Meadow was my little firecracker she was very headstrong so much life and full of energy metal had such a beautiful soul she only got to live a short amount of time on this Earth but in the two and a half years she spent here she touched so many lives and hearts including mine of course my little angel passed on July 16th 2021 due to accidental drowning I had a doctor's appointment that day that had went very good so I was happy so I decided whenever I picked meadow up from her grandparents would tell her that we would go swimming as soon as we got home which was one of her favorite things to do so of course when we got home she found it necessary to throw a fit because she couldn't understand why mommy had to go and unload everything and we had to get dressed first I bargained with her and told her that I would put her swimsuit on her and she can watch cartoons until I unloaded everything and got dressed myself when I finish getting dressed I went into the living room to look for her hoping she'd be there watching cartoons and eating her snacks like she normally does but instead she wasn't I didn't see her outside so immediately I took off the pool and that's where I found her unresponsive normally the gate to the pool is closed and locked but that day it wasn't everyone is always quick to say why wasn't she watching her baby or why was she outside alone or why wasn't the pool gate locked etc. Unfortunately until you've been in that situation you should not judge or say things like that I'm sharing another story to raise awareness on how easy and how quick a toddler can drowned and to also bring some sort of comfort for other mothers who have experienced what it's like to have to live with the life after or sweet angels are gone a parent should never have to bury their child first and no matter the circumstance it's awful and I wouldn't wish it on the worst nightmare but when your parent has lost a toddler due to drowning it's a little bit different we live with the guilt we live with the backlash from other people and much more I want metal story not only to be there to comfort other mothers or raise awareness but bring attention to other parents who still have children so maybe it could save a life.
Kylie Rose was born on 1/23/2019 and I already knew she would be the most rambunctious little girl. She loved life and loved making people smile. She was the 3rd daughter, and adored her older sisters, Kaydence and Kenzie. She never met a stranger. No matter where we were, be it a restaurant or grocery store, she always made sure to tell every person, “hi”. She would not let them walk away until they said something back. She loved getting into everything, and loved to eat. Her favorite daytime snacks were yogurt pouches and cheese sticks. Her favorite meal was spaghettini, but she would eat anything set in front of her. Her smile could light up any room.
On February 4th, 2021, our sweet baby girl went to be with Jesus in a drowning accident. Nothing could have prepared us for this day. A month later, Shannon reached out to me regarding the Acts For Adalyn Foundation and the bunny she gifts to toddler loss mamas. She has helped our family so much ever since. Our bunny holds a lock of Kylie’s hair inside. Our family loves to hug and snuggle our Kylie Bunny. Our Kylie Bunny goes on every vacation we take as a family and is included in every family photos. Because of Shannon and the Acts For Adalyn Foundation, I have been able to find comfort when I share my story with other moms.
(Not a victim of drowning, but a toddler loss close to Madilyn's heart.)
Adalyn was born on New Year’s Day 2018. She came into the world quickly and she lived her life the same way. She was curious about the world around her. From the very beginning she was ready to explore. Adalyn was sweet, smart, loving, happy, and kind. She was beautiful inside and out. She loved to go to Mommy & Me where we would sing, play, and she would interact with other toddlers. Adalyn loved the zoo but mostly she loved the splash pad there. She was intrigued by how the water would shoot out of the ground. She would squeal with delight each time it happened. She absolutely loved the Science Center. She would play, climb, splash, and learn about the world around her. She was eager to learn and everything about this world seemed to enthrall her.
Adalyn was a Disney girl. The Buzz Lightyear ride was by far one of her favorites. She was always eager to take control of the joystick. She would spin us around and around, each spin filled with laughter and pure joy. She was mesmerized by Its A Small World. As the boat would move slowly through each country, she would point with excitement about all that she was seeing. Even with all the rides that Disney has to offer, Adalyn's favorite ride of all was the Monorail. She would sit in her stroller and hold onto the pole as soon as it began to move. It was as though she knew
the rules for safety and she would smile at me while wearing her sunglasses (her fishys). Adalyn absolutely loved to be outside. It was an adventure to collect sticks, water the plants, and sniff the flowers. She loved walks around the neighborhood, riding in her push tricycle while waving at the neighbors and ringing the tricycle bell.
Those that knew her were blessed by her life. Adalyn touched the lives of everyone around her, so many that she would only ever cross paths with. She brightened everyone’s day with her infectious smile, her sweet giggle, and her squeal of delight. She was her Mama's girl and her Dada's world. Adalyn was a bright light in this world, a light that would continue to shine from Heaven. In her short 17 months on Earth, she would inspire a legacy of kindness and hope. Adalyn's name would soon be said all around the world. She is a little girl with a big legacy. The Acts For Adalyn Foundation is the beauty that comes from the ash.
Owen was a beautiful two and half year old boy who loved animals and had most contagious smile in the world he was very sweet boy his fav movie was moana and the grinch he lived camo and boots my little country baby .. July 28th 2019 started like any other day I had the day off work and wanted to do something fun it was hot and Owen and his brother's wanted a water Ballon fight so I left him with my parents and went to go get them se water balloons I tried to do something fun with them every weekend I was off well little did I know someone had left the ladder in the pool and while I was gone he had snuck out and got in the pool he was terrified of water until we got him puddle jumper and then it had gave confidence false confidence I had came home from getting the balloons and went look for and found him my worst nightmare had happemd he had drowned he was rushed to the hospital were the would tell me the worst words of my life my son was gone .. I live in place were swim lessons are not offered until they are five I had never heard of a pool alarm or any of the layers of protection that could saved my son life I never knew a puddle jumper would give my son false confidence in the water I thought I was keeping him safe we always took the ladder out we always covered up but the one night we didn't cost me my son I have spent the last three years beating myself up blaming my self and feeling like terrible mother and hearing people talk about in my town amd it hurts soo much if there was more info if I had more knowledge if I had more resources my little beautiful sweet boy would still be here now I spend my time helping raise awareness around my town to anyone that will listen in honor of my Owen ❤️ I wasn't even gone hardly 5 mins just to go pick up water balloons from local store right down the road and come back and in 5 mins I lost my whole world.