…why I’m jumping from a plane

Sometimes something awful happens…even to good people.

One bedtime, a totally peaceful time, that is supposed to be lovely and comforting, has a full stop at the end of it.  There, a baby, who despite being seemingly happy and healthy, falls asleep peacefully and doesn’t wake up… ever again!

This baby just falls asleep like any other time and at some point stops breathing.

Their little body shuts down, the soul drifts away and a family is left devastated, trying to make sense of this incomprehensible situation.

How? Why?

It is every parent’s worst nightmare!

I’ve worried about it from the day Angelina was born. In fact, I couldn’t sleep the first few days we were home with her. One night, when I was beyond incongruent, Dadonthebrink ordered me to bed, but I insisted he stay by her bed and only went when he promised he would.

A friend, Jennie, who blogs on Edspire, found her baby girl asleep on the 2nd of February this year. Matilda Mae was 9 months old, just 5 weeks older than Max.

Matilda Mae, a healthy bubbly baby, died of SIDS.  Jennie’s loss has had a profound effect on many. Though I can barely imagine the loss of one’s healthy child I mourn with her, I’m draw to her writing like a moth to flames. Trying to offer words of comfort from afar, but know they are just words, they cannot even make a dent in the pain she and her family must feel.

Jennie has pledged to support The Lullaby Trust (recently renamed from FSID) a charity that has offered her and her family support in these hard times.

There are a couple of things happening in the next weeks and months to raise awareness of cot death and support The Lullaby Trust. Sadly none of this can bring Baby Tilda back, but it can go a long way towards helping prevent SIDS through promoting safer sleeping, funding further research and most importantly supporting bereaved families.

Firstly there are a number of walks across the UK taking place on the 11th of May- A Mile in the memory of Matilda Mae. We are joining the one organised by Jennie at the Kent Rare Breed Centre.

Mile in the memory of Matilda Mae

Will you be joining a walk this weekend?

So many people have contacted Jennie expressing a desire to help her in any way that they could. It quickly became apparent that an Online charity auction in Memory of Matilda Mae would be a fantastic way for everyone to be able to show their support. So many gifts were being offered that Jennie felt there could be a real possibility of raising funds for the charity that was to become her lifeline. The auction will be running from the 11th till the 20th of May…a day for each month of Matilda Mae’s little life in which she brought joy to her family and friends.

Matilda Mae auction

Please keep an eye out for the fantastic items up for auction!

Finally we come to why I’m jumping out of a plane

Those who know me will know, besides being a sometimes overprotective mother being paranoid for my Littlins’ well-being, I’m terrified of two things- needles and heights.

Needles I have proven that I can conquer. I gave blood at university and then have had to endure being prodded through pregnancies.

Heights…that’s another story! Even if one of the Littlins goes near an edge with a drop on the other side I freak, I scream. I think of heights and I have butterflies in my tummy. I see someone bungy jump and I feel physically sick. My worst romantic date would be to go up the Eiffel Tower. … you get the picture?!

I am petrified of heights!

So what am I going to do? I’m going to jump from an aeroplane!

You see, the challenge that a team of bloggers have decided to undertake for The Lullaby Trust is skydiving!  And I am joining them! Yikes!!!

Skydiving for Matilda Mae

Can you please help me?

Can you please give me a little shove and spare even a pound towards pushing me out of that plane?

I want to face this fear and never ever ever ever face that of losing a child!

JustGiving - Sponsor me now!   UPDATE In order to be allowed to do the skydive I also have to loose 2 stones.  I have an 11 week grueling challenge ahead of me!

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  1. I too am terrified on jumping from the plane, but more scared of not doing anything at all. Lovely post, can’t wait to see you again!
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    • Mumonthebrink says:

      Exactly! We’ll just need to push each other out of that door. 😉

  2. You’re so brave to be doing this. My heart would completely be in my mouth and ears all at the same time!! Amazing cause!!! 🙂
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    • Mumonthebrink says:

      For such a heart-felt cause I would challenge myself to my limits. This will be a long difficult challenge by the time we jump.

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