Welcome Evan and Lauren!

This blog post is dedicated to the two miracles in my life, Evan and Lauren, who arrived on the Labour Day long weekend!

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Dear Evan and Lauren,

Welcome to the world! I want you to know how much you were loved long, long before you were born. Daddy and I worked

Evan and Lauren celebrating their 1 month birthday! Evan must be hungry here :)
Evan and Lauren celebrating their 1 month birthday! Evan must be hungry here 🙂

hard to find you, and we would have gone to the ends of the earth to have you in our lives. We discovered that you were both healthy and growing on February’s Family Day long weekend, and we were continually delighted to watch you grow strong over the months you were in my big ever growing belly. Daddy noticed that little Evan was always squirming around and kicking during the weekly ultrasound appointments, while Lauren was always still, and quiet as a mouse. Daddy was concerned for Lauren because you never moved when we saw you on the screen, week after week, but now that we’ve

gotten to meet you in person, we notice that some things haven’t changed! In fact, Evan was the one who kicked mommy’s water open which sent you both into the hospital for delivery on the Saturday morning of August 30th. Evan, you make the funniest/cutest noises right now. We call you the barracuda because you’re always hungry and tackle your food with a fierceness that makes mommy and daddy laugh. Since you were born, you’ve been wide-eyed and curious, always looking around to see what everyone is up to in the NICU. Lauren, you are such a sweet, gentle soul! You’re just starting to awaken to the world around you. Daddy was worried about you in the womb, and even today he’s worried that you’re not growing as fast as your brother and is trying to fatten you up by making sure mommy feeds you every time you make a squeak. You both spent the first three weeks in the NICU because you were born early at 34 weeks + 1 day and needed to grow a bit more. You were supposed to arrive at 37 weeks + 3 days, so you

Spending some quality time with Lauren in the NICU.
Spending some quality time with Lauren in the NICU.

were over 3 weeks early! Mommy had just finished work 2 days before you were born. We weren’t expecting you to arrive so early and weren’t really prepared. We had just painted your room 2 days before, and set up your crib the day before you were born.

The day you were born is, and likely will always be, the best day of my life. The overwhelming feeling was that I was so happy to finally meet you.

My wish for you as you grow up, is that you will find joy in the big and small things in life. That you will grow to know yourself, and have the courage to be yourself, always. Live each day to the fullest, babies.

There’s a saying that it takes a village to raise a child, I consider the friends that have encouraged mommy through this blog throughout pregnancy, a part of that village that brought you to life. One day I hope you can read through all the loving comments and know that you were born from the support and prayers from people around the world.

You are loved beyond words.

Happy 1 month birthday.

Momma
xoxo

P.S. I wrote my first blog post dedicated to you almost a year to the day you were born, you weren’t conceived yet, but against all odds, I dared to hope…here’s the poem: https://jennergetic.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/on-the-night-you-were-born/

Some more pics!

Evan just a few days old.

This photo was taken the day before giving birth! I ended up gaining 50 glorious pounds!
This photo was taken the day before giving birth! I ended up gaining 50 glorious pounds!
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Evan being cute.

23 thoughts on “Welcome Evan and Lauren!

  1. I cannot begin to tell you how much this just warms my heart. I’m so happy for you (a comment here cannot even start to describe the happiness I feel for you). Not only are you lucky to have them, but I just know that the battle you fault to bring them here will make you such an incredible mama to them. I’m overjoyed for you and your husband. I’ve been wondering how you’ve been doing. By the way- they are perfect. 🙂

  2. Congratulations! You’ve done so well for having twins lasting as long as you did and I’m glad everybody on board (wink, wink) made it out safely into this world! I wish you, your husband and the twins all the best and I’m sure Lauren will catch up to Evan in no time! I hope your recovery hasn’t been too bad and that the sleep deprivation is within reason! Looking forward to more updates 🙂

    1. Thanks Maeussle! I didn’t get much into the details of the labour and recovery in the blog post, but I’ll say this — all my friends who said recovering from a c-section wouldn’t be bad, must not have remembered 😉 I started getting better after the two week mark, and thankfully now I’m 100%! I’ll need to write more about life post delivery…so much to say, such little time these days! Thanks again for the well wishes!

      1. I think a lot of people dismiss the fact that a c-section is a major surgery and I have heard from plenty people who ended up with an infection afterwards. I’m glad you are doing better and no doubt you’ve got your hands full with your two bundles of joy. Hang in there 😉

    1. Thanks so much for the well wishes! 🙂
      Isn’t it an awesome necklace? I got that necklace after the first fertility clinic said that I must have just had “bad luck” for having the string of miscarriages. I’ve worn it every day since and plan on giving it to Lauren one day. Wishing you a horseshoe kind of day!

  3. Yay! They’re here! I was wondering how you were doing! So happy for you! Congratulations! I’m sorry they were born a little early and had to spend the first few weeks in the NICU, but soooo happy they are home with you now! They’re both so cute! Congrats again hon. I’m over the moon happy for you ❤

  4. Congratulations Jenn, I’m so happy for you guys…..as I sit in tears writing this comment over here. Your children are absolutely beautiful, and I love their names. This letter to your children absolutely warms my heart, so beautifully written. I’m glad you & the babies are doing well and are home now. Looking forward to more updates.

    1. @infertilitywhyme: Your comment warms my heart. Thank you. I just read your last blog post and believe me when I say I can relate because I’ve been there. Infertility can really suck the life out of you, it’s the pits…but I have a good feeling that you’ll find a rainbow after the storm…sending you double rainbows. 🙂 🙂 xx

  5. This made me cry this morning, having found and read through your whole blog. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations they are absolutely beautiful! We have just had a positive pregnancy test this morning, having lost two this past year, one mmc one ectopic. We have hope!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read my journey and sharing a bit of yourself with me..I’m assuming they’re happy tears! 😉
      Congratulations on your positive pregnancy test, I’ve said it before on my blog, your past losses don’t affect this pregnancy, so I hope you move forward in your days, weeks and months ahead with great joy and anticipation! A big hug to you.

    1. haha, I like that I could tell where you were throughout reading my blog, I felt like I was right beside you. 🙂
      Woohoo! Congratulations on your pregnancy! Enjoy every second of it!

  6. I stumbled on this when I google searched 5dp5dt… I am glad I did. What beautiful children. I am trying to decide if I should buy a pregnancy test or not…

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