Friday, March 30, 2012

Show Us Your Life

*I am linking up with Kelly's Korner for Show Us Your Life: Moms of Multiples*
(Photo: 35 weeks pregnant with twins)
After struggling with infertility with our first son, Connor, we were convinced that it would be an obstacle we would face in subsequent pregnancies.  So when we got pregnant with our second son Cole "by accident," it was such a happy surprise. Sadly, I delivered Cole, our second son, on September 17, 2010 and he was born sleeping. After a few months of grieving and heartache and such sadness in our lives, we found out we were pregnant again without really trying on Monday, November 15, 2010. Our first ultrasound was scheduled for November 29th and we saw our precious baby. Due to the earliness of the ultrasound we were unable to see a heartbeat and so they asked us to come back in two weeks.
On my husband's birthday, December 15th, the doctor (who was with us for our first scheduled visit after we lost Cole) said to us, "Are you ready for this?!?" and turned the screen to us, showing us TWO babies.

We could not have been more suprised as we did not have a history of twins in our family and we had not done anything that would have increased our chances of having multiples (like infertility treatments or medications). But we also could not have been more excited and overjoyed.
On February 24th, 2011 we made the following video announcing our babies genders.

And then, on June 30, 2011 Connor, my husband, and I welcomed our beautiful, precious babies Aiden Patrick Howard and Isabella Lynn Howard. You can read THIS post about their births.

It has certainly been an adventure having three kids under 3, but it has been a journey filled with humility, patience, and utter joy. I am a full-time 7th grade English and History teacher and my husband is a full-time manager in the grocery industry. We lead VERY busy lives managing it all, but as John and Kate say in their opening credits, "It may be a crazy life. But it is OUR life." Our kids are now 3 and 9-months-old x2.

You can read about our babies' conditions HERE. Aiden has multicystic dysplastic kidney disease, affecting one of his kidneys (his left kidney is completely non-functional) and Isabella has a duplicated ureter that seems to have no negative impact on her life.


Cindy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hopped over from KK SUYL. All of your kids are just precious! I have 11.5 B/G twins. Loved reading your post and learning about your family!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi there! Stopping by from SUYL & I just got chills reading this post. So touching. I'm mom to a 4 yo son & 2 & half yo twin girls! I plan to check out more of your blog!

Tara said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I stopped over from SUYL as well and had to comment. I have a 3 year-old son named Connor and twin girls that are 17 months old! I also had a miscarriage (not the same as a baby born sleeping, I know) between my son and my twins.
I know what it's like to work full time outside of the home and have three kids three and under! It's a wonderful adventure for sure. I plan to check out your blog in the future. Thank you for sharing your story!

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

you have such a beautiful family! i loved reading about your precious family.

i stopped by from Kelly's Korner...i'm your newest follower. can't wait to keep up with your family :)

Tracy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow.. what an inspiring story, my heart goes out to you. your little fmaily is beautiful!!!

i am overdue with my first (not a multiple, just a little lady) by 3 days as of april 1st, hope she's as cute as your lil girl!

Pam said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Adorable Family! Three under three is crazy! We should get a medal for this :)

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