It’s hard to believe it has been seven weeks since my last blog post…
I’m not really sure the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ really applies in our situation, but I feel like we’ve come a long way, both physically with the fund and personally as we continue to cope with our loss.
Before I recommence sharing our story, I’d like to give you an update on what Pete and I have been up to the last seven weeks and how we’re currently feeling.
At the end of July my parents, Mary and Ian, arrived from Wanganui, New Zealand. With Lily’s due date being 17th July they already had flights booked, long before Lily’s unexpected early arrival. Despite my parents being here in late March and early April to support us, we decided they would still come over and we used the opportunity to have a holiday with them spending a wonderful and relaxing few days on Hamilton Island. It wasn’t until we arrived that I realised how much we all needed that holiday, getting some much needed vitamin D, swimming with the turtles, enjoying some good food and wine and spending time as a family. We managed to turn the sad time of Lily’s due date into a positive experience, and those few days we spent on Hamilton Island will always be very special.
Our Launch Night was held on Thursday 7 August and this went extremely well, as you may have read in our recent post. I would like to personally thank our friends and fellow Lilyroo committee members for all the tireless work they put into the evening, along with our wonderful Launch Night sponsors. To pull off that launch night in the short amount of time since forming the Lilyroo Fund in early April was a huge achievement. I’m really proud of the committee and also extremely grateful to every single person that came on the night and made it the success it was. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Two days later we were featured in a Channel 7 News story. We were blown away by the response our story generated and amazing job 7 News journalist Karen O’Sullivan did putting the story together. We were contacted by a number of Mums and Dads who have been through a similar experience and it is humbling to know that our story, and this blog, has resonated with them.
That night Pete travelled down to Geelong with 21 friends in a Pink Hummer Limo for the Geelong v Fremantle game. The trip was used as a fundraiser for the Lilyroo Fund, with Geelong and Fremantle donating signed AFL footballs and an amazing $1800 was raised for the Lilyroo Fund.
The whole committee then had a bit of “downtime”, spending time with family and friends, holidaying in the US and Mooloolaba (I wish we were on those!) and catching up on lost sleep. They’re now all back working hard and progressing really well on bringing the Lilyroo Ride, from Adelaide to Melbourne, to reality.
For me personally, I’ve needed a bit more downtime during which I have enjoyed sitting on the couch and having time to think, something a couple of months ago I was avoiding at all costs…
I’m now ready to continue sharing our story again AND, this is a big one for me, with the help of my amazing friend Rayne Watkin, I have returned to running – something that I did a lot of before we fell pregnant with Lily and something I haven’t wanted to do for a number of months since losing her.
Next week, I will journey back to the day my waters unexpectedly broke. For now I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all the Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day for tomorrow in particular those who have lost a child.
For Pete and I, just like Mother’s Day, it will be a hard day and I will support him just as he did for me. We will spend some time at Lily’s memorial bench; the sun will be shining, and she will be looking out for her Dad more than usual tomorrow.