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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Happy End of a 36 Weeks and 4 Days Long WIP! (Not a stitching post....)

Happy Valentines Day!!!

I can not believe that my last post was written back in September - wow, I am slacking!  I have so many things to share with you since then that I decided to split it all up into a few posts.  I begin with the most important one - presenting to you Little Miss O and her sister, Little Miss L.
Here they are at 5 days old:
As you may be able to tell, they are not identical twins, but they do look similar, I guess.  In the beginning I was super worried about mixing them up - how embarrassing would that be!?  As a matter of fact, after they came home with us from the hospital we kept the ID bracelets on them for another three days before finally feeling confident enough to remove them.
Everything has been going really well - the twins are like their parents, not patient at all, so they decided to come out three days earlier than scheduled.  The three of us went in for a regular check-up and just a few hours later they were out!  (Early onset of preeclampsia, so I got the nasty meds and the "leg pumpers" and all that good stuff for about three days after the C-section....)
The sound of their first cries is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.  I was lying there, no feelings in half my body (thank goodness for that!), surrounded by medical personnel (I bet there was at least 8 professionals in the room with us - one team per child.  Can you imagine the circus it must have been when Octomom gave birth?), and I was laughing and crying at the same time.  It was wonderful!

Getting ready to meet our girls:
 Holding the girls for the first time - oh bliss!!!

 Meeting my girls for the first time sparked a strange mix of absolute joy and deep sadness.  Joy that DH and I finally got doubly blessed after eight hard years of our more and more desperate attempts at becoming parents - I was finally done with pills, shots, surgeries, and the pain of hope that never seemed to want to die away.  Joy at the perfect human beings presented to us - absolutely beautiful and healthy - working hearts and lungs.  Joy at their small noses, fingers, toes, eyelashes, pink almost transparent skin, hair and their breathtaking blue eyes.
Sadness at the knowledge that I will do anything and everything that I can possibly do to protect my girls, but that it won't be enough to shield them from life.  I recalled all of the poor decisions I have made in my past and I know that I won't always succeed in protecting the girls from themselves and what is out there.  Sadness at the knowledge that they will turn away from me once they become teenagers.  Sadness at the pain they will have to go through; trying to find friends, incompatible boy friends, getting their period, being pushed by media and society into looking a certain way, behaving a certain way, and weighing a certain amount, giving birth and becoming mothers on their own with the same worries. I know it sounds strange, but that is how I felt.
The sad feelings have subsided since, so maybe it was just hormones going wild and crazy....  :-)  The joy is still with me every day!

Luckily New Daddy seems to be his calm and laid back self....
Here he is napping with his girls.  
(Oh, he has decided that they are allowed to date when they turn 30.  Poor, poor DH...)

The baby girls turned two months a couple of days ago and they are doing great!  Growing, gaining weight, eating, sleeping, you know the drill....
Christmas was fun and everyone was happy!
 The grandparents are excited!
DH's mom and dad visiting from Ohio:
 My parents visiting from Sweden:

 Bubba is confused...  "What the heck are those things!?"

Well, I'd better get going!  MIL is visiting and has offered to take care of the girls tonight while I get to go to a birthday/going away party for a good friend.  Next post will be about craft, I promise!!!
(4 days old below!)

Happy Stitching and talk with you in a bit!


  1. Oh Jenny!!! All my congratulations on your two little ones!!! My gosh! We went through a tough time having our kids too, but we didn't have to wait as long as you did, so we were lucky in comparison. Isn't it amazing the first time you get to hold your babies? I still remember that feeling. Enjoy those little ones. You have plenty of time to worry about their stages in life. For now, just hold them and love them and feel the joy!

  2. SOOO Happy for you guys! The girls are gorgeous and you all look so happy.
    I have been thinking of you and hoping that everything was well.
    Hugs!! And I am jumping up and down over this great news.

