For the last couple of months I've been corresponding with some other moms who were also carrying babies with Trisomy 13. Oddly enough, they were due within just a few days of me, in early August. Together we shared the same hopes, dreams, fears, and anxieties of our babies' arrivals. One mom had informed me 2 weeks ago that she was going to have to be induced on Monday, July 5th. I felt such heartache for her, knowing that she must be dreading that day, and would probably not be enjoying the holiday weekend leading up to it. It just seemed so soon. Little did I know that I would also end up delivering that quickly. Her angel Caleb arrived at 5:22am on Tuesday, just 3 hours after Ethan. He was alive at birth, and his parents actually got to bring him home with them on Thursday. They went to bed with him nestled between them. He passed away peacefully that evening in his sleep, literally surrounded by love.
Another mom texted me while I was in the hospital on Tuesday to tell me that she had gone in to the doctor's office and they were not able to find a heartbeat. I was devastated when I heard that news. She was induced and delivered her angel Owen on Wednesday, July 7th at 6pm. Like Ethan, he felt no pain and didn't have to suffer. He was loved unconditionally by his family.
How ironic it is that the three of us were all carrying our boys, due around the same time, and ended up delivering them within one day of each other. I can’t help but believe that God had special plans for our sons, and that is why He took them together so early. I like to think that they’ve already met each other, and are playing together in Heaven.
If you would, please keep angel Caleb, angel Owen, and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Pray that their families are able to find hope and comfort during their time of grief. Like us, they have a long road of healing ahead, and hopefully God will hold them close and fill their hearts with peace.