Rainbow Baby

If you have a child after a miscarriage or loss of another child, that child is referred to as a rainbow baby.

Before I had Candice, I had five miscarriages—one of them being a set of twins. At Candice’s first birthday, we chose to have a heart and rainbow theme to represent her heart condition and her being my rainbow baby.

When things go wrong, many people like to use the phrase, “When it rains, it pours.” This always made me think, but probably not in the way they intended it to. What I realized was that, when you have a child with special needs, your entire life can feel like a rainstorm. Sometimes, it’s just drizzling. Other days, it can be a complete inescapable hurricane. I have always loved the rain—maybe that’s why I was always able to find joy even through the hard times.

Then, on January 23, 2016, I lost my rainbow. This has been the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. I cry every day for her. Grief can hit you like a storm. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing. I can be sitting at work, having lunch and just breakdown. Or, I can be in a business meeting and just have tears rolling down my face.

I’ve decided to start a business in honor of my Candie Pie. I’ll be making hospital gowns for other children like the ones I made for her. I have a feeling Candice loves the idea, because so many doors have opened so effortlessly for me—and I know it’s her who is making things happens. Things are moving so fast all because she is watching over me. She has truly become my Rainbow Baby.

4 thoughts on “Rainbow Baby

  1. I absolutely love the Hospital Journal!’ There is nothing like this anywhere!! It has helped me track important notes daily that I can later reference back to. After reading through the helpful tips and ideas of what questions to ask before procedures I felt at ease going into my daughter’s heart surgery. Parents aren’t always in the right frame of mind to think of these things until its to late to ask. It also helps reflect on the positives first when all one can seem to focus on is the negative in those scary moments. Thank you for creating this to help families like mine. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your review. I am happy to hear the journal is Helping you through this rough time. I hope to make your experience not so scary and more joyful.

  2. I am so thankful for Diane and her family and their mission to spread joy and awareness throughout not just the Las Vegas valley, but the world. If it weren’t for Diane and her wonderful ability to bring people together I would have felt very alone in this journey of being a heart parent. When you see your child in and out of the operating room, and all they have to deal with that comes along with having a lifelong and serious heart defect, it can feel lonely and overwhelming. Diane has created a community that is both inviting and supportive, and I know I can count on her to be a constant support and light. Diane and her beautiful family inspire me daily. I am thankful for her good and giving heart, and the undeniable force of strength she is to all around her.
    -Britni Favero, mama to Braveheart Benson

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel blessed to be able to help you on this journey.

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