Two years ago I entered a hospital unsure of what the future held for me and my baby girls. On January 14, 2011 my daughters entered the world 6 weeks early weighing 3 and 4 pounds. Luca and Charlotte changed my life.
With a two year old son at home and twin preemies in the hospital life was challenging, rewarding and exhausting. For three weeks I parented under two roofs. At night I would sleep in the NICU feeding my daughters every two hours as the amazing nurses at Hartford Hospital taught me how to take care of my miniature babies. Every day my dad or husband would pick me up at 6am, and I would rush home to be with my son only to return to my girls during his nap time and then back to Quinn until his bedtime. Day in and day out we survived this schedule. When faced with a challenge all you can do is collapse or survive. These tiny souls gave me strength.
Back then life was so crazy I could only think one hour at a time. I would go 5 days without showering (not recommended). We survived. It wasn’t always pretty, but we smiled and laughed and celebrated life.
Two years later life if still crazy, but I am amazed at how far we have come as a family. I shower! My children play with each other for 10 minute stretches and my husband and I have gone on four dates in 2 years (okay, there’s definitely room for improvement there!).
Next week I am planning a birthday party for my almost two year olds. This is definitely a time to celebrate!