Danielle Propheta Matt and Liz Logelin were the picture-perfect couple. They were high school sweethearts who got married and were expecting their first child. Throughout the pregnancy, they documented everything on their blog for friends and family. The due date arrived and everything was going according to plan and Liz gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
But then tragedy struck out of nowhere. Only a few hours after bringing their beautiful little girl into the world, Liz died. As the pain sunk in, something told Matt to log into the pregnancy blog that he started just before their daughter was born. Read on to find out how his life completely changed after that moment. Love at First Sight Matt Logelin and Liz Goodman first locked eyes while at a gas station during their high school senior year.
From that point, the rest was history. While Liz enrolled at a college in California, Logelin chose to study his sociology degree at the University of Minnesota. After he made the move, it seemed crystal clear that they were destined to be together forever. Liz worked as a highly driven and motivated executive at Disney, while Logelin was a project manager at the internet search engine company, Yahoo!.
They were a power couple, but their lives were about to get even better. Liz discovered that she was pregnant in , two years after getting married. Adding a little one to their family was naturally the next step. Fate, however, had a completely different plan for the couple and it was going to change their worlds. A Trying Pregnancy With the incredible news came an equally difficult time for Liz. She experienced such severe morning sickness that her doctors instructed her to be on bed rest for three whole weeks.
It was seven weeks prior to the due date, but they had to act fast. Liz spent a short moment with her newborn baby, but, born premature, she had to be whisked off to the neonatal intensive care unit.
The proud parents will continue to update everyone on our beautiful baby. Look forward to even more good news. In fact, it was just the opposite.
A Mother-Daughter Reunion Liz was looking forward to seeing Madeline for the first time since giving birth. After five weeks of bed rest, she took a practice walk around the room in anticipation of seeing her daughter. The nurses prepared the new mom and, as with most women who have just given birth, placed her in a wheelchair to roll her to NICU where her week premature baby was waiting.
Matt Logelin staggered to support his wife, and felt overwhelmed by how heavy she suddenly felt. And she was never going to hold her baby. It killed her instantly. By the time Logelin had summoned their families to the ward, she was gone. His baby was only source of comfort to him during this sudden loss. A Bittersweet Reality Logelin felt completely torn after losing his beloved wife. On the one hand, he felt broken after his high school sweetheart of 12 years passed on, but on the other hand he felt complete joy over his newborn child.
Madeline was his whole world now. After the funeral, he raced to the hospital to hold his baby and feed her from a bottle. He told The Guardian: Doing it alone had never occurred to me. Torn and Grieving Logelin barely coped through the first few weeks.
Every Tuesday he would look at the clock at 3: At times he believed dying would be the only thing to take the pain away, but he never seriously contemplated doing that. His instincts told him to do something; something that would change both of their lives forever, without even knowing it. Dealing with the Pain The duties of fatherhood were suddenly sprung on Matt Logelin and it all felt like too much. When he took Madeline out, people would ask where her mother was and when he replied that she passed away the day after she was born, he would find himself comforting strangers.
He started posting his feelings and experiences, and surprisingly, it became the outlet he desperately needed. He poured his heart out and expressed how messed up he felt since her passing and how it felt to be a single parent and widower. Not only was Logelin channeling his feelings, but other parents offered advice and support through this very blog.
He built a community single-handedly, not only of mothers offering support, but of young widows and widowers searching for platforms to deal with the sudden loss of a spouse. Logelin received the advice he was looking for, and many widows and widowers used the blog as a forum to share their tragic journeys.
The Response At first, readers offered Matt Logelin their sympathy and condolences, but then the comments became more pragmatic with young mothers offering advice. A Chain Reaction The blog also became a platform for well-wishers to send all kinds of items to Logelin, so he could focus on raising Madeline and grieving.
Rachel Engebretson, one of the readers, set up a separate blog in hopes of coordinating all the support from a central location. Us Weekly People sent diaper bags and nail clippers, as well as formula dividers to measure the right dose of formula and hair clips after Logelin wrote about his fear of not dressing Madeline the way Liz would have.
