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More Than A Due Date – Remembering My Angel Baby

Happy due date my sweet little angel. I tried not to anticipate this day but as the day got closer I just couldn’t help it.I can’t get you out of my mind and I never expected to feel the hurt of your loss again so deeply. Gosh, how much I wish I was posting a cute birth announcement instead of this. We had always joked that you would come early, since your sister was born 8 days before her due date, we just never expected it to be quite like this. I’ll never understand why your time here was so short, but I hope you know how much I love you. Pray for your daddy and I, and watch over your crazy sister! I’m tough and I will make it through, but I want you to look down from heaven and be proud to say, “that’s my mommy”. Until I can hold you again my sweet boy… 


I don’t “do” uncomfortable feelings very well, I hate feeling vulnerable or exposed. I hate sadness and I loathe mourning. I feel physically ill and retreat back into myself to avoid having to think about or share really any of what I am feeling. I put on my strong face, because, I am a strong woman no doubt, but I couldn’t help but to think, is this the best way to not only deal with but GROW from my experiences?

ce0f8ebf792267aff8a0502c615502deI came across a book by Brené Brown on vulnerability… I have to say that reading it (once my heart was ready enough after losing Michael) was one of the biggest steps of growth in my life. Her words encouraged me to not run away from my fear or hurt, but to embrace it as part of who I am, as part of my story. To not run away from the feelings of sadness, anger and vulnerability, because they seem scary, but to allow myself the freedom to feel them, talk about them, and deeply experience them. I shared my story of loss, being completely open and vulnerable (which was super scary for me), and it ended up being a wonderful way of healing my heart and acknowledging my baby boy. It helped me make steps towards living that “wholehearted” life she talks about, something that I want to fully embrace – feeling life deeply, honestly, and authentically.

I’ve done a lot of 43cdc139bbf2d3e624228d0126518095reflection on the “where is God when bad things happen” thought process (another topic for another day) and I am confident that God does not want bad things to happen, in fact he mourns alongside of us, but he does work to bring good out of pain if you allow your heart to be open to him.

I realize life experiences, the ones that shape us, mold us, and form us, will either make me or break me. While previously I opened up on delivering my stillborn son, I can now speak to my progress or renewal as a woman – in every aspect – a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend. Since losing Michael I have felt an immense amount of sadness, confusion, pain, anger, even jealousy, but I have also felt a renewal in my soul, to live life filled with love and intention. That “wholehearted” life that Brown talks about in her book. That being present, “mindful living” kind of way.

My heart still hurts without a doubt, and I’m not convinced that “hole” will ever go away, but I do feel more confident, honest, and comfortable in my own skin than I ever have.  I want my son to look down from heaven and be proud of his mommy, and I want to feel like his passing was not in vain, but that out of his life something beautiful was born.

More than just a Due Date

xo – J

Just your average southern girl! Girl mama and wife to the love of my life <3


  • Miltha

    My heart hurts for your family today. I am so sorry you do not have your sweet boy in your arms. I suffered a miscarriage a couple months ago and I know how painful the process is. I have found great healing in the book “Heart Made Whole,” by Christa Black Gifford. Highly recommend it, her story is similar to yours and I think it will help continue to bring healing to your heart and your family. It definitely has helped us. God bless!

    • jschulman&company

      Oh sweet angel mama, my heart heart aches for you too! I wish no parent had to endure this kind of suffering. Thank you for the book recommendation! I am anxious to read it. Sending you all my love and prayers! xo

  • Alicia Brooks

    Thank you for sharing this. I felt like I was reading my own thoughts about how I deal (or don’t) with the emotion of loosing my mom. I have had such a hard time letting anyone see my emotions, even my own husband. I will have to get that books. Thank you for sharing! My prayers are with you, and I know Michael is SO very proud of you. <3

  • beauty4ashes728

    I found your blog today on Pinterest. Thank you for sharing. I, too, have been through the pain of having a stillborn son just 3 1/2 months ago. I started writing about it too, because I felt like it would honor him and hopefully help someone else. Reading your blog reflects so many of my same thoughts, and I do believe as you do that God is turning our loss into something beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

    • jschulman&company

      Oh sweet mama, you are such a beautiful soul! Thank you for sharing your story <3 As hard as our experiences were, God placed it on our hearts to use our grief to inspire healing in others. I know our sweet little boys are best buddies in heaven. You can count on my prayers for you and your family! xo

  • Helen

    Thanks for sharing your story. I also have had to suffer a pregnancy loss, a little boy at 18 weeks in 2016 and recently January this year we lost our little girl at 25 weeks.
    I cried reading your post, it just brought back memories. Another book that I have been reading is ‘Hannah’s Hope’ by Jennifer Saake. God turns our hearts to him when we are at our lowest point, and does indeed turn it into something beautiful x.
    Thanks for sharing x

    • jschulman&company

      Oh Helen, thank you for sharing a little bit of your story with me. I am so sorry to hear what you have had to endure… my heart just aches for you. Thank you also for sharing that book with me, I am going to start that one as well! Please know you are very much in my prayers! I feel as though, not by our own choosing or desire of course, we were called to this sisterhood and that by supporting and praying for each other, our hearts will heal and as you said, something beautiful will come of our suffering. God bless you sweet angel mama!

  • Meg

    Tomm will be two weeks, two weeks without my belly filled with love and anticipation. Our daughter Everly was born at 24 weeks and so many days. 33 hours of labor. We have our older kids but she was a suprise after closing the door. (We lost another at 13 weeks four years ago)My heart aches for her. March 1st was supposed to be her due date but with a planned csection at the end of feb 2019. I’m trying to get through the holidays and then her due date. Hoping for strength and wisdom from those that have traveled this road before me….

    • jschulman&company

      Oh Meg! My heart just aches for you… no matter how much time has passed every time I hear of another mother suffering that same loss, it brings me right back to that very time in my own journey, which in turn allows me to grieve deeply alongside you. I know words mean very little while your grieving, but know I am personally praying for you and your healing. I’m praying you find peace, especially as we enter the Christmas season. I hope you allow yourself the time you personally need to grieve and heal, I’ll encourage you not to rush it and try not to be hard on yourself as you find you will have good days and bad days. Reach out for help when you need it to – even if its as small as running an errand or someone listening to you talk it all out. I found a lot of strength in my own journey from connecting with women who had walked this path before me… they offer a special type of understanding and perspective that only someone who has experienced this type of pain could. I’m so sorry, and so heartbroken for you. I’d love to send you a few things, including a few essential oils that helped me support my emotional healing. If you send me an email, i’d love to connect. I know i’m a stranger on the other end of the internet… but I feel we are connected as I can just see our sweet little ones playing with each other up in heaven. Sending you all of my love and prayers sweet angel mama.

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