Walk It Out

Let me take you back to 2006. Did you ever ‘walk it out’? Ya know, the song! It was a hip-hop sensation that made white girls like me just look like we had ants in our pants. After we put the girls down last night, Andrew and I were in the kitchen fixing something to eat. I’m going to blame it on my lack of sleep and delusional behavior for beginning to ‘walk it out’ on our kitchen floor. I almost killed my husband y’all. I am still trying to determine if he almost died from laughter or embarrassment. Either way, it was a moment that I will always remember in our marriage. We needed the laugh!

Okay, okay…  you might be wondering… where is she going with this? We want to know about the babies and photo(23)surely they aren’t walking it out quite yet. I mean, they did just get home! No need to fear, the babes aren’t walking it out. Although, Amelia is turning over on her side. This Mama is loving that these motor skills are progressing! On April 26, 2014, they will be walking it out with Mama though! We will be walking in the Triangle’s March of Dimes walk in Durham.

photo(16)When Andrew and I began the journey of being parents to two premature babies and an extensive NICU stay, March of Dimes reached out to us during our time at Chapel Hill. We were so grateful for the many resources they provided. This included parental resources, preemie resources, support groups, growth charts, picture story books, NICU journals, etc. We want to give back.

The girls will be 3 MONTHS gestational age on April 24th. This is when we have been told they can make their ‘grand appearance’ into a public setting due to the end of RSV season and stronger immune systems! Andrew and I thought to ourselves, “…what a better way to make their first appearance than walking (strolling..Mama’s walking…gotta lose that baby weight sometime!)  in a 5K that raises awareness for premature babies!” This journey we have been on has given us a new perspective. We have received so many blessings that we feel as though it is our turn to bless others. So, in the NICU we were a team (3rd & Goal, remember?) and outside the NICU– well, the team is still together. TEAM WHITE TWINS. Please come join our team!

The March for Babies walk gives hope to more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money that is raised supports programs in our communities that helps moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. It funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. March of Dimes has been walking since 1970 and has raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies.

Alright, y’all! SO. Who wants to ‘walk it out’ with TEAM WHITE TWINS? If you are not able to walk, you can still donate to our team. Our team goal is $750. On average, this blog gets approximately 750 views each post. That is $1 for every single view. Just $1!! Think about the impact that could be made for other families like ours! 100% of the money that our team raises will go to the March of Dimes. Throughout this journey, I know there have been family, friends, and strangers that has prayed and supported our girls. Come walk with us! Join us in celebration as we walk Amelia and Leah across the finish line… once and for all!  We beat the NICU. We will beat RSV season. We want to see you. We want to celebrate with you. We want to walk with you: for the babies. My heart is grateful for the other mothers, fathers, families, and friends that have walked to support little babies like my own. I want to walk not only for my girls, but for the miracles that are yet to be born and the ones that are still enduring their NICU stay.

To either donate to our team, or JOIN our team please click the link below:

http://www.marchforbabies.org/s_team_page.asp?seid=2131639

If you join or donate, please feel free to share our team page and story through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… you know, the usual…

THIS IS WHY WE ARE MARCHING, y’all!!

Now….let’s walk it out,

Mary Kate

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