For Love of Skyler

"On Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 I had a doctor’s appointment to find out the sex of our third child. Ryan met me at the doctor’s office and we went right in to get the ultrasound. Everything looked so good, except I noticed a big black circle on the ultrasound screen. I asked the nurse nonchalantly what that was, and she said …“I don’t know” I asked the tech if it was normal and she said no. It was then, that my world started to crumble around me. I knew something was wrong, but to what extent I wasn’t sure.

After the tech was done, I was sent to see my OB. He sat me down in the exam room and told me that he didn’t know exactly what this was, but that it was going significantly affect this pregnancy. My doctor was immediately on the phone with a specialist and I was scheduled to see him two days later.

We went Friday to see the specialist and he sat us down and he said that our situation was grave and that the condition our baby had was incompatible with life. He told us that the urethra didn’t develop properly, and because of it the bladder wasn’t draining properly causing there to be no amniotic fluid around the baby.

He told us we had a few options, one being an experimental surgery but my baby’s kidneys had to look good. So the next step was to test the kidneys, and the tests came back inconclusive. One said they were damaged and the other test said they were ok. Because the tests were inconclusive we weren’t sure if surgery was the right route.

So we were left with options that pained my heart. We could give the surgery a shot but he didn’t recommend it or we could do a do a D&C, or wait until our baby passed on his own, or we could go to the hospital and be induced.

We went to the temple to find some clarity and peace on what we were supposed to do. When I walked into those temple doors I knew that I was supposed to say goodbye and the only way I could see was being induced.

I went in at 8:00 am on August 30th thinking I would be there for a few days but my sweet Skyler was born sleeping at 7:38 p.m that night. It was a very painful day, both physically and emotionally.

Both mine and Ryan’s family were all there at the hospital when Skyler was born and I am grateful for the love and support that I felt from all of our family. I felt that same support when they were there making diapers in honor of Skyler’s 5th angel birthday."  ~Abby Graham, angel mother to Skyler Jack Graham

Friends and family of the Grahams gathered together to celebrate Skyler's impact on the worldby sewing Teeny Tears diapers for other angel families.  These 130 diapers were donated to hospitals through a bereavement awareness conference in Chicago, Illinois and also to bereaved families served by Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For Love of Mara Part #20

Angel mother Katrina has made another Teeny Tears donation in memory of baby Mara.  These beautiful Teeny Tunics have been created for the families of Governor Juan F Luis Hospital and Medical Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To read more about Mara, please click here.

For Love of Natalie Jo

Volunteer seamstress Janet sews beautiful diapers in memory of Natalie Jo and all babies gone too soon.

"I'm just happy that I can help and make a difference for a family."  ~Janet
She has provided collections for:

Essentia Health in Fargo, North Dakota
Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Nebraska

Threads of Love in Georgia
Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska
Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton, South Dakota
And children's hospital of Omaha!

For Love of Lauren Part #13

The Watson Family continues to sew in memory of their angel baby, Lauren Grace Watson.  These 200 diapers and hats were donated for the families of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida.

You can read more about Lauren's story by clicking on this link.

For Love of Emmett

"Here is a little about my first grandbaby Emmett Weisz, who is my inspiration to volunteer for Teeny Tears. 

My daughter Amy and her husband Jerry received the devastating diagnosis of Potter's Syndrome at 19 weeks. They were determined to give their baby the best little life that they could. Baby Emmett arrived 7 weeks early on March 2, 2014 and lived for 48 minutes. He was beautiful and perfect to us. I promised him that I would tell everyone about him and his cute chubby little cheeks. We miss him every minute of every day. I found Teeny Tears by chance and quickly became involved sewing and making hats to honor Emmett. Along the way other volunteers from MN joined including Emmett's great-Grandma and others that are honoring their own grandbabies. Through our heartbreak, we hope to give some hope and comfort to the families receiving these diaper sets." ~Jean Corrow, angel grandmother to Emmett

These wonderful Minnesota grandmothers have donated beautiful diaper, blanket, and hat treasures for the following hospitals:

 Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon

24 diaper, blanket, hat sets to Fairview Ridge Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota

Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas
Thank you for your beautiful gifts for our angel families!

For Love of Neville

This beautiful no-sew hats were made by Marlene Loehlein in honor of her grandson Neville Loehlein. She contributes to our angel clothing efforts in Minnesota and beyond! Thank you, Marlene!

Diapers by Sarah Reyes Gomez Parts #16 - #21

Volunteer seamstress Sarah has made SIX more donations for angel families in need!  Thank you, Sarah!

 12 diapers for the families served by Great Plains Medical Center in North Platte, Nebraska.
34 diapers for Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale, Mississippi
60 diapers for Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona

50 diapers for IU Health Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana
12 Diapers for Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Maryland
80 Diapers for Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill South Carolina

For Love of Robert

Dottie Kruse joined our project in the summer of 2014.  In that time she has taken on diapers, blankets, hats, and Teeny Tunics for angel families!  In total so far, she has donated 732 diapers for angel families!  That is just the diapers, and does not include 136 tunics and countless blankets and hats that she has also donated along the way.  Thank you, Dottie, for your wonderful work for our families!

