This family’s life hasn’t always been so complicated. Ruth and her husband, Jonathan, got together in 2008, after he repeatedly came to her office trying to sell calendars for his fire department. After going to the same party one evening, the two were inseparable.
On Nov. 11, 2011, Ruth and Johnathan got married, settled down in Leonardtown, Maryland, and began a wonderfully simple life as newlyweds.
“Things were very easy, normal and typical,” Ruth says. “We went to work, came home and spent time together.”
Already parents to a daughter named Leila, the couple decided it was time to expand their family. They began trying for another baby before getting married, and one month after the wedding, Ruth was pregnant.
On Sept. 7, 2012, Nolan was born – and he was absolutely perfect.
“He had platinum blond hair,” Ruth recalls, “He never cried, and he had dark green eyes. He was happy, met all his milestones, and he was just perfect.”
In May 2015, the family was surprised to learn that another baby was on the way. Although unexpected, they were thrilled and immediately started preparing for life with three children.
But two months later, life took another turn that nobody saw coming.
“In July, Nolan started showing signs of allergies,” Ruth says. “His nose would run, he would be really tired, and as it went on, things started getting really bad. I had to have him sleep with me all the time because it was almost like he would stop breathing. I was taking him to the doctor every week through September and October. He was on antibiotics, and then they thought it was a sinus infection. Something wasn’t right. He was very uncomfortable.”
Ruth took Nolan to an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) who immediately suggested removing his adenoids and tonsils.
On Nov. 6, doctors performed the procedures, and shortly thereafter, Nolan began having uncontrollable nosebleeds.
On Nov. 16, it was time for his follow-up appointment.