Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Scott Lincoln Harvey


Scott Lincoln Harvey


Yesterday June 17th we were blessed to bring our first baby boy into the world. He was born at 8:05 by cesarean section. Philip was a trooper and was able to stay by me the whole time even with his severely weak stomach. The doctors cleaned him off as Philip watched, and then he came back and said his name is going to be Scott Lincoln Harvey.

As most of you know already, Scott has Anencephaly. We have been preparing for this over the last several months, and awaiting the day to meet him and send him of to our Father in Heaven. The doctors did not really think he would live past the recovery room. Scott was able to fight and stay strong for us to hold him and get to know him. He did cry when he was born and had several little whimpers throughout the day.

It was so special for us to hold him, sing to him, and just love him until it was his time to go. Summer has loved having a baby brother to hold and kiss. She did not want anyone else to hold him and she called him her baby. In his dad's arms, Scott returned to our Heavenly Father at 4:50pm. We were able to be with him for almost exactly 9 hours. The time definitely flew by, but gave us an amazing experience.

We love our little boy and know that we will be with him again someday. Isn't the gospel wonderful and comforting. It continue to be hard for us, but we are just happy to have been able to hold him alive for as long as we did. We are all doing well considering, and want to thank all of you for your support and prayers throughout the last months and going forward.

This is Scott in his daddy's blessing outfit when he was a baby. This is also the outfit we have picked to bury him in since Philip was blessed in it. All four of us shortly after Scott was born. Philip felt so special in the scrubs that he did not take them off until he went to bed at night.

This is Philip adoring his little boy. I think Scott was making little noises to Philip.

Summer giving her baby brother one of many kisses. She did not want to stop loving him. She makes a great big sister.

37 comments:

Emma said...

He is a precious little boy. Thank-you for sharing your story with us. I can't imagine how hard it must be. Our prayers are still with you.

Kaylene said...

He's so beautiful! (((HUGS))) My thoughts are with you and if you need anything I can help out with, please let me know.

susannah said...

We love you and your family and will continue to pray for and think of you daily. Thank you for sharing pictures of your beautiful boy.

monique said...

Thank you for sharing those pictures. It's not even me, but of course I'm sitting here teary eyed. He's so precious! It's so sweet how Summer was with him. She's a great big sister! You're in my thoughts and prayers. Take care :)

Josh, Brooke & Houston said...

Thank you for the sweet little pictures, he is so beautiful. I love the picture of Scott and Summer, what a good big sister. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

EdwardsFam said...

Wow Melissa- you are so strong!! I read through your post and just bawled my eyes out. I will be sure to remember your family in our prayers. Thank you for sharing this with us, I even printed the post out to keep in my journal, just in case I need some inspiration in the future. I hope you don't mind!!

Kunz Family said...

I have been thinking of you and my heart aches along with yours.

Tara said...

I've been crying and praying for you all day. Thank you for sharing this with everyone. I love the pictures. The picture of Summer kissing Scott is so beautiful. I was thinking that she's going to cherish that picture as she grows up.

Baby Makes Three said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures. Love the one of Summer kissing Scott. Your strength is an inspiration! You are in our thoughts and prayers and let us know if there is anything you need.

The Estrogen Files said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your son.

Jill & Ryan said...

He is so beautiful. You and Phil will be so blessed for this trying time. I also believe you guys were chosen to bring this special spirit in to this world. And Scott was so perfect he only needed his human body for a short time, so that he can return to Heavenly father and continue his work. We will be praying for you and your family.

The Carlsons said...

Dear Harvey Family,
You are truly an inspiration to me and confirm my faith that families can be together forever. Thank you for sharing your photos of your beautiful baby boy and precious family. It's been a long time since I have felt the spirit so strong. I had the opportunity to sub in nursery this past Sunday and Summer is the sweetest little girl. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if you need ANYTHING.

Ashley said...

You are in our prayers as well. That is so great that you were able to spend so much time with him.

Brent, Katie, Kenneth, Sam, and Evan. said...

God Bless you Harvey family.

~Ali said...

What a strong family you have!! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Heather & Nate said...

What a precious little boy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Thanks for sharing these priceless pictures and touching story.

Jeff, Nancy and Nathan said...

Thanks for the beautiful pictures and sharing your story with us. As Monique said, I have been crying and praying for you. All I can say is that you HAVE a wonderful boy and he is so special that he just needed a body, and return to our Heavenly Father. You gave him the greatest gift of being able to grow in you womb and give him all the love you could in those precious hours. My prayers are with you.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful little boy. I am glad that you had some time to spend with him. Thanks for posting the pictures. They are so precious. You guys are such an amazing family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you

the Dewey's said...

