Lyla asked me to dedicate this post on her behalf. Lyla's friend Andrew was born on June 15, 2007 at 4:58pm with diaphragmatic hernia. After many months of surgical procedures, he passed away on November 19, 2007 (Lyla's due date). Though the two never met on the outside, they did spend a fair amount of time close to each other while in their respective wombs and grew to be close friends. They have a lot in common (great parents, fascination with Dinosaurs, etc.) and will always be friends. Lyla still likes to look at pictures of Drew that Drew's dad posted online and to gaze jealously at Drew's beautiful eye lashes.
Drew was gracious enough to give Lyla some of his baby clothes and Lyla wanted to show all the readers of The Rings of Grand Rapids what great taste in onesies Drew had. She insisted on wearing the white headband so people wouldn't confuse her for a boy. And Lyla's mom picked up the awesome grey sweatpants for her at Target because, well, it's winter here.
We love you Drew!