These pictures will reveal the reason why I will cheerfully wake up early today, on my day to sleep in, to March for Babies. Every baby should be born healthy and full term. No child should be born early and have to go through the NICU experience. I will forever be thankful that Cakes has done as well as she has and has no lasting effects from her 40 days spent in the NICU.
If you don't already have a charity that you regularly donate to, I urge you to make a donation to the March for Babies. Or contact your local office to see how you can volunteer your time and/or skills to help preemies and their families in the NICU.
Edited at 9:06am: My husband and I woke up sick this morning (sore throats, runny noses, coughing). There is no way in good conscience that we could go and march and expose others to whatever it is we're sick with. As Cakes has gotten older I've grown less worried about her being exposed to things but I know there are NICU nurses and families with babies still in the NICU and I'd hate for any of them to cross our paths and something happen. As guilty as I feel, I am trying to reassure myself that I had good intentions and still raised money for this cause so close to my heart.