11.03.2009

The Birthday that isn't Celebrated

We make a big deal out of birthdays in our family. Parties, special dinners, gifts, the usual stuff.
But every year, there is one birthday that is not celebrated. Because there is someone missing from our family.
My husband, John, had a son 11 years ago. His name was also Johnathon. We call him Baby JW. He was born October 18th, 1998. But he passed away on November 9th, 1998.
Baby JW was a preemie, and unfortunately he was not strong enough to survive. You can read his whole story here, or click on the "Baby JW" tag on the bottom of this post to read all of my posts about him.
This weekend we visited his grave. We left gifts and said prayers.
I wish I could somehow take away some of John's pain. All I can do is support John, support the March for Babies, and help him keep his memory alive.
This is our song for Baby JW...it gives me chills every time I hear it.

If you'd like to make a donation for the March for Babies, please click here.

15 comments:

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Baby JW! It is so sad when little people are taken too soon. Stopping by from SITS (you're above me) Have a great day despite the sad overtones :(

cat said...

So sad to hear about another little life that never really got started. Love to you.

rachel... said...

I know just how hard these birthdays are... Thinking of you and John and baby JW.

Allyson said...

happy birthday to baby jw! i think it's wonderful you are keeping his memory alive. hugs to you and your family

shortmama said...

So sorry for your husbands loss. Happy Birthday to baby JW...though his time on this earth was short he will live forever in your hearts

Huckdoll said...

How sad :( It's beautiful to read that you guys honor Baby JW every year and keep him so close to your hearts.

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Happy Birthday baby JW. What a beautiful song to remember him with.

Tater Tot Mom said...

What a beautiful way to remember little baby JW. So sorry for your hubby's loss.

Kel said...

Happy Birthday little man...
~K

Unknown Mami said...

:( Gone, but not forgotten.

anymommy said...

Your tributes to baby JW are always so lovely. I know it means the world that he is remembered and loved.

C said...

awww god bless your hearts, and baby Jw. i am sure he is in heaven with other lil babies and i am sure they have a party for some of them everyday. try to think of him in that light. i'm SO sorry your hearts ache.

hugs..

chris

Cairo Typ0 said...

I'm here from SITS. This tribute to Baby JW was very sweet and heartfelt. Thank you for sharing this.

Erin said...

What a hard day for you! I love that song, and think of my brother when I hear it!
Happy Special Birthday Baby JW!

MoDLin said...

I'm sorry for your loss and want to wish little JW a happy birthday, too. Thank you for thinking of of the March of Dimes. Hopefully our work will help lots of other babies like JW.