Wednesday, May 2, 2012

March For Babies

Last year I wanted to participate in the March for Babies walk because it was near and dear to my heart when Cole was born so early. If we had better research and technology, perhaps Cole could have been delivered and then had a kidney transplant. I know that right now this sounds like a dream that should be reserved with having robots clean and cook for us...and being teleported to the mall instantaneously, but I think someday it will be realistic. We've come REALLY far, but babies born before 23 weeks now have very little viability (every hospital has their own "viability" criteria and babies born before that will have no medical intervention). I wish no parent would ever have to hear that if their baby were born, the hospital will not medically intervene at all.

Then, when our twins were born prematurely and spent time in the NICU, I knew I just had to participate in fundraising for March for Babies. My Mothers of Multiples group sent out information about the Sacramento Walk and I jumped at the chance. Because it was my first year doing it, I made it my goal to raise $100. I know that was a small amount, but I figured I only had a month and I didn't know how much I could actually raise. And I figured $1 was still a dollar earned. But I ended up raising $250! Perhaps next year I can get more people to walk with us (if I give them enough notice) and make a fun morning out of it.

Before waking the kids up to get them ready:
 Our attempt at a family photo. Poor Aiden was covered in his hat:
 Tell me he is not dashingly handsome:
 We had such a hard time with the sun:
 Isabella absolutely, positively REFUSED to wear her hat. Grr:
 Handsome Boys:
 All the boys:
 Someone stopped us and asked us if we wanted a photo. So nice:
I was a little nervous about physically doing the 6 miles while each of us wore a baby and pushed Connor, and I'll be honest my back was SORE at the end of it. I knew I'd have no problem actually walking; it's just not that easy to walk with a baby strapped to you and push Connor. Connor did soo well. He was laughing and smiling and playing with his balloon the whole time. He asked me why we had to walk and I tried to explain to him that we were walking for babies who were born too early and were sick and then for the entire walk, he kept turning to me and saying, "Sick babies?!?" I'm sure he didn't truly understand, but I still want him knowing that it's important to commit yourself to causes you feel led to. Next year I'm hoping I can have him donate something (right now he doesn't understand about money - but maybe next year I can give him a couple dollars to buy something and have him save a percentage of it to donate).

I'm so glad we did it!


Kristy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've thought about doing a March of Dimes walk. My twin nieces were born at 32 weeks and spent about 5 weeks in the NICU. I sometimes think the same thing about Grant, what if he could have been born and had a kidney and lung transplant, maybe in the future that will be possible. Glad you had fun.

Tesha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Awesome, Great Job!!!!!!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your children are so darling!

I didn't realize that your twins and my youngest are so close in age (his birthday is June 29, 2011) :)

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