If you are not familiar with Hailey's entrance into the world, an entrance that came far too soon, you can read her story here.
Hailey's best friend joined us. Annaleigh Faith and Hailey were incubator partners in the NICU. Annaleigh was born at 27 weeks, weighing 2 pounds, 6.5 ounces. She spent 62 days in the NICU.
We set off down the streets of our fair city. And I know that I look like I'm talking to myself in this next pic, with my hands in the air because talking just isn't talking without the use of your hands. But, I am not. I only do that at home.
We walked in celebration of Hailey and the beautiful, healthy life that stretches out before her, just waiting for her tiny little feet to tread its path.
We walked in memory of those tiny ones who were unable to stay. Far too many. I was brought to tears by all the t-shirts bearing sad messages of commemoration, marking the dates of a little one's brief life, sometimes only one day into the next. A day or two of life. A life always cherished. A life always remembered. A life always mourned.
A fantastic time was had by all and our pink t-shirts were the schizz. It was such a flattering color. Even the men looked great. And props to those men! Only real men wear pink.
And once again, for the record of my vanity, Maria looked fantastic. My hair, on the other hand, looked horrific. We should have taken the picture before the walk because I am one of those people who sweats through her head. Gallons of sweat pour out of my head the minute I walk outside while everyone around me has dry, perfect-looking hair. And when my head sweats, my hair freaks out in these limpy little waves. They're not even good waves because my hair has the consistency of angel hair pasta. I just wanted to show you the lovely Maria. This is not my best look.
Maria and her group were walking in memory of the beautiful Maddie. You can read Maddie's story, here at her mommy's blog, The Spohrs Are Multiplying. Maddie's parents turned the devastating loss of their child into a celebration of purpose by creating a foundation that supports parents and premature babies in their time of need called Friends Of Maddie.