There are no words to express the pain that is being experienced in their household . I lack the ability to describe the emptiness in their hearts. No mom or dad should ever have to bury their baby. It's a pain that I pray no parent has to endure.
Baby Layne might have only had 4 short months in this world but he left many amazing memories for his family.
From the day they obtained his Ultrasound, it was evident he was going to be a fighter someday, as his little fingers held a pistol-like position and stayed that way throughout. Never would we have thought he would be fighting for his life at just 4 months old. Every doctor and nurse at St. Mary's and American Family Children's in Madison loved taking care of him, he was a calm beautiful baby boy with big blue eyes.
Every time Stacey and Andy look at Lincoln, they will always see Layne in him as they share the same big beautiful blue eyes and the same little birthmark on their foreheads. Layne loved snuggles from Mommy and Daddy and loved when Lincoln would come visit too. Lincoln always made it fun because he is such a little ladies man with the nurses and would always be so excited to go see Brother Layne.
As you can imagine, Stacey and Andrew are in a complete haze. No one can ever prepare for something like this. They are struggling with the idea of a Go-Fund-Me. However, we know that down the road they will need these funds to keep them afloat during a very difficult time.
Over the next few weeks they will need to pay for funeral arrangements and the finances that they are incurring from taking time off to grieve and all the bills that have added up during Baby Layne's hospital stay. We are hoping to lighten their financial burden in general so Stacey and Andrew can focus on grieving as long as possible. We would be incredibly thankful for anything you can give.
Few words from Stacey:
"On September 27th 2017 Andy and myself welcomed beautiful baby Layne Andrew Miller one month early into this world. We were so blessed and excited to have him a part of our family. After 13 long emotional weeks our baby was diagnosed with ATR-x syndrome( about 200 in the world, only affecting boys) and duplication of 8q chromosome.( uw has never seen this) At this point Layne had already been through so much and surprised all NICU staff with his strength and courage and continued to fight. Although he continued to fight, he still had a life long journey ahead of him. After 133 days Ultimately Layne Andrew passed on February 7th due to Respiratory failure. Ever since this journey began we wanted him home as a whole family so bad. The UW NICU Staff and Layne fought hard to get him home to spend his last precious moments together with his family. We are beyond hurt and lost but trying our best to keep our heads up strong for Lincoln and Layne. Thanks everyone love you all."
Mother To An Angel
A tiny little angel
bid a silent sweet goodbye
to a sad and weeping mother,
then flew off to heaven’s sky.
When a spirit child is perfect
there’s no need for them to stay.
They come and choose a family
then go quickly on their way.
The trials and pain of earth life
are not theirs to endure.
God knows these precious little ones
are much too good and pure.
But while here, a bond is made.
Closer than any other.
One of everlasting love
between the child and mother.
I’m the mother of an angel.
who is watching over me.
How I wish you could have stayed,
but it’s not meant to be.
For a time, my little angel,
you and I will be apart,
but until I hold you in my arms,
I’ll hold you in my heart.
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