Little Art is loved and missed by
his Great Grandmother Florence, Great Grandmother Cecile, Grandparents, father Tim, mother Susan, sister Stephanie and brother Jonathan.

I'll never forget the day I found out I was pregnant with Arthur. It was June 26, 1998. I had taken my daughter and step-son to see Gone With the Wind at the theatres and on the way home stopped to buy a home pregnancy test. Needless to say, it was positive. The pregnancy went fine until about the last six weeks when I was placed on bed rest due to high blood pressure. Arthur was due March 2 but did not join us until March 10, 1999 at 2:08 p.m.

There were some difficulties after he was born. He did not make a sound at first, unlike my daughter who let the entire hospital know she was there. He had to be catheterized and he was slightly jaundiced, but otherwise he has healthy and went home on schedule.

Arthur's pediatrician warned me to be prepared for Arthur to do everything early and to do it fast because of the older siblings and our dog. He was crawling by five months, walking by eight months.

I was able to find a job working from home, so I was able to spend every day of Arthur's 15 months on earth with him and I'm forever grateful for that. He had the most beautiful big blue eyes, I don't know that I'll ever get those baby blues out of my mind - and I hope I never do.

On Sunday, June 4, 2000, at about 9:30 a.m. Arthur managed to get out to our pool in the backyard. To this day I don't know how it happened, but it did. Doctors were never able to resuscitate him and he was declared dead just after 10:00 a.m. that morning.

A legal battle began the day of his death, starting with the state of Florida taking my daughter away from me and two days later charging me with aggravated assault. I was able to get custody of my daughter in the beginning of December and finally on December 23, 2000, two days before Christmas, my attorney phoned to tell me that the charges against me had been dropped. I was still unable to breathe, however, because I still had six months of the state's involvement with my daughter. Finally, in May 2001 all of the legal matters surrounding Arthur's death were closed when the state closed the file on my daughter.

It's been three years since Arthur died and I feel that just now I'm starting to feel again, and with feeling again comes remembering and grieving. My grandpa, who Arthur was named for, never got to meet my son. He joined him in heaven in February 2001 and I know Grandpa is with him now keeping him warm, safe and cared for along with my mother until I can join them.

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~Thank You~

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