Two years ago today I woke up to the the familiar sound of my phone notifying me that the outside world was connecting with me. I glanced over at the phone laying on my night table and read the brightly lit message, ” thinking of you today”. A few minutes after that, it notified me again that the outside world was reaching out once more. And again and again until I returned it to its restful state for recharge at the end of the day. Today; two years later, my phone lays in its restful charging state – silent. No outside world reaching out – only my four month old puppy checking in to make sure I’m still here.
Today is an ordinary day to the outside world, but to me it’s meaningful. Today is the day that I hold as Jude’s true honorary birthday. Today, if all had gone according to plan, he could have been turning 2. Today was my official due date from my pregnancy with Jude.
For the last two years, I have observed the day in a way as one that is special and not ordinary. It’s a day that I honour Jude in a simple way as well as also honour myself, as a means to mark the survival of our journey together, so that it too, does not go unnoticed. I know that the odds of a person actually delivering their baby on their due date are rare, but that doesn’t stop me from often wondering if on this day I would be celebrating a birthday with my little boy. Whether the odds were in my favour or not for a successful delivery on my planned due date, it doesn’t change the fact that I would have likely been celebrating a birthday in January with Jude. And for that reason alone, I choose to continue to honour this day –– if even just with a simple balloon.