Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tell me it isn't so...

How is it that my littlest babies are 3 years old today? At times, it feels like they were just born yesterday.

Garrett and Landon were our miracle babies. They were the babies that every doctor and fertility specialist we saw said we would never have.

Most people, including both Tim and I, give up hope when they hear there's only a 1-3% chance of conceiving a take-home baby without any medical intervention.

We had already experienced 3 IVF's, 1 FET and 3 miscarriages, which left us disappointed and heartbroken yet, at the same time, grateful that at least one of our IVF cycles had resulted in the birth of Cole and Bella, our 1st set of twins.

It was obviously God's plan for us to be a small family of 4....or so we thought. He sent Garrett and Landon to us just when we had lost faith that we would have more children.

God threw us a curve ball...which turned out to be the most wonderful curve ball ever.

Never will I forget peeing on a home pregnancy test and practically falling to the floor in shock when 2 lines appeared almost instantly. Nor will I ever forget the day I went in for my very first ultrasound and learned we were having ANOTHER set of twins...conceived without any medical intervention or any effort on our part.

Garrett and Landon have gone from this...



To this....


And our family has gone from this...


To this...


Garrett and Landon are not only a gift from God...but they have also completed our family, in a way I never could have imagined myself.

Happy 3rd birthday to my babies, Chickie and Eeeeee!! It's hard to keep from looking back at those baby years without feeling a tiny bit nostalgic but I know we have so many more happy times to come (like, perhaps, being completely 100% potty trained?)

If interested, read their birth story here.

I'm still playing catch up on my blog reading...I didn't forget anyone! Man, this whole juggling act is TOUGH!

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94 comments:

Creative Junkie said...

Awwwwww - happy birthday to the little guys1

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

They are all so cute...and I love that in the picture where they are all on the floor...they all have the same expressions as kids and babies!!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful! Happy birthday to your family!

zookeeperjess said...

Aww, beautiful beautiful post! Happy Birthday Boys! Hope its wonderful!

blueviolet said...

Happy Birthday to your 3 year olds! What is with time flying?

Imjustagirl said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet and beautiful baby boys!! Your story always gives me hope. Thank you so much for sharing!!

Charlene said...

Being pregnant with twins was one my greatest joys in life (I'm a twin too, they say it skips a generation, but I'm glad it didn't skip me). Happy Birthday to Garrett and Landon!!!!!

Megan said...

Awwww!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Gisela said...

Happy birthday Garrett & Landon! Hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

LOVE the picture of the two of them in the refrigerator...too funny!

Screwed Up Texan said...

All of your babies are special gifts from God. Love the photo of the boys digging through the fridge.

Jen said...

Man, three. I can't believe it.

Happy Birthday to your little miracle.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Awww! Such a sweet post - I can not believe your sweet babies are 3! Adorable family pictures - you have the cutest, most adorable kids!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday, G&L! I remember when you were born, and now you're 3!!! Where did the time go, Helene?

varunner said...

What beautiful pictures :-) Happy bday to them!

The Boob Nazi said...

Aww, happy birthday to them!

HT said...

They are such good looking boys! Real heartbreakers. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day.

Kim said...

I just happened to read their birth story yesterday and had no idea they were so close to turning three! It must feel like time has flown by. Happy birhtday to your boys!

F and M said...

WOW... Time really does fly... Hope you and your family had a wonderful time. Your kids are sooo cute!

Christa said...

Happy Birthday to them!!!

I haven't been reading as long as others so it was nice to get a picture recap!

Your story is amazing!

Marianne said...

Happy Birthday, Garrett & Landon! And Happy Labor Day, Helene ;) All of those pictures are BEAUTIFUL! I love the birth announcement. I hope you all have a wonderful day and a great bday party this weekend!

4 beautiful, healthy children-- God truly has blessed you and Tim!

Happy hump day
Marianne

Brooke said...

happy birthday to the little men! :) they are so cute. its amazing how God's best for us is rarely what we had planned, but oh so much better

We live in a Zoo! said...

Happy birthday to them, and good luck with the potty training ;D

Mommy Words said...

Happy Birthday! I can't believe how big they are! They are little miracles and that is awesome!

I came from TMC and I know it is so hard to juggle it all! I will be back and I am following.

D said...

Your kids are so stinkin' cute! Congrats on being a mommy of four and two of them are 3 year olds. UGH! Oh, and I posted 5 chicken wing recipes for you!

Chelle said...

How beautiful to see how they have grown. Happy Birthday to them!

Robin said...

I can't believe it's been three years, Helene! I can't believe we've known each other as long as we have. It feels as if a lifetime has passed since we met each other online and then our Vegas trip!

Happy Birthday to the boys!

I just love the blog redesign. It's gorgeous!

~Robin

Jennifer said...

Aww! Happy Birthday lil guys! I love love love the pic of them helpin eachother in the fridge and the one with his rain slicker and mismatched shoes! Those are adorbale!

Twins Squared said...

Oh Helene! I'm happy and sad for you all at the same time! All these little pictures for some reason made me all teary (and I don't tear up easily). And yet, how great! You've made it! For most things I think once they hit 3all the hard twin stuff is mostly behind you. At least physically! Still fighting issues and such but you have survived and hopefully can spend more time enjoying things going forward and less time being tired. Happy Birthday to your little guys!

WhisperingWriter said...

So sweet!!

Happy Birthday to them!

High On Craft said...

Happy birthday to your babies! My little miracle is 5 months old already - almost 6 - and I can totally relate to the shock of seeing a positive home pregnancy test! We got dealt our curve ball 8 years after we were sure our daughter was going to be an only child!

Eva Gallant said...

Thank you so much for posting all those wonderful photos! You have four beautiful children!

And happy birthday to those two fellas!

christy rose said...

Your kids are absolutely gorgeous!!! What a sweet story of how God had them planned from His hand and no other way. Happy birthday to them. My youngest son, Jacob, will be two tomorrow. The do grow up so fast.

Kristina P. said...

They are simply adorable. Happy birthday to your twins!

Nezzy said...

Precious family God has bless you with there.

Happy, Happy Birthday to your Miracle Boys!

Have a fun day celebrating their lives today!!!

God bless ya'll!!!

MaryAnne said...

Happy birthday to Garrett and Landon! Loved all the photos - the one of the two boys getting into the fridge as toddlers was my fave =)

S Club Mama said...

Happy birthday, kiddos! I can't wait/am fearing Tristan's 3rd birthday in July. It's hard to believe I'll have a one-year-old AND a three-year-old. I can't imagine TWO three-year-olds and another set! :D You are amazing.

Colton's Mommy said...

Happy birthday to Garrett and Landon!! I didn't realize that they were "natural twins". That must have been a shock.

Mama Zen said...

What a beautiful bunch of kids!

Happy Birthday, Garrett and Landon!

Lisa said...

All your babies are beautiful!! Great pics!

Happy Birthday to Garrett and Landon!! Hope it's an awesome day:)

Carrie Cooper said...

Carrie @ comfortedbyGod.blogspot.com

Helene--
My grandmother also had two sets of twins...this way in the 1950s before ultrasound or IVF, so imagine her surprise on delivery day. Her doctor wanted her to get pregnant a third time to see if she would have another set of twins! She told him, No thanks!

Cute site!

Booklover1212 said...

Happy Birthday little guys!!!

How wonderfully blessed by God your family is!!

Hugs!

~ Jennifer

Sadia said...

Happy Birthday!

My favourite is the refrigerator picture.

Sadia said...

Oh, and you're welcome. I hope that you have as much luck with the book as we did. There's a section in there about what do to if your partner isn't interested in reading it (yet). :)

Trippy Momma said...

Oh my gosh... lol I just noticed you had a button now! I have been patiently waiting for one so I could put it on my blog!

Happy birthday boys!

The picture of them getting in the fridge is just too cute!!!

Samantha said...

Happy Birthday boys! They are beautiful little miracle babies :)

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Happy Birthday kiddos!!! Do your mama happy and get the potty training thing down 100% and she will smile and smile and smile!!!

They are both blessings (which I know that you know already). Forget double the trouble - take it from this twin, they are double the joy!

Living It, Loving It said...

Happy Birthday!!!

They really do grow up so fast.

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Jenny said...

Happy Birthday to Garrett and Landon! All of your babies are gorgeous! Yes, I still call 5 year olds babies!

sarah said...

Happy birthday to your sweet boys!

Sophie said...

Wow my twins turn 3 March 15th!!!!Happy B-Day!!!!

Karen said...

Three years goes by in a blink, doesn't it?

Ms Bibi said...

You are so blessed. Such a wonderful family.

Happy Birthday to your sweet twins.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Awwww!! Happy Birthday to the little ones!
I melt looking at them!
They are sooooo cute!!!Helene.
Love them!
Betty xx

MamaHen Em said...

They are so, so adorable! Happy birthday to your babies! What sweet, sweet pics!

Mindy said...

They are adorable! Happy Birthday to your little ones. :0)

(Coming to visit a few days late from Erin's blog)

Sharyn said...

Many many congratulations to you and your precious boys.

Double Wide Mom said...

what an absolute beautiful and amazing family!

Sonora said...

Happy Birthday to them!! I love the photos. It gives me something to look forward to with mine. I have to say my favorite is the one where they are climbing in the fridge. I'm sure we will have our share of trouble like that.
I'm so glad you were blessed with such wonderful children, and I am so glad you share it with us!
Have a great day!

This Daddy said...

This might be the only time I ever leave a serious comment

Happy Bday to the twins and congrats to you and Tim for doing a great job over the years.

Andrea said...

Wow I just read the birth story!!! What a day! Geez!!!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Awww! Happy Birthday to two of your little sweeties! Some of those pictures are hilarious :)

Mighty M said...

They are so beautiful! Goes by soooo fast! I know we all say that, but it's TRUE! Happy Birthday!!!

Shell said...

You have a beautiful family!

Congrats to YOU for getting through it! :)

P.S. I'm totally behind on reading, too. Ugh!

Shell said...

You have a beautiful family!

Congrats to YOU for getting through it! :)

P.S. I'm totally behind on reading, too. Ugh!

Amy W said...

Happy Birthday to your "babies"!!! I love the pic of them climbing in the refrigerator - two cute! LOL!

Debbie said...

Happy birthday to your angels (and to you!). My youngest became a teenager this week!!!

Nobodys Nothings said...

how precious! thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures, and the lives of your amazing little children with us. all those pics of those two tiny babies made me nostalgic for the times when i had a tiny little baby around the house... Happy Birthday to your little miracles!

Frugal Vicki said...

Awww, such sweeties! Happy Birthday! Why does it happen so fast???

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

WOW - that was a great story.

I am so happy for you and your family. It was meant to be...

Deb said...

Wow! What a beautiful family! Happy Birthday to your "babies" who are working on growing up and to you, Mom. Best wishes to you all.

Corrie Howe said...

I love the photo of them helping one another in the frig. My younger brothers are identical twins, a total surprise! My parents found out two weeks before they were due.

I remember my brothers helping each other into all kind of trouble.

Annie said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!! You have a beautiful family!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

Happy 3rd birthday!!! My son will be three in October and I can't believe it either!

Mrsbear said...

Three! Wow. Happy Birthday to your boys. I really love their story and the fact that their arrival was completely spontaneous. Miraculous. Now the potty training thing...it's a mixed bag lemme tell you!

The High Family said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Landon and Garrett!

Awww Helene...your family is absolutely GORGEOUS! I loved seeing all the baby pictures. I hope the little guys had a great day today! :)

Congrats to YOU for surviving yet another year with all four of your little miracles. ;)

ps- so I just found out that the Blogging Bootcamp will be in Philadelphia on 9/11 this year...will you be up to taking a mini vacation to come to my home state? Philly is only an hour from my house and I am hoping to attend! Come on...you know you want to jump a flight over to the east coast...don't ya?!

The Black Kitteh said...

What a sweet post just full of love! Happy Birthday fellas!

shortmama said...

Happy birthday sweet miracle boys!

ShellyInOz said...

Bella is very outnumbered by boys!

You are trying to get us all clucky with pictures of your beautiful baby boys--aren't you?

Many happy returns to your little guys.

Shelly at Tropical Mum

PS: Theta Mom had a good post today about blog burnout you might be interested in now that you are so popular!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Cutest pictures ever! Made my day, as you often do. God sure knows what he's doing when you let Him do it.
Blessings

Megan said...

Happy Birthday to Garrett and Landon!!! My, they have definitely grown. (And congrats to you on surviving 3 years with them...ha!)

Stacey said...

Happy Birthday beautiful boys!!

And congratulations, Helene, for making it this far with all the hair still on your head. LOL.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Oh, I loved all of the pictures! What an amazing story. Happy Birthday to them!

Merri Ann said...

Mine turned 3 last October and it felt like a real milestone. It made me feel like I could finally come up for air.

I love the pictures of all four laying in the circle. What a clever way to capture how their faces are changing...

Happy Birthday to your family.

Robin said...

I have tears in my eyes for all of these pics ..but my favorite is the refrigerator ....OMG how fantastic is that shot....your story is wonderful and I love how you shared it...HaPpY,HaPpY BiRtHdAy..!!

Robin said...

Hi Helene...I have the You've made My Day Award on my blog...along with 2 other B-day posts...Come grab it..!

Buckeroomama said...

Happy birthday to to Garrett and Landon! It's hard to believe that they're no longer tiny babies, eh? Z turns 3 next month... *sigh*

Rocketgurl said...

Happy Birthday to Garrett and Landon!!! From a 1-3% chance to such beautiful young men!! What beautiful children you have!

Jenners said...

Happy Birthday to your boys!!! What a lovely family you have!!!

Joy said...

I love the pic of them getting into the fridge with some teamwork! and the group pics with them as babies falling over...classic. Congrats on your cute family and Happy Birthday to your little ones.

Erin said...

Happy 3rd birthday, Garrett and Landon! OMG! I loved looking at all the pictures. You guys make such a wonderful family. and kudos to you, Helene, for being such a wonderful mom to those 4 lucky kiddos!!

Bethany said...

They are precious-- happy Birthday to the little twins!!! :)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I have tears in my eyes. I'm such a sap. Babies are the best surprises, aren't they?

wife.mom.nurse said...

great pix...fun to watch them grow!

oh, and happy belated birthday to your little men :)

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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