Our Lil Angel
Riley Elissa Lenik came into our lives on April 4, 2007. I could not wait to see her for the first time. She was everything I had dreamed she would be. She was perfect. She impacted my life like I never could have imagined. Every second with her was truly a miracle. I felt so honored to wake up every morning to such a wonderful gift. And that is exactly what she was, a gift. Riley came to me during a time when I lacked direction. When she was born, I knew I had found my calling. I dedicated my entire life to her and tried to be the mother I knew I could be. I have an outstanding mother, so I knew this job would come naturally to me. Her father and I were amazed by this beautiful little angel we had created. Her power was overwhelming.
When Riley was 8 months old she was hospitalized for a seizure. Shortly after we discovered that she had acid reflux. On Jan 9, she underwent a Nissen a G-tube placement surgery. We were told it was a routine procedure. Riley grew very ill following the surgery. It took the doctors four days to even look at her, despite the fact that I had been complaining for several days. I am her mother and I knew something was terribly wrong. I was right. Riley had gone into septic shock following several complications during the surgery. After 6 weeks of fighting for her life, Riley went into full fledged liver failure. Riley lost her battle on Feb 16, 2008 in my arms. It was the most terrifying experience, but I wanted her last breath to be take in the arms of her mother. As much as it hurt me, I told her it was okay to go. I knew that she had been holding on for me and her father. I didnt want her to have to fight anymore.
Losing Riley is the hardest thing I have ever done. It just does not seem fair that I had to say good bye to my 10 month old daughter. I never got to see her walk or teach her how to ride a bike. But Riley had a purpose like no other. She was sent here to change the lives of those who knew her. She was truly an angel, our angel.
We will never know why you were taken so quickly but know that you will always be loved and cherished. Mommy and Daddy miss you more that words could say. You are our angel and you made us the people we are today. You saved us, Riley Elissa, and for that we thank you. We are so proud of you. You are the best daughter any parents could ask for. You are the most beautiful baby this world has ever seen and heaven is lucky to have you.
We love you, Sweet Pea
Always and Forever,
Mommy and Daddy
This online memorial was created in loving memory of Riley Lenik, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Riley's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Riley forever.