Kara Keough Bosworth has revealed she is expecting a child one year after the death of her newborn son McCoy.
Bosworth, 32, reflected on loss and renewal as she announced she was pregnant with her third child via an Easter Sunday Instagram celebrating both ‘new life’ and ‘sacrifice.’
Kara’s snaps showed daughter Decker, five, crouching next to three Easter baskets – one for her, one for McCoy and one without a name – in front of a garden stake with said: ‘McCoy’s a big brother! Sprouting this spring!’
The daughter of RHOC original Jeana Keough tragically lost son McCoy six days after delivering him via home birth in April 2020.
Rebirth: Kara Keough Bosworth announced she was expecting a third child in a bittersweet Easter Instagram a year following the loss of newborn son McCoy
‘For Christians, for Jews, and for me, this time is a reminder of the death of firstborn sons. Sacrifice. Suffering. Mourning. Grief.
‘Why is this night different than other nights? Last Easter was the worst night of my life. We held our firstborn son in our arms as he took his final breaths. We spent time in the hell that is watching your child die.
‘This Easter is decidedly better. Despite that wretched Easter night, I can’t ignore that this day also represents rebirth. Renewed hope.
‘It is said that the word “Easter” is derived from the goddess Eostre. Eostre, the goddess of fertility, symbolizes the birth of new life and the dawn of spring.
‘And so it is for us. New life, the dawn of something beautiful and restorative. Quite literally rising from the ground.
‘We miss you, Mack-a-doodle. Thank you for sending us this sacred gift. You’re a big brother! Tell Grandpa that I said he was right. He’ll know what I mean.’
Hopeful: The reality star’s excitement quickly turned to despair after she lost her infant on account of childbirth complications, ultimately passing days later from ‘shoulder dystocia and a compressed umbilical cord’
Tragedy: The daughter of RHOC original Jeana Keough lost son McCoy six days after delivering him via home birth in 2020
The basket that represents her soon-to-be new addition featured a rainbow on it, as she alluded to the child being their ‘rainbow baby,’ — a term for a child born to a family that has previously lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death during infancy.
Kara has very vulnerably shared snaps of her late son McCoy after he died due to ‘shoulder dystocia and a compressed umbilical cord.’
In her religious-tinged message last April, she reflected on the loss and wrote that the infant was in a ‘better place.’
‘May his legacy shine in the form of lifetimes aplenty – lives filled with laughter, compassion, energy, love, and most of all gratitude.
Legacy: Since the loss she has continued to keep his memory alive by way of photos and a ‘garden of life’ in her backyard
‘May it be said that McCoy Casey Bosworth left this world in a better place, for a better place…. that he made an impact… that he was an answered prayer… that he was a hero. May angels lead him in.’
Since the loss she has continued to keep his memory alive by way of photos and a garden in their backyard named after him called ‘McCoy Casey’s Garden of Life.’
She also got a tattoo of an ‘M’ on her arm with his ashes in the ink. ‘He can stay forever in my arms this way, in the place he last rested,’ she wrote one month after his passing.
After the loss, she and her husband joined a support group for bereaved parents, and additionally she penned a touching essay for Good Morning America about what it means to lose a child.
Memory: She also got a tattoo of an ‘M’ on her arm with his ashes in the ink. ‘He can stay forever in my arms this way, in the place he last rested,’ she wrote one month after his passing
‘We blame ourselves, not because we did anything to harm our children, but because we’re their mothers, and protecting them is our most sacred duty,’ she wrote, adding at the time that her grief fluctuates daily.
Speaking of the support she received from her bereavement group she shared that she felt lucky to have others who understood her pain.
‘Every day, every minute, another mother joins us in this club. It’s a club no one wants to be a part of, but the love and compassion within it are unlike any other. The instant bond that ignites between two women when we sit together in this pain is almost spiritual.’
Though she announced on Easter that she and husband of seven years Kyle Bosworth are now expecting, she did not reveal how far along in her pregnancy she is.
Support system: After the loss, she and her husband joined a support group for bereaved parents, and additionally she penned a touching essay for Good Morning America about what it means to lose a child