Our older son is almost a teenager.
O.K….technically he has about a year to go, but he already seems impossibly old, especially when I can close my eyes and still feel the weight of his little body curled up on me as an infant, and his hand slipping out of mine as he opened the door to kindergarten.
Impossible, I tell you!
Here’s a secret, though: While I miss those baby years, it’s also an amazing thing to watch your kids turning into the people they were always meant to be-even if you have to spend a few days tiptoeing around a surly stranger between peeks.
The March of Dimes believes all babies are born to be great, and I am thrilled to be helping promote their #imbornto campaign.
For more than 75 years, the March of Dimes has helped babies be strong and healthy through research that has lead to vaccines, education, and breakthroughs. In fact, if you’re 75 or younger, you can consider yourself and your children March of Dimes babies, too!
Currently, the March of Dimes is working on preventing premature birth. I was startled to learn that one in nine babies in this country is born prematurely. As I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, premature birth comes with the potential for all kinds of complications, and sadly, many of those little babies won’t make it to their first birthdays.
I am so proud to be one of 39 bloggers (39 weeks is the length of a full term pregnancy, of course), helping spread the word about the #imbornto campaign.
You can help, too! From Mother’s Day until Father’s Day, look for opportunities to shop, donate, or take part in promotions with great retail partners who have created products to help support the March of Dimes.
I love the Alex and Ani Special Delivery Bangle (these would be perfect gifts if you know a mom-to-be), or tuck Kmart’s adorable puppy ornament into your mom’s Mother’s Day gift. There are tons of fun and adorable options from a variety of great retailers, and you can see them all here.
I really do love when I can shop for a great cause, don’t you? I’ll be sharing more about this campaign in the coming weeks and inviting you (Yes, you!) to join me at a reader get together to learn more. Do be on the lookout for that announcement.
In the meantime, I do hope you’ll consider making some purchases that will benefit the March of Dimes when you’re shopping for Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts, baby showers, or just a little, “Thank you,” for someone special.
You can also read more about the #imbornto campaign here.
I’d love to hear what you think your baby was born to do! I’d especially love to hear from those of you who have had preemies and have been touched by the important work of the March of Dimes. I’d be honored if you’d share your story with us.
Disclosure: I am thrilled to be one of the 39 bloggers working on the #imbornto campaign as a member of the #MoDSquad This is a sponsored campaign. It includes messaging provided by the client, but the opinions, as always, are my own.