After spending a difficult and emotionally draining 2 and 3 weeks in the NICU we were finally able to bring our little boys home! The first few months were difficult but we were so grateful and excited to have two healthy babies that we really only focused on the joy that our two little boys brought to us. Matthew and Chase are now 20 months old and they are just unbelievable! Everytone tells you how quickly they grow but I can't believe that these two toddlers are our "preemie babies". It is difficult to have two children the same age at the same time but I wouldn't trade it for the world. The way they "talk" to eachother and run around playing with eachother just melts my heart, I almost feel that mothers of singletons are truly missing out on something so incredibly special.
This past May we had the surprise of a lifetime! I was pregnant again. We weren't planning on having our children so close together but we always knew that we wanted a third child so we were delighted. After all, we survived the first year with twin boys. We figured one baby would be a breeze compared to raising two premature twins. Well, we were in for another big surprise! When we went in for our first ultrasound, I jokingly said to my doctor "Are you sure there is just one in there?". Well, much to my surprise he mentioned something about my "second set of twins".Yes, we are having twins again!! When we told our family and friends everyone thought that were joking. I mean, who has two sets of twins? It is just insane! We had to show everyone the ultrasound just so they would believe us. After adjusting to the good news, around 9 weeks into the pregnancy I developed the Chicken Pox. I was very lucky and did not have any complications myself from the illness however there was about a 20% chance that the babies may have some complications and/or birth defects due to the illness. I met with my doctor and a specialist several times after the illness and they advised me of what my options were. Basically, whether I wanted to have different tests done and whether I wanted to continue with the pregancy based on the results of these tests. We decided that we will not have any testing done and that we were going to continue with the pregnancy. So, far everything looks great. I just went in for our "big" ultrasound and the doctor informed us that we have an excellent chance of having a normal pregnancy. This was a huge relief, although complications can still arise we are feeling very optimistic. We are hoping and praying for the best yet prepared for the worst. We also found out that we are having a boy and a girl this time! We are so excited, happy, blessed and a bit scared! But, we can't wait to meet the "new twins" and welcome them into our family.