My first son, my sweet boy, Jonathon Daniel, was born still on April 30, 2010. He was born sleeping at 39 weeks 2 days. His little heart had stopped beating due to complications with his umbilical cord. My hope is that families will not have to suffer the loss of their little ones in the future. The March of Dimes is one of the few organizations that supports research for stillbirth causes, so please help me reach my goal to help support this worthy cause. My sweet Jonathon has had such an impact on so many lives. Over the past (almost) nine years, many donations have been made in his memory to the March of Dimes, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, churches, local children at Christmas, Molly Bears, blanket drives, food drives, and more! Most recently, I was asked to speak at an event, Made Known, and I was so proud to share my story and a little about my journey and how I've gone through (and continue to go through) my journey of grief and healing. I pray I was able to help others as they walk down this path.
What a BIG impact my little baby has made! My favorite lately is that his "little" brothers remember him and talk about him every day - Jeremiah, Jaxon and Joel talk about heaven and they say Jonathon is one of their best friends. I know he is watching over them, and I honestly feel that they know he takes care of them from heaven!
The March for Babies is so special to us, as it always falls on or around Jonathon's birthday! We are blessed to have it fall just before his 9th Birthday in Heaven this year - April 30, 2019. It is such a special way to celebrate and honor our sweet boy!
The March of Dimes supports/funds research that helped us welcome Jonathon's three little brothers into the world - Jeremiah David (August 29, 2012), Jaxon Dillon (September 16, 2014), and Joel Deacon (August 30, 2016). They are here today, thanks to the knowledge of my doctors - I know that the medical care I had during my pregnancies with Jeremiah, Jaxon, and Joel helped them arrive safely into this world! Let's make sure all babies have this chance!
Things are a little different again this year, and I'm still determining which walk we'll participate in - either the Forsyth, North Fulton or Cherokee walks. I will be sure to keep you all updated, and let those that want to join me know which day we decide on. As the "little" brothers grow, our schedule has become quite busy, but we wouldn't miss celebrating our biggest brother with our annual walk! Also, the last couple of year, my support group, Share Atlanta, has gone through some changes, but many of us will still be "walking together" - just from different locations! I think this shows how far many of the fellow moms and I have come since losing our little ones - our lives are all a little crazier, as most of us now have subsequent children and life is a little crazy!
I can't believe Jonathon would be turning 9!! Let's make him proud as we celebrate his seventh birthday in heaven!
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