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The Only Thing He Knew Was Love

Photo Credit: Mary Graves

Our story started on January 29, 2021—the night we found out we were expecting. I had an IUD at the time, which had me worried the moment I saw the positive test. My doctor removed the IUD and warned me of the possible risks.

Things were going smoothly until May 3, at my 20-week anatomy scan. They discovered my cervix was dilating and that I would need an emergency cerclage. On May 4, I had my cerclage placed and was advised that I was already 2cm dilated. I was put on bed rest at home until my follow-up two weeks later.

At my follow up appointment we discovered I had little to no amniotic fluid and would be placed in the hospital on bed rest.

On May 28, at 23 weeks and 4 days pregnant, I went to the restroom only to discover my son's umbilical cord was coming out. The nurses rushed in and held the cord in place. From the time the nurse came into the room to the time I was put to sleep and my son being born was 8 minutes.

He was rushed to the NICU.

On June 1, 2021, we received the news that no parent should ever have to hear. It wasn't "if Waylon is going to pass, but when he is going to pass away."

We held our baby boy for hours, letting him know how much he is loved. The only emotion he was ever shown was pure love.

At 7 p.m. on June 1, we held our baby as he passed away in our arms. We will forever have our guardian angel watching over us.

Thank you Mary Graves / mary_graves2020 for sharing your story. Shared with permission.

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