Monday, April 26, 2010

My, How We've Grown

This past weekend I made a decision. Over the next two weeks I'm going to do some serious decluttering in hopes of having a rather large yard sale soon. Saturday afternoon I tackled the boys' playroom. In 2 hours I managed to find a full bag of stuff to donate, a full bag of stuff to throw out and 4 full laundry baskets of stuff for the yard sale. Wow. The playroom definitely looks better now though!

At the very top of the closet in their playroom I came across something that nearly brought tears to my eyes. I found a preemie outfit. I couldn't get over how tiny it was! I'm quite certain it wouldn't have fit the doll I played with as a child, and yet when the boys came home in that outfit it was a bit baggy on them. Wow.

Simply taking a picture of the outfit on it's own really wouldn't show you just how small it is though. Taking a picture of it next to a pair of the boys' current PJs would though...

Know what else is a good visual reminder of how far the boys' have come? This picture of the boys when they were 3 weeks old followed by a picture of them from this morning - laying on the very same blanket they did 2.5 years ago.

I bet you can guess where this is going. Yup, it's my final plea for donations for this week's March for Babies. I think sometimes we (even myself!) forget just how tiny and fragile the boys were as preemies. That's easy to do considering how big they are now. We've come a long way in the last two and a half years! You know what though? Today another 1,500 babies will be born too early. Not all of them will be as lucky as my boys were. Some parents will have to say goodbye to children they just met and some will spend months in the NICU at the side of a baby who is on a health roller coaster. 

If you haven't donated yet and you have $5, $10, $15 or more to spare, please donate. Babies are counting on you! Donate here.

Random side note - how do you like the extra large pictures? Too big? Just right? 


Amy said...

Awesome pictures! I know the feeling. My twins came home at 4.5 lbs each, which isn't bad, but their preemie clothes were still baggie. Every time I see a preemie outfit at the store I get a little teary. They are now 15 months and over 20lbs. Crazy! We are doing the March of Dimes walk in Boston. Good luck!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

Those are great growth pictures! I saved a premie outfit from each of my twins. (and a regular size from little man) Sometimes I go back and try to imagine how small they were.

I really hope you get the rest of your donations for March of Dimes - a great cause!!!

Monica said...

Helen, Just wanted to say I reached my walk goal of $500, so I decided to raise mine too! PTL!!!!

RoseAnneH said...

Wow, it's hard to believe how much growing they have done in 2.5 years. In the picture, though, it looks like Chase has grown more than the other two. He definitely stretches out more than the other two, just like when they were little.

breckholladay said...

a tear in my eye.

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