Like many first-time parents, Matt and Liz Logelin were understandably nervous. Two months before her due date, Liz was put on bed rest in early March to keep from going into labor prematurely. Twice, she was wheeled into the delivery room, and twice, the baby changed its mind. So when baby Madeline finally arrived on March 24, small but healthy, the entire family breathed a sigh of relief. Then the unthinkable happened. Liz, 30, passed out the next day on her way to hold her daughter for the first time.
Within minutes, the young mother was dead from a blood clot no one knew she had developed. Suddenly, Matt Logelin was facing life as a new dad and a 30-year-old widower all at once.
As his world fell apart, Logelin turned for solace to the Internet, which has become an unexpected lifeline for many sharing joy or grief. In his case, both. He told their story in a blog, www.mattlogelin.com, which he subtitled:
"Life and death. All in a 27-hour-period."