PUEBLO, Colo. - Father's Day was a bittersweet day for Douglas Sterner.
It was his first Father's Day with his three-month-old daughter, Brielle. But it also marked the two-year-anniversary of when his wife, Cheri, suffered a stillbirth.
Sterner has dreamed of being a father since he was a kid. "I'd be like 12 years old and I remember thinking: someday, I'm gonna be a really good dad. I felt like I had a lot to offer," he said.
It was a dream that took years to come to fruition. Sterner and his wife, Cheri, tried for six years to have a baby. Then, in 2011, Cheri became pregnant with their daughter, Gia. But 37 weeks into the pregnancy, the couple lost baby Gia.
"After we lost Gia, we wanted to have another baby. Nothing would ever replace Gia but we wanted to have what they call the rainbow baby," Sterner said.
The couple's rainbow baby, Brielle, was born this March. Sterner describes Brielle as the "baby that brings the light after the storm."
Sterner and his family gathered at Pueblo City Park on Sunday to release balloons in honor of Gia. He said it's his way of honoring the little girl he never got to know.
"We go through things in life and sometimes life does deal us a raw hand, but throughout everything we've got to try to find a way to make a better situation," Sterner said.