So, as expected it poured yesterday!
The weather has been so beautiful the past two weeks here in NY, and of course the day of the walk it’s freezing, raining and grey. Since the walk was “Rain or Shine” , we got up early, dressed the girls warmly and made our way to the event. There were a lot of people, and I am sure if it was nice out, there would have been much more. We met up with our team and stood in the rain. This was the first time we broke out our rain shield for the girls stroller. We stood in the freezing cold and rain for an hour and then the walk began. We walked a bit but didn’t think it was smart to keep the girls out too long in the rain and cold.
There were so many people there wearing shirts that said “Walking for child’s name“. Little children held up wet signs that said “I’m a survivor”. I couldn’t help but cry. I was a mess. there were many twin, and triplet strollers on the scene. I think we were the only twin infants there though- I didn’t see anyone as young as my girls there (everyone must have kept their kids in because of the rain). It didn’t feel right not to go because of the rain. I was walking for my daughters, for other preemie children and for all the wonderful people who sponsored me. BTW- I managed to raise over $1,100.00. Thank you to all those who donated. You guys are the best!
I felt a deep connection with the rest of the parents there, something I have never felt before.. a type of solidarity. Like we have all been through this war- and it is never far from our hearts and thoughts. When the NY ambassador parents were relaying their story of how they lost one of their triplet daughters after being born premature.. I broke down. I cannot imagine having to go through something like that, losing a child. I think I now officially feel like a mother. I would give my life for my daughters.
The event started outside of a mall parking lot, so after we walked a bit, we took the girls to the mall. We sat there. had some lunch, walked around and just spent time together as a family. It was awesome.
Here are some pictures from the day: