Cohen and I are both recovering from colds. Cohen's seems to be fairly harmless so far, thankfully. I still have a few moments of panic when I think about him getting really sick, but so far, so good. Please continue to keep him in your prayers, I know colds don't seem like that big of a deal to most people, but to a preemie it can be very serious. His regular pediatrician is also out on maternity leave and I don't want to take him in to see someone new (if necessary, again, so far it's not necessary).
This video has been making the rounds on facebook, but if you haven't watched it, please do. It's about 15 minutes long and I think it's a very accurate portrayal of all the emotions that NICU parents and baby loss parents go through. I don't feel like it was sugar coated like so many of them are and also wasn't overly dramatized. It just felt...real.
And also, for those of you who donated for our March of Dimes team way back in May, we were one of the top 20 teams in the Puget Sound and we raised nearly $2000 and altogether the Puget Sound March for Babies raised over $500,000! Thank you all so much, that was a really wonderful day for us and it felt good to be able to give back and help other preemies and their families. Here is a picture of the sign with all the butterflies of babies names who died because of prematurity. It seems like there are more than 400 babies that pass away in a year, as we have already donated more diapers than that and have only hit a small number of hospitals so far, although it may depend on their definition of "baby".
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment,
It's glory and beauty belong to our world
But then it must fly again.
And though we hate to see it go,
We feel so blessed to have seen it.
Lastly, if you are local, there is going to be a small diaper party going on at Tangled Threads in town. They have graciously opened up there shop for us to use to sew diapers. We will be there from 10-1 and lunch will be provided. Feel free to stop by or stay for the whole time. As always, even if you can't sew there are still lots of things for you to do so please don't let that stop you from coming! If you want to help but won't be able to stop by, I am more than happy to give you fabric and patterns to cut out diapers, this is always a huge help. Also, if you want to donate fabric or plain white thread, you can drop some off (or purchase it there!) at Tangled Threads and just let them know it is for the diapers. Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who have already done that!! Did you know that Teeny Tears has donated over 4000 diapers and has thousands more in the works!? Awesome huh? I think so! It is bittersweet that so many families are going through the loss of a child, but our prayer is that these diapers will bring a small amount of comfort to these families. Feel free to ask questions if you have any or let me know if you want to get involved.