The Kieliszek family of Bettendorf, Iowa is walking and raising money for the March of Dimes – and they’d like your help.
Hard to believe this is our 10th year walking for March of Dimes. Even harder to believe Montana and Skylar are turning 10 this year! I want to share with you our twins grand entrance and our story.
It was supposed to be a normal 20 week ultrasound and for the most part it was, except the part when they told us we were having twins. We laughed after the shock of there being two. We told friends and family the great news.
I was sent to Iowa City for a follow up appointment since we were having identical twins and they like to monitor identicals a little closer than other pregnancies. All was good for a few weeks and then I started gaining excessive fluid. They diagnosed us with Twin to Twin Transfusion and I was put on bed rest. Had a few not so fun doctor visits for an Amniocentesis X2.
One night I woke suddenly realizing something was wrong. I didn’t feel the babies. We rushed to Iowa City where I received steroid shots to help my babies’ lungs mature a little – it was obvious they were going to be born in the next few days.
The Birth and NICU Stay
My twins were delivered by C-section at 26 weeks and 4 days. The C-section was necessary as the twins were experiencing heart distress.
Scarier than all of this, was being told that the odds of both girls going home with us was less than 50%. That’s something no family wants to hear.
Fortunately, our story has a happy ending. The birth of our girls was followed by a 3 month NICU stay. I can honestly say, the nurses and doctors were gifts from God. They fought for our girls.
Now, ten years later, life isn’t perfect, there are challenges. But God and the March of Dimes gave me two of the most awesome daughters a mom could ever ask for.
So there you have my why – 10 years later.
Together, we can help the March of Dimes
Together we can help the March of Dimes fight pre-maturity, so more babies can get the strongest start possible.
Please consider sponsoring MontanaSky as we continue to fight for babies and many, many more Happy Endings!!
There is less than a month before the walk. Although you may not be able to walk with us (as you probably don’t live near the Quad Cities), you can sign up and walk in your area, and of course, you can always donate.