After every storm, there is the promise of a rainbow.
I suffered a miscarriage after having my daughter and before having my son, but I had never heard the term “Rainbow Baby” until this morning, when I came across this now-viral Facebook post from a woman named Courtney Mixon.
What happened was this: Courtney was shopping in Hobby Lobby when she spotted an adorable mama-to-be standing in line wearing a T-shirt with a heart made up of bands of color and the words “You’re looking at a rainbow” printed on the belly.
“I automatically knew what it meant,” Courtney explained in her post. “She had suffered a miscarriage and now she was carrying a beautiful rainbow baby.”
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“Rainbow baby,” I learned from reading the comments, is a phrase for a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death. Because a rainbow is beautiful and bright, the promise after a storm. It’s a beautiful and fitting metaphor. And Courtney—who had recently suffered a miscarriage of her own—was so taken by the stranger’s shirt that she couldn’t help but approach her.
“I told her it’s so taboo to talk about miscarriages and I was proud of her for wearing it,” she recalled. “I told her my story and she told me hers. We hugged and said we would keep each other in our prayers! A complete stranger….Thank you Autumn for making me and my husband’s day!”
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After Courtney shared the image of Autumn’s awesome T-shirt on Facebook, the two women reconnected in the comments section. “I have no doubt that you and your husband will be blessed with another little one,” Autumn wrote. “We lost 2 before getting this little man to stick around! I know he’s going to be worth the wait and the trials. I’ve prayed hard that our struggles can be my testimony and uplift other struggling mothers out there. I’m thankful we met so I can be fervently praying for you!”
So sweet! We hope Courtney and her husband get their rainbow baby soon!
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.