  3. Stort grattis till de små!

  4. ohhhh myyyy .... congratulations .... I can't believe that I had missed that you were having wee ones ???? where have I been ????
    I want a cudddddllllleeeeeee ......
    ohhhh i have been side tracked with their photos .... your stitching is lovely as always :)
    love mouse xxxxxx

  5. Wow so sweet ,.congratulations dear..
    I am so happy for you all..
    Big hugs xx

  6. Oh Jenny, such a wonderful post. All these great pictures where everyone is so happy, even the little bunny, lol. Holding my little babies in my arms for the first time were the happiest moments in my life. Nothing could compare with this feeling. I'm so happy for you!

  7. Congratulations.....YOUR A MOMMY!!! How wonderful! So very very happy for you and Welcome back. love Annette

  8. They are so sweet!!!!! Very big congrats on your beautiful girls :-). And your DH looks just like his dad!!!!!!!

  9. Congratulations!!! They are so beautiful!!!

  10. So sweet. Very happy for you, Jenny. Happy times...enjoy!


  11. Congratulations! What a couple of cuties. Love, cuddle and hold them every chance you get. Sounds like Dad will be joining his local chapter of DADD (dads against daughters dating) soon. Wishes for long, healthy and happy lives to the girls.

  12. Jenny,Thank you so much for sharing your pics with us! Beautiful girls! I was just thinking of you the other day and wondering why you were not blogging anymore. So glad you found a few moments and that everything went great with your delivery and the twins!!!! You will be a busy mom but always be sure to leave time for "you".

    Hope you can find time to stitch things for the dollies. pam in iowa

  13. Wow!! I didn't even know you were pregnant, and here you went and popped out two little twinnies!! A huge, huge congratulations to you. I have twins, too--they're going to be 19 in May. ! I can't believe it. I have one of each, boy/girl, and would you believe that one of my daughter's teachers told her recently that yes, it is possible that she & her brother could be identical twins. ROFLOL Enjoy every second, make sure you take time for yourself, and all those worries that you have are part and parcel of being a good mom. You never stop worrying, but the blessings outweigh the worries. God bless!

  14. PS, I meant to add, if you can join a mothers of multiples group, do it! I loved it for the meetings and talking to other women in the same position as me, but most especially, I'll admit it, I loved it for the swap meets. I got the kids some wonderful toys and so on there, and was able to sell what I had as they grew out of it. Just an FYI. :)

  15. Congratulations!!!! Your girls are beautiful!!!

  16. I was just thinking of you and your beautiful girls and wondering how you were all doing. They are so adorable and Jenny you are glowing. So happy for you and Andy.

  17. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To the both of you.
    They are beautiful. :)

  18. They are both so precious and I cannot wait to meet them! <3

  19. Kära Jenny,
    önskar dig och din man och flickorna all välgång och lycka!
    De små flickorna är så bedårande söta och fina.
    Och, ej att förglömma, lille kanin är så söt också:):)
    Tack för en underbar post och alla vackra bilder.
    Många varma kramar från
    Anette och katten Skruttan i Sverige.

  20. Dear Jenny
    Surely your Best project
    Congratulations to you and your Husband

  21. Oh, Jenny, your post really made me smile on a day that I truly needed to smile :) Your sweet daughters will bring so much joy into your life--many blessings to all of you in the future! I'm truly thrilled for all of you :)

  22. Thats quite a finish! Congrats in the twins.

  23. Oh my gosh I missed this post because I got so behind I just went "wipe" with everything over a week old. So pleased I saw today's and realised the babies are here!!
    They are so adorable, I just love twins

  24. I must just ask what their weights were? My friend just had twin girls too and they weighed just 15oz more than my boy on his own! He was a big 10pound baba LOL.

    1. Hi Jo! They were good size babies, especially to be twins, weighing in at 5 lbs 12 oz and 5 lbs 14 oz, respectively. They have doubled their weight since... :-) I, on the other hand, have lost nothing for about 2 months. Only 40 lbs to go, sigh! LOL
      Wow, a 10 lb baby, that is a lot of baby!!! I bet you were ready to be done with the pregnancy when he arrived, right?

  25. Men ni är ju så fina!! Längtar så humla mycket tills vi ses. Pussar och kramar/Sis