Two More Weeks
Organized by: Anthony Miller
Over 30% of the way there!!! Thank you so much!
October 29, 2016
I want to give my wife Two More Weeks.
The US is one of just two countries in the world that doesn't ensure any paid time off for new moms, according to International Labor Organization. Without the guarantee of paid leave while caring for a child, many new mothers are faced with the choice between economic hardship and returning to work prematurely. When a new mother should be focusing on nurturing her child, the last thoughts she should have swirling around her head are of how she could possibly afford to clothe, feed, and protect this new life. Not to mention having to worry about how she’ll juggle trying to pump breast milk at work! Yet this is the world we live in.
My wife Danielle is an all-star mom of two boys: Michael (~3.5 yrs) and Matthew (~2 wks). She is dedicated, hard-working, and wants the absolute best for our children. However due to our own financial situation (not for lack of trying) and the current laws that do not require paid time off for mothers, we can only afford eight weeks off. Thankfully, Danielle's employer does offer Short Term Disability so we are getting 50% of her check during this time. However after this eight week span, there is no more money available. I'd like her to have the ability to have more time than this off, but it just cannot be done on our own.
I’m not asking for much, but I do believe that my wife deserves Two More Weeks. Not just because she's a terrific mother, wife, and support to our family. But because she's was pregnant for 11 months. That's right -- 11 months.
We found out we were pregnant in early December 2015, meaning conception was in November. In January, we miscarried. We were absolutely devastated. However, two weeks later she was pregnant with another baby.
For mom, it is 9 months of worry-constantly wondering if the same thing will happen this time, and then after you've finally moved past the point you lost the last one, wondering if you will have to endure pain in another way. You count every movement; you live for every time you can see that little being.
For dad, it's 9 months of emotions (that are already hard enough without the added weight of possibly losing another), 9 months of reassurance, 9 months of putting his own fears and heartbreak on the back burner to tend to Mom's. It's a bittersweet journey, and hopefully, when it comes to an end, there is a sweet little life on the other side.
But God provided, and we can announce the arrival of Matthew Elijah Rainn Miller- our sweet rainbow baby boy. ❤️ Born 10-14-2016, 10lbs, 1oz. 21" long at 2:27pm.
My wife is worth it. She deserves it. That's why I'm asking you, reader, to contribute to our family. I don't want or expect a lot -- and my wife didn't know I was going to ask. I just help give her and our sons what they deserve -- two more weeks. Thank you for reading.