Tate Timothy Jacobson
October 18 2011 – April 11 2013
At our 20 week ultrasound we found out that our baby boy was missing his left hand. This sent many of our ultrasound doctors searching for what else could possibly be “wrong” with our baby. We were told a lot of scary things about what our baby could be like, if he lived. But nothing was for sure and so we played the waiting game.
On October 18th, 2011 Tate Timothy Jacobson came into the world screaming! Many of our doctors told us that Tate had a different cry, but that cry was the most wonderful sound in the world to me because it meant he was breathing.
A few hours after his birth we were told that the doctors thought Tate had Moebius Syndrome. We were lucky, one of the doctors on call in the NICU that night had seen Moebius Syndrome once before and recognized it with Tate. That night we sat in the NICU holding our baby, who was connected to so many wires, while a nurse read to us from a textbook about Moebius Syndrome.
Tate’s first year has been a wild one for our family full of many surprises. Feeding is a challenge for Tate, he has a GJ tube, but recently we have been able to start him with some tasting. He has made us appreciate all the little milestones that babies pass through so quickly…holding a pacifier in his mouth, sticking his tongue out, holding his head up, saying “da da”, sitting by himself, licking a spoon, and our favorite laughing. Tate has the cutest laugh and even though he does not smile with his mouth, when he laughs we know he is smiling with his heart. We are so glad he is ours!
Tate Timothy Jacobson returned to his Heavenly Father Thursday, April 11, 2013 in West Jordan, Utah.
Tate was born October 18th, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah the son of Travis and Brandi Jacobson.
While it seems that 18 months was far too short of a time to be with our sweet Tate, he packed that 18 months full of love and laughter. Tate was born with Moebius Syndrome, a very rare syndrome that affects your facial nerves. Tate was not able to show a lot of expression, so instead of smiling he would laugh… all day long. Everybody that knew Tate fell in love with him immediately due to his constant teasing and giggles. If he wasn’t laughing, it was probably because he had you wrapped up tight in one of his hugs and kisses.
Tate was born without his left hand, but he never allowed that to slow him down. He amazed us by learning how to do things his way. Our little guy will be greatly missed, but we find comfort knowing that he will no longer have to deal with the limitations his physical body placed on him while on this Earth.
Tate loved his family and made sure that we all knew it. While he left us unexpectedly in his sleep, we can take comfort knowing he was loved by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Tate is survived by his parents Travis and Brandi Jacobson; sister, Lexi Jacobson; brother, Hunter Jacobson; grandparents, Tim and Bonnie Jacobson and Scott and Traci Brown; all eight of his great-grandparents; many loving aunts and uncles and many cousins that loved him unconditionally.
A celebration of Tate’s life will be held at 11 a.m on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in the LDS Meetinghouse at 8136 South Old Bingham Highway West Jordan, UT 84088. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the church as well as one and a half hours prior to the services. Please take a moment to share a memory of Tate at www.memorialutah.com