Today should mark the second birthday of Matilda Mae, daughter of Jennie who blogs over at Edspire. It should be a happy day. It should be a celebration of the future, not the past.
Dear Matilda Mae,
Such a small number.
Such a long time, yet no time at all.
Today marks a day no one would wish to see. That no one should see.
Today the beautiful Matilda Mae, daughter of Jennie (who blogs at Edspire) has been gone for as long as she was with us.
Tragically, Matilda Mae was taken from her family by SIDS exactly nine months ago, on 2 February. She was exactly nine months old.
A life cut far too short.
You can read her story here.
Since Matilda Mae’s death, Jennie has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and to raise funds for The Lullaby Trust.
Today, there was a Welly Walk, in memory of Matilda Mae.
I wish my family and I could have been there to support Jennie in person.
Instead, we took one of our favourite walks. In our wellies! We went back to the woods where we walked A Mile in Memory of Matilda Mae.
We crunched through leaves and stomped in the mud. The sky was clear blue and the sun was shining. It was beautiful. We blew bubbles and we remembered a beautiful little girl. We thought of her amazing, inspiring mother. We thought of her family, working so hard to help other families.
If you were at the walk, I hope you had a wonderful time.
I hope it was everything that Jennie wished it to be.
If you weren’t able to make it to the walk, you can still support the event.
There is an amazing Welly Auction happening, right now, on eBay! You could become the proud owner of a pair of wellies signed by one of these celebrities: Dawn O’Porter, Chris O’Dowd, Katie Piper, Sarah Cawood, Ant & Dec, Peaches Geldof, Imogen Thomas, Nell McAndrew, Laura Hamilton, Angellica Bell, Mikey Underwood, Fearne Cotton, Union J, CBeebies, CBBC and Blue Peter presenters and Jamie Peacock.
Or, if wellies aren’t your thing, you can donate via the Matilda Mae JustGiving page here.
All funds raised by the Welly Walk, the auction and via the JustGiving page will go to The Lullaby Trust.
Today was a day to walk a Mile in Memory of a dearly loved child, taken too soon by SIDS, to raise money for The Lullaby Trust.
Today many people walked in Memory of Matilda Mae.
As we couldn’t join a walk in the UK, we instead took a walk as a family. We followed a beautiful trail through the woods next to a river.
We chose a calm spot, just before a waterfall, where the flowers would be carried away. The boys sent the first flowers on their journey.
As another Saturday rolls around, and Jennie is without her beautiful daughter for another week, please take a moment to visit the Matilda Mae JustGiving page here – all money raised is going to The Lullaby Trust.
In addition the Matilda Mae Memorial Auction is now open, running until 20 May, where you can bid on lots of lovely items. Please click on the button below to go to the auction.
The 2nd May 2013 should have marked the first birthday of Matilda Mae, the adored daughter of Jennie at Edspire. Heartbreakingly, this was not to be as Matilda Mae was taken from her family by SIDS on 2nd February, three long months ago, and instead her family said a final goodbye.
The blogging community has done what it does best, it has listened, supported, blogged, tweeted and remembered. Matilda Mae will never be forgotten; we will celebrate her life through messy play and blowing bubbles and wearing pink and purple.
However much we might wish it, we cannot bring Matilda Mae back, but we can help Jennie to support The Lullaby Trust. Every year, over 600 babies in the UK die suddenly and unexpectedly. The Lullaby Trust’s ambition is to halve this number by 2020.
Ghostwritermummy has been very busy organising an auction to raise funds for The Lullaby Trust. These funds will go to towards research into preventing SIDs, will help support bereaved families and will help The Lullaby Trust to continue to provide safe sleeping advice.
Please support this auction in any way you can. Pop the badge on your blog (you can grab the code from Ghostwritermummy or Tots100). Make a bid in the auction. Help spread the word – blog, tweet, Facebook, tell your friends, tweet some more!
Please help support Jennie and other families who have suffered a such a cruel loss to SIDS. Together we can make a difference.
I’m very late in publishing this post, it’s been a tricky week for me and blogging and I just haven’t managed to get any time to write. However, supporting this cause and Jennie is important, so better late than never.
On 2 February 2013 the unthinkable, unimaginable happened and Jennie’s daughter Matilda Mae was taken from her family by SIDS. I say taken, as a Jennie herself has said that Tilda was not lost, she was taken, ripped away from her.
SIDS. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Cot death.
Unexplained, unexpected, unfair.
I, like many others in the blogging community, have been hugely affected by Jennie, Tilda and their story. Jennie’s blog has continued to be a source of wonder and inspiration. Jennie has worked tirelessly since the 2nd of February to raise awareness of SIDS and to support the work of FSID.
On Wednesday FSID changed their name to The Lullaby Trust. They hope that this new name will make them more approachable for parents, enabling them to do more to raise awareness and support bereaved families.
We have chosen our new identity to help us raise our voice, to ensure that sudden infant death is not ignored or considered to be an issue of the past.
Across the country, over 600 apparently healthy babies continue to die suddenly and unexpectedly every year. This is unacceptable and we want to do all we can to prevent these deaths.
We believe that our new identity will help us to reach even more parents with our expert advice on safer sleep for babies. Through greater engagement with families and also with policy makers we hope to achieve our ambition to halve the number of babies dying by 2020.
A fellow blogger Helen from All at Sea, summed it up for me when she tweeted ‘Support of @LullabyTrust is not just 4 those with 1st hand experience of #SIDS Its about a brighter future 4 all #LullabyTrust #MatildaMae’.
As a way of helping to raise awareness of this amazing charity and their work, Jennie asked her fellow bloggers to blog/tweet/Facebook/anything to get the message out and to publicise the charity’s relaunch. She also asked that we write a post with the theme of ‘Lullabies’.
And, boy, did we!
My twitter timeline was awash with tweet and retweets. Many bloggers published posts and linked up with Jennie on her blog. I have read them all, and they are wonderful.
I don’t have the same way with words, and poetry is not my strong point.
Music is more my thing and I have always sung and hummed to my babies when alone, in that quiet, special time as I fed them to sleep. Brahms lullaby has always been a favourite, as have songs that I love, especially from musicals (nothing beats a bit of Les Mis or some Doris Day). Dream a Little Dream of Me and Silent Night are also favourites.
I’m terrible at remembering the words to traditional nursery rhymes and lullabies, but the tunes are always with me.
I hum. I make up new words. I add their names. I tell them how special they are.
So, here is my contribution to the lullabies that have been written in memory of Matilda Mae.
Go to sleep, my sweet one, go to sleep, day is done
Go to sleep, all is safe, go to sleep, all is calm
Dream of magic and charms, dream of laughter and love
Dream of wishes and hopes, dream of wonder and joy
Go to sleep, precious child, go to sleep, my beloved
I will guard you in sleep, I’ll be here when you wake
May stars watch over you, sparkling high up above
May moonbeams light your dreams, and guide you to dawn
…to the tune of Brahms Lullaby (after a fashion!)
Please visit The Lullaby Trust to find out more about how you can support this wonderful charity.
As I am in the States I can’t join a Mile in Memory walk, but check out the website and see if there is one near you . While I won’t be able to join one of these walks I plan to mark the day with a walk with my family, at the very least, and hope to do a bit more.
I can’t finish without a mention of the the upcoming Sky Dive for Matilda Mae, find out more here.
And, lastly, the wee girls first artwork (inspired by Jennie’s messy play); a star for Tilda, Star of the Sea.
Click on the badge below to read the other beautiful lullabies and posts.