Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February...can you feel the LOVE?

February is a BIG BIG month for the Bennetts! The entire month of February is Heart Month, where we recognize, think about and promote awareness of and funding for, all things heart defect related. Next week, February 7-14, is Congential Heart Defect Awareness Week, where we really focus on getting the word out there about CHD's in particular. Valentine's Day is the 14th, Bodie's birthday is the 16th, his birthday party is the 19th and his Norwood-iversary is the 22nd! So yes, a BIG month indeed!

We kicked it off this morning with pink heart-shaped pancakes (they were pink, I promise, even if you can't tell in the picture!)...
...and then a trip to Build-a-Bear, who, for the entire month of February, is giving customers an option to donate $1 to the Children's Heart Foundation, one of the BEST (and only) organizations dedicated to research SOLELY for pediatric heart defects.
(THANK YOU Margarita for the B-A-B gift certificate!)
We got Bodie a bear with the heart stitched on and named it "Hero"
Bodie checking out Hero:
Best friends

Sierra picked out her very own bear (and an outfit, of course) and named her "Princess." Cannot explain how much fun it was to watch Sierra get so excited about her bear. So wonderful to focus on her for once (any parent of a medically fragile child will tell you that siblings tend to get the short end of the stick, so it is such a joy to focus on the siblings when you can!).
So excited to start by picking out a bear (purple, of course)! Posing with the Build-a-bear "expert" Melissa (just LOVE the face splitting smile on Sierra!)
Watching the stuffing in action (Bodie, by the way, was ABSOLUTELY terrifed by the stuffing machine - I can only assume it's because it makes roughly the exact same sound as the suctioning machine in the hospital - and if I can remember that sound, I can guarantee you he hasn't forgotten it!)
Doing the "heart" ritual before putting the little fabric heart inside each bear:
(rubbing it over her heart - not sure Melissa realized Sierra was actually going to stick it down her shirt, but hey, that's what you get with a 3 year old!)
Sierra with the finished product (note the cheesy grin, again? I am telling you, 3-4 years old is the perfect age for BAB!):
As you can see, we had a blast kicking off Heart Month! Be looking for lots of CHD facts and awareness info in the weeks ahead! But, for just a little preview, here are a few things I bet you didn't know about CHD's...

•••Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect.•••
•••1 out of every 100 babies are born each year with some type of Congenital Heart Defect.•••
•••Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHDs.•••


1 comment:

  1. Miss Fabulous is looking pretty good with "Princess". We'll definitely have to run over to B-A-B ourselves...of course that's after Snowpocalypse 2011 lightens up a bit. Hope you're enjoying your 60 degree and sunny weather, could you send some our way?