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Sunday, May 04, 2008

March for Babies

Sunday morning, we rolled out of bed and headed over to the walk site for the March for Babies.

forgive the bandana sloppiness--my excuse is that I didn't sleep the night before and had no energy for a pre-walk shower

Allison said it perfectly when she described the walk as bittersweet. We were incredibly grateful for everyone's generosity and support. There was a festive atmosphere with balloons and face painters. And then, underneath it all, it felt a little like the NICU Reunion, this mixture of sadness and fear and gratitude and mournfulness. You can stick balloons on anything and call it a party, but it's hard to mask the intent beneath that pokes at your heart the entire walk.

We met up with Karen from My Perky Ovaries at the walk and were terrible influences on each other. And, once again, I have to admit this to you--I cheated. I took two definite shortcuts and another small tweak of the route to try to catch up with Josh at one point. I know that is going to sound quite pathetic considering the walk was only 4.2 miles, but in toddler distance, that is like a marathon. And the Wolvog and ChickieNob rode their tricycles the entire route. It gives us a larger goal to shoot for next year: finish all 4.2 miles instead of trimming off the .2.

Some enormous thank yous are in order. Words fail to express how grateful I am for all of the donations. All in all, we raised $2272.

There Must be More Than Being Fond of Grief
Baby Steps to Baby Shoes
A Sibling for Celia
The Waiting Womb
Hoping for Another Lovebug
Sell Crazy Someplace Else
The Dunn Family
Here We Go Again
Fortune Cookie Follies
A Little Sweetness
Sanity Now!
Our Family Beginnings
Reproductive Jeans
Jonesing for a Baby
Grandma and Grandpa
A Very Open Book
Where to Go From Here?...Life Without William Henry
Love, Hope, and Faith
Helping Make Sense
It Could Take 3 Months
Our Box of Rain
Three Under Two
Flutter of Hope
Life After Infertility and Loss
(donated for Jessica and Garrett)
Infertile Fantasies
Our Own Creation
My Many Blessings
Sticky Feet
Saba and Safta
Twin Peas Blog and Podcast

I apologize if I listed your first name instead of your blog. I can easily change it if you let me know.

So...thank you--for the cheers and the donations and the general support.


annacyclopedia said...

You are more than forgiven for cheating on the full distance. In fact, I think you deserve a medal for doing it with children on tricycles. The patience!

luna said...

bravo to all for walking, and to the twins for riding their trikes 2 miles! and also to everyone who participated and supported you. I love the photo!

Bea said...

I think the bandana looks very sporty. Just right for the occasion.

I've been looking to hearing the walk report. What a great total you guys have managed to raise. Love to hear some great results from that money in the future.


calliope said...

Well done to the walkers and hats off to the donate peeps!

Jen said...

There is no point in taking a pre-walk shower! That would just be a waste.

Way to go!

A.M.S. said...

Wow! Riding a tricycle four miles! That's an impressive accomplishment! So is walking behind a tricycle for four miles. I hope there was ice cream after all that. And I think the bandana looks just fine.

KLTTX said...

Congratulations on a successful walk this year. Bittersweet is a great description. As I walked, I couldn't help but remember all the weeks DS spent in the NICU and was so grateful that he is so healthy and beautiful now.

Great job to the kids too. My DS would never ride a bike that long.

Dianne/Flutter said...

You look beautiful! I think it is very impressive that the twins lasted two miles! Give them big hugs please :).

**susy** said...

Yay for a walking and for the trike rides too!

JJ said...

Yay! Congrats on a great walk--and what a hottie you are in that bandana! ;)

Meghan said...

Hey, I think bandanas are sporty and this was a sporting event. Thanks for all the walking and fundraising you did. I was thinking of you all yesterday morning....such a beautiful day for it!

(and I would have cut off a bit of distance too, with or without twins on trikes)

Kelly said...

Twins on trikes - how cute and totally exhausting! Congrats on your fundraising. The March of Dimes is lucky to have your continued support.
Kelly D.

JuliaS said...

I did several laps around Walmart trying to remember why I was there that day so that should more than make up for the .2 :0)

And btw - you ROCK a bandana. I must have an odd shaped head because mine never stay on or look as nice . . .

Awesome job!

Julia said...

Way to go! Especially the tricycle part.
You can change me to my blog name, or not-- it's completely ok either way.