As many of you know, I work with the organization Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS), which provides infant bereavement photography for terminally ill or stillborn babies. Often I don’t get a chance to meet the families until that moment I open the hospital room door, but I met Baby Joshua’s mommy early this summer. We were able to sit down and talk about the family’s wishes and all the special moments they had planned for Joshua. Then we ended up running into each other at swimming lessons and that gave the older children a chance to see me again.
Yesterday morning I got that call Joshua was ready to meet his family. And he was really ready to meet everyone, I arrived at 10:40 and at 11:14am Joshua Henry was born! I feel so blessed that I was able to spend hours with Baby Joshua and his wonderful, loving family. As soon as his brothers and sisters came in to meet him he opened his eyes to see those people he has been hearing all these months. Joshua had so many loving visitors and he peacefully let everyone introduce themselves. He did let us know (with the loudest cry of the day) that Kangaroo Care with Mom was his favorite place to be snuggled.
Joshua passed away this morning from complications of Trisomy 13, he was surrounded by his loving family. It has taken me so long to write this post, it is just so difficult to write. Please keep Joshua’s family in your thoughts and prayers! And remember NILMDTS is a wonderful organization for families in need. Please feel free to contact me if you need more information.