Sweet Sixteen

Tuesday the sweetest littlest sister turned sweet sixteen. 

This princess has had to endure more peas in her short sixteen years than most women endure in 40 years. Hannah carries it all with joy and a smile on her face.She is quiet as a mouse when she wants to be and vivacious when she wants to be. She has never been one to follow our timelines, but always knows who she is and when she will show her cards to the world. 

Happy birthday, Hannah Banana. Being your big sister is a treat. We love you so much!

 

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429 Days

Time passes so quickly. A blink and they arrive. Blink again and they sleep through the night, crawl, stand, walk and now run/pull/tear/push/break/fall/laugh/cry/steal/share.

They are a handful and the biggest blessings ever.

They test our patience and give us great big smiles.

Brady James – You currently have 4 top teeth and only 3 bottom teeth. You are trying to copy any words I say and at night when I whistle to Daddy to come help tuck you in to bed, you try to copy my whistle. It’s the cutest, sweetest thing. You love to sit in my lap and watch the tropical fish swim around the reefs on your DVD.

Bo William – You have 4 top and 4 bottom teeth. You can crawl up onto the couch and you love to play chase. You smile so big and laugh so much. You are our eater – as often and as much as possible!! And it shows – you are quite possibly a full pound heavier than your brother!

And together you both follow each other and alternatively share with and steal from each other. You are truly best friends.

Life is more hectic and infinitely more sweeter with you two in our lives!

Two Years.

Two years have passed since you stepped across time. Passed through the tesseract and into Heaven. I often wonder what you’re doing. Are you singing worship songs? Are you asking questions? Making art?

Are you watching us?

Do you see what’s new down here? Two little grandsons of yours. Brady James and Bo William. Our little men. They are too cool. You would love them.

They will love you.

A lot has changed in two years. We have grown in fits and bursts just like these little guys grow. Lots of feedings, lots of sleep and we wake up taller, stronger, wiser.

At first it was hard to imagine what good God would bring out of this. We knew He would, because He does. It’s who He is – His nature. But to see it happen? I wondered if I would have eyes to see it. But I can. I am starting to see it now. Glimpses of good. of great.

And the pain is still there, under the surface  – just a memory, a place, a song, a meal or a scent away. But the grief is not all consuming now. Another glimpse of growth.

Today I told Brady and Bo about you. I told them how you loved God, how you showed us how to make a party out of anything. I told them how you fought so hard for life and how you looked forward to heaven. They heard about your love of art and beauty. Their eyes watched me as I shared about your pictures and your writings and your cooking and baking. How your love poured out of each action. And they may have learned a funny story or two – like running out of gas three times in two weeks.

Earl and I tell them about all their grandparents.

Grandma and Grandpa in Florida.

Opa in Germany.

And Grandma in Heaven.

35 Weeks 4 Days

I have always been competitive, but this is ridiculous. I have now made everyone stop giving me goals to hit before these babies are born. At 29 weeks I was admitted to the hospital for preterm labor and our doctor said we had a goal of 32 weeks. Twenty-one days later we were discharged with both babies still tucked safely in my womb. As we were leaving the nurse said she would see us in JULY when our babies would be born (it was June 7th). I chuckled and thought, “There is NO WAY we will make it until July.”

Our doctor said we should try to make it to 34 weeks. And then to 35 weeks.

And here we are – in JULY at 35 weeks and 4 days. All I know is these babies better come soon or I am going to explode!

It does feel like we are getting closer. All contractions are accompanied by cramping and now nausea. Yay for third trimester nausea! And plenty of other “fun” signs that labor is imminent.

Baby A is still head down and almost fully engaged (he’s at a -1 station) and Baby B is head down but a little sideways. We are still going to try to avoid a C-section for both babies.

Who knows – maybe these boys will make their arrival in the next 24 hours!

Help is on the Way!

Here are a few of my favorite twin resources:

Girls Gone Child – Rebecca is a momma to four beauties: Archer, Fable and her twin girls Bo & Rev. She writes about all things, but I loved to go through each “twin pregnancy” post to evaluate how I was moving along compared to her.

When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads – a great book by Dr. Barbara Luke filled with real life stories and guidance. A MUST READ!

Friends who have twins – I have five sets of friends who have twins. Even crazier – I’m the third set of identical twins! They are a great help. With the increase in twin births these days, I would bet everyone knows someone with twins. Gather all the wisdom you can!

What are some of your favorite twin resources?

Life at 35 Weeks

What does life look like at 35 weeks pregnant with twins?

Mostly sitting around – because you are too swollen and sore to walk.

Applying a lot of lotion – because your skin is raw and feels like it will burst.

Drinking warm soy milk with honey – because heartburn is no joke.

Reading books – because you need to stay occupied and distracted.

Watching TV – see above.

And hoping each contraction will lead to labor – because you are over it and ready to meet your babies.