"My driving force behind my sewing is to honor my angel brother, Robert Earl Thomson. Robert lived for nine months before the Angels took him away. Robert got pneumonia. He just wasn't strong enough to pull through. I think about Robert everyday. I wonder what would our family be like if Robert had survived. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. ~Dottie, sister to angel brother Robert

I read about Dex Bradshaw. His story touched my heart deeply. So I decided that everything I made out of white flannel would be in his honor. I am very blessed to be a part of this group. If I can bring just a bit of comfort to a grieving family in their darkest moments then I will continue to sew." ~Dottie

Hospitals and organizations served by Dottie's tender loving care:

University of Arizona Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona
Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California
Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka, California
Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, California
Mercy Mount Shasta in Mount Shasta, California
Montclair Hospital Medical Center in Montclair California
San Dimas Community Hospital in San Dimas, California
Palomar Health Downtown in Escondido, California
Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota
Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minnesota
Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Park-Nicollet Clinics and Maple Grove Hospital in Maple Grove, Minnesota
United Hospital of St. Paul, Minnesota
Daniels Family Funeral Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning, South Carolina
Chloe Ella's Angel Closet in Sandy, Utah

For Love of Donavan Part #3, #4, #5

It was such a wonderful experience to be able to provide this service for families in need. Throughout the whole experience, my mind kept going back to my sister and her sweet angel Donavan. I can still remember all of the trouble she had finding something to bury Donavan in. I am so glad that I am a part of providing that bit of service for grieving families. 

My sister told me that it was difficult in the logistics of finding something to bury Donavan in but there was also an emotional burden of having to search for something to bury your tiny baby in. She loves that this service will alleviate a burden from a grieving family at a terrible time. Thank you for honoring her and her dear angel baby."    ~Elizabeth M., angel auntie to Donavan

202 more diapers and 101 beautiful blankets have been donated in memory of little Donavan for the families of:

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, South Carolina
Hilton Head Hospital on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Womack Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Diapers By Anita

Volunteer seamstress Anita has worked with her step-daughter Jen of Angel Wing Doula Services to make sure that the families of Mercy Health Hackley of Muskegon, Michigan have Teeny Tears diapers for their families.
This is a blessing to be able to help our littlest angels. God has been by my side this whole time and therefore I have been able to share my two angels and how they did not have any of that back then. The hospital loves the diapers and I am working on sending some other things to them. The bereavement doula group love the diapers as well and have asked that I send some for memory boxes." ~Anita

172 diapers donated for Mercy Health
To find out more about the important work being done by Angel Wing Doula Services, please visit their website by clicking here or see them on Facebook.

Diapers by Sydra

Our wonderful seamstress Sydra has donated 272 precious diapers and 45 beautiful blankets for angel families through our project.  Thank you so much, Sydra!

Hospitals that have benefited from Sydra's service:

Mercy Fort Smith in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Arnot Ogden Regional Medical Center in Elmira, New York
Houston Medical Center in Warner Robbins, Georgia
Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia
Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland
Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, West Virginia
Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, Arkansas

Here are the beautiful collections that have been sewn with love by Sydra!

For Love of Meredith

"On June 30 of this past year we welcomed our daughter and only child into this world and within moments said goodbye as she was born too early to make it. I also immediately started making diapers for Teeny Tears (my mom and sister had made some after my nephew passed away). I was excited and energetic about them and worked on them for a few months almost every day. Then I went to buy more fabric. The trip was nothing out of the ordinary, but when I got home I put the fabric with the rest of my supplies and stopped working on them all together. Then this week I gathered some of my finished ones (and some left over from the batches my mom and sister made) to donate 44 sets to Mobile Infirmary. These diapers were worked on by me (Heather), Crystal, Marilyn, & Kim and are in memory of Meredith Danielle Montz."  ~Heather, angel mother to Meredith

For Love of Julian Part #2, For Love of Richard

"Today I want to include a dear friend of mine, that I met at work. We are bonded in more ways than one. Our most recent bond was that I found out I was pregnant with our baby Alex in mid-May. She found out she was pregnant beginning of June. She held my hand after my life saving surgery. I made sure she was ok during the summer months. Beginning of September, she found out her baby was not ok. Baby was not as developed as it should be and after further imaging done by her doctor, they were told that the baby's brain was not developing. They were told that she would be delivering the baby soon, as the heart had a lot of fluid surrounding it. That night I sewed diapers for both boy and girl and buntings for each. I visited with her the next day and I presented her the diapers and buntings for when she did deliver, she would have them with her. We had a long talk that night, from one bereaved mother to one that was wishing and praying that the findings were false. A few days later she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Angel Richard. He was dressed in the diaper and bunting that I had sewed especially for him.

I miss my son, Julian, more and more every day. It may seem as though I am ok but the leaves are turning yellow and I remember enjoying the colors two years ago as I held him in my belly, enjoying a Pumpkin Cappuccino, and my heart aches to hold my children. Life will definitely not be the same, as we lost what we prayed would be our rainbow baby, Alex, in June due to an ectopic pregnancy. Yes, life has been tough. Although neither of my children wore Teeny Tears diaper I am grateful that I found this organization and that I have been able to help two families in Prowers County Colorado with the loss of their babies."

Cynthia and Ralfie Rodriguez, angel parents to Julian and Alex

 60 diapers were donated by the Rodriguez family, in memory of Julian, for the families served by Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado