Identity: What is your child’s name? Why did you chose that name? What is the meaning of their name? If they were born, what were their birth details. What were their features? Who are they?
Her name is Carleigh McKenna. Her name was chosen before she was born and before we even knew she would not survive. Carleigh means 'free man' and McKenna means 'ascend'. Her name seem very fitting for her.
Carleigh was born on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 3:49 am. She was 3 lbs 15 oz and 13.5 inches long. Even... though she was small, she still had long fingers and toes and chubby baby features, especially her cheeks! Because of her anencephaly, the top of her head was exposed but despite this she still had quite a bit of hair. It was dark brown and I made sure to get a few locks to keep.
She is the 3rd of our 5 daughters. She is a precious gift of God that we were not able to keep on this earth yet she continues to bless our lives. Every day I am thankful for her. My life is different because of her. It’s taken a path I would not have chosen for myself had she not died, but on this path I have found many good things and ways to continue to honor the memory of my daughter. She lives on through me and through others she inspires.