Twin necessities for the first year

March 29, 2011 in Advice | Comments (0)

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Now that we have one year of raising twins under our belt, we feel like there is some advice we can share.

Twins are demanding.  Unless you lead a life of leisure and can afford staff or the time to both raise your children together all the time, at some point you will be alone and outnumbered.  If you do not have the twin-assist SWAT team on speed dial, devices can be a sanity-saver.  Do you need two of everything?  No.  Just be prepared to have two of the things that work. (more…)

13 Months and counting

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I suppose I should accept that regular updates are an unlikely thing for me.  Hopefully, I’ll do better in the future.

Here’s where we stand now: Danny is able to walk, but he lacks the confidence to do it in front of most people.  We have set up a corral for them in the family room and they seem to love it.  Alex uses the fence to pull himself up and then he dances.  He also headbangs like you wouldn’t believe. (more…)

The fastest year of our lives

January 31, 2011 in Multiples | Comments (0)


The boys are almost a year old and we cannot believe how quickly it has gone.  The tiny babies from the NICU are now looking and acting like little boys.  (more…)

December 2010

December 1, 2010 in Multiples | Comments (0)

So how is this for updating more often? It’s been about six months since my last update. As you can imagine a lot has changed since then.

Amy went back to work after three months. The first few weeks were predictably exhausting. Fortunately, the boys adapted rather quickly to sleeping in their cribs and by month 4 they slept through the night more often than not.


Life at home during the first 6 weeks

April 3, 2010 in Multiples | Comments (0)

On Sunday, March 7, 2010 we got a call at 9 AM asking us if we’d like to bring the boys home. After much deliberation we decided it might be for the best. (Actually, we both screamed, “Yes!”) We raced to get the house and supplies together then went to pick up the boys.



March 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments (1)

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be a scary place.  After Amy gave birth we didn’t get to see our boys for a few hours.  Alex was having real difficulty breathing and Danny was really small.  When we finally got to go in, it was a little much.

Alex on a ventilator


Delivery of Twins

March 4, 2010 in Birth,Multiples | Comments (0)

Monday, February 22, Amy and I were admitted to the hospital in the evening.  Earlier in the day we had been told that Amy was 90% effaced (her cervix was flattened) and 1 cm dilated (her cervix was opening).  That was good news.

After admission, the wonderful doctor on call gave Amy some Cervidil to get the cervix dilating.  Cervidil looks like a limp piece of electrical tape.  It gets balled up and placed in the cervix.  We were then told to get some sleep. (more…)


March 1, 2010 in Birth,Multiples | Comments (2)

We are in a holding pattern as the boys improve in NICU. And they are improving daily. Both can maintain body temperature, eat from a bottle and the breast and keep the food down. They are still in isolettes, but not for long, hopefully. When they can perform all the above tasks, plus breathe without a cannula (Alex) and maintain body temperature in an open crib, we can take them home.

Amy and Alex 2-27-10

Danny with large hat and NG feeding tube

The twins have arrived!

February 25, 2010 in Birth,Multiples | Comments (0)

On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 3:09 PM and 3:19 PM respectively, Alexander Michael and Daniel Gregory were born into the world. Their weights were 6 lbs. 7 oz. and 4 lbs. 15 oz. They are beautiful.

Here is our first family portrait:

Taken around 5:30 AM this morning

The day before induction

February 22, 2010 in Multiples,Pregnancy | Comments (3)

I had a doctor’s appointment this morning, and I am one centimeter dilated and 90 percent effaced. Dr. Dershaw seemed pleased, and I am going to the hospital tonight. He will deliver my sons, Alexander and Daniel, tomorrow. (more…)