Our first March for Babies, in April 2009:
Our second walk, in April of 2010:
Our third walk in 2011:
It doesn't take much to transport my mind back to the NICU. To remember the machines, the beeping, the not being able to hold my girl anytime I wanted to . . . but on days like today, even though those moments -- the NICU moments -- are forever engrained in me, nothing feels better than just being with my little family, and those that love us. Today, I truly felt so, so blessed.
And, let us not forget the newest, miniest member of Team Sammie B, our sweet Mia. Mia was born full-term, and while we may never know WHY she made it to full-term and Sammie B didn't, we do know that my pregnancies with both girls were similar (pre-term labor, bed rest) but with Mia, I had weekly progesterone shots, an intervention discovered, in large part, due to research supported by the March of Dimes. So, for that too, we are grateful. These two girls just make my world go 'round. Today and everyday.
This organization is a part of us, and today, we walked for it. For the March of Dimes, for Sammie B, and for all the other babies born too soon.
Here's to Team Sammie B!