Blog Challenge: Day 2

  • Posted on October 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Day 2: Tell us about your child(ren). As much or as little as you like. Names, birthdays, stats.

My twins, Grace Kayleigh and Benjamin Kristian, were born in May 2010, at 27 weeks 2 days gestation.  Because Gracie was a footling breach (her little foot was bulging through the opening of my cervix), I had to have an emergency C-section.  Gracie was born first and weighed 2 lbs. 3 oz.  Her brother, Benjamin, was born a minute later and weighed 1 lb. 15 oz.

One of my most cherished pictures is of the two of them together, Benjamin still alive.  I often wonder if he could sense her or if she could sense him?  I often wonder if Gracie can sense that a part of her is missing.  I have read that surviving twins are aware of their twin being gone.

Gracie is now 16 months old.  She’s able to take several steps without falling and will stand with items in her hand for long periods of time.  She’s still unsure of herself when it comes to walking and prefers crawling as her method to get from one place to another FAST.  Very rarely will she wake up upset and crying.  She always, always, always, has a smile on her face when she wakes up in the morning.  It’s one of my favorite parts about being her mother:  seeing her smiling face in the morning.  She’s very good at taking things apart and figuring things out.  She’s ticklish, just like me, and has an infectious laugh.  She’ll most likely be tall, since she’s now long enough to wear the next size up in clothing, even though she fits into the size she’s currently wearing.  She has piercing, sparkling blue eyes that she got from someone else in our families, because neither of us has blue eyes.  Her hair is just like mine:  fine and sparse and taking its time growing in.  She probably won’t have enough hair for a bow on her head until she’s two.

We took her to swimming “lessons” over the summer, which she really enjoyed.  We don’t think she’ll not like swimming, but we most definitely want her to have a healthy respect for water, no matter where it is.

Yesterday, my in-laws came down to celebrate my birthday (it’s on Monday) and asked me what I wanted to do.  I wanted to see Benjamin and leave him some sunflowers, so we went to visit him.  I also left him a sparkly little pinwheel.  I still cannot look at his little marker and not cry.  I only got to spend 20 minutes of my life with him and I really wish I was given more.

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