March of Dimes - We walk this year to honor Team Sammie Bear!

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The Mommy Nest decided to reach out to our own members to see who had direct experience with the March of Dimes so that we could walk in honor of one of them!  We found that Emily Kimmer had a very close relationship with them after their experiences with their daughter in the NICU.  Here is her story:

September 6, 2008 started out like any other typical Saturday for my husband and I. I convinced myself that I was having Braxton Hicks contractions all day and refused to go see my doctor because it was 'too soon" as I was only 31 weeks pregnant. After much persuasion from my husband, we went to the hospital were I was informed that I was 3cm dilated and that we were having our baby soon. Greg and I were panicked because it was not time for our little girl to be born. Soon the neo-natologist was coming in to speak with us about what was going to take place and we were both put to ease and ready for our little girl to get here as we put our trust in the hands of the staff of the NICU. 

Samantha was born early on the morning of September 7th weighing in at 3lb 11oz (she was the "fat" baby in the NICU).  She was our little "Sammie Bear."  The hardest day of our lives was the day I was discharged from the hospital and we had to leave Samantha behind. It didn't seem fair that we had to leave our little girl behind while so many other new parents got to go home with theirs...and take that special moment for granted. I don't think it's until you are put into this situation that you realize how special of a moment it is to bring home your baby. But, we knew that Samantha was in great hands and she was a fighter and in due time, we too would have "our" day. Like any other parent with a child in the NICU, we had our roller coaster of highs and lows wondering, "When is our girl coming home?" We tried to keep our spirits up and always stay positive trusting in God and the staff and always doing our part to insure Samantha coming home, but we knew it would have to be on her terms. The March of Dimes Parent Hours were a life saver for myself and my husband as they gave us a break from what was going on but it also helped us to realize that there were other parents going through this same thing with their babies and we were not alone. 
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On October 14, 2008, after 42 days in the hospital, we finally got our homecoming with our little girl!  Samantha will 5 this fall and amazes her daddy and I each and every day with how far she has come in her life. If it weren't for the people at the NICU and the March of Dimes staff helping us through our 42 day journey while at the hospital and the years after, I don't know where we would be. They were our lifeline during this rough journey.  We are proud to be a part of the Mommy Nest team of walkers to support the March of Dimes! 

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The Mommy Nest is so very excited to be a part of March for Babies again this year! We were last year's best New Team, raising the most money for a New Team!  We would love to have a great showing again this year!  Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. We're walking because we want to do something about this.

The money we raise will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And it will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Please consider making even a small donation to help us reach our team goal!  Our team page is here: http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/TheMommyNestTeamSammieBear

Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start!