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Even Though Our Time Was Short, I'd Do It All Over Again

Photo Credit: Katelyn Lee

It was my first pregnancy, and even though my husband and I were nervous, we were excited.

Everything had been perfect. I had a doctors appointment May 4, 2021, and everything looked great. But by May 20, I was admitted to the hospital for extremely severe preeclampsia.

I stayed at my local hospital for four days before gaining 33 pounds in fluid over a two day period. There was also fluid around my heart and lungs.

I was air lifted to a bigger hospital about three hours away. We were given the horrible news that I had to deliver our baby or I would die.

I was 22 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I needed eight more days in order to make it it to 24 weeks. Eight days. I only had about two before I would have died.

So I had to sit there listening to the doctors tell me this was our only option. I already felt like I had died knowing I was going to choose my life over my baby's. I was in horrible condition but my baby was healthy and comfy.

Our baby was born May 27, 2021, and spent two-and-a-half beautiful hours with us before he peacefully passed.

We named our son Graham Wade Lee. Graham is my maiden name. I don’t have any brothers so this was a way to continue my father's last name.

My boy was absolutely beautiful, but due to a horrible disease I lost him.

Even though our time was short with Graham, I would do it all over again to see his little face one more time.

Thank you Katelyn Lee / @_latelynkee_ for sharing your story. Shared with permission.

Pregnancy and infant loss can leave grieving parents feeling isolated and unsure how to navigate the heartbreaking circumstance of living without their precious baby. Unexpecting delicately helps grieving parents navigate the complexities and heartache of life after loss.

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