Well, we finally took them off. The wristbands were removed more out of want for preservation than any other reason, as they are seriously degrading with normal day-to-day activities (like going to the swimming pool). We know that they won’t last forever – even off – but we wanted a shot at them sticking around a little longer than just a few more weeks.
As we have mentioned previously on the blog, these wristbands turned out to be more than just wristbands to us: they were the last remaining physical link to the hospital, and therefore to Liam. And because of that, it was a big deal to us to remove them. Keeping them on, was like keeping Liam with us all the time…and they allowed us to take something material memorializing Liam to lots of different places including skiing, concerts, the firehouse, school, New Mexico, and home.
We are looking for a replacement to them, another wristband/bracelet that we can wear and keep with us. A new, more permanent way of keeping Liam close. Any ideas?