Our first baby was due July 27, 2016. On July 24 we went into the hospital to find out our sweet Lyla Jane had had a cord accident. Our world changed forever. This past year has been what I pray is the hardest year of our lives. After a lot of praying and talking to Lyla, we welcomed her little brother on July 10, 2017. What we have learned so far on our journey is to hold on to hope and trust God. We miss our beautiful girl every day but we are thankful for the promise that we will see her again in Heaven
Harrison Bryan Brinson
When we found out we were expecting our second child, a baby boy in late fall of 2016, we were beyond grateful. Our three year old daughter, Kate, couldn't wait to meet her brother, Harrison. He was expected to join our family in June 2017, but he instead was born on January 29, 2017 at just 20 weeks and 1 day gestation. Shortly after birth, our precious son went to Heaven. The deep pain and grief to follow has been incredibly difficult, yet our good Heavenly Father has met us in our suffering, bringing daily comfort to our aching hearts. We are beyond grateful to be Harrison's mommy and daddy, and we know Kate is so proud to be his big sister, as she speaks of him often and includes him as a part of our family. And a part of our family he is, always our son and second born, our precious forever baby that has changed our hearts forever.
Aiden Deon Brown
Aiden was born stillborn on January 26, 2016 at 40 weeks of pregnancy. What was meant to only be my final check up before being induced that evening, turned into my biggest heartache, when I was told that a heartbeat could not be found. I was in total disbelief as he had been moving vigorously only the day before. That moment in time changed our lives forever. Aiden is now the image of change and faith in our lives. We no longer take time and life for granted. I absolutely choose to live everyday with purpose and without regret. We find ourselves blossoming into better versions of ourselves, forgiving more quickly and loving more easily. Our baby boy is definitely fulfilling the meaning of his name. He is definitely the "little fire" we needed to ignite a developing awesomeness in our lives. Daddy and mommy love you Aiden. Always and forever.
Mateo Pineda Cardona & Baby Pineda Cardona
I lost two babies within 6 months. First at 6 weeks of pregnancy and the second one at 15 weeks. Both pregnancies were easy, I never got sick and everything seemed perfectly fine until that final ultrasound when there was no heartbeat. Now I have two angels that took a piece of my heart with them...but I am blessed to have a beautiful, healthy 2-1/2 year old son who is my rock, my reason to celebrate and enjoy life. He'll walk with me to remember those precious angels that we never got to meet.
Hayden Liam Daniel
Our son was born on June 24, 2014 with a Congenital Heart Defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He lived for almost six months. Most of his life was in the hospital. Only about two months total he was home. He had two open heart surgeries, 3 hearts caths, G-tube and nissen surgery, and a diaphragm placation surgery. He had two cardiac arrests. He also suffered some seizure activity after one of his cardiac arrests. After all that though he fought hard until December 19th when his body mostly results of his lungs just couldn't take anymore. He passed in our arms surrounded by family. He is our hero and will be forever loved.
Colton Lawson Reece Dobson
On December 19, 2014, our first child, Colton, was stillborn at full term. From that moment our lives changed forever and all the excitement and happiness of the pregnancy of our child, was gone along with all the dreams we had for our little boy. Colton's Comfort is a ministry that was started in our son's honor that provides soft facial tissues to grieving families who experience the loss of child while in the hospital. Colton's Comfort is honored to provide pocket pack tissues for families at the Atlanta Walk to Remember.
