Our precious son, Preston Carter Anderson was born sleeping on April 9, 2019 after 8 years of infertility, a successful IVF transfer and many many prayers. After a seemingly carefree and textbook pregnancy, we received the shock of our lives on April 8th when they couldn’t find a heartbeat. I was 39 weeks & 3 days pregnant. Preston was and will always be our miracle baby and we are honored God chose us to be his parents. Our initial shock of his death was immediately proceeded by the most unbelievable and serendipitous occurrences. God didn’t waste anytime in showing his presence. While we may never have answers on this side of eternity, we continue to remain hopeful. Hopeful that our son is now with Jesus and we will be reunited in heaven one day, and hopeful for the future and the lives that may be impacted by his story. God promises to restore and redeem all that has been lost, and we are determined to not only find purpose in our unimaginable pain, but encourage those who may feel hopeless.
Below is the post we shared on April 12th (his original due date) announcing his birth & death:
With the heaviest hearts we share that our sweet angel was born sleeping April 9th, 2019 due to an umbilical cord knot that was not detected until it was too late. He was the most beautiful & peaceful baby we have ever seen.. 7 lbs & 19 inches of innocent, pure perfection. It goes without saying that we are completely devastated and broken, but we rest assured knowing he is now in Heaven with our Lord & Savior and will never have to know suffering a day of his life.
From the moment we found out we were pregnant he completely changed our lives for the better in ways we could have never imagined. He brought me more joy in the 9 months I was able to carry him than I ever experienced in my entire life & for that I will always be grateful.
Preston Carter was the most precious gift loved by so many and we know his name will never be forgotten. Although we can’t see it now, we know God will make something good from this horrible tragedy. In fact we have already seen His miraculous hand at work in the few days we have been without him.
To my husband, my rock and my protector. I literally would not have survived that horrific day without you. You prayed over me when I could only see darkness, and breathed for me when all I wanted to do was hold my breath.
To our sweet son, miracle baby and answered prayer, there won’t be a day that goes by we won’t think about you. We will love you and honor you forever our precious angel. Until we see you again one day. 👼🏼
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;2 Corinthians 4:8-9
perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed.