My first blog post! As we enter into November (Prematurity Awareness month), I can't help but remember those early days when I first found out I was having twins. I never even considered they would come early. At 22 weeks pregnant, I started having pre-term labor and I had NO idea. I thought the tightening in my stomach was my twins moving around, little did I know, those were contractions and they were putting me into labor. After 11 weeks on hospital bedrest and numerous rounds of magnesium, terbutaline, indomethacin, procardia, and two rounds of steriods my twins were born at 33 weeks. I look back on those days in the NICU of feeling guilty, excited, sad, happy, angry relief, anxiety...the list goes on. Too many emotions to describe. I needed ways to connect with moms who were going through similar times. I needed to somehow normalize my reality. I was feeling so much anxiety for these little babies that I could barely hold. I was a first time mom and none of this felt right - it all felt so wrong. I had a really hard time connecting with my babies...the cords, the beeps, the worry I would hurt them. I felt like I had no clue what to do and how to mother my babies. It was a constant state of feeling completely OVERWHELMED.
A year after my twins were born, we got involved with the March of Dimes as a way to give back to what had been given to us during those months. All the resources we had available to us was something we could not have done without. We were so thankful for the walk, the people we met and the stories we shared along the way. It was so therapeutic for us. We are not alone in this.
Our hope is by spreading awareness of prematurity, we can help families. TRULY help them. We want them to know we are here for them. Our story is here for them, and our support. Whatever the outcomes, we are here.
Yay, your first blog post! Congrats!
So many emotions. They shape us and our children. Thank you for all that you're doing for each family you encounter.
Thank you so much for sharing your story and for giving back through the March of Dimes. Love the photos.
Thank you for posting!! The more we can put faces to the moms and dads and babies who are impacted by prematurity, the better.
So much love to you!
So excited for your first blog post!! Thanks for telling your story and being a part of share!
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Thank you for sharing! What an inspirational story you all have!
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. We are so happy to have you here on Share!
Thanks for sharing and for posting. Welcome!
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