heart doesn't ache for her. 23 months without her, it just doesn't seem possible.
This next month is going to be full of so many emotions. Milestones always are. Part of me wants to hurry up and get past it and the other part of me feels extremely guilty for feeling that way. As if I'm rushing to get past her. Part of me wants to run away and be far away from normal life those days. And then the other part of me feels guilty if we don't celebrate her birthday with friends and family. All of me however, just wants to make her happy, to make sure she feels loved and to make sure she knows we remember her always.
You would think after 2 years, I would be less confused over how to feel and what to do for these milestones but truthfully, that will never happen. This journey never will be easy and it will always be confusing because of the love we have for her. One year celebrating may bring us joy and another it may bring us more pain. I will have to take each milestone as it comes. I need to remind myself to go easy on my heart. There is no right or wrong, only what feels the best at that time.
I wish I weren't on this path. I wish, the decision for this milestone was what theme she wanted for her party not how to remember her brief life. The journey is never ending because my love for her is never ending. And I have to remind myself of that daily.