Giving up baby

“People who haven’t gone through this heartbreak don’t understand the helplessness you feel, the loss.”

That’s Callie Mitchell, a 25-year-old photographer for the University of Iowa’s Daily Iowan, talking about giving up a child for adoption.

Her story — a diary, really — covering the time from when she discovered she was pregnant last March, to yesterday, when she most recently talked with the adoptive parents, is featured today in the Daily Iowan.

At first, I thought I had made a mistake and that I should have my son with me. I cried a lot for the first month he was gone. Even now, I cry every once in a while because I miss him. In all honesty, this is the best thing I could have done for my son, and I did it completely out of love for him. He now has the perfect parents that give him so much love. I have no doubt they will raise him to be the best person he can be, and they will also be able to provide him with every opportunity to reach any goal he has for his life. I’ll always be there. I’ll always be involved and always be cheering him on and loving him from a distance.

It’s an incredible online project, which you can find here.

(h/t: Romenesko)