We made it! It is official, our twins are one! How is this even possible? It seems like yesterday that I thankfully heard my phone in the middle of the night when my wife’s water broke (I am a deep sleeper). Amanda was on hospital bed rest because of Tucker’s cord flow. She was scheduled for a C-Section a few days later, but Tucker was ready now! Poor Turner had no choice in the matter, but there we were, parents of twin boys and a three year old.
This past year is not lacking for memories. We have many memories of the last year. Those first two months, spent in the NICU, were quite difficult. In fact, they were hard days! Turner came home after 22 days but it took 50 days before Tucker was ready to come home. We praise God every day that both babies did considerably well, other than needing to eat and grow. The twins never needed breathing assistance, which is remarkable considering their size.
Looking back, it seems like our twins were crawling in no time. For fifty days, we crawled. The daily grind of life became quite challenging and difficult. Schedules were difficult to plan with a three year old and twins in the NICU. Thankfully, we had much help to ease the difficulty. My wife and I drove just over a combined three-thousand miles. Each drive became harder as we just wanted our boys home.
Those first days and weeks consisted of us being as involved as possible. Taking part of care times and holding our precious twins became a daily joy! As little as they were, we were making precious memories (even with challenging Covid protocols). Looking back, we have truly sprinted out of the gate. This year flew by. Slowing down is not in sight, but that is ok, we are making great memories along the way.
The course of the year has paved way for numerous memories. Doctors told us that Tucker would eventually catch up in size, but it would likely be longer than a year. Tucker sprinted out of the gate and is right in line with Turner. These kids have contagious joy. I have strong memories of their big smiles and precious laughter over the course of the year. These boys love their brother, Luke, and he is an amazing big brother. It takes a lot to be willing to have two babies crawling over you and playing with your toys! Luke stepped up to the plate immediately and never looked back.
Today, we celebrate a one year sprint that was full of busy and long day. My wife has done an amazing job with them and keeping me sane. When we found out we were having twins, Amanda asked me, “What are you thinking?” I replied, “What are we going to do?” These precious memories are documented with our technology, but more importantly, in our hearts. I expect much more sprinting with life with twins and a four year old. We will be exhausted both physically and mentally, but the lifetime of memories coming our way will bless us each day!
Happy 1st Birthday, Tucker and Turner!