It has been one week since we welcomed Elijah into our world, giving birth to him was the most amazing experience of my life. I hope to write a birth story sometime soon but it is still a little to soon to do that, talking about him brings me to tears. My tears aren't always sad ones though, we were so blessed to have Elijah with us for twelve hours when we were only expecting to have minutes with him. He was so beautiful, he made all the little grunts and cries a newborn makes, and we even got to change a poopy diaper. Those twelve hours were so special to us. Eli passed away peacefully resting on my chest, he just simply stopped breathing. Having Elijah has changed our lives forever, and in a good way. Because of him I focus on the positive things in life, because of him I love more. On his one week birthday we remember the happy moments we spent with him, but we also remember the moment we said goodnight to our angel. Rest in peace Elijah, this is not goodbye, you will always be with us.
After several ultrasounds and two CVS tests, it was confirmed that our son, Elijah, had Trisomy 13. He had several defects such as extra fingers, cleft palate, no lenses (eyes), enlarged kidneys, two vessel cord, the right side of the heart appeared to be larger than the left, and a few more things. Although Eli had many complications, he was both perfect and beautiful to us. He has opened up our hearts to what love truly means. We were not sure if he would make it to term or through labor. Around 35 weeks it became obvious that Elijah's growth was slowing down. I was induced at 37 weeks, and Elijah Alexander was born at 2:30 am, April 25, 2010, weighing 4 lbs. 15 oz. He was absolutely beautiful. He lived for 12 beautiful hours, and at passed away peacefully at 2:30 pm, April 25, 210.
- I have such an amazing family, I am so blessed. My husband Jon and I have a beautiful daughter named Dylan who is constantly making us smile. We also have a son, Elijah, who has changed our world and touched our hearts. Even though he is an angel now, we will always embrace and celebrate his life.