Riley passed away last night. He was surrounded with love from his wonderful mother and father. I can not imagine the pain that Hannah and Dan are feeling right now. I am ever so grateful that they at least had 2 weeks with their sweet little boy. They got to feed him, snuggle him, rock him, hear his sweet purring newborn cry, and they got to love him. Some parents of infant loss never even get to touch their sweet babies, and those parents I bet would tell you they would take and cherish two weeks over nothing.
I know that this probably does not give them comfort right now, as I doubt anything can. But later on down the road they will cherish these memories and all those precious moments they shared as a family. We are also comforted to know that Riley is now at peace and that Hannah and Dan can finally move on to the next stage of all of this. Not to sound callous. But the longer Riley held on the harder it was getting on Hannah and Dan. They were not leaving his side for fear that if they left that would be the moment. No one would ever wish for death to come, but at times, all you are asking for is peace. Riley now is not struggling. And Hannah and Dan...well Hannah and Dan...I don't know...we will pray for them every day and light our candle every night. We pray for them to find the strength to carry on, in their own time, in their own way.
I'm sorry I can't do any other posts at this time. This has been in the forefront of my mind for the last week. All my other worries and concerns seem so minor right now. I'll post again though on Monday. It is a big weekend! Santa Claus parade and our first ultra sound Monday afternoon. I have a lot of feelings about this. Not too many good ones... ;(
Whatever will be will be...