When I saw Landyn for the first time she was wrapped up in two blankets. The one directly around her was white with pink spots on one side and a light lime green on the other. There was lace around the edging. It was pretty and very girlie. The second blanket was laid over top of that and was yellow with little hearts and other designs. The pink one was a perfect fit for a tiny little baby and the other one had been folded some but was still tiny. I was so amazed the hospital had something just the right size for my girl that I asked the nurse where it came from. She said volunteers make them.
The day after Landyn was born I dragged myself out to Babies R Us...the very LAST place I felt like being... to look for the perfect blanket to put over the top of her casket. Even though others offered to go do it I wanted to do it myself. I wanted to pick out something special for my girl. Something that was pretty and just hers. I found a super soft purple blanket with butterflies on the corner. I knew as soon as I saw it that was the one.
Her blankets have become some of my most treasured possessions. The one from the hospital I mostly keep in her memory box but the feel of it and the smell of it takes me back to those few precious moments I had with her. The purple one is my go to blanket when I miss her the most. I can't even count the number of nights I've slept with it tucked tightly in my arms and when the tears just need to flow I often go grab it. It helps to have SOMETHING, especially something that is hers, to hold. It helps to ease the ache in my empty arms.
And so, seeing how much those blankets meant to me I decided around Thanksgiving time that I was going to learn to crochet. I was going to make a donation of blankets to the hospital in time for Landyn's due date in January. I wanted to be sure other angel babies had something special, made just for them and the right size for their here- to -soon bodies. I also wanted to be sure the moms had something to take home, something to hold. My one time donation never happened. I can't just make one batch and feel like I've done something. Too many moms and too many angels. I started what I am calling Angel Blankets. For now I have only a facebook page, a few other interested people, and myself. I am hoping to see this slowly grow until I have so many blankets I need to start making contacts in other hospitals. I want EVERY mom to have something to go home with. I am looking for anyone who can make blankets; crocheted, knitted, sewed, or quilted. I am looking for people who aren't crafty to donate yarn (or gift cards for the purchase of yarn), store bought blankets, or money towards shipping boxes. Even if you can't help, trust me I know how hard time and money are to come by, you really CAN help by spreading the word. Tell your friends, tell your grandma who loves to knit, share my facebook page.
Anyone interested in more details can contact me either through facebook at www.facebook.com/babyangelblankets
through email at
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You can donate through paypal. I can send a box of approximately 25 small blankets for about $13. I can buy yarn for around $3.50 a small skein. There is a paypal button labeled on the top right side of my blog.