Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I survived Year #2 with 2 sets of twins! Added bonus - my kids survived it too!

My babies, Garrett and Landon, are officially 2 years old today. TWO YEARS OLD!! How did 730 days go by in the blink of an eye?

We learned early on that we were expecting our 2nd set of twins when I was barely 5 weeks pregnant. To say I was shocked and freaked out is seriously downplaying it. We were told there was a 1-3% chance of us conceiving without any medical intervention...so imagine my surprise when I peed on a stick one Saturday morning and it came up positive. Imagine my surprise 4 days later when I was in my OB's office and she sat me down and told me I was pregnant with another set of twins.

And now 2 years have passed....we went from this.... (Garrett is on the left, Landon is on the right)....


To this....

(Garrett)

(Landon)

6 weeks later....




1st birthday...


And now....at 2 years old....


The last two years have been filled with so many milestones and memories....taking first steps, giving up bottles and learning how to use sippy cups, learning how to get Cheerios from their plate to their mouths, learning how to use a fork and a spoon, figuring out how to run without tripping over their own feet and first words. Not a day has gone by without me smiling or laughing about something they did....not a vaccine has been given without me crying tears right along with them.

Garrett is my little Mama's boy, my needy one....the one who makes me feel like the most important person on planet Earth. Landon is my little cuddly, happy guy who can light up a room with his bright smile.

I can't imagine my life without them. They have completed our family...they have filled a void I never realized was missing until they entered my world. Their 2nd birthday is bittersweet, as I've been so thrilled to watch them grow and see their personalities develop right before my very eyes. Yet, at the same time, it saddens me to realize their babyhood is done and gone forever...and soon their toddlerhood will pass by quickly.

So I'll continue to cherish each and every moment...each and every day...knowing the years go by much quicker than I ever could realize. I know the next year will be filled with many more milestones and happy memories and that is what I look forward to, even while my heart feels sad knowing that every day that passes is just one more day closer to the time I'll have to let them go and explore the world on their own.

Happy 2nd birthday, Garrett and Landon!


Every year I do a video for the kids on their birthdays to look back at the passing year (thank God between the 4 kids I only have 2 birth dates to remember!)....here's Garrett and Landon's 2nd year video...

40 comments:

Becky said...

I am loving this post...times flies by way too fast especially for us moms.

Paula Constable said...

I love those pictures! You did a great job. Keep it up!

Mrs Cooper said...

Awww, Happy Birthday little ones.

Laura said...

I loved this post! Thanks for sharing the memories with us! Happy Birthday Landon and Garrett!! (Okay, and the comment about having to remember only two birthdays totally cracked me up! Never thought about it that way before!)

Abby said...

Happy 2 years to Garrett and Landon!

Tami said...

Having older children 21 years old a 17 year old, and a little munchkin who is 6, I reflect back and want to do it all over again.

Your children are precious!

I used to complain about the hand prints on the walls. I;d do anything to have them back, to kiss each one, and hold each one in my arms once again.
Yet, I love when my oldest takes ME in his arms and lays my head against his chest and I hear his heart beating in my ear, I hear his deep voice, I LOVE YOU MOM, He kisses me on top of the head, and hugs me tighter.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOYS!

Elizabeth Channel said...

Happy Day! I never realized that the boys were "non-invitro" twins. What a miracle!

MAMA CEO said...

Oh how I love birthdays! Remembering our little ones when they were littl is probably my most favorite!

MamaHenClucks said...

Having just celebrated my baby's FIFTH birthday, I totally hear you. In fact, this actually makes me teary eyed. Babies just grow up way, way too fast. What a sweet tribute to your adorable little boys.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I love that! Especially the quote at the beginning. Happy Birthday to Garrett & Landon!

Simply AnonyMom said...

Happy Happy Birthday boys!

Kimberly said...

Aww...those pictures are so precious. Makes me want another one, lol. Time really does fly by. I love the video idea. That's great.

Ginny Marie said...

Oh, my goodness! Those are wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing! (I'm glad I'm not the only one who cries when my babies get vaccinated!)

The Daily Dean Chronicals said...

