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Grieving Mom Has Tear-Jerking Photo Shoot for What Would Have Been Baby's First Birthday

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Warning: This mama’s heartbreaking story will make you cry. You could stop reading now. Or you can continue on. If you do, I promise it will be worth it.

On Dec. 15, 2016, Kyrstyn Johnson of Boise, Idaho, found out she was pregnant with her third child.

She already had two happy and healthy twin girls. But this new baby would end up being a boy, her “little man.”

Mayson Michael was born on Aug. 22, 2017. He’d be just over one year old right now. But Mayson was tragically taken by SIDS in the spring.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SIDS — or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — “about 3,500 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly each year.”

An estimated 42% of of those deaths are attributed to SIDS. Mayson was another victim of this terrifying and mysterious syndrome.

“…We still don’t know why or understand how he could just die,” Johnson told Love What Matters. “On April 16, 2018, I became an individual that I never thought I’d be, a bereaved parent.”

Johnson shared how she fell in love with Mayson. She explained how this sweet addition to her family made her feel complete.

But nothing could have prepared her for that horrific phone call on April 16. When she arrived at the hospital, her baby boy was already gone.

“He was so cold,” she said. “I remember just wrapping him up in blankets and holding him tight to keep him warm, even though he was already with God.”

This is something no parent should ever have to experience, but thousands face the reality of SIDS every year.

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In her grief, Johnson wanted others who have gone through the same thing to know they’re not alone.

“… maybe, just maybe, I can take my experience, educate, and end the stigma of infant and pregnancy loss. To show other bereaved parents they are not alone,” she wrote.

In honor of what would have been Mayson’s 1st birthday, Johnson asked Lil’ Lemon Photography to do a very special photo shoot.

The pictures are beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. This precious boy was only 8 months old. He had so much life ahead of him.

“Happy birthday, my sweet little man…” Johnson wrote on Facebook. “…my heart aches because a piece of it is missing and will forever be with you.”

Johnson hopes these photos will help others not only remember her son, but also know they should “never suffer alone.”

Our hearts and prayers are with Johnson and all the parents who have suffered the loss of a child.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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