It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post. I debated whether or not to even do so but this blog has been an honest and, at at times, very painful chronicle of our journey to create this precious life I am carrying, and this recent tragedy has had a profound impact on our lives and will absolutely affect the life of our son and so I felt I needed to write this.
My dear, dear father-in-law was in a very serious accident two and a half weeks ago while vacationing with my mother-in-law and friends in the Caribbean. He was struck, while walking, by an impaired driver. We knew early on that the prognosis was not good. He had sustained very serious head injuries. After four grueling days of persistance, my husband, his brothers and his mom were finally able to get their dad/husband home via air ambulance. We knew that there was very little hope for recovery but we wanted him home – and now knowing the extent of his injuries – by some miracle, he made it. We were all able to see him and say goodbye before he passed away a little more than four hours after arriving home.
Words cannot express the sorrow that has overcome our family. K and I are devastated that our son will not meet his grandpa – one of our biggest supporters through our struggles to conceive. He was so looking forward to meeting his grandson in a few short weeks. I will never, ever forget his reaction when we got to tell him we were finally pregnant last October. We showed him the ultrsasound picture on our iPad, it took him a few minutes to figure out what it was and then he immediately broke down in tears. He loved this baby so much already. And although they will never get to meet in this world, we know that our son’s impending arrival has brought a sense of hope and anticipation to our family during a very dark time and for that, we feel blessed.
It’s easy to forget how precious and fragile life really is and this horrific tragedy has reminded me to cherish every day with the people I love because you just never know what tomorrow will bring.