Nathan and I were blessed this week with 2 new beautiful twin nieces; ‘Eila and Ava’. Not for the first time mind you, as just last year his sister too had identical twin girls…2 sets in less than a year…how fabulous!
Today we headed to Lancashire to pay them all a visit. Unfortunately they were STILL waiting to be discharged and so after dropping the kids with my parents at the house we headed up for a quick visit.
A few ‘Uturns’, hospital detours and getting stuck on the antenatal ward we finally found them:
Kirsty (that’s my youngest sister) was so pleased to have some visitors and I was going nuts over them all and their ‘midgetness’! Such a pair of scrummy babies! I always find it so amazing how much love you can feel for someone you’ve just met. I wondered how I would be around new babies with the circumstances that surround our impending birth but how can you be sad when you hold 2 perfect little pea sized head babies?! It made me feel so happy!
Hours later we welcomed them all home and Ethan and Megan met their new cousins.. Ethan was in awe and so excited, Megan had to be restrained from twisting fingers, prizing eyes open and squishing heads. But both were a pair of giddy kippers that couldn’t stop staring at them and touching them.
Twin time has been the best time and brought us all joy (just as every new baby does for a family), it has made us a little bit more excited to meet our baby girl and given us a great day!
Here I am with ‘Ava’ and my mum with ‘Eila’ having baby snuggles. Whatever we are experiencing in life the time spent with new life really does bring joy to us all and reminds us of the miracles along the way!
If i’m being honest I would say I was NOT looking forward to this week at all. It was Jam packed with hospital visits to various departments. This is how my week looked:
- MONDAY AM – GTT (Again, id already had it at 18weeks) Dewsbury Hospital
- MONDAY PM -MRI , ST James’ Hospital (looking for CDH)
- WEDS AM – Cardiac scan, LGI
- THURS AM – 28 week check with midwife
I find it hard to ask for help and with Nathan working now for the summer since Uni ended there was no way I could handle Ethan and Megan at hospital with all of this. Not only that but every time I go to hospital it is reminder of whats ahead and the problems our baby has.
Monday actually went SO smoothly, 2 friends from church took the kids and said how brill they were (are these the same kids?) and being at hospital didn’t leave me feeling naff either..Score!
Cousins at the farm
We had a wonderful day out on Tuesday to Swithens Farm in Rothwell. I love it because its free, a bit rough around the edges and a chilled place to be. What was great about this visit was that Nathans mum and sisters came with their kids too. We get on fantastically and I love being with them all, it was great to see the kids playing and exploring (and at times fighting). I love the joy on Ethan and Megans faces as they are around their cousins!
The outing really took my mind off the impending MRI results and visit weds to fetal cardiology.
Yesterday we received a tiny piece of good news..her left ventricle is slowly growing..HOORAY! What this means is there is still hope of a double ventricle repair and less surgeries. Hope is a wonderful thing.
As Naths Parents had come across to help with the kids we made the most of the day and went to Crows nest park in Dewsbury (a diamond in the rough) its a fab park and the kids loved it. Mother Smith and I even got a couple of poppy pods to seed the gardens later in the year.
All in all a week I was dreading has turned out to have been fun and adventures. Thank goodness for friends and fam!
A good friend of mine in the US educated me in the ways of “fake it ’til you make it” a few years ago and this motto has gotten me out of some sticky situations!
Often in life we are faced with scenarios that we have no idea what to do; new jobs, parenting etc and at times like this you can either accept defeat or “fake it ’til you make it”! It basically involves acting like you know what you are doing until you get the hang of things, when usually you are completely clueless .
Recently for me this how I have been able to get through the babies diagnosis, how I mostly get through each day as a mother and how I expect I will get through the beginnings of being a blogger!