I can’t believe my little loves are 4 years old today! It’s so cliche’, but time truly flies, even more so after you have children. I was reflecting on the last 4 years, especially after some news I received this summer, and it hit me all over again what true miracles my twinsies are.
I don’t talk much about my health on social media, or here on this blog, but nearly twenty years ago I was diagnosed with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Add that to severe endometriosis and being 35 when attempting to have children, and you’ve got a pretty good chance at the attempt failing. After one in vitro round I was pregnant (after being told I only had a 60% chance of it working if we implanted two embryo’s), and put in the high risk category. During the first trimester, I rushed to the hospital with problems, thinking I had miscarried. All the nurses thought I had miscarried by all the evidence, and were giving their condolences. But a doctor came in and wanted to double check everything, and guess what? Two heartbeats going strong. I had other scares, an infection with time spent in the hospital, along with some time on bedrest. Then at 34 weeks, I went into a dysfunctional labor and the twins were taken by c-section in order to avoid further problems. Their problems were minimal, but we did have a 4 (Lyla) and a 6 (Harrison) week stay in the hospital. Add all that up and we’ve got two miracle babies here!
Fastforward to this year. Two months ago, I found out I’m at a very high risk for blood clots due to a protein deficiency (most patients with Lupus are at a high risk, but my risks are even higher than the normal Lupus patient). I saw a blood specialist and she was just a little surprised that I had carried a child…much less two, not miscarried due to blood clotting, then had a c-section and no blood clot, then had a hysterectomy with no blood clot. She looked at me and said, “well, I guess you’re doing ok”. 🙂
I know life gets mundane, motherhood can become monotonous, children can use up every ounce of energy we’ve got and try our patience, but I never want to take these kids for granted. I know without a shadow of a doubt that they were meant to be and they’re our gifts from God. They truly are an heritage from the Lord….
I’m a living witness (and so are my children), when God grants a miracle, He knows how to do it beyond our wildest imaginations.
(We spent the afternoon doing everything they wanted to do: two parks, drinks from sonic, the mall playground, ice cream cones, then finished off the day with a family birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. What a day!)