At our tournament this year we will have a baby remembrance of babies that our foundation has helped, or that we have met along our journey of establishing and running the foundation. We believe it is important to share their stories and say their names.
We are remembering the precious Talia today. I felt an instant connection with Talia’s Mommy, Chelsea, when I met her. She shared her journey of being a mom to her other children after loss and the many ideas she has to honor Talia with her talents. She is also donating her time and talent to take pictures at the Rhett Sullivan Foundation Golf Tournament. We thank you and looking forward to having you at the tournament. This is Talia’s story….
Talia Joy Schwartz
June 4, 2019
Talia was our 6th baby. We were all so very excited, as she would be the first girl after 3 boys for us, and the first girl grandchild after 5 boys for the family. I was closely monitored since I had been diagnosed with a subchorionic hematoma, which caused bleeding; but ultimately resolved by week 20. I had the genetic testing and weekly ultrasounds, including visits with the maternal fetal medical doctor. I had no reason to suspect anything was wrong. I had a busy weekend and had felt a bit off. I just assumed I was getting ready for labor, as my last two babies had been born early. I thought she was pretty still that day, but again, I thought labor was imminent. It struck me in the kitchen, that I hadn’t felt definite kicks for at least a day. I drank something and laid on my side. I tried the fetal doppler. I rolled over to get up and I felt her body weight shift and realized that what I thought were braxton hicks were just the tightening around her shifting body. My family had gone to the pool, so when my husband got home, I told him I hadn’t felt Talia in a while. He tried to find her on the doppler also and found nothing. I called my best friend and she offered to take me, so my husband would have the van for our kids. We went in. Two ultrasounds confirmed that her heart was no longer beating.
I miss everything about Talia. There will never be a holiday or a milestone that is not touched with a tinge of grief for what might have been. To handle my grief I worship and pray. Emotionally it is devastating and financially our budget has been tight ever since.
The Rhett Sullivan Foundation is such a beautiful thing, and so needed.