2. For most of Valerie Watts’ pregnancy, her baby seemed to be developing fine. But she knew something was off in the final few days.
“All week, I knew,” Watts told Minneapolis-based station KMSP. “He wasn’t moving as much. I was very nervous.”
3. After his umbilical cord became pinched in the womb last July, Noah was stillborn.
4. Despite the loss, Watts wasn’t quite ready to part with Noah’s crib, and kept it in her house.
5. During a recent yard sale Watts had, Gerald Kumpala of Cokato, Minn., spotted the crib, though it wasn’t actually for sale. The woodworker, who uses headboards and footboards to make benches, asked if he could buy it.
“She was kind of hesitant,” Kumpula said. “I knew that maybe she didn’t want to sell it, but yet, she did.”
6. Kumpala’s wife noticed some baby accessories at the sale, and asked Watts about her son.
“His wife was there looking through my garage sale — at some of the baby clothes —and asked how old my son was since I don’t use the crib anymore,” Watts said, “and I told her that he had passed in July.”
7. After the couple heard Watts’ story, they decided on their way home with the crib that it was meant to go back to her. A week later, Kumpala surprised Watts by bringing her the converted crib, now a memorial bench for her son.
“I started crying instantly,” Watts said.