1,922. A little over 365 days ago there was 1 sunset. Rayna’s Sunset. Ever since, we’ve invited you to share a sunset using #Raynasunset, and you have certainly responded! So far we’ve collected 1,922 sunsets. Needless to say, sunset time has become our favorite part of the day. Even when it is cloudy where we are, it is sunny somewhere in the world and a sunset will be posted.
I started writing this last year, on my birthday. I then worked on it more in January, after Nick and I had hit most of the major annual milestones already since Rayna’s death. Thanksgiving. Christmas Eve. Christmas. New Year’s Eve. Both of our birthdays. The birthdays were one of the most difficult milestones for me, and now I’m already upon another (my 30th – yikes!).
Hitting 20 weeks during this pregnancy felt like a big deal, though it was already a few weeks ago. Just as noteworthy as getting out of the first trimester, when the risk of miscarriage decreases dramatically. 20 marks halfway to 40. Halfway through the 10 months of pregnancy. It also marks the point of pregnancy at when—if I feel anxious, or if there is bleeding, or cramping, or a change in LT’s movement—I don’t have to go to the emergency department, but can go straight to OB (obstetrics). 20 weeks is when there is at least a possibility of stopping something tragic; slowing labor, keeping LT inside long enough to give him or her a chance. 20 weeks is almost 24 weeks, when, if LT arrives early there is at least the possibility of saving his or her life in the NICU.