Happy Birthday! Not only to the boys, but to you! I feel a birthday is a special celebration between the child and mom! What great memories you have and many more to cherish!

Debbie said...

What a beautiful thing to read! Happy birthday to you and the twins.

Kathy B! said...

Happy birthday to Garrett and Landon!

And congratulations to you on being a great mom, and holding it together when you didn't think you could, and going just a little farther to make things great for your kids... and for having the right perspective and knowing how fast it will all go, and cherishing every.last.minute.

Christina said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE ONES!

awww they are so cute...you are so blessed to have such wonderful children...

The Eadle Family said...

Time does fly by. I still feel like I am sitting in the NICU, holding my babies for the first time ... and they will be turning 3 this summer. Wow ... just started crying thinking about it.

The High Family said...

Happy Birthday Garrett and Landon!

That video make me cry...such a beautiful family!

My favorite part of your post was:

Yet, at the same time, it saddens me to realize their babyhood is done and gone forever...and soon their toddlerhood will pass by quickly.

This quote is so true and I wish we could go back in time sometimes to live all the baby moments over again...ok only the cute sweet ones! ;)

I hope you and the boys have a great day! :)

Fearless Mom said...

congratulations on surviving and thriving! sweet pictures.

Jen said...

What a sweet post. Happy Birthday to your Boys!!!!!!

newlyweds said...

Happy Birthday Garrett and Landon!! Love the video and song, great job Mom! and yea you survived!! With lots of great stories and pictures!

Amy said...

happy birthday boys! makes me want to cry how fast it goes by:) congrats to you for making it through 2 years with 2 sets!

Musings of the Mrs. said...

I love your blog. Happy birthday to your boys.

Sharlene said...

You are making me feel so emotional. I love stories like yours. Screw science. God is in charge here baby! Happy 2nd birthday boys! Mine twins are 2 1/2 and I love them a little more every day even though they are making me age at a rapid rate. Its gonna get easier. At least thats what they tell me. My friend Lisa just had her second set and I can't imagine going through it all again. you are a good inspiration for her. And for me. If Helene can survive two sets of toddlers than surely I can survive one right? Right?

Amy said...

God Bless you!

Yaya said...

Wait...the second set of twins was natural?? Whoa!

Happy Birthday Babies!


Thank you for your kind comment today.

And for the donation in the mail yesterday!

The Mother said...

LOVE the headline! You mean you haven't killed your kids yet?

I use that line all the time. People look at me like I'm Mommy Dearest. As though I'd really kill my kids!

(I wouldn't. Really. It would make a mess, and I'd have to clean it up. Plus I don't look good in orange.)

Congrats. Beautiful photos.

Jennifer said...

So sweet! Congratulations on your beautiful boys!

blueviolet said...

Happy Birthday to your little darlings!

HarryJack's Mom said...

Happy Birthday, boys! Welcome to the twos :-) We have that same 'believe me' shirt, and it fits here too LOL

Cynthia said...

Happy Birthday little boys!

Janice said...

Happy birthday to your adorable boys. I love stopping by your blog!

mrsbear said...

Happy second birthday to your beautiful boys. It does just fly by doesn't it? What a blessing. To many more happy birthdays.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

This has got to be one of my most favorite posts from you ever, Helene. Just look at your beautiful family. Where did the time go? As I sit here in front of my computer, heck, I am getting sentimental over the last two years.

Happy Birthday, boys!

-Francesca

PS: I have been totally remiss in telling you that I left link love for you on our blog. Check it out when you have a chance...

http://3baybchicks.blogspot.com/2009/03/just-call-me-june.html

Creative Junkie said...

Awwwwwwwwww - this is so incredibly sweet!

Happy birthday to your boys!!

Amy W said...

Yeah!! Two years!! I love the picture of the two of them in the fridge - looks like partners in crime - better watch out! :)

My twin nephews will be turning two in one more month - hardly seems possible.

Tabbatha Rose said...

WOW Helene I didnt realize our boys were a month apart.
Happy Birthday to Garret and Landon!!

Dianna said...

Happy Birthday!

twinmama said...

Happy Birthday Landon & Garrett! I hope that it was a great 2nd birthday!!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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