It is with great pride and pleasure that Chloe, Courtney, and I have been selected to serve as the March of Dimes Ambassador Family for the Memphis Signature Chefs Auction on November 2, 2017. This amazing event is a showcase for some of the finest chefs in the area and an unforgettable way to support the March of Dimes.
Our journey started last July when we found out we were expecting! Our excitement continued to rise as we found out we were having a sweet baby girl, made announcements and started the nesting process as first-time parents. Without any pre-existing health concerns or family history of difficult pregnancies, I had no worries other than getting everything prepared for our little one’s arrival.
However, that all changed on the Day of Love, Valentine’s Day 2017. What started out as an exciting day for a scheduled view over our sweetest Valentine via ultrasound, turned into a day of shock and anxiety. At 31 weeks, I was sent immediately to Labor & Delivery by my OB office and was facing down possibility of pre-term delivery. Wow, how our lives were about to change.
On February 20, 2017, our precious Chloe Ariana Johnson was born at 3:01am via emergency C-section at 3.1 lbs. And although the sound of her first cries in the operating room gave my soul a moment of peace, my medical condition deepened and our tiny bundle quickly dropped to 2 lbs and 12 ounces. Due to my own complications and Chloe’s fragile state in the NICU, I was unable to see her in person, touch or hold our girl for 6 whole days. Needless to say, those days felt like an eternity.
Our 5 weeks in the NICU were filled with ups and downs, prayers, beeping monitors, IVs, tube feedings, and constant visits from Doctors, Nurses, and Specialists. Our aching desire to take our sweet girl home never lessened and once our NICU stay had finally come to an end, we were thrilled to take our baby home where she belonged all along. I’m so proud to say Chloe is now 5 months old and hitting her developmental milestones. Her now chunky thighs, smiles, and progress is thanks to the great work of the March of Dimes.
Our family has a big goal this year to work with the March of Dimes to raise $30,000 through Fund the Mission by sharing our special story. We would love to have you contribute towards this goal with your 100% tax deductible gift. Proceeds go toward helping fund the March of Dimes mission- to give all babies a healthy start to life. No parent should have to watch their child go through what Chloe experienced upon birth. Together with the March of Dimes, we look forward to a day when every baby is born full term and healthy!
Thank you so much! Johnson Family - Christina, Courtney & Baby Chloe
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