This is sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood and The March of Dimes #Imbornto campaign. I was compensated for the post, but all opinions are my own.
I’ve been really fortunate to have had 3 babies that have been born full term. Of course, sometimes when you are pregnant, you think you want your baby to come early because it would be nice to just be done being pregnant and to get that adorable baby here, but when all is said and done, I’m glad my babies have come on time and even overdue. Babies who are born at full term typically eat and sleep better and their lungs and brains have a better chance to develop fully.
I was also born full term. In fact I was born very overdue. My original due date was December 17th and I wasn’t born until February 9th! Obviously there was some miscalculation there. But regardless they let my mom go way overdue. Aren’t you glad they don’t do that anymore? I sure am!
Every baby is born to do something great – March of Dimes
I was born to live life to the fullest. Here are a couple of fun pictures of me as a kid! (So the pics of me as a kid are at my parents house, so these are #tbt people have done on Facebook. I really need to get those albums from my parents…)
Here’s me at Girl Scouts. I’m the tall one in the middle.
And here’s me with some childhood friends and my sister. I’m the second from the right.
This is my family probably around 2000.
And this is me at 14 years old.
My parents allowed us to have a lot of opportunities as children even though we didn’t always have the means to do so. My mom cleaned a house so we could do dance. We went camping every year and went on lots of family trips. My parents were really good at letting me do things that I wanted to try whether that was soccer, volleyball, water polo, piano, rock climbing with friends, traveling to Europe in college, etc. I felt really involved and that I could try anything I wanted to – that was reasonably safe of course. And I knew I may not be great at it, but I could at least try it. As a mom I have kept that spontaneous and adventurous spirit. I hope to pass that on to my children.
The March of Dimes has been helping families for more than 75 years! Do you want to know the great impact they’ve made already? Here are some of the contributions to helping babies be healthy:
– Newborn screenings from just a few drops of blood from their heel.
– Fighting premature birth so the brain can fully develop – babies need 39 weeks.
– They’ve identified a gene responsible for oral cleft and are researching ways to prevent it.
– Folic acid education which means fewer babies are born with neural tube defects.
– They’re developing treatments to cure vision defects.
– Overcame threat of polio.
Did you know that a baby is born prematurely every minute in the US? And 72 babies die each day before they reach their first birthday.
The March of Dimes has done some pretty amazing things to help keep our babies healthy. And they need your help to continue research and education so that every family can have a healthy baby.
I’m on a team of 39 moms who are trying to get the word out about how you can help the March of Dimes with their research and education efforts. The March of Dimes has partnered with a few businesses that are donating funds from your purchases to the Imbornto Campaign.
Make sure to check out the Imbornto Campaign to see what each partner is doing to raise money for the March of Dimes so you can participate or you can just donate! The partnered companies are:
– Martha Stewart
– Bon Ton
– A&E Jewelers
– Alex and Ani
Thanks for helping all of us have healthy babies!
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