Monday, April 28, 2008

Dear Twinkies, Part IV--The Final Installment

Dear Luke and Dear Sam,


So two weeks/three separate hospital release dates/one obnoxious and terrifying sleep apnea monitor/and many thousands of dollars in medical fees later, we were finally all home together.

Believe it or not, I did not look like this...



I looked like this...



On a good day.



It was Mother's Day when Luke was finally released from the hospital and we were all home as a family.


Naive at the time, I thought it would be all downhill from there.


Thank goodness for your sainted grandmothers who flew cross-country to help out. I don't know how I would have made it without their help. Or your cute aunties and cousins. Or good neighbors and friends. It really takes a village to raise twins.


Your first year is a blur of formula, diapers, spit-up, doctor visits, laundry and tears. I don't know who cried more...you two or me. (Don't feel bad, cute boys always make me cry...)

But, somewhere between then...





And now...

you two learned to talk, walk, digest your food, sing, unscrew all the electrical plates in the house, use the toilet, read "No David", count to 30, speak a little Dora-dialect Spanish, crack eggs with no shells and sign your name. On the walls. With Wite-Out.

And you still can make me cry.

I love you, twinks! Happy happy birthday,

Love, Mom

22 comments:

the MomBabe said...

I love your drunk eye.

Stacey Tate said...

I don't know exactly how I came to your blog. Must be a friend of a friend of a friend. Enjoy your perspective on things. Motivated to comment when I saw the NICU pictures. My own little guy (not so little now 10 years old) was in NICU 10 days with the same open crib layout as your little guys. Scary times but it makes you grateful.
All the best.

Ashlee said...

I bet Jennifer Lopez looked just the same as you before the layers of make-up, careful positioning of the babies, and the digital retouching. :0) You looked FABULOUS! :0) Your boys are just adorable! Well worth it, I'd say!

Lauren said...

With Wite-Out, huh?


They ARE SO ADORABLE!!!!! Those cheeks are so delectable looking!


I got to be a helper for a week when my sister's twins were newborns. One day she said tearfully, "I am sorry I need so much help..." I told her that I loved the chance to help her and, of course she needed help! It was barely do-able with 3 adults in the house at all times. The sleep deprivation was really intense! I loved every minute of it, though.

I agree with what Ashlee said. "J-Lo...*pshaw*...a lot was done to make that picture look fabulous.

Shally said...

They would have had to do some serious retouching on my face the day I delivered the twins!!! (They could've easliy shaved off a few inches from each side)

I hate it when celebrity mom's look all gorgeous--- especially with twins. That is just SO not reality!!!

Stacey said...

What cute little boys!

Ditto to the J. Lo comments..if she didn't have millions she would look...*GASP*...normal!

Christie said...

You looked beautiful holding those sweet little babes. Glad you've all made it this far. It can only get better, right?

SuperCoolMom said...

What cute little guys you have!

I had to come tell you that I just received your landmark post "Just for the Record" as an email forward. I couldn't find any credit to you on it and was bummed because it was brilliant! But I wanted you to know. YOU ROCK!!!

I'm one of Lauren's blogfriends.

cami said...

So dang cute! Happy Birthday, boys!

Tina said...

That was great! Thanks so much for sharing...I love your blog!

Anderson Zoo Keepers said...

I dunno, you still look 10x better than I did after any one of my 3 single kid births. And I'm SOOOOO not exaggerating. To quote my sister in law, "Even your nose is swollen." Love ya!

And your boys are darling.

Bridget said...

White out?! That's awesome. I love your little boy stories. They make me laugh because it reminds me that I am not alone.

I have a huge respect for mothers of twins. It really must take a village. You seem to handle it with such finesse too.

Have you checked your calendar?! Can't wait to see you soon!!!

TravelinOma said...

I remember those little guys all hooked up to their "momitors." They look like missionaries now. Did they have the J-Lo photography folks, or do they always look perfect?

Mique (as in M-i-c-k-e-y) said...

I love this latest installment about your "Twinkies." SO cute and I'm sure you'll be so glad that you have it (or their wives will be right?).
Um btw, hello- I am sooooo afraid I will embarass myself at Blogapalooza with all you amazing ladies. But it won't stop me from coming. CAN'T WAIT!!!!

Annie said...

You do great work, Gabi! Cheers to you and your cute mischiefy adorable boys.

Emy5 said...

Well, JLo is the exception to the rule and I like your real pic better.

Happy Birthday to the twins, and the way you have remembered their birth story is equal to a scrapbook, I'd say.

Well done for all the work you have done with them.

Jenibelle said...

Okay, I have read all three posts and just got the twinkies reference, I guess I'm a little slow on the uptake!

Adorable boys, you know there's a very special place in heaven for the mothers of twin boys...it has padding on the walls...

Heed said...

I hate to see famous people who just had twins... seriously what is that? I wish they'd take a picture of the nanny (or 2) that just got those babies to sleep before they put them in jlo's arms. Congrats on making it so far as a M.O.T 4yr olds! You're a great inspiration.

Heed said...

I hate to see famous people who just had twins... seriously what is that? I wish they'd take a picture of the nanny (or 2) that just got those babies to sleep before they put them in jlo's arms. Congrats on making it so far as a M.O.T 4yr olds! You're a great inspiration.

calibosmom said...

What are you talking about? You look way better than JLO.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Two handsome little boys :)! Happy belated birthday! Sorry I have not been blogging lately! I have been taping shows. What was I thinking?? Hah! Maybe it is a good thing I wasn't thinking! If you get a minute, check it out. I'd love to hear what you think. I am inviting all my blog friends over for feedback. http://www.dishingwithdebbie.com Your stories are great and my whole idea behind this show is for other moms to share real stories like you do. Sponsors are donating neat prizes like chocolate baskets and mini-chef aprons and way cool cookery stuff. Anyway, I'd love to hear from you.

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

Oh, they're so squishably cute!

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