Jenalyn Mills

Why I walk

Our 3 little miracles just keep on growing up. Despite the fact that both boys are healthy and bright, it doesn't take away the heartache that accompanied their births. Getting their sister here safely was quite difficult as well. Prematurity has affected the past, present, and future of our family. Here is our story... David arrived 9 weeks early because my water broke unexpectedly. He was 4 lbs. 3 oz. and 17 in. long. he was immediately whisked away to the NICU. We weren't able to hold him until the next day. While in the NICU, David struggled with many complications related to prematurity, such as breathing issues, anemia, jaundice, and bradycardia. He also had to learn to eat before coming home. David came home on oxygen, an iron supplement, and fortified milk after 27 heart-wrenching days. Noah joined us 6 weeks early because, again, my water broke. He was 4 lbs. 15 oz. and 18 in. long. Although I was able to hold him momentarily, he was quickly taken to the NICU. He struggled to eat because he was working so hard to maintain basic body functions. When he did start feeding regularly, his body compensated by dropping his blood oxygen level, Noah came home after 11 exhausting days. Natalie arrived safe and sound. She was 6 lbs. 9 oz. and 18 in. long. I had weekly progesterone shots, daily contractions, and other complications. Despite a very difficult pregnancy, she was full-term, healthy, and beautiful. David is now a happy, healthy 11-year-old. Noah is 9 years old and growing quickly. Natalie is four and a half and oh, so fun! Our kids bring us joy everyday. There isn't a moment we do not recognize how blessed and grateful we are for the technology and procedures that saved our boys' lives and for the treatments I received to give Natalie her full 9 months. Our hope is that no other parent will have to endure what we have. The March of Dimes is working to make that happen. You can help! Please help us raise $15 for each night our boys spent in the NICU so all babies have a chance at a healthy start.


Your gift matters

Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

$400
Fundraising goal: $570
Saturday, May 13, 2017
6 Donors | 174 Visitors

Sponsor messages

michele smith
17 days ago
We love your little miracle babies
Jennifer Zabriskie
25 days ago
best of luck for you to reach your goal!
Reed M. Robison
25 days ago
Good luck!

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