Chrissy Teigen just got a tattoo in memory of baby Jack

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Chrissy Teigen has shared a photograph of a new tattoo she got in a poignant tribute to her late baby son Jack. Posting the picture to Twitter, Chrissy showed off her right wrist which now has the name 'Jack' etched in it in script, preserving the memory of her lost baby.

On September 30, following a stay in hospital, Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend shared the devastating news that they'd lost their baby boy, Jack, at around 20 weeks of pregnancy. He died due to complications with his placenta. The cookbook author initially shared the couple's grief with a series of black and white photos taken with Jack in the hospital. In a heartbreaking caption, Chrissy wrote: "We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before."

Following the sad announcement, the 34-year-old understandably took some time away from social media, until she shared a blog post last week in which she opened up in depth about the difficult experience of losing a child. "After a couple nights at the hospital, my doctor told me exactly what I knew was coming — it was time to say goodbye. He just wouldn’t survive this, and if it went on any longer, I might not either," Chrissy painfully described.

"Late one night, I was told it would be time to let go in the morning. I cried a little at first, then went into full blown convulsions of snot and tears, my breath not able to catch up with my own incredibly deep sadness. Even as I write this now, I can feel the pain all over again. Oxygen was placed over my nose and mouth, and that was the first picture you saw. Utter and complete sadness."

She ended her piece by sending thanks to well wishers, and explaining that writing about her loss had been cathartic. "I wrote this because I knew for me I needed to say something before I could move on from this and return back to life, so I truly thank you for allowing me to do so. Jack will always be loved, explained to our kids as existing in the wind and trees and the butterflies they see."

As Chrissy's new tattoo shows, Jack's legacy is a permanent one. He'll never be forgotten by his family, and the memory of him will be carried both internally and externally by his mother forever.

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