Exactly one year ago today, Sean and I set our alarm clocks for a 4:30 a.m. wake up call. I was being induced for labor that day! I was 37.5 weeks along, officially “past due” (37 weeks is considered full term for twins), and the babies were both estimated to be healthy weights + facing head-down.

Fast-forward to today.

Wanna hear something crazy? Normally Henry & Emily sleep from 7/7:30 p.m. – 6/6:30 a.m. every night. But this morning, exactly one year to the day, a very odd but familiar 4:30 a.m. wake up call, first from Henry (teething was the culprit) then Emily a few minutes later. Cries and snuggles, then Sean and I sang “Happy Birthday” to them as their cries softened. They had no intention of going back to sleep. They were ready for their special day :).

I don’t usually read into things that much, but I do like to notice little things like that and let it brighten my sleepy mama-soul from time to time. It was an early, abrupt start to the day, yes. But it was also a connection to their special first day; a beautiful reminder of how far they’ve come…we’ve come…in just a year.

Now, please excuse me while I get a bit sappy in my “letters” to H & E below. This is my blog, and I do what I want 😉

portraits (2 of 2)Henry,

You, my little man, were born at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6th 2016. When you were born my heart grew 3 sizes bigger at the mere sound of your sweet cry. It was, truly, the sweetest thing I had ever heard in my life. They put you immediately into my arms., then both your Dad (he loves you so much, Henry!) and I watched as your cries melted away into a much needed cuddle. That first cuddle gave me all the peace in the world, calming any nerves I had about being a first time mom.

More cuddles, rolling over, crawling, teething, standing, and “cruising” later…here we are. Your Dad & I can’t believe how lucky we are to call you our son. Your smile makes me a better person. Your curiosity and love of how things work inspire me daily. And oh my gosh, the way you dive into us for snuggles – full force – all boy – are just a few things we love about you.

Love you forever, sweet Henry.

Happy Birthday!



portraits (1 of 2)Emily,

You, my little angel-face, were born 7 minutes later! You were SUCH a good baby from the start; so calm and comfortable with the world around you. When you gave me and your Dad (ohhhh he adores you, Emmy!) your first smile, we knew we were in trouble. How could we ever say “no” to that smile, those eyes, your giggle/squeal, and your contagious joy!?

Every day we watch in awe as you push yourself to walk one step more on your own. You fall with grace and a confident grin. And what I love about you even more is that you get back up every time with SUCH determination in those gorgeous eyes. You are such an attentive little observer. Girl, you don’t miss a BEAT! You are going to move mountains, my dear.

Love you forever, sweet “Emmy”.


One more thing. Thank you so much, sweet family and friends, from the bottom of my heart (Sean’s too) for your joy, prayers, guidance, laughter, wine, coffee, hugs, encouragement…all that…over the past year and during my pregnancy. You all inspire us, keep us laughing…and have certainly kept us sane as we tackled this new parenthood x2 thing! We’ve officially got two toddlers now, soooo….you can keep those prayers, wine, coffee, hugs…etc. coming 😉

Big hugs,




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