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Expecting Sunshine Film & Book Thank You’s!

Right off the bat, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the recent supporters of Expecting Sunshine Documentary film! Making a film is hard work – and so is the crowdfunding. Thankfully, there are amazing people out there that make things happen. It is because of them, and all the children they represent, that Expecting Sunshine has come alive in the world!

THANK YOU to our most recent supporters:

(in the order they were received)

Thank you Robert Duke for donating $500!

Thank you Rhonda and Bevan May for donating $1,000!

Thank you Patti Walker for donating $85!

Thank you Pregnancy After Loss Support for donating $85!

 

Thank you Stephanie Haight, in loving memory of Cullen Gray Pryor, for donating $20!

Thank you Sandy Rysavy, in loving memory of Baby Rysavy, for donating $85!

Thank you Jennifer Rose Long for donating $25!

Thank you Kelly Kittel for donating $25!

Thank you Naomi Maharaj for donating $100!

Thank you Anonymous for donating $100!

 

This is a painting that the Chute family painted together for the film.


BOOK TOUR: Multicultural Heritage Centre

I had a wonderful night at the Multicultural Heritage Centre’s “Wine and Words” book club this past week! Sitting around with a group of people who love to read is amazing. I felt like I was with kindred spirits. I have to say, I feel inspired to join a book club myself!

One great thing about Expecting Sunshine is that it gets people talking. The book club meeting was a wonderful experience hearing about the things that matter to people and how they approach life, grief, and personal self-discovery. I am grateful for all the stories shared – and the wine poured!

 

I am incredibly grateful for all the support Expecting Sunshine is receiving across the board – from the documentary fundraiser to the book tour to reviews and meaningful conversations. Thank you everyone! There are not enough words. Sending love!

Thank you for reading!

With gratitude,

Alexis Marie Chute

New Video: A Mother’s Reflections on Love and Loss

We have another progress video for Expecting Sunshine. It seems timely, today being Valentines Day.

The video is called:

A Mother’s Reflections on Love and Loss

In this video I talk about what it was like coming come after my second rainbow baby was born. Unfortunately everything was not sunshine and rainbows.

I had really bad baby blues. Postpartum depression maybe. Those conditions are challenging enough on their own, but add GUILT to the mix and you have the formula for extra heartache.

In my head I said to myself:

“I should be happy. I have a healthy baby. That’s all I wanted. So why am I so sad?”

I felt so guilty for my sadness in those first two weeks. After losing a child, I had been given a gift of a baby that lived. Fortunately I could recognize that my feelings were caused by hormones, not my child – and thankfully my body got back to normal. Despite all the tears, I appreciated the opportunity to reflect on Zachary, to feel the ache of longing for him, while also celebrating the new life, the new person in our family.

Has anyone else ever felt this swirl of emotions after having a rainbow baby?

Thank you for watching the video. Please share it with those in your networks that may need a little encouragement.


 

A big thank-you to crew member Tom for compiling the clip!


 

Pregnancy After Loss partnership with Expecting Sunshine

I am thrilled to announce a very special partnership between Expecting Sunshine – memoir and documentary – and PALS, which stands for Pregnancy After Loss Support. Expecting Sunshine is now included in the PALS Friends section, and PALS in our Sponsors area.


 

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This is a very important partnership as we share the same goal: to support and nurture women and families that are pregnant after loss.

I know from experience, having a baby after losing a baby is not an easy road to walk. Having just had my second rainbow child, I can say that the feelings are real, sometimes overwhelming, terrifying, exciting and confusing all at once. Pregnancy after loss is a roller coaster, but one that can be full of joy, love and positive anticipation with the right support and focus.

Here is some valuable information, compiled by PALS, regarding pregnancy after loss:

 

PALS_10_Facts 10 facts about pregnancy after loss

 

Monthly Column:

I am proud to share that I will be a monthly columnist for PALS, with my first article for them coming out on March 16. From then on, you will be able to read my column the third Wednesday of every month. I’m looking forward to sharing my journey and all the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Community is so important to me so please read, share and comment. I would love to hear from you!

 

Soon PALS will be blogging about Expecting Sunshine, both the documentary and memoir. Once it’s live, I will post here to link to it.


 

I am honoured to share with you more about our new partners:

 

About PALS:

“Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) is a community support resource for women experiencing the confusing and conflicting emotions of grief mixed with joy during the journey through pregnancy after loss. We seek to help expectant mothers celebrate their current pregnancy by choosing hope over fear while still nurturing and honoring the grief over the loss of their deceased child.”

PALS Mission:

“Pregnancy After Loss Support’s vision is that every mom and her partner who is experiencing pregnancy after loss is able to find support and connection among both peers and health care professionals who understand and validate the unique and complex experience of pregnancy after a previous perinatal or child death.”

I am proud to be working towards the same goals as our new partners. Many great things are in store!


 

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If you are reading this and would like to be a friend of Expecting Sunshine through partnership or sponsorship, please email Alexis Marie Chute: info@alexismariechute.com

 

Growing Baby Belly, Growing Documentary Film

Gratitude to Expecting Sunshine Contributors

Huge gratitude to our Expecting Sunshine Documentary Film contributors! You all have made the first seven days of our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign a huge success! We want to acknowledge these supporters and celebrate their generosity and kindness. Without them, we could not progress with the exciting work of storytelling and filmmaking.

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.


THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS:


Robert Duke

Vivid Ribbon Inc.

Gou Noborio

Patti Walker

Marija Pavkovic Tovissi

Hedy Bach

MGODE Holdings Inc.

Hannah & Eden Chute (& their Ama)

Haley Erickson

Heather Erickson

And some very appreciated Anonymous contributors!


IN MEMORY OF:


Ernie Walker

Perry Walker

Jax and Baby Selinger


 

We still have three more weeks of our crowdfunding campaign. We hope to reach our goal before that time and raise a little more to cover additional post-production and distribution expenses. This project will be a success and we sincerely thank everyone for all the tremendous support!

 

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:


 

  • Visit our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign by clicking here: http://igg.me/at/expectingsun
  • On our campaign page you can read the story, watch the trailer and see how much has been donated.
  • There are two ways to contribute:(1)   Along the right side of the screen there is a list of “Perks,” which are ways we thank you for supporting the film. You can click on the perk you want, it will open up with more info, and you will be given payment options (credit card or paypal).

    (2)   The other way, again on the right side of the screen but this time at the very top, you will see a white box that says “Your contribution” with a pink button below it that says “Contribute now.” There you can enter any amount (with this option you will not receive a “perk”). A new window will open and you can choose your payment method.


 

Again, thank you so much to all our current and future contributors!

–  Alexis Marie Chute & Crew