Do you remember Valentine’s Day 1998? I sure do. The mood had been set months earlier, and while I had low expectations of the day, itself, life is always full of surprises. Instead of receiving roses, I got dozens and dozens of contractions. I went into preterm labor. My actual due date: May 1.
Looking back I realize how incredibly blessed and fortunate I was. The hospital team was well-equipped to handle my situation. A few hours on a couple of monitors (one for me and one for the baby), some medication to stop the contractions, and a prescription for complete bed rest until May and I was sent home like a chocolate-covered cherry to celebrate my new world order.
Wait. Bed rest until May? I did not inherit the patience gene. So I learned to crochet.
My daughter arrived into my life on May 5, 1998, full-term and healthy.
More than 12 years have passed since those tenuous two+ months on my sofa, and I’ve learned a few things since then about the real risks my daughter and I unknowingly faced that February day. While I’m not one to speculate on what could have been, I am a firm believer in paying it forward.
On Thursday, November 4, 2010, it was my privilege to give back to the community that gave me a healthy baby all those years ago. In downtown Greensboro, NC, we held our 19th annual Signature Chefs Auction to benefit the March of Dimes.
We have an amazing team of dedicated individuals, who each believe in the mission and they give all they have to make this event truly magical. I’ve been part of the committee for eight years, myself, and I’ve witnessed the selfless giving of so many, and it has been my privilege to volunteer alongside each one of them.
I don’t know what the magic formula was, but I do know we literally shattered the fundraising goal set by the March of Dimes for our event by over $40,000! In one magnificent night of giving, we raised $147,567.00! And since I’m not one to settle, I’d love to make it an even $150K. All we need is an additional $2,433.00. If you want to donate to the research that benefits each one of us, please make your donation over the phone at 336-231-3766, and ask for Katie, our wonderful local Community Director for the March of Dimes.
How important can two+ months possibly be? One in eight babies is born prematurely, totaling over half a million premature births annually. Today I’m blogging for the love of my healthy 12-year-old baby, but I’m asking for your help to make a difference for the seven who weren’t.