Kara Keough has shared two special ways she is memorializing her late son.
As you’ll recall, the Real Housewives of Orange County alum’s infant, whom she and her husband Kyle Bosworth named McCoy, passed away during childbirth due to “shoulder dystocia and a compressed umbilical cord.” The 32-year-old has previously shared photo tributes in honor of the baby via social media, but just unveiled a new permanent dedication in his memory.
On Sunday, she shared a pic (above) to Instagram showcasing her new tattoo, as well as a new stuffed animal bearing a very special meaning. In the caption, she explained:
“This bear weighs exactly 11 pounds and 4 ounces. Exactly the size of the hole in my heart. But thanks to this thoughtful gift, my arms don’t feel so painfully empty. I can’t quite articulate how much carrying the exact weight of McCoy against my body grounds me. I think my physical need for him will be there forever, the heaviness of his absence always present. But this sure helps. Thank you @kylieraedesignsfor this big dude and thank you @mb_jacketsfor the custom ribbon.”
So sweet and definitely a very thoughtful gift. The former Bravo personality went on to explain that not only is her new “M” tattoo obviously dedicated to her son, but his ashes were also used in the ink:
“Also feeling thankful for my new (first) tattoo, with my son’s ashes in the ink… so that my baby can be with me always. He can stay forever in my arms this way, in the place he last rested. I know I’m privileged in my grief, to have the support of so many. It’s very hard to feel lucky right now, and yet, somehow, I know I am.”
Jeana Keough‘s daughter went on to detail a few of the difficult situations she has been in recently, including people around her asking about McCoy. We’re sure those weren’t easy for her and the family to hear, especially since it was all still so fresh:
“That being said, I’m very much ready for the d**k kicks to stop. To the poor Shipt shopper who remarked ‘the baby should have been born by now, right?’ and the shocked insurance agent, and the others who didn’t mean to throw the grenades they did… when I say ‘It’s okay,’ I don’t mean ‘I’m okay,’ I’m saying I know you didn’t know. But I promise, you’re not upsetting me by ‘reminding’ me, I’ll never need a reminder. I’m just sad that the answer to your question isn’t what I hoped it would be. It should be a joyful Q&A, not a landmine.”
Keough concluded her post:
“It should be different. Instead, here I am, clutching a stuffed toy wishing it was a real boy. To my Instead Mamas, I thank you especially for all the continued comfort, encouragement, and love. And you’re right, it is getting easier to bear. (Look! I even did a pun. Good for me.)”
We’re sending our continued love to Kara and her family.
[Image via Kara Keough/Instagram.]