If you were around in 2012 and early 2013, you know that I was pretty nervous when I was pregnant with Skye.
I was 40 when I (unexpectedly) found out I was pregnant and 41 when she was born.
One of my biggest goals was always carrying her to full term.
I was all too aware that in addition to the risks associated with my age, babies born too soon often have birth defects and complications that affect them for life. Anyone who knows someone who has had a premature baby knows that there are so many challenges for these babies and their families that tomorrow can be a dream.
I did carry her to full term. She was born naturally at a birthing center, and she was perfectly healthy.
I was home less than three hours after her birth. I was blessed.
It is hard to believe that my tiny baby is now 3 1/2.
Today, I’d like to take a moment and reflect on one of Skye’s first milestones: walking!
I remember having such mixed feelings when she began walking. Of course, I was excited. But I also knew that life as I knew it had just changed.
Skye was one of those babies who was a crawling pro, so much that I was afraid she was never going to walk. Both of her brothers started to walk before they were a year old, but Skye didn’t seem to be in any hurry.
Then, she went from cruising to full on walking in less than a week. In no time she was trying to figure out the stairs, something that terrified me to no end.
Sometimes it is easy to take these milestones for granted, but the reality is that not all families are fortunate enough to celebrate these key first milestones with their babies.
What if you could do something today to give these babies tomorrow?
Right now you can head over to the March of Dimes website and take action to help those families who don’t have the opportunity to see their baby enjoy these first special milestones.
There are three main ways you can participate:
1. You can create a digital card of hope that will be printed and sent to a family and their premature baby in the NICU.
2. Help raise awareness of the initiative by sharing on social media with the hashtags #babysfirst and #givethemtomorrow. Please use both hashtags.
3. You can donate to the March of Dimes. Your support helps to provide education, programs, research and a voice for families so that every baby can have a fighting chance.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of March of Dimes. The opinions and text are all mine.