Mom and Dad have been together for a while, but met in college. The both worked at Texas Roadhouse while attending the University of Florida and met as coworkers.
While Mom was pregnant, Declan had hiccups day and night, so she was convinced he would be hiccupping when he entered the world…and she was right!
No word on how the name Declan was decided, but the middle name, Charles, was decided early on. One week before Declan was born, the family’s sweet golden retriever, Charlie, passed away. People may think that it’s crazy to name a child after a dog, but he was the “first baby” and it was a nice way for Mom and Dad to always have him in their hearts. He was such a special dog and they will always wish that he was here to meet his little brother.
Labor didn’t go as expected. Mom went in to the OB for her 38-week appointment and was sent straight to the hospital. She ended up being admitted for a full week! She was dressed to go to work that morning and never thought that it would be anything other than a normal day. Mom ended up spending 4 days in the ICU after developing HELLP Syndrome, but Declan arrived safely. Mom and Dad are so thankful to God.