Without a doubt 2016 was a hard year for us. It was around this time last year that we first found out we were pregnant with Mary Margaret and were filled with so much joy that we had trouble keeping the “secret” from our family and friends. I remember our first visit to the doctor when we got to hear her heartbeat for the first time. It’s one of those moments of joy that can never be stolen from us.
April was hard. The wear and tear of going to doctors office each Wednesday to see if Mary Margaret’s heart was still beating drained us emotionally in a way that I pray no one ever has to experience. We don’t know exactly when Mary Margaret’s little heart stopped beating, but when we found out our world was changed forever. The waiting was over in some sense, and it was time to bring her into this world to hold on to her. April 22, 2016, will forever be the day my first child was born and I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am of that date.
I’ve told the story of how Sara and I discovered the Cuddle Cot, and really this update is to tell the story of what we have done since Mary Margaret’s birth.
Through the generosity of friends, family, co-workers, and strangers we have been able to purchase and place three Cuddle Cots in hospitals this year! Our first one was placed in my hometown of Bartlesville, Oklahoma on October 17, 2016. My parents and their friends were able to help dedicate the Cuddle Cot in Mary Margaret’s honor.
The second Cuddle Cot was placed in St. Davids Central Hospital in Austin, Texas on October 31, 2016. I can’t think of a better birthday present for myself than the experience of dropping off a Cuddle Cot! This is the hospital where Mary Margaret was delivered and it filled us with such joy to deliver her Cuddle Cot to the nurses that helped bring her into our arms.
As I’m writing this, we are about to head on our way to drop off the third Cuddle Cot that we have purchased with the help of S.O.B.B.S. I don’t know how to express in words the gratitude and excitement I have that we are able to drop off another Cuddle Cot in the Austin area and provide more families with the gift of time with their little angels.
Sara and I started Hogan Hogan Photography in August as a way to raise funds for more Cuddle Cots. We have shot 17 mini-sessions for Holiday and Christmas family portraits and one special adoption ceremony. We have been very busy and very happy with the joy of portraits that we have been able to give and all we have asked for in return is a donation in honor of Mary Margaret. Because of the generosity of everyone we have photographed, we are only a couple of hundred dollars short of raising the funds for a fourth Cuddle Cot!
Sara joined Rodan + Fields, an amazing skincare line started by 2 dermatologists, in July as another way to raise funds for Cuddle Cots. All the proceeds from her sales go towards Mary Margaret’s Cuddle Cot fundraiser. It is an amazing opportunity to give the gift of beautiful skin for all (male, female, young, old) while supporting a cause near and dear to our heart. You can see more at sarahogan.myrandf.com .
The generosity of our friends and family doesn’t stop there. One of our close friends set up a campaign to raise funds for a Cuddle Cot for her birthday, and while her birthday has just passed by, it is still not too late to help raise funds for another Cuddle Cot.
So as a way to cap off the year:
- 3 Cuddle Cots purchased and delivered through donations
- 1 Cuddle Cot in North East Oklahoma
- 2 Cuddle Cots in the Austin metro
- Another Cuddle Cot via Hogan Hogan photography
- Rodan + Fields ongoing proceeds towards Cuddle Cots
- GoFundMe for a Cuddle Cot thanks to Krista.
2016 was an extremely hard year for us. But thanks to our incredibly supportive friends and family and everyone else who helped us, we have been able to deliver three Cuddle Cots with funds for two more! All in less than a year! This is just the beginning as we continue raising funds in 2017 so that we can place a Cuddle Cot in every hospital in the Austin Metro.
Thank you, everyone, for your generosity. It has meant the world that y’all would join Sara and me in our endeavors to give families who are going through infant and pregnancy lost the gift of time with their dearest little angels.