A Love Letter Without even planning it, the blog that started out as a helpful platform where Logelin could express his grief, morphed into a kind of scrapbook about Madeline for her to look back on when she got older.
The blog started to read like a letter to Madeline about all the father-daughter events and moments they shared that would have otherwise been forgotten. A few months had passed since Liz passed, and he decided to take Madeline to the Plaza Hotel in New York, the place he and Liz spent their honeymoon. It was notable milestones and memories such as this that Logelin proudly wrote about.
Those numbers turned out to be the PIN number Liz created for an overlooked bank account. The Start of Something New Matt Logelin originally planned to stop blogging about his experiences after one year, but traffic on the page was at its peak. He realized that his blog became much bigger than just his story — it became a space where any single parent could deal with sudden bereavement.
The foundation planned charity events, such as 5 kilometer walks and runs in honor of his late wife. He wanted the foundation to become a network of support for widowed families, so the coordinators began holding a Celebration of Hope Gala event. This was just the start of many ventures Logelin would take on as a coping mechanism for his grief. When Tragedy Turns Into Blessing After learning all too well how it felt to have a loved one ripped away so suddenly, Matt Logelin was more determined than ever to help others in a similar situation.
Along with the work he did with the Liz Logelin Foundation, he ran workshops for the Camp Widow program. The single father also guest-posted for Glamour magazine along with his blog.
He quit his job to go traveling in India with Madeline for two months. India held a special place is in heart as he had traveled to the country with Liz the year after they married.
The time out provided him with the space and inspiration to write what became a New York Times bestseller and inspiration for an upcoming Channing Tatum movie. But the universe still had more blessings in store for Matt and Maddy. Things went extremely well, and she was introduced to Maddy during Christmas.
While the couple might have thought they belonged together, other peopled begged to differ. When Logelin posted about his budding relationship with Gullikson, many readers were very happy to hear that he had begun to date again.
But it seems like things always have a way of working out, and it made way for another budding relationship. They wanted to keep it quiet before anything became official. Would things work out this time for Logelin? As such, they had no intention of announcing their plans to marry.
Logelin still kept the public in the know about some personal details on Facebook and Instagram, but their nuptials were only discovered by accident on a wedding website by some of his readers. But where does Madeline stand in all of this? Madeline Growing Up Madeline has had quite an interesting upbringing, especially with constantly being reminded about the tragedy that surrounded her entrance into the world. However, she has been raised well by her loving father and has had a very happy life.
As soon as she started reading, she developed an interest in comic books and super heroes as well as rock music. Not all kids her age would have developed interests like that! Maddy also takes an active role in the foundation her father started. Matt Today Currently Matthew Logelin is still as involved as ever with The Liz Logelin Foundation as its president, running the organization and its fundraisers that provides resources to families suffering a huge tragedy like he did.
Meanwhile, Maddy Logelin keeps on growing and has developed quite a personality. Maddy Today As Madeline keeps growing up, she has become very inquisitive about her late mother and often asks Logelin what she was like and what she liked to do for fun. Her father frequently comments on how she resembles her mother in her appearance and her mannerisms. With the guidance of her amazing father, a new stepmother, and plenty of friends, Maddy has developed her own distinct personality in a surprising way.
As Confident As Ever Thanks to her supportive father, Maddy has learned to approach the world in a fearless, outspoken way. She has practically grown up with the foundation, ever since the first charity event in She did her first run with the Liz Logelin Foundation in June , at the age of six.
According to their website, they has been able to help families. The article highlighted the increasing rate in the US of women dying during childbirth due to a focus on the baby rather than the mother, among many other serious issues.
He took the pain of being left alone with his two sons and eventually started a blog in called Diary of a Widower.
He has also switched gears from the reporting world. Part of his practice includes counseling in English for expats living in the Netherlands since it can be difficult and lonely to acclimate following a big move. They have hotlines for a variety of people including veterans, those who are hard of hearing, a text chat option for those who are deaf and a Spanish-language hotline.