Monday, August 17, 2009

Little Empty Room

We have a little empty room in our house. It was supposed to be Aubrey and Ellie's nursery. When I walk to the top of the stairs it is the first room I see and I pass its doorway a thousand times a day.

But I rarely go in. Only when I have to.

Sometimes I linger in the doorway and look at the blank wall where their cribs were supposed to be. I took their cribs down after the funeral and put them in the garage. It hurt too much to see empty cribs just sitting there with no babies to put in them.

I never linger long. If I do my mind starts spinning with what should have been. I have cried many tears in that doorway. No mother should ever have a little empty room.

Last week my best friend called me to ask if her family could stay with us while they visited San Diego. I was thrilled. On the phone I made a comment about having an extra room they could use and as soon as I hung up I began setting it up.

An air mattress, a pack n' play, pillows and was nothing fancy, but it made a cozy little guest room for my visiting friends. When I was done this strange feeling came over me. I sat at the top of the stairs and cried. I couldn't help it. It had been a very long time since I spent time in Aubrey and Ellie's nursery and reconfiguring it into a guest room felt like betrayal.

It isn't a guest room, it's Aubrey and Ellie's room.

At that moment I decided that I am not ready. I am not ready to give their room away. I am not ready to let go of what supposed to be...theirs. I am not ready to put this in the past like something that simply didn't work out. That room was for my very real, very loved, very special, very wanted, twin baby girls. And I am just not ready.

We don't have a guest room in our house, we have a little nursery for two baby girls named Aubrey and Ellie. And if someday I have another baby it will become that baby's nursery...because that room is meant to be a nursery. We moved into this house because we needed a nursery, not a guest room. And if from time to time a guest or two visits and they stay in Aubrey and Ellie's room, that is ok. But I refuse to transform it. Guest room by default is a poor consolation. I will not hang a proverbial new sign above the door. It is their room. I need it to be their room. I will keep it their room for as long as I need.

From the hallway it may appear to be a little empty room with yellow walls and no furniture, but inside it is filled...filled with my dreams and hopes that never came true, full of prayers and tears and late night phone calls in the dark to my sisters and supportive friends, with one hand on my empty belly and Aubrey and Ellie's memory book in my lap.

When I walk in that room I feel something. Sometimes I just feel sad, but other times I feel like keeping a room for them in our home is a tangible example of the room I keep for them in my heart.

How I wish I could tell visitors I only have a couch to offer them as all my rooms are filled with children. But since I can't, at least I can say they are welcome to stay in Aubrey and Ellie's room. That way they know what I know...Aubrey and Ellie are remembered here, and always will be.


  1. Rachel, I had no idea. Although your story is beautiful, and filled with so much emotion and love, I also can't help but cry with you. Sometimes God puts us through things that we may never fully understand. I am so sorry for your pain. <3 Camille Fitzgerald

  2. I cried reading your post...I know exactly how you feel...I can't even go in "their room" unless I have to, I can hardly look in it.
    I'm so sorry you are hurting. And you shouldn't do anything you're not ready for, not for someone else.

  3. I am so sorry that you do not have two beautiful girls to put in that room.
    Its not fair, nor will I ever understand what plans god has in store. The thought of "everything happens for a reason" angers me, because no reason will ever be good enough.

    my prayers will continue to be with you.

    I wish there were some words of comfort I could give you, but I know that nothing anyone can say will take away your pain.
    Im sorry that you too have to deal with this, life truely is not fair.
    there should be two beautful girls in that nursery.
    and there should be a beautiful boy in the crib that used to be placed next to my bed.

  4. ah no, I dont believe the "everything happens for a reason" crap.

    I think sometimes I try to make up reasons as to maybe why he isnt here? to comfort myself maybe? but it never brings much comfort, it brings more anger then anything.
    though even if there was "a reason for everything" No reason would ever be good enough for me.
    some days, most days, I think of how great it would be to just fall asleep and not wake up.
    I would never do anything to harm myself, but sometimes I just want to hold my son again.

    i just just understand.
    I never will

  5. Hi Rachel,

    I understand.
    I have one of those rooms.
    Our Twins room will always be, in part, their room. I have not yet been able to even look into thir cupboards full of clothes.
    Thankfully we have another room we can use as a real guests room. only , God willing, another baby will use that room, even though it would have been perfect for our twin boys-enough space for them both to grow into...
    Aubrey and Ellie are such beauitful names, I'm so sorry they aren't with you and sleeping in their room.

    Love Sarah

  6. I am so sorry. We never had a chance to get our girls' room ready. The room we were going to use is my craft room and we just hadn't done anything in there yet. When I am in there working though, I think of Sophia & Ellie and feel close to them. It is sad because the room should be completely different, but it is still a place I like to be. xx


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