I’ve posted about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness before: I am “1 in 4 women” and recently just suffered a devastating Infant Loss due to Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). We had a beautiful little boy at 34 weeks, 3 lbs 7 oz and 15 inches long on Tuesday 7/16/19. He was a healthy baby, we were told he just needed to gain weight, take all his feeds by bottle and we would be able to take him home. We never heard of NEC or the risks of it until it was suspected that he had it on Thursday evening, 7/25. On Friday he was sent by helicopter to the children’s hospital for surgery, and he passed away on Sunday 7/28.
My husband and I endured the loss of many pregnancies to early miscarriage but we were knocked off our feet over the loss of our precious boy. He will never be forgotten. His life though short, meant a lot to many. We will cherish his memory always. Out of all his siblings in heaven, he was the only one we got to love on, take care of, kiss, and snuggle. I believe he tells our other angel babies about us and how great parents we are, though that makes me cry, it also makes me smile when I think about it.
This loss has challenged me to use all the tools I’ve learned and have taught others to overcome the Matters of the Heart. Grief doesn’t end, but I am able to move forward and fulfill my purpose.
We miss you sweet baby!