I've thought a lot over the past 4 years, 3 months, 1 week and 1 day over how Cora's death could have played out differently. I truly believe that it happened in such a way to be easiest for me.
I lost her at a time in my pregnancy when I felt like I had gotten to know her a little. I knew her gender, I had called her by name for months. I got to hold her, see her face, take pictures. I feel confident in my religious beliefs regarding her. If I had miscarried early, she wouldn't have a name, I wouldn't have known her gender, and I'm not sure I would know regarding spiritual things.
And while I will never say that I believe it would have been harder for me to lose her after she'd lived a few years, because she died before birth I cannot convince myself it's my fault. I have that mommy guilt anyway, but I can truly, honestly, tell myself that it was not my fault that she died. I don't know that I would have been able to do that if she'd died in another way. ((I do want to say here, that I do NOT think that other women who have lost children in accidents are at fault, but I don't think I would be able to tell myself I wasn't.))
So in all the scenarios that I have played out in my head, ways that it could have happened differently, I do think that this way was the easiest for me. And I'm grateful for that tender mercy.
Is that weird?