I’m sure you’ve heard the term “Rainbow Baby” at some point or another.
What exactly does that even mean, though?
A rainbow baby is a baby born shortly after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or death in infancy. This term is given to these special babies because a rainbow typically follows a storm, giving us light and hope of what’s to come.
What Makes A Rainbow Baby So Special?
Having a baby soon after losing one brings a slew of emotions, and many rainbow moms will tell you that not all are positive emotions. Many mothers who have weathered the loss and gone on to have another baby feel a tremendous sense of self-doubt and guilt at times. They fear that others will think they have gotten over their previous loss, or that they have moved on or replaced their baby. They fear that having a rainbow baby after stillbirth in some way dishonors their baby who has passed, and that the joy of the next baby will prevent the mother from properly grieving.
But a rainbow baby does not mean that your loss should be forgotten; such a devastating loss can never be forgotten! Rather, your rainbow baby will carry the torch of the love you will always have for the child you lost, and when you hold that precious baby in your arms, you will fully understand the meaning of the term. The beautiful rainbow baby stories told by rainbow moms are triumphant tales of renewal and healing; the underlying emotions ranging from bittersweet happiness to overwhelming joy.
Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of photographing and celebrating just that – a beautiful rainbow baby bump! Here’s a sneak peek!
From blowing glitter to painting rainbows, this Momma and Daddy got crafty! They even brought along big brother Jensen’s stuffed monkey as a heartfelt momento. Maybe it’s just me, but the shadow on it resembles a heart… Baby Axel is SO loved already!! Congratulations again you two, I cannot wait to meet your little man! ❤