Whenever I see a butterfly, I say hello to Delainey Belle. My grandniece, Delainey, was born November 15, 2010. Sadly, she left us five years ago. Time moves too quickly.
My memories of this beautiful little girl began seven years ago about this time. I was introduced to her in the NICU at the local hospital where she was born. My heart melted when I held this beautiful little girl with ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes for the first time.
This sweet little girl was born with Trisomy 18, a chromosomal abnormality, and had major obstacles to face. Although Delainey had a physical abnormality, I prefer to focus on her above normal spirit of perseverance, strength and love.
This girl had the will to withstand numerous hospital stays and the strength to endure the poking and prodding from strangers and endless tests.
She magically sprinkled love, togetherness and unity whether in her home or wherever her mom and dad took her. She brought her Mommy’s and Daddy’s friends and family together.
We felt a wise old soul inside her small body as she communicated her love, joy and understanding through her eyes.
Thankfully Delainey Belle has never totally left us, and she will forever be remembered. My favorite pictures of her are when she is speaking to us through her eyes.