Mom to Samuel Evan
Born and died April 14, 2012
North Mankato, Minnesota
After only a few months of trying, my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first baby in September of 2011. We were overjoyed! We started preparing for him as soon as we knew he was there. We loved him so much and wanted him more than anything.
Then, our joy turned to horror when, during a routine ultrasound, the doctor noticed something was wrong with his kidneys. Our son, who we later named Samuel Evan, was diagnosed at 15 weeks gestation with a condition called Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV), a blockage in his urinary/bladder/kidney tract, and we were told he would not live. Our hearts were broken and our dreams shattered.
The doctors’ recommended termination, but because we loved our son dearly we knew we could never do that. So, instead of ending it, we chose make the most of his short life and enjoy every second we had with him. We read to him, sang to him, talked to him and did all we could to shower him with love.
At 35 weeks, he was born on April14, 2012 at 6:28pm and lived for four hours.
We are so completely heartbroken to live without him and we miss him so much. We wish with all our might this didn’t happen, but we know we made the right choice and we wouldn’t trade those memories of our time with him for the world. He is our little love and we will miss him every day for the rest of our lives.
RaeAnne blogs at http://www.imnotingwithoutyou.blogspot.com.
You can contact her at rememberingSamuelEvan@gmail.com.