Sarah LilyAnn Drake
On July 16, 2016 at 10:32pm, God blessed the Drake family with Sarah LilyAnn. Kicking & screaming, making her presence known to all as she entered this world, Premature, she was 7 months, 2 weeks and 5 days in her mother’s womb. At birth, she had one eye open, testing this world.Eventually, she opened both eyes to fully check out everyone around her. Sarah had personality as she stole the hearts of the nurses, doctors,surgeons, chaplains, close friends, church members and family. She did not like to be tampered with unless she demanded it. If she were resting, please don’t disturb her. You would know that she didn’t appreciate it. If she were awake, she enjoyed your talking and reading to her quietly.Sarah was 16.5 inches long, yes unusual for a premature baby. She loved to kick her long legs and stretch her long arms. As the nurses would turn her body in one position, she immediately changed to another that she liked. Her favorite position was on her back, arms over her head, feet crossed at the ankles. (Sarah could be seen in early ultrasound pictures in this same position!!) The nurses would position tubes in her body and nose in which she would remove to her satisfaction.She developed so quickly that she was moved to another area of the nursery. At the beginning of day 11 of Sarah’s life, she developed digestion problems that required surgery. She was transferred from her original home of Piedmont-Atlanta to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston. Her doctor prayed before the surgery. Little did we know, God was calling Sarah home. For twelve days and 16 hours, God allowed Sarah’s village of family and friends to love her, nurture her and tell her how much God loved her.Long arms reaching, long legs kicking and open eyes saying “Goodbye for now.”“What the caterpillar calls the end of life, the master calls the butterfly.”
Raelynn Brooke Foster
To our Raelynn Brooke Foster,We were dying to become parents BUT we had no idea that you’d be the one to die first. You never got to take your first breath, open your eyes or wake me up at night. Our hearts were once beating together and now mine beats slightly-broken, alone.You were more than perfect…. All 6 pounds,12.8 oz and inches of you. I have never seen someone so beautiful. Your beautiful black hair ( like your fathers and mine when we were infants), big beautiful blue eyes, sweet nose that was a combination of your fathers and mine and your sweet feet and hands.The day I gave birth to you my world fell apart.. You had passed away… they did not find a heart beat the morning I didn’t feel you move to wake me. You can't prepare someone no matter how long you have that when your baby is born he or she will not cry will not move.. It was the hardest thing your father and I have ever gone through. Our world fell apart. And we are having a hard to put it back together because you, the little lifeless body that showed us what true love is. Love is not seeing someone but loving them with every inch of your soul. Love is hurting so bad but at the same time you feel joy for getting the pleasure to know them the little time you had. Love is seeing your baby dead yet knowing you wouldn't trade it for the world because that is your baby and even though things didn't go the way we planned you are still perfect, you are still the best, and you were still our daughter.Life is hard moving on, it was hard waking up this morning, it is hard, everything we do is hard because we lost you... Yet we wouldn't change it for the world because you are perfect.. I held the most perfect human being in my arms not everyone can say that and for that reason I’m alive, I'm living, I'm surviving without you because nothing in this world has made my life more complete then you, my daughter, Raelynn Brooke Foster. This was a rough start to motherhood but what people don’t/won’t realize is your father had a tough start to fatherhood. In someways the toughest because this Sunday will be father’s day. Luckily for us, your birthday and father’s day will not always be the same day ( because father’s day moves each year, but every now and then they will line up but I promise, I will be here for your father. I catch myself wondering what you would look and be like. Maybe you would have been good at running and soccer like me or clever, athletic and funny like your father. I am pretty sure you would have been a nice combination of them all. We hope you like the balloons we will send you each birthday. Balloons in our house mean birthdays. It will be because of you that we will make such a fuss of the Balloon Fairy on your siblings birthdays when your dad and I decide to try again.
Journii Kassidy Hall
I lost Journii 4/23/2015 which was the worse day of my life. As a women we really don't think these type of things would happen to us. Journii was my first daughter , my first pregnancy and my first lost; so she was and still is very close my my heart. I decided not to have children anymore after what happened to me it was just a traumatic situation and I just couldn't risk it again. Journii taught me how to love myself, and since then I've always put me first. You never know what God is taking you through so help you appreciate what you he has for you. Here I am 2 years later pregnant with Journii's brother Cameron and it's the most amazing thing ever. I appreciate Northside for all they have done for me.
