Losing a lover is one of the most difficult things to go through emotionally. It’s much more difficult when you’re 39 weeks pregnant.
Grace Sotolongo-Alvarez had a scheduled Cesarean section with her second biological child for quite some time. She had no idea she’d be losing her husband, Gabriel “Gabe” Alvarez, only days later.
Gabe worked in construction and was killed in an on-the-job accident on October 25. He and Grace already had a 5-year-old daughter, and Gabe had a 12-year-old daughter from a previous marriage who was also an important member of their family.
Grace called the infant Gabriel Tomas Alvarez in his honor. However, dealing with the quantity of change and feeling has been challenging.
According to Grace, her kid took his first breath at 1:05 p.m. That was around the moment her spouse drew his last breath a week before. That kind of coincidence may be extremely meaningful, particularly for a recently widowed mother.
Gabe and Grace were soul mates when they married on March 28, 2015. At the time of his death, he was working on-site at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus entrance. Heavy equipment collapsed on him and a coworker, and while his companion was taken to the hospital, Gabe died on the spot. It’s a phone call that no wife wishes to receive, particularly as she prepares to embark on a new chapter in her life.
Grace has produced various monuments to her late boyfriend after his unexpected passing. Grace says that she expected a different outcome during a picture shoot with their baby kid. Grace discovered methods to include The Lion King, one of Gabe’s favorite movies, into the newborn shots.
She explained that when they discovered they were pregnant with Gracie, they went to buybuy baby and wandered about and spotted a replica of a nursery that was adorned with the Lion King and they agreed if Gracie was a boy, that would be the motif. They moved on after she snapped a dumb picture of him. Of course, she wasn’t, and her favorite Disney film, The Little Mermaid, took home the prize for nursery décor.
Gabriel, my love. These photos were supposed to be so different. Your favorite Disney movie was The Lion King. How…Posted by Grace M. Sotolongo-Alvarez on Wednesday, 3 November 2021
She surprised him with tickets to see the Lion King off Broadway a few years back, and he was excited as a young kid going to see Disney on Ice,” she said. She surprised him two weeks ago with this shirt for him and a onesie for their kid, their little Simba, and he was overjoyed. They chuckled about taking a picture of him wearing the shirt beside the hospital window, holding him up for all to see.
These were intended to be really different, she said. Every time she walks out of the room to another section of the hospital for the baby to be examined, she has the need to take a pic so she can text him and update him at work and he can text her ‘great’. She believes she will always feel the need to text him since he will be at work and they will see each other at home. She misses him and requires his assistance. She loves him but knows that she has got this.
Grace, on the other hand, did not always accomplish things on her own. Upon the delivery of baby Gabriel, she had a photo of Gabe in scrubs cheering her on.
While she has a lot to think about, Grace’s main priority for now is to be there for all 3 of her children.
Baby Gabriel will undoubtedly remember how much he was adored and how lovely his father was.
Grace has risen up and demonstrated her strength even in the face of adversity. Those who knew him would attest: he was a lovely, joyful, loving man, she said. He was an amazing parent. He was the type of person who would go out of his way to help anyone who required it.
It’s a lesson to appreciate every minute you have since life may throw you a lot of unexpected bumps in the road.