This blog post includes something some will see as strange, odd or even offensive. This blog post includes pictures of a strange little thing called a...wait for it...a baby...our baby to be exact.
Her name is Claudette Elyse Elliott.
She was delivered to heaven Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:30am. She was a whooping 11lbs, 13oz, 20 inches (you can see all the great chub in the pics).
I place a warning because I have received more than one crazy look when I have asked people if they would like to see my daughter. Yes, I realize looking at pictures of a deceased person, let alone a baby, is strange and difficult and frankly uncomfortable at times. I am not going to lie I was that person with the befuddled look on their face when I heard that people even took pictures of their stillborn...but then that was before I met my daughter! See, she was ALIVE in spirit! And now we will always be able to look at her whenever we want. But I also understand one of the realities of having a baby born sleeping is most people don't expect (or want) to see the baby. But I feel like it is important to show the humanity of my daughter so that people can understand that indeed HUMANS and not "deformed fetuses" are dying needlessly!
I wish everyone had the clarity of thought and love as my grandma who when asked if she would like to see pictures said in a matter-of-fact and almost offended tone, "why would I not want to see pictures my great-granddaughter?"
BUT if you still don't want to look consider yourself WARNED because here our pictures of our daughter: