A mother's post about why she was pictured asleep in her baby's crib went viral.
Michigan-based mother Dayna Mager took to Facebook to share her heartbreaking story, which she said began when she climbed in the crib with her daughter, Luella, to soothe her. She explained that her husband came home to the two of them in the crib and decided to take a picture.
Mager had been through heartache before, having delivered her daughter via C-section.
"A c-section was never in our plans. We hadn’t talked about it," she wrote in a blog post following Luella's birth. "It wasn’t what we were believing for, and then my midwives and doctors said the word, and a little piece of inside my heart broke."
Mager felt compelled to repost the photo when she was reminded of one of the first times she and her husband, Matt, left their daughter to have a night to themselves:
One of the first times Matt and I left Luella, was to a worship concert. At that conference, a missionary shared his story, and it shook me to the core. A moment that would forever be burned in my fragile, hormone raging, new mommy heart that had already become 100xs more fragile after meeting her.
That missionary was in an orphanage in Uganda, and he has been in many before, but this one was different. He walked into a nursery with over 100 filled cribs with babes. He listened in amazement and wonder as the only sound he could hear was silence. A sound that is beyond rare in ANY nursery, let alone a nursery where over 100 new babes laid. He turned to his host and asked her why the nursery was silent. Then, her response to him is something I will never, ever forget. EVER. This was my "why" moment.
She looked at him and said, "After about a week of them being here, and crying out for countless hours, they eventually stop when they realize no one is coming for them..."
...They stop crying when they realize no one is coming for them. Not in 10 minutes, not in 4 hours, and maybe, perhaps, not ever...
I broke. I literally could have picked up pieces of my heart scattered about the auditorium floor. But instead, it stirred in me a longing, a hunger.. A promise in my spirit.
We came home, and that night as Luella rested her tiny little 10lb body against mine and we rocked, I made a promise to her. A promise that I would always come to her.
At 2:00am when pitiful desperate squeals come through a baby monitor, I will come to her.
Her first hurt, her first heartbreak, we will come to her. We will be there to hold her, to let her feel, to make decisions on her own, and we will be there. We will show her through our tears and frustrations at times, that it is okay to cry, and it's ok to feel. That we will always be a safe place, and we will always come to her. #luellamaepressplay #magerspresspause
Mager's post quickly went viral, garnering more than 60,000 likes and 22,000 shares on Facebook.
"This just shattered my heart and put it back together all at once. Thanks for sharing," one reader commented on Facebook.
"Well I'm a crying babbling mess..... I believe your story just made me a better mom and person. Thanks for the share," another wrote.