This Sunday, April 29th is the day our team is walking.
This is the first time I've ever participated in an event of this nature. I'm really looking forward to it.
My sister and brother-in-law started the team "Ethan and Avery's All-Stars" in honor of my niece and nephew born 3 months premature. They have had a long road, especially Ethan, his road was quite a bit rougher and bumpier than Avery's. (If you're interested in learning more about them and the difficult journey we've been on, see my sisters blog HERE )
We have been working hard on raising money to help support the March of Dimes, March for Babies!
It is a phenomenal cause - helping research methods to keep babies from not only being born premature, but to help keep babies alive and healthy.
Would you like to donate? I still have 4 days before our walk!
I am so happy to announce that after 250 long days in the NICU and Children's Hospital my nephew Ethan is finally at home with his twin sister, my niece, Avery and his Mommy & Daddy!
Even though Avery has been the only one that Connor & Paige were able to interact with - they knew all about Ethan and loved him. We showed pictures to them, and talked about him non-stop so they knew they had 2 cousins...
They were so excited to learn that they were going to meet him yesterday!
It was so special for me to watch them with BOTH of their cousins and how naturally the kids interacted...
I think Connor was slightly more hesitant of Ethan at first because of his trach and the wiring that goes along with it - but, he quickly realized Ethan is a regular, moving, silly baby like Avery, and became much more comfortable with him.
Kids say the darndest things...
Hey, that's a great concept, maybe someone should come up with a book or a TV Show, nevermind.
Lately, the more my kids become chatter boxes, the more they have the chance to say some of the sweetest, silliest and just laugh enducing statements! Thought I'd share a few.
"Me love you too much Mommy"
When asked if she was Mommy's Angel, she replied "No Mommy, I'm a Princess right now"
Paige was up very late...basically giving me a run for my money at bedtime and she was quite successful. Somewhere around 9:30 or 10pm I very exasperatedly asked
"Paige why are you still awake?"
Paige: "because my eyes are open" Paige " do you want to see me close my eyes Mommy?"
Mommy: Yes Paige, Mommy wants you to close your eyes.
Paige closed her eyes, and quickly opened them and said: I want to keep them open.
At dinner I was trying to persuade him to taste a new food (I forget what it was, I think potatoes from a stew) that he was not willing to try....
Mommy: You might say Mmm this is so yummy if you try it Connor: No Mommy I say its so yuck Mommy: You will make me so happy if you just try it Connor: It will make me so sad.
We recently signed him up for a 2-3 yr old soccer program - and he must have recalled that we told him he could play soccer when he gets bigger... After being excited hearing the news about soccer, he had left the room to get something... Upon returning he said: Mommy look at me. I'm bigger now. I play soccer!"
Our rings may be scratched up, lacking a little of their original luster, but heck, they have their battle scars! We've been married almost 5 years (Nov 3!) and through the ups and downs of life.... we've stuck it out, so I guess the scratches all have their tales.