Sept. 9, 2011-May 15, 2012
Dylan Jerome Romaine, 8 months of age, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo.
Baby Dylan was born to his parents, Aaron and Patricia "Tricia" (Stene) Romaine on September 9, 2011 in Fargo. Dylan was so surrounded by fluid in Mommy's belly that we always called him our swimmer. That may be why he surprised us two weeks early.
We always thought maybe someday he would decide to swim for a sport and when he shaved his head for competition we would remember the red birthmark on the back of his head. Papa had our triathlon team planned -- Nyah could run, Dylan swim, and Papa would bike. Momma would have to cheer of course.
Dylan was the happiest baby we have ever met. Everyone would ask if he was a good baby and we would answer that he was a very mellow fellow. His smile was bigger than his face and we were enjoying his only tooth this last week.
Dylan loved a stuffed frog that was kept in his crib and would look for it as he laid down and snuggled with it all night. We are clinging to this image of FROG - Fully Rely on God. We will never understand this side of heaven why we didn't have very much time with him.
Dylan's big sister (in charge) Nyah wasn't so sure about him when he came along. In the hospital when he was born she was asked if she wanted to say goodbye to Dylan she said, "He's not a people, he's just a baby."
However, Dylan had smiles reserved for his sister and she could almost always cheer him up. She warmed up to him pretty fast though and asked the day he passed if God had bottles and milk for him so he was taken care of. Just the way Nyah said his name would make him laugh. He always wanted to know where Nyah was in the room (and she wanted to know where he was too) and he always loved to watch the puppy, Mingus, as he moved around the room too.
Recently, his favorite thing was when Nyah would pick dandelions and hold them for him to smell. He would always lean in, open his mouth wide, and try to make her flower a snack. He also loved to make your face a snack too if you snuggled just as close. Once Dylan figured out how to eat solid foods he hadn't found a food yet that he didn't like, he still liked nursing with Momma the best though.
Dylan we will miss you more than anything and know you are in Jesus' arms. We mourn with our family, friends, and church community. You were and are a light to our lives. We pray that we can all have Nyah's childlike faith and have no doubt that Baby Dylan is in heaven with Jesus and we will see him again when we get to go there.
Surviving Dylan are his parents, Aaron and Patricia of Fargo; his sister, Nyah; maternal grandparents, Don and Penny Stene of Detroit Lakes; paternal grandparents, Robert Romaine, Ottertail, and Linda Romaine, Audubon; and his aunt, Leigh Anne Romaine of Cleveland, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the family as they decide on a charity.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo.
Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 in Calvary Church at Village Green, Moorhead, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.
Please feel free to sign the online guestbook at www.hansonrunsvold.com.