Nine years ago, I had only been married for about seven months. So, Paul and I were just newly weds and we had only met almost 14 months earlier. We were not prepared for such a huge obstacle so early in our marriage. But, we had it so we just kept going.
I had just turned 20 and Paul was 22. We were so young. I didn't realize how young we were until I was older and looked back on it. Most people are surprised that I love talking about David. I love talking about him because he is my son, my baby and always will be. I want people to remember him. He also taught Paul and me so many things so early in our marriage. His short life was such a blessing and touched so many lives. He had so many amazing doctors and nurses.
Paul and I learned to rely on each other very early in our marriage. After David died, one of his doctors came up to us and told us how amazed he was by us. He said that many times the people in the NICU watched parents as their relationships were destroyed watching their baby struggle through the NICU, especially when they stay in there for a long time. They said that they were so surprised watching us as we grew closer to each other and stronger. He said that he saw children come in and adults leave. We were in there for 5 months so we were in there longer than most and the doctor said that was the first time he was able to see a couple as young as us survive a stay in the NICU as long as ours. I don't know how couples don't make it because I wouldn't have made it without Paul. I relied on him to pull me through and I hope he felt the same way about me.
|Paul and me and David's funeral. The man next to us is Allan, David's PPN and an absolutely amazing person! Don't we look great together?|
|Not sure why this one won't turn... "/ Anyways, this is the woman who made his outfit.|
|His cute little outfit (and Winnie the Pooh from his grandpa).|
Here are some family shots.
|My mom visiting him after the first brain surgery.|
|My sister and brother in law at the funeral. (Not sure why they won't turn today.)|
|Paul's grandparents in the NICU waiting room (only two people were allowed in at a time).|
|Paul's mom and me at the funeral.|
|Paul's dad "holding" David.|