They made their relationship work long distance, and when they were finally reunited they both got great jobs and were ready to get married. They were even more excited when Liz announced she was pregnant with their first child. The happiness, unfortunately, came to a quick end when an unexpected event changed everything forever. They met by chance at a gas station and the sparks began to fly right away! They were soon inseparable. Fairy Tale Beginnings Enduring Long Distances When the duo graduated high school, they had to face the music they would be attending colleges in different parts of the country.
Matt would attend the University of Minnesota and Liz would go to California. Despite the distance, their love endured and their relationship lasted. In he moved to L.
The two decided to travel the world and Matt proposed to Liz in Nepal. They were so excited to spend the rest of their lives together. Matt was working as a project manager at Yahoo! Both were enjoying much professional success. They also were making big moves in their personal lives. They bought a house together!
Little did they know something unexpected would turn their joy into misery. And Baby Makes Three Launching a Blog As most of their friends and family were in Minnesota, the pair decided to start a pregnancy blog to more easily communicate important updates. They regularly posted photos and updates about the pregnancy.
She had severe morning sickness and doctors eventually ordered her to rest for her safety. Matt took care of Liz who was usually very healthy. She was hospitalized and ordered to rest more by doctors. Matt continued to update the blog but he could have never imagined what he soon would have to write about.
Her pregnancy was classified as high-risk. Liz had to undergo an emergency C-section operation meaning the baby was born about two months prematurely. The duo welcomed their daughter Madeline into the world. Since she was born so prematurely, she was rushed off to the intensive care unit. Finally, she was told it was time. Liz Fainted Matt knew there was something seriously wrong with her.
He called doctors over immediately. And she was never going to hold her baby. By the time the family arrived, it was too late. Just 27 hours after giving birth, she unfortunately died. She had a blood clot that traveled to her lungs causing a pulmonary embolism. She was only 30 at the time of death.
He went from being a very excited new father to a devastated widower. He thought he would be uploading beautiful family pictures to the blog, but instead, the next post was a depressing one.
How could he go on let alone raise a daughter alone? He thought he would be posting beautiful, cute pictures of the entire family on the blog, but instead, he had to write the most depressing post of his life. He kept thinking how terrible it is that his wife would never hold their newborn baby girl. He struggled to do basic tasks and to speak with anyone who reminded him of her. Agonizing Reminders Seriously Struggling Matt very much struggled in the few weeks after Madeline was born.
On every Tuesday, when the clock reached 3. He felt at times these memories were torturing him. Everything seemed to remind him of Liz. Whenever he went out, neighbors and strangers would ask where the mom is.
This tore Matt apart. The Battle Continues Matt was totally lost in grief. At times he thought of taking his own life. His daughter gave him a reason to go on. Whenever he saw a new parent, he would fall apart. He also felt extremely lonely and sad. He needed something to help him get through this very difficult time. He posted to a parenting forum ran by the Minnesota Star Tribune. Matt faced rows of newspapers when he landed at the airport for the service featuring himself and Madeline on the front cover.
Many people were interested in his story and traffic soared. Matt stated in an interview he found it comforting but bizarre that he and Madeline were recognized by strangers who had seen photographs and knew their story.
Blog Extreme Highs and Lows He changed the pregnancy blog into a personal parenting blog and believed the writing process helped with his pain. His honest writing helped him deal with the grief to some extent. He found the support of other parents to be very helpful. They had some amazing memories together. Matt again wanted to change the blog, and it had a large effect on his small family.
Life and Death, All in a Hour Period. The blog also basically became an internet phenomenon. Matt was getting a ton of positive responses and advice and it gained a huge following. At one point there were between 1 and 1. An Overwhelming Response Easing the Pain The blog was very helpful for Matt finding support, getting advice, and encouraging him to move on with his life in a positive way.
He did not expect to have so many followers and people hoping for the best for him and Maddy. Sometimes even complete strangers who read his blog would send items to help him through the hard time.
Easing The Pain Unimaginable Care Some gifts Matt received were toys, clothing, diaper bags, formula dividers, and soon there were so many gifts it filled up most of his home.
Eventually, he set up a charity organization in honor of his wife with some of his most avid readers. He decided he wanted to donate the funds to widows and widowers he met through his blog.
The foundation is so successful that now it has an annual Walk, Run, and Hop 5K benefit. Matt realized how much the blog helped him and wanted to share it with his daughter.
When he took it over he thought it would be over in a year. This place was special to Matt because Liz and Matt went there together a year after they were married. Going Full Circle His Memoir He very much enjoyed the time with his infant daughter and he was able to complete his memoir entitled Two Kisses for Maddy: Naturally, it became a New York Times bestseller.
The title was inspired by Matt giving his daughter exactly 2 kisses before she goes to sleep each night. Brooke said she knew immediately Matt was the one. He felt the need to write about this on the blog and stated how Brooke brought so much happiness into their lives. Not everyone was nice about this change of circumstance. They decided to separate. A Secret Ceremony Matt and Lizzie tried to keep their relationship private. Fans, of course, were very interested and discovered a wedding website for the duo.
They had a secret wedding in Palm Springs, California in February Marta Kaufman and Denise DiNovi were supposed to be executive producers but did not go forward. On Screen Adaptation Channing Tatum In rumors began circulating that Channing Tatum would accept a role in a Hollywood film adaptation of the book and wanted to be the executive producer.
The movie is set to go! Dana Stevens has been hired to write the screenplay. He has a daughter named Everly. She was born to Channing and his wife Jenna in Channings Daughter The Long Process While what Matt went through was incredibly painful, the path that it lead him on helped himself as well as others. He taught a valuable lesson about picking yourself up after a tragedy and turning a bad situation into a more acceptable one.
Besides writing, he occasionally gives speeches to help other parents and widowers. The Long Process Camp Widow In addition to working with the foundation he created, Matt Logelin has helped many people who have lost a loved one. In , he spoke at Camp Window. It is a weekend learning retreat for those who have lost a spouse. He also led a workshop.
She recently turned 10 years old!