1 - Singular sensation...wait, that's something else...trying again...
1 - Trip to Charleston, SC and Bermuda
2 - Perfect little people
7 - How many weeks along I was when we found out it was twins
10 - How many weeks along I was when the morning sickness came a-knocking
37 - Times I threw up. Yes, I counted. It gets pretty boring with your head in a toilet...not much else to do.
26 - How many weeks along I was when I measured 40 weeks
36 - How many weeks along I was when I measured 51 weeks
59 - Pounds gained...mostly in my nose.
27 - Bottles of Bio-Oil I used
4 - The number of hours I was in natural labor before they would give me anything. Four measly little hours and it was MISERABLE. You gals who have done it au natural...I applaud you. You are not from this world.
4:16 - A.M. The time Piper Lee was born
4:17 - A.M. The time Harper was born
6 - Pounds Piper Lee weighed
7 - Pounds Harper weighed
120/70 - Ruth's normal blood pressure and BP during pregnancy
198/110 - Ruth's average BP after the girls were born. I kept wondering why the nurses always looked a little worried. I felt fine. But then I noticed the BP monitor one day. Oops. That's why my feet were GINORMICUS.
1, 983, 440* - Lost hours of sleep
42 - Total nights away from David
15 - Total nights away from the girls
4, 208, 822* - Diapers changed
4, 208, 823* - Bottles given
27 - Articles of clothing thrown away because of poop-splosions
6 - Times a day I think to myself, "I wonder what it's like with just one."
95* - Times a day I think to myself, "Thank goodness it's just two...I can't imagine three."
3 - Times I would cry each day for the first few months
2 - Times I would cry each day for the middle few months
1-2 - Times I would cry each day for the last few months
89* - Times a day I would have a meltdown and pray, "God, please give me the strength to get through this day."
289* - Times a day I laugh at the goings-on of the twins
Infinity - Times a day I thank God for these two amazing people
*A general estimation.
This is me and girls at 35 weeks and 6 days. It's completely absurd.
And one year later...
This has been the most exhausting, stressful, overwhelming, hilarious, exciting, rewarding, and fabulous year of my life. These babies have brought us so much joy. They've drawn David and I closer together as husband and wife and as partners in raising these children. I thank God every day for picking us to be their parents and I pray that we're worthy of that honor. They're the coolest kids ever and I hope I'm not a spaz mom when they get older.
Thank you all for joining us this year and praying with us over these munchkins! It's been fun sharing with you!
Year One...we made it...wow. And I know we're just getting started.
Happy Birthday, Piper Lee and Harper Missouri! We love you more than you'll ever know, you sweet little goons, you.
(Here are some more pictures of the past year...if you're super bored at work or something.)