«He says things like, ‘You’re a part of me, and I’ll never let anything bad happen to you,'” the mother explained.
The desire to have a younger brother or sister can sometimes encourage other parents to conceive. But what if they are unable to?
If Santa asks Mikey Marotta what kind of gift he wants, he already has an idea.
No, it’s not a video game console, phone, or miniature car. Mikey would most likely request a baby brother, according to his parents.
A sibling is wonderful news for any child.
While some children may be envious of the attention, the majority of children fully embrace the responsibility of being an older guardian.
In fact, Mikey was so eager to become an older brother that he planned ahead of time what they’d dress up as siblings for Halloween. Whenever he received something new or an extra of something, he would always set it aside and “save” it for his brother.
He even told his mother to eat buffalo wings because he believed it was the source of his ginger hair. He also wants his brother to be the same color as him this time.
However, becoming pregnant was not easy.
Jessica and Michael Marotta did everything they could to make Mikey’s dreams come true. Their efforts, however, were hampered by fertility issues. The most difficult part was when Jessica miscarried her baby in 2007.
When they realized their efforts were futile, they decided to meet with Mikey. They explained to him during one of those heart-to-heart talks that it’s perfectly fine to be a family of three.
“When Mikey would ask when he was going to get his baby brother, we would explain he may not get one — that some families only have one child and that is OK. He would tear up and say, ‘That’s OK if I don’t get a human brother; I have Dillinger,’ our dog.” Jessica said to TODAY.
But in the summer of 2017, everything changed.
Jessica found out that she was pregnant. But one person is much more excited than both Jessica and Michael. Jessica said that Mikey “teared up and was very happy.” However, the family ran into complications once more.
The baby was found to be suffering from intrauterine growth restriction. C-section was required to deliver the baby. Mikey then spent his days in the NICU.
They were able to explain the significance of skin-to-skin contact there.
Jessica used to hold Mikey against her skin when he was younger, so she understands how powerful this can be. So when Mikey was finally allowed to hug his brother, he was overcome with emotion.
Every so carefully, Mikey would hold Jake close to his heart. He knew he had the capability to be a big brother and now that he really needed to show that side of himself, Mikey was more than willing.
The two only grew closer since then.
Jessica shared that whenever his little brother would hear his voice, he would turn his head in Mikey’s direction and look for him. Mikey was also the first person Jake ever smiled at.
And Mikey is never ashamed to express how much Jake, the best gift he could ever receive, means to him.
“He tells me things like, ‘You are a part of me, and I will never let anything bad happen to you,'” Jessica explained. Mikey keeps a picture of Jake in his wallet as well.