~Remembering our little boy ~ Riley Oran Cantrell~
~his soft head of fuzzy blonde hair
~his tiny and perfect hands and feet
~his big open eyes at birth
~his pink, soft eyelids
~the little fold of his ear like Ethan's
~his little chunky cheeks
~his sweet little pink lips
~the way he felt when I was able to hold him
~the tiny sound we heard him make when we were saying our goodbyes
~our LOVE for him
I wanted to write out a big blog post about everything surrounding his birth and death, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I decided that pictures would be able to tell his story in it's place. Riley was born on a Sat., May 15, 2004....weighing 6lbs. 7.8oz and was 19 1/4 inches long. He was born with Congenital CMV infection. He was very sick when he was born..... But wasn't he such a beautiful baby? He left this world to be with Jesus on May 18, 2004...at just 3 1/2 days old.
Daddy got to cut the cord!
Look at all of the purple gloves...
Uncle Mat and Aunt Krista went out and bought him some little booties....
This picture shows all of the machines that he was hooked up to...his life support.
Our Pastor at the time, Dr. Clark, came to the NICU and dedicated our son to Jesus just hours before he went to Heaven to be with HIM. God plucked a rose out of our Garden of Life. Riley must have been too special to stay here on Earth.
A nurse had these all ready for us....his little hand and feet prints. They were inpressions in a soft clay. I LOVE them...if I run my finger around the inside...I can imagine I feel his foot or hand.
The little booties from his Aunt and Unlce...
Riley's 7th Birthday
May 15, 2011
Brother's Ethan and Connor...