Ellie’s First


She sat there in denial
Watching her daughter deteriorate
Waiting, wishing for a miracle that would never come
Emmett sat beside her, holding her hand, staying strong because that’s his job as the man
Deep inside rage engulfed him
But he’d never let her know
And he’d never let it show
“These things just happen…these things just happen…these things just happen”
The doctors words echoing over and over and over again
Her pregnancy was perfect
Labor and delivery was easy
She was beautiful baby, happy and healthy
Until she wasn’t
May 17th at 7:45am
That’s when their nightmare began
She woke up cooing
It was time to nurse
To her mother she would cling
Listening to her father sing
They spent hours doting over her
She was perfect, of this they were sure
“She’s so beautiful when she’s sleeping…Wait…Ellie? Is she…Ellie! She’s not breathing!”
To the hospital they raced
The doctors tried everything
But it was already too late
Fifteen days ago they held her for the first time
And on day fifteen Ellie held her as she died
Fifteen days
That’s how long they had with their daughter
That’s how long they were able to enjoy their Ella
May 17th at 5:45pm
The same day and time Emmett’s life would end
But we’re not there yet my friend

16 thoughts on “Ellie’s First”

  1. how heartbreaking. I don’t wish experiences like this on anyone. It’s hard to watch from the sidelines and know how to comfort.


  2. So sad.. Being with your child for a very short time and watching them pass away before you do is a terrible thing to experience and feel for a parent.


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