Phil, Melissa and Summer our prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord be with you guys during this time. Take comfort in knowing that families can be together forever!

B & C said...

Phil and Melissa, you are truly amazing! I'm sure this has got to be one of THE hardest things that anyone could go through and you're faith and gratitude is an inspiration. We too are so glad you had 9 hours with Scott and are so glad you will have him forever! Summer is a great big sister and we're so glad you have her and that she has such great parents. Our hearts sure go out to you more than you know. Thanks for sharing this special though terribly difficult experience with us. We are praying for you. -Bryan and Camille

Nurse Heidi said...

What a beautiful, beautiful boy. What a blessing to have 9 hours with him!

Virtual hugs from one angel momma to another. I'm Kaylene's friend who wrote the angel babies website. Please contact me if I can be of any help to you in the coming weeks and months.

Kevin and Kerry said...

You are a very special family and it is great to know that you are all sealed together forever. He will always be your little boy. Thank you for letting us share in your beautiful pictures. I am so glad that you were able to spend a few hours with Scott. He is absolutely precious and Summer is a great big sister! We love you and have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Kritta22 said...

Wow! You are amazing. You are such an inspiration to all of us. (I was just browsing sites and saw yours.) You are so strong!

Nate, Sara, Easton, Zachary & Olivia said...

Melissa, I can't even tell you what an example of strength you are to me. He is beautiful! What a gift it is that he was able to stay longer than expected. It is wonderful to know that he is back with his Heavenly Father and that you'll be able to be with him again and raise him some day. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Valerie said...

I am a friend of Stepahnie Campbell. I was on her page and clicked on yours from there. I had a lady in my ward who had a baby boy just like yours. The experience was breathtaking. Seeing your baby took my heart back to that experience. What a special family you must be.

Ryan, Sheena, and Riley said...

He is beautiful!! Our prayers are with your family.

Derek Howard said...

Harvey Family,
We have had families so close to us have their children return to their Heavenly Father to early. What I have come to realize about these families is how extraordinary they are. And what a blessing these special children, no matter the illness or circumstance,are! They come with such an amazing spirit. They need an amazing family to care for them, even if their time on earth is very short. You, Harvey Family are one of these families! And your little boy is one of these extraordinary children! You are so blessed to be intrusted by our Heavenly Father to care for this special boy.
Much Love and Prayers,
Derek and Tracie Howard and Family

Jami said...

Scott is beautfiul, just beautiful. He looks so peaceful in all the pictures, and I love the ones of Summer and him. I am glad you got to spend the day with him. I am also so sorry for your loss. Sending my love and prayers to your beautiful family.

Dalton Family said...

I am just bawling....You are such a great example, Melissa. I agree, the gospel is so wonderful. I love that you were able to spend a few hours with the four of you. He is lucky to have you as his mom. He is beautiful

Hillman Family said...

Melissa, I just googled you and found your blog. My mom just called me yesterday and told me about your adorable baby boy. I will see you later today. The gospel is amazing, isn't it?!
Dayna (use to be Vanderbeek)

Hillman Family said...

Melissa,
I just had to comment again and tell you how amazing the graveside was today. Your testimony and your husband's testimony were beautiful. Thank you for being such an example of strength and faith in the gospel. You are an amazing example of faith in Christ. Thank you! Keep in touch.
Dayna

Svancara Family said...

Melissa,
My name is Adria Svancara, I guess my husban and your husband served together in the mission field. Phillip sent Mark an email with your blog address so I just wanted to leave ours too. svancarafamily.blogspot.com
We were so sorry to hear about your little boy. You and phillip just sound like amazing people! Look forward to reading your blog often.

Brooke said...

Hi Melissa, I am Brittany Walter Kunz's cousin, I think I met you once. I was Britt's roommate her first year at Ricks. Anyway, I just found your blog from her blog. My heart goes out to you. What a sweet baby. What great trust the Lord has in such strong amazing mothers as you and Brittany to give you such precious souls as her Daxton and your Scott. I know you will be with your little one again and you'll get to raise him. Your strength and faith are an example to us all.

Jessica said...

Thank you for sharing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for your example.

Marcy M Miller said...

Melissa- you are so incredible and have such a positive attitude, I'm so sorry- I had no idea what you guys have recently went through. My heart aches for you and I can't even imagine what you guys have gone through. You will be in my prayers!

Crowther Clan said...

Hey Melissa. I am so sorry for your families loss. It sounds like you are being blessed with lots of strength to get through it. You sound like you have a great husband to be by your side. I got your comment on my blog. We don't have a website but I can email you our fonts, sayings, etc... I don't have your email address though, can you give it to me and then I will send everything to you. Take care! Amy

amy said...

I love you!!