Evelyn Nora Heath
Evelyn's Story: Our Evelyn was delivered on a rainy Tuesday morning. The nurses cooed over her, adoring her features and chubby cheeks. They asked permission to photograph our baby in her gown. We agreed, and we were glad to have a reminder of this precious little one. They laid our baby in my husband's arms and told us to take as long as we needed. Our nurses were a Godsend to us that fateful day. They brought a sense of calm and practicality to painful chaos, which we were grateful. Gene brought her to me and I kissed her cheek, still warm from my body. My husband and I clung to one another crying, trying to figure out how we fell into this nightmare. We held her and told her we loved her. We alternated holding her, staring at one another in silence at times. We tried to memorize every detail of this wonderful child we had waited for, trying to fit a lifetime of stories into hours.The hardest task I've ever had to do in my life was leave Evelyn behind. I left the hospital clutching a white box, decorated in ribbons and felt flowers. This box was filled with our baby's dress, hat, diaper, blanket, and bracelets. The last tangible items we had of Evelyn. We arrived home in a haze of emotional pain. In the weeks following, we received family and friends, phone calls, texts, gifts, meals, and letters. We repeated the story over and over, and our tears would come and go. I learned quickly of miscarriages and stillbirths that many friends and family had experienced. God used the experiences of others and their compassion to comfort me. I soon realized that the loss of a child was a common experience. These days were so sad but God was nearer to me than He has ever been. Evelyn changed me. Not in the ways that I asked for, and not in ways I expected. Even though she didn't live to open her eyes or take her first breath, she taught us much about love. I think of her every day and I am grateful that she came into our lives. God is faithful. He has restored my joy in life and given me peace that His plans for our family are perfect and complete, for now. We don't always understand His will for us, but our understanding does not change His sovereignty. We must trust Him wherever we find ourselves. The Lord has used that time to teach me more of Him than I would have ever known, except through such a trial. Know that the pain and sorrow of this life are temporary and that if our hope is in Christ, we can endure whatever He brings. There IS hope. As time passes, the Lord will heal. He has a plan for you that has included much pain, but one that is designed to make you more like Christ. Place your trust in Jesus. We look forward to the day we see our sweet baby girl again, and oh how sweet that day will be.
Ethan D'Wayne Johnson
Remembering our baby boy Ethan D'Wayne Johnson born @29 weeks on May 11, 2015 along with his twin brother Aaron Scott Johnson who is well and thriving today. We really miss and wish we could share all the great memories we've collected over the past two years with him. But he's watching over us all enjoying from heaven. We love you Ethan - Mommy, Daddy, Ma'Kari & Aaron
Phara Lynae Keyes & Baby Keyes
March 26, 2012 was the day our lives forever changed. That was the day we heard the words no parent wants to hear..."there's no heartbeat." March 27, 2012 our beautiful first-born child, Phara Lynae, entered this world silently. We were exactly one week away from her delivery, and my pregnancy had gone well with no complications. This took us completely by surprise. The reason for her death is believed to be a clot in her cord. Although her life was short, she has left an everlasting impression on our lives and will forever be a part of our family.
January 6, 2016 I went to the doctor for some issues I'd been having. It was during that visit they discovered I was pregnant, but the pregnancy was not viable. The baby was growing in my cervix. Cervical Ectopic pregnancies account for less than 1% of ectopic pregnancies. I was told the best known option was a hysterectomy, but I decided against that. Instead I took the medical route to terminate pregnancy. Although there was a huge concern and risk of hemorrhage, I thank God that I lived to tell my story. That loss was very hard because at the same time I heard I was pregnant with a baby that had a very strong heartbeat, I had to make the decision to end life in order to save mine. Baby Keyes left this world at 8 weeks gestation.
