It’s the news every woman of a certain age wants to hear – you’re going to be a grandma! But for Joanne Ingham, the news was tinged with incredible sadness. Cancer was stealing her life as the same time that a new life was growing inside her daughter.
Joanne died before her precious grandchild was born, but not before working out a incredibly sweet way to be part of the baby’s life forever. Bring your tissues, this is one story that’ll hit you straight in the heart.
Saying goodbye to your mother is never easy. But when Joanne died from lung cancer, she left a secret that would shape her family and ensure she was always in their hearts.
At the time, Joanne’s daughter Katrina was three months pregnant and, with her partner Danny, decided to let their unborn son’s grandmother name him. They also agreed to leave the name a secret until the day he was born.
“Wanting our mum to have an important part in the grandchild-she-would-never-meet’s life, my sister decided my mum was to choose the name and was to tell it to me just before we had to say goodbye to her,” explains Joanne’s other daughter, Sarah.
For six months, as the family learned to live without their mother and as Katrina and Danny prepared for their new arrival, Sarah kept her mother’s secret. And, when the baby boy was born on 13 May 2016, they made a video to reveal his name.
As the video takes us through the post-birth rituals – weighing the infant, experiencing first cuddles, meeting the family and all the tears that come with this beautiful moment, the new parents are handed a gift.
Wrapped in a lovely box with a Top Secret Letter is a newborn jumpsuit with the words, “My name was handpicked by Nanna Joanne in heaven,” written on the back.
And, on the front, the little boy’s name – Harrison.
This unique baby reveal video certainly is a beautiful way to commemorate a doting grandma and acts as an important reminder that the bond of a family knows no limits. Because, as any mum or dad who have lost a parents knows, this love and these memories last forever.
(via Huffington Post)