I recently connected with a new preemie mom through Instagram.
Her twins suffered from twin to twin transfusion and, born severely premature, one has passed away while the other fights for life in the NICU.
It is times like these, seeing pictures of the monitors and the tubes and those little eyes, born far too early to have a color, that I am brought back to how truly life-altering the NICU experience is.
I see my own micro-preemies in the eyes of her survivor and wish there was more I could do than will her to live through photographs and messages of hope.
Saturday is World Prematurity Awareness Day and this new little preemie who is fighting for life reminds me how far my own children have come but also how far we, as a community, need to go.
I have a heart full of preemies, some who survived and one who did not.
Some day I hope there isn’t a single mother out there willing her tiny baby to live or deciding between a casket or an urn.
I want there to be medical advancements, miracles and a world full of chubby, pink full term babies.
Natalie of Mommy of a Monster and Twins and I are partnering to bring more awareness to the triumphs and the struggles of preemie families.
If you have experience premature birth, tell us your story and link up this weekend.
We hope you will join us, in my home, there is no more worthy cause.
Many thanks to Artkive, the makers of a cool new app that stores your children’s artwork,
and to Clomid and Cabernet, an amazing support network for families struggling through infertility.
P.S. If you are a business owner or just a giver, Natalie and I would welcome even more matching donations. Contact either Natalie or I for details.
And…. believe it or not, I have the best news… I could not be more honored to be among the writing staff at Still Standing Magazine, my first piece makes it debut today. Craziness. Did I mention I’m honored?
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