Nathan Zachery Lowe
After being told by two different fertility clinics that we would never be able to get pregnant, We very surprisingly and miraculously found ourselves to be pregnant in Oct. 2010. (We took four pregnancy tests that weekend just to be sure.) We were beyond excited. Things were moving along in the pregnancy and we came to our 20 week perinatology appointment. It was on Valentine’s Day, 2011 we learned we would have a son, but that he had a condition called bi-lateral renal agenesis also known as Potter’s Syndrome. There are different levels of this condition; but in our son’s case, he did not develop any kidneys. We were told that if he did make it to delivery, he would not live very long after birth – only minutes or hours. Naturally, we were devastated. A friend who works with hospitals across the country made some calls and found out there was a special department at Northside to help people like us. We reached out to the Perinatal Loss office and got connected with Melissa Petersen. We are so glad we made the call and forever grateful to Northside for having this incredible team of people. We worked with Melissa to implement a birth plan that would allow us to be in a recovery room where our family, close friends and a NiLMDTS photographer were able to meet our son. Nathan was born in June 2011 and lived for almost 2 hours. Our experience, although incredibly hard, was also one of the most amazing days of our life. We give God the glory for blessing us with Nathan. We give Melissa and the Perinatal Loss team our gratitude for allowing our blessed occasion to be as wonderful as anyone could experience in that situation. Looking back on Nathan’s birth always brings us joy and we wouldn’t change a thing.
We lost our baby early at only 8 weeks. We got pregnant in May and loved our baby for the 4.5 weeks that we knew he/she was in the womb. When we went in for our first ultrasound, we were told there was no heartbeat and that the baby had stopped developing. This was our very first pregnancy, and it feels like there will be a tiny hole in our hearts forever.
Joshua Trent Massaro
Our sweet Joshua was born on March 10. Although he was only here for 5 days, he made an everlasting impact on our lives and the lives of many others.He was perfect in every way but he lost oxygen during labor and delivery. The devastation to his body was so widespread that it took our son long before his time. He fought hard, but went to play with Jesus on March 15. He will be forever loved and forever missed.
Rachel Elizabeth McGill
Our first child, Rachel Elizabeth McGill, went to be with Jesus in June 2013. A sudden and tragic loss at 40 weeks gestation due to a nuchal cord accident. We were able to hold her, share her with our families, take many photos, and most of all love on her during our stay at Northside Hospital. We cherish every minute we had with her and will never forget how she felt in our arms. We miss her enormously every day but we have the hope of Heaven and look forward to the day we hold her in our arms again. Her little brother, Jacob, born in 2014, is our rainbow and God’s promise. He knows all about his big sister and loves to look at her things, especially her dress and booties. Rachel will always be our first child and we make it our priority to keep her memory alive. We hope her life is a blessing to others just as it has been to us. We miss you and love you so much, our little lamb, Rachel. Melissa and Wayne McGill
Charlie TeresaAnn Moore
Happy 5th birthday (9/30/12) to our beautiful angel. Momma and Daddy love and miss you with every part of our beings. Not one single day has gone by where you are not thought of or your name has not been spoken from our lips. And even though you and your little sister never got the chance to know each other here on earth, she thinks very highly of her big sister. She knows all about you and has even named her favorite doll, that she takes everywhere, after you. Charlie TeresaAnn. Our first born. You were an angel from the start. Happy birthday.
Ryland Parker Moore
Our first child, Ryland, was unexpectedly born on April 2, 2016 at 24 weeks and weighing 1lb. 4oz. That day was the best & one of the worst days of our lives. Ry's birthday was supposed to be filled with joy and excitement surrounded by our friends and family eagerly anticipating his arrival, waiting to hold and love on him. Instead it was a surreal nightmare filled with fear, tears, questions and worry. I didn’t get to see my baby boy until almost 12 hours later, but once I laid my eyes on him I fell so in love. I was overwhelmed with just how amazingly perfect he was, all 1 lb. 4 oz. of him. A day that was filled with so much sadness quickly turned into the best day of my life. We spent 35 excruciating days in the NICU at both Kennestone and CHOA. He was such a strong fighter, but we were asking his tiny body to do things it wasn’t prepared yet to do. Our sweet baby boy went to heaven on May 7, 2016. More than a year later and not a day goes by that I don’t think about him and how different my life would be right now with him in it, but I do thank the Lord for all of the things that he has taught me through Ryland. As painful as it is right now, it does bring me comfort to know that I have more life with him ahead of me than behind me. We love you, Ry Bug!
