Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Prematurity Awareness Day!
I've really been struggling with writing this post today. I'm not sure what's wrong with me, but I'm finding it difficult to rehash the past and explain why prematurity awareness is so near and dear to my heart. I went back and re-read my post from last year. Those pictures (also shown below) break my heart and remind me how truly lucky my family is. I owe everything that I am to the nurses, doctors, the March of Dimes, and everyone else who had a hand in caring for my precious little preemies.
Today is Prematurity Awareness Day.
A half a million babies will be born premature in the United States this year. Some of them can be prevented through quality prenatal care. Other births, like Addison and Alexis', are sudden and unexpected. The March of Dimes is leading the fight for prevention and to find answers as to why.I’ll never know exactly why, which is something I struggle with from time to time. I always wonder if there was something I could have done differently. And there are times when Addison or Alexis are having moments, and I wonder if this is just their personality or if this is their “preemie” coming through, and making me take notice. Whatever it is, I always notice. That "preemie mom anxiety" is something that never goes away. At least it hasn't for me yet?
Addison---day 3 still fighting for every breath.
Alexis---day 4 (notice the safety pin? Kinda puts the whole size thing into proportion)
We will be participating in the March of Dimes Walk again next year. I should have the exact date soon. Once I do, I will pass that along to everyone who wishes to walk on our team or to help with a donation.
I am just one of hundreds of bloggers that is taking time today to help raise awareness about this important cause. Bloggers Unite!