LOVE Island's Jessica Hayes paid a touching tribute to her late baby sonat the beach yesterday on what have been his due date.
The reality star sadly lost her son, who she and fiancé Dan Lawry named Teddy, after suffering a late miscarriage at 19 weeks in December.
Taking to Instagram to remember the little one, Jessica, 27, shared a photo of her and her 19-month-old son Presley, standing next to Teddy’s name and a heart drawn in the sand.
She wrote: "Happy due date Teddy darling. What i would do to be having those newborn cuddles. Always loved, never forgotten."
Jessica also added a video montage of their day at the beach, telling her followers: "Remembering our little teddy at the beach today. Happy due date darling boy."
In December, Jessica got candid about her late miscarriage and said how her eldest son Presley had given her a "reason to carry on".
She wrote at the time: "Never have I been so grateful to have this sweet boy of mine , he’s given me a reason to be strong a reason to carry on.
"I’ve told him all about his little brother and how he will watch over and look after him 👼🏽❤️ I will make sure I make them both proud"
Her followers rushed to support her, as one said: "❤️❤️❤️ Love you both so much you are so strong J. Presley and Teddy will be forever so proud of their mummy ❤️❤️❤️"
Another wrote beneath her post: "You’re doing amazing Jess. But remember it’s ok not to be ok at times too. Lots of love babe xxxx".
The devastated star wrote a heartfelt poem to announce she had lost her baby.
She wrote: "To Our little Teddy 💔👼🏽 I’m so sorry I couldn’t keep you safe for a little while longer. I’m sorry I couldn’t take you home.
"I’m sorry we had to say goodbye this way it wasn’t supposed to be like this.
"The pain is unbearable and I feel like I’m drowning in grief. My mind spinning thinking of all the what ifs and questions of who you would of grown up to be.
Where to find help for pregnancy loss?
BABY loss charity Tommy’s funds research and provides support to couples going through miscarriage and baby loss.
SANDS (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK. You can call their helpline on 0808 164 3332.
You can also contact The Miscarriage Association on 01924 200799 and Child Bereavement UK on 0800 02 888 40.
Meanwhile, Saying Goodbye, a division of charity The Mariposa Trust, provides support for anyone who has suffered baby loss at any stage of pregnancy. You can call them on 0845 293 8027.
"When will I wake up from this awful nightmare."
A picture accompanied it showing a little teddy bear beside their son's tiny footprints while a handwritten tag showed the date Teddy was delivered and that he weighed 183g.
Jess's poem continued: "I wish I could of stared at your beautiful face a little while longer and held you in my arms forever.
"I look down at my empty stomach where you should still be growing safely and i feel so empty without you there no kicks no flutters .."
Jess, who is a mum to 19-month-old son Presley, said she could see a likeness between the brothers.
"I could see Presley in you, you were so beautiful, perfectly formed," she wrote.
"You would never get to play together and be best friends in this world and that hurts so much he would of loved you his little brother so much .
"I’m grateful that we shared 19 weeks together and I carried you for as long as I could before it was your time to gain your wings..
"You will always be our beautiful son and I promise you will hold the biggest place in our hearts forever my sweet angel."
For information on dealing with pregnancy loss visit Tommys.org, email [email protected] or contact them on 0800 014 7800.
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