Happy Tuesday! Ok, before I even start, does it make me a bad mom that I kinda want to make my daughter wear a bow tie because of that picture? I know she’s a girl, but seriously. It’s adorable. Today’s twin boys are Judah and Foxx, the sons of Sarah and Jeremy. Sarah shares their story over on her blog, Newborn Grownups. I’ll let her take it from here:
Are your boys identical or fraternal? Do twins run in your family?
They are identical. I have one set of twins way far back in my family, and my husband has many, many sets of identical twins on his side of the family.
When did you find out you were expecting twins and what was your reaction?
We found out at our 9 week ultrasound. We decided to participate in a healthy pregnancy research study, and one of the things we had to do was get an early ultrasound. During the procedure, we saw one little baby pop up on the screen…the probe moved and another one popped up right next to it! My husband who was standing next to me said, “Uuuuh…would that be a second baby?” The ultrasound tech said “Yes! congratulations, you are having twins!”. I immediately started laughing and crying at the same time. My husband’s mouth dropped to the floor and he plopped down on the bench next to us. We were so surprised! We sat there and watched in awe as our 2 little babies danced around on the screen. We called all of our family on the way home, and everyone thought we were joking!
How did you go about picking names?
JUDAH – Even before we thought about having kids, we knew that we wanted one of our kids to be named Judah. We both just loved the name, and when we found out we were having twins, we didn’t want to do any kind of matching/rhyming/twin names, so we just decided to stick with Judah.
FOXX – People ask this name came from the X-files character, Fox Mulder. It did not. My husband just kinda mentioned it one day in saying that he thought it was a cool name, and I immediately fell in love with it. We did have a long debate on the spelling though, whether to have 1 X or 2. We went with 2, to give it a distinguishable difference than the animal.
What is the hardest part about having twins?
The hardest thing about having twins for me is that one of them always has to wait. It’s hard to take care of 2 babies at the same time. I hate that I can’t always make them happy at the same time, because I have to tend to one while the other is crying, waiting his turn. I have however learned how to feed them at the same time, and when they were little, I could rock them both to sleep at the same time (that’s a little harder to do now that they are bigger!). I also had a hard time in the beginning with not being able to do normal day of life activities. I am a huge cook/baker. I LOVE food, and I love making delicious things, so when I could no longer find the time in my day to do things like that, it was rough for me. But now that they are a little older and a little less needy, I have found the time again to be able to do the things I love. I also have a food blog you can read here >>>>>http://www.littlekitchenlovelyfood.blogspot.com.
What is your favorite part about having twins?
My favorite part about having twins is watching them together. They have always loved to be very close to each other. We co-bed our boys, and when we lie them down for bed at night, we put them on opposite ends of their crib. In the morning when we go in to get them, they are right next to each other. They scoot/roll/fidget there way in there crib to be close to each other. It has happened every single night since we first brought them home from the hospital. It’s so cute. They also wake up talking to each other in the morning, and it’s precious. We just hear coos back and forth between the 2 over the monitor. I’m excited to watch their relationship grow as they grow also!
What advice would you give to other parents of twins?
To enjoy every.single.moment. Life with twins is really hard sometimes and I often find myself waiting for this stage of their life to be over, but then I realized that they will never again be where they are right now. There will come a time where they don’t want to be held constantly or need us very much at all. Time passes so quickly that I try my best everyday to just be with them and enjoy them exactly where they are right now. Also, to relax. It’s ok if they are not on a rigid schedule. It’s ok if they only want to sleep 30 mins instead of 2 hours. It’s ok if they want to be constantly held by their mom/dad. It’s ok if they want to eat before their “scheduled time”. I struggled at first, thinking, “but they’re suppose to do this, or this!”. But they’re individuals, just like each of us, and very unpredictable at times, so I found to just relax and go with their flow, and life will be so much better!