Friday, September 20, 2013

Show Us Your Life - Mom of Multiples

I am linking up with Kelly's Korner Blog

If you're just joining me, welcome! I am Mrs. Howard at the Howard Bunch and here is my story.

After struggling with infertility with our first son, Connor, in 2009 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 went straight to Heaven.

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.

Here was our ultrasound the first time:
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 surprised 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.

I was pregnant for 36 weeks. This photo below was taken a full week before I gave birth.
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 four-years-old and younger, 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 Yearbook Adviser and my husband is a full-time manager in a retail company. We lead VERY busy lives managing it all, but we are so unbelievably blessed.
February 2011
October 2012
 June 2013
 June 2013 - Second Birthdays
 July 2013
 August 2013

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.

4 comments:

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I didn't realize our twinnies were only 7 days apart!

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I love this post you look so happy and are so blessed with your TWO babies!!! They are just to cute:)

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I just say your comment on Tesha's blog and clicked right on over. I'm so glad I did! Your children are beautiful. I am so sorry to hear about your precious baby in heaven. God Bless you!! :)Diane

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Yep, they were born on July 7th!

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