Brittani Boren Leach is honoring her late son Crew by involving him in their newborn’s name.
Last week, Leach and husband Jeff welcomed a baby boy, Cole Dean, just 10 months after the death of their 3-month-old son Crew. Leach posted the name to Instagram just after announcing his arrival.
“Cole Dean Leach ???? Arrived at 8:33am, 7lb 1oz, 19 long” and perfect in every way,” Leach wrote. “When they placed him in my arms it was a feeling I could never describe.”
“Big brother Crew sure outdid himself, and no doubt is smiling ear to ear in Heaven. ???? Welcome to the world Baby Cole, you have NO idea how much you’re loved, ????.”
Leach, who is also mom to sons Carter, Cooper and Cash, along with stepdaughter Sydney, revealed explained how they came up with the name Cole Dean — and how the middle name is an homage to Crew. “Two reasons we chose Dean, one is because it’s a family name, from Jeff’s father and grandfather,” she shared.
“We also use baseball themed middle names and ‘Dizzy’ Dean played for the Cardinals,” she went on.
“Cardinals remind us of our boy. ❤️” Leach explained earlier in the year how cardinals are “extremely special to our family” as the bird reminds them of their late son.
“Our kids even get excited when ‘Crew bird’ comes to visit,” she said in an Instagram in May. “Cooper said to me yesterday, ‘Mom, I think he’s trying to say, I want to play with you, Cooper!’ ❤️”
“Today they bulldozed all the trees down next door in order to build a house, a day that I have been dreading for awhile. I was so afraid that it would scare our little Cardinal away. But once again, what little faith I had, because our sweet ‘Crew bird’ has been perched in our backyard singing a song as happy as can be, ????” she went on.
Leach gave a quick update on Cole by posting a photo on her Insta Story. “Good morning,” she wrote alongside a picture of Cole laying on his mother’s chest. “Eating like a champ, like his brothers. ❤️”
In May, Leach revealed how she and Jeff were expecting again, posting to Instagram: “Sent straight from Heaven and without a doubt, hand-picked by big brother Crew himself, estimated to arrive on December 1, 2020. ❤️”
In the clip, Leach and her family could be seen walking through a field. Leach then held a photo of Crew in front of her baby bump before the family gathered to carry a present with a note that read, “Heaven Sent.”
“We wanted to announce in a way that honored our sweet Crew, so thank you @elliott.beltran for this amazing video,” she shared.
Last year, both Leach and Jeff lost baby Crewafter he was discovered unresponsive while napping on Christmas Day. Two days later, she revealed the tragic news that Crew had, posting a photo of her cradling her baby boy’s body, with her husband beside her.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.