I will never forget the day I found out I was having twins. I already had a 3 year old and a one year old and we were just going in to find out what the sex of our baby was. Well, the ultrasound technician was scanning around and she said, "There are two heads in there!!" WHAT???!! My first crazy thought was that I was having a two-headed baby! (I know that's extreme, but seriously I had images of the National Enquirer headlines!) Then once it dawned on me that she meant twins, I just started laughing and crying and the same time. I was excited, but wondered how I was going to cope with so many small children at once. Steve's face was looking pretty pale, too. I think he had dollar signs flashing before his eyes! haha
My pregnancy was high risk and I had to go on bed rest in June. I also had to be put on medicine to prevent me going into labor early and I had to have an amniocentesis as it got closer to their being born to make sure their lungs were developed enough. That was a difficult time because I had two little children at home to take care of and I was supposed to be on bedrest??
Laura and Lindy got here a month early. I remember they were so tiny they almost looked like little baby birds. They each weighed about 4 1/2 lbs.
Their lungs weren't quite ready, so Laura stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks and Lindy stayed for 3. I was not ready for that. Leaving the hospital without your babies is NOT fun!!
For those three weeks, I juggled my time between the hospital and being home with Mark and Ashley. I had help, but it was one of the hardest times in my life. I was so torn and already an emotional/hormonal wreck. When they finally did come home, they had to wear a heart and breathing monitor for six months because they had apnea (where they would stop breathing) and bradicardia (where their heart rates would drop). That alarm would go off in the middle of the night sometimes and Steve and I would jump out of bed so fast and race over to their bassinets. Sometimes they would be blue! It was so scary!
But, God brought us through that extremely difficult first year and things got so much better. Laura and Lindy soon became little butterball babies like I was used to.
They were really so good. And they had so much fun together.
They have always been my little fashionistas...the ones who loved dressing up and buying new shoes and doing hair and painting nails.
Singing and dancing to "Grease"...one's the sweet Sandy and one is the sexy Sandy. Poor Mark got roped into it, too. He does NOT get into stuff like that! haha
They love to dance!
They loved taking dance and learned to play the piano. And they are the biggest readers you've ever seen. They fly through books like crazy! Laura told me she wishes she could make a Barnes and Noble candle that smelled like coffee and books because those are two of her favorite things! :)
Plus, they are very domestic. They both love to cook and lots of times they whip up something really yummy for us for lunch or dinner or just a fun dessert! They even surprise me sometimes when I get home and they have cleaned for me and have everything looking so great. You gotta love that!!
Today we went to Kabutos for lunch and they took two of their sweet friends Hannah and Melissa. They are having a real party in a couple of weeks.
I am so blessed to have them. We love hanging out together and they are always fun to talk to. I am praying that God will bless them this year....their last year at home! Happy Birthday, Laura and Lindy! We love you!!!