Super heroes are fast and strong, broad and brawn. They lift cars over their heads and save damsels in distress. They are adored by many and loved by all. While that is great and all, I am here to tell you about my real life little super hero. She is super but small, tiny but mighty and started life at only 3lbs 8oz and 15 inches tall. Her name is Amelia and one day (when she can talk) she will call me Mommy.
Every super hero's story has a rough beginning, some obstacle they have to overcome in order to reach their extraordinary destiny and that is no different for my little super girl. After 3 years of infertility, she was finally concieved with the help of doctors. Then at just 29w4d, I sneezed and my water broke. We tried our best to postpone but 3 days later on October 23rd Amelia made her way into the world kicking and screaming. Doctors warned me she probably wouldn't cry or be able to breathe on her own but she had different plans. Against all odds, she didn't need any breathing assistance.
We spent 60 days in the NICU and had our share of ups and downs. We are so grateful for the nurses working at Yuma Regional Medical Center. They became our family and loved little Amelia almost as much as we do. Without their shoulders to cry on, I don't know how I would have made it through the really hard days.
Honestly, I never thought it would happen to me. I read all of the books. I took care of myself. I went to the doctor probably more than I should have. It is something that just couldn't have been prevented or foreseen even by the best doctor. This cause is so important because these tiny little humans are our future. "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." -C.S.Lewis
Right now, babies need all the help they can get. Premature birth affects about 380,000 babies here in the United States. I’m walking in March for Babies to get the message out about this terrible problem and you can help. Please make a secure donation to help me reach my goal. Together we can help the March of Dimes fight prematurity so more babies can get the strongest start possible.