For 473 days we had our beautiful baby girl, LaMae Pearl Rislov. LaMae came into this world two weeks early on November 7th, 2020 and as fast as she came in, she was called home to be with the lord on February 23, 2022.
We are proud of our miracle 10.5 pound NICU baby that was constantly on the go keeping up with her big sister Emma. Emma loves her baby sister with all her heart, she would constantly say they were twins, by repeating each other and dressing the same. You could often find Emma and LaMae playing babies together, and Emma teaching LaMae about her favorite subject, dinosaurs.
You always knew where LaMae was as she would announce her presence on the karaoke machine that her sister so graciously taught her how to use. She had an infectious smile with a smirk, a cute little dimple and a glow that would light up the world. The only thing that was bigger than her smile was her appetite. The only thing that could upset LaMae was when you didn’t feed her fast enough, as she had her father’s appetite with a never-ending stomach.
While she was learning to walk, she would get so excited after taking two steps that she would giggle, fall down, attempt to get back up, make it part way back up, fall down, and attempt it two more times before taking off crawling because to her that was always the faster way. (You can tell by her rug burned knees). On occasion she could even be found crawling around at Papa James’ house cleaning the floor. Although LaMae didn’t walk much on her own, all of that time being held and carried will always be cherished as extra time to hold and lover her.
When her favorite person was in the room, she would spot him, head straight for him and “nothing else matters”. You always knew were she would be for the rest of the time. Although LaMae was a Daddies girl, the only person that she would cuddle up with was her Mommy who she shared her loving stubborn heart with.
LaMae got to spend four amazing months being loved on by her Grandma until her daycare mommy, Lisa, was able to take over.
On February 23rd, 2022 our lives turned upside down. LaMae had finished lunch at daycare and got her diaper changed to have a few 1:1 minutes with her daycare mommy before going down for a nap when she went limp. When her mommy got a phone call from daycare that something was wrong with LaMae, we had got their as fast as we could to find the brave first responders working on trying to bring her back to us for over an hour. At 12:30pm LaMae crawled her way to heaven and went to walk with Jesus;
Unfortunately the only reason we were provided with for why our beautiful LaMae died was Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. It is our hope that one day we will live in a world without SUDC and that no one else has to go through this terrible pain. Death is not as scary anymore with knowing that LaMae is there waiting for us to pick her up once again and never let go. We love you little lady.