Nicolas Ray Munoz
Nicolas was born on 11/2/16 @ exactly 22 weeks. He never took his first breath, opened his eyes or let out a loud first cry but the impact he made on our lives is more than we could ever explain. He is our first born & we know he is the reason behind the baby we are going to be having in just a few days-his baby brother, Dylan Ray. We will never forget him and his daddy & I strive every single day to make him proud of us.
Scarlett River Sudduth Nunez
Scarlett River was born sleeping on June 15th, 2017 due to malpractice & non information of a problem that could have otherwise been helped. I miss my angel every waking second. My first born will always have a special place in my heart.
Abigail Marie Pennington
Abigail (Abbie) Marie Pennington was born on September 21, 2016 at 25 weeks due to severe Preeclampsia. She did well until doctors discovered she had an E. Coli infection and gradually declined. Our sweet baby girl fought as hard as she could for 11 days, but could not fight it any longer. She passed on October 2, 2016 at 8:00 am at Northside Forsyth on the very day of the Atlanta Walk to Remember. She will always be our beautiful sweet innocent baby girl. She lives on forever in our hearts and soul and watches over her Mommy and Daddy each and everyday. Until we meet again sweet beautiful Angel Abbie. Mommy and Daddy love you so very much!
Catherine Grace Schaffer
In early 2015, we learned that we were expecting our second child. The first trimester ended without issue but a routine blood test early in the second trimester showed high risk of either Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18. Because of the age of gestation, we waited for the time that an amniocentesis could be performed. At 17 weeks gestation, we learned that our second daughter, Catherine Grace, had Trisomy 18, a rare genetic condition considered medically to be incompatible with life. We were give the option of termination by our doctors, but prayer and faith led us to the decision to carry our daughter. Presented with the medical probability that our daughter would not survive gestation, we knew that our decision to carry to term was the right decision for us when Catherine was born living at 38 weeks. The Lord blessed us with a few short hours with her before she went to rest in the arms of Jesus. Her short, earthly life was filled with more love than I could have ever imagined.We thank God everyday for our precious angel and are comforted in knowing that when we turn our eyes towards the heavens she is watching us too.
Tess Urrutia & 4 other angel babies
Out of seven pregnancies, we have 2 incredible little boys we feel lucky to share our lives with here on earth. Our journey to create a family took many years and involved tremendous heartache but we have finally learned to see the gifts in the adversity and are so grateful for the divine path we've been given. The members of the HEARTstrings team has been a source of support for us more so than any other organization or person. We are blessed to have them be a part of our tribe.
Sovereign Nichola Watts
My angel ascended while she was in my womb at about 7 months. She was so much fun to have. Even while in the womb, I just knew she was going to be my dancing queen. Everyone did too. I was always dancing and felt so lifted spiritually as I felt her kicks speed up to the Afro Caribbean music of our culture. She was already deemed as my free spirited, happy, dancing baby and I loved her so much before I even saw her little face. I knew she would be an example to other young girls of how to love and carry yourself, an exhibition of "girl power" hence the reason why I named her "Sovereign". Therefore, I named and started a nonprofit in her name "Sunflowers of Sovereign".I will conclude by saying what I told her and still tell her everyday "Mommy Loves You"
Ella Grace Whittle
Our Ella was here on this earth for 6 days. She was our tiny perfect little girl, she fought so hard and we will never be the same. On April 15, 2015 my husband and I were going to a regular doctors appointment being 25 weeks along in our pregnancy. We were sent over to the emergency room due to dangerously high blood pressure. We were monitored overnight and in the morning transported to Northside to be in the hospital for the duration of my pregnancy. Little did we know the within 6 hours of arriving to Northside we would be having an emergency c section. Ella Grace was born weighing 15 ounces and was smaller than a sheet of paper. She was tiny but perfectly formed. She is our little angel now and is watching over us and her little sister Ryleigh. Who was born at 31 weeks.
Caleb Edward Winn
Caleb was born on May 15, 2014. He weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces and was 14.5 inches long. He was born two months early with Trisomy 18. While Caleb was only with us for a few hours, his place in our hearts will be there forever.