Sunday, September 1, 2013

September First

Nine years ago today this happened.

There is no greater way to illustrate my view on the nature versus nurture debate. At less than two hours old Mary had kicked out of at least three swaddles, eyes wide open. The nurses were baffled, "we have never seen a baby get out of these so well". Jack and I were so proud. Look at our little one, already amazing people with her strength and character. We now know what the nurses were really saying, "hold on people, you are in for it". We had no idea.

And our Kate, so happily bundled up, sound asleep, wanting nothing more than to be left alone to ponder the questions of the universe, or at the least, "what the hell has happened here?". Kate sleeps with a pillow pet on her head, quilt to her neck, a self imposed bundle of soon to be nine year old. Mary sleeps on her head.

Last night, as I wrapped up preparations on pre-birthday dinner, Jack brought out the iPad for some dinner music. The girls were setting the table. "Katy Perry!" and "Vivaldi!", at the exact same time. We dined with old jazz.

We had no idea what was in front of us, we still don't, but we enjoy every day of discovery. Happy birthdays my sweet girls, celebrate in your very own way, making your own kind of music. It's all beautiful.


Nellie said...

I send along the very best of birthday greetings to those lovely girls!

Our twins each weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces, with the first one being 16 minutes before the second. It was December 23, and we had expected ONE baby on December 24! Both girls appreciated being swaddled. It was their older sister (by 20 months) who would pull a Houdini and be out of HER swaddling in no time flat!

We truly enjoy the differences that exist in all our daughters.

xo Nellie

Suz said...

yep..if you pay attention you can see it from day one
happy birthday to two amazing girls
Blessings to you all

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Happy birthday to your fantastically spirited girls!!!

I love to look back - even in utero - and think about the girls "personalities". Maybe it's just what I want to see...but I like to think that I've known who they are for a very long time. Yet they still manage to surprise me every day. :)

northsidefour said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes! We had a wonderful day. It is amazing, they were who they are now when they still lived inside. Note, Mary changed one thing, she yelled for Katy Perry, it was her father who yelled "funk!". Update to essay has been made!


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