As some of you may know Evan passed away this morning. He was 15 months old and the youngest of our four boys. I'm sure many have questions as to what happened and I am so thankful for all of your offers of help and condolences. We have felt very loved in this difficult time. For those of you that don't know what happened I'll relay the story chronologically here.
Last night Bridget, Jovana, Graeden, and Evan went out to dinner with some friends. They got home around 9:45 p.m. Graeden went up to bed, but Evan came and sat down next to me on the couch while I was watching T.V. He put his little arm around my neck and just sat there for about five minutes. It was such a beautiful moment to have had with him as he is usually very wiggly and won't stay in one spot for more than a few seconds. At about 10 p.m. I put him to bed. I was a bit sad because he was just so happy and putting him down on our bed to go to sleep just wasn't in his agenda. Nevertheless, just after 11 p.m., when I was ready to go to sleep, I moved him from my bed into his room to sleep on his bed.
This morning, after I had gotten ready for work, I went to make sure all the kids were ok, and couldn't find Evan. I went down stairs where Elliott was and asked if he had seen him. He said Evan was in mommy's room. Nope, not there. After searching the whole house I finally looked under our 60 lbs. plus love sack bean bag. There he was in the middle of the floor. He had been completely covered by the bean bag. He was unresponsive when I picked him up, so I gave him a blessing and we took him to the hospital. When we got there he wasn't breathing and his heart was stopped. The doctors gave him CPR and worked on him for about 40 minutes with no success. He was pronounced dead at about 9 a.m.
Many family members were quick to arrive and offer support at the hospital. Our phone hasn't stopped ringing with people offering their love and our e-mail boxes have been full of messages from people expressing their sympathy. Graeden (our 4, almost 5, year old) was sad and once he understood what happened he sat on my lap and wept. It was very touching. Elliott (3) has mentioned that he wants to see Evan again, but doesn't fully comprehend what's happened yet. Jett (2) has provided us with some comic relief.
Evan, we love you and will miss you so much. Rest in peace little buddy...till we meet again.