Monday, May 22, 2006

Birthday Wishes for The PB & The J

An open letter to The Peanut Butter & The Jelly,

Four years.

I can’t believe that it’s been four years.

Four years since your heart rate dropped drastically J...

Four years since I heard the frantic message on my voicemail...

Four years since I slogged through 3 hours of traffic to get to Chicago from Aurora, IL...

Four years since I first saw the two of you… and knew immediately that my life had changed... and changed for the better.

It was four years ago today, May 22, at 4:19 CDT, you were born, within 9 seconds of each other, via a “crash” c-section at the University of Chicago Hospital...

PB, you came out loud and crying at 4 pounds, 14ounces.

J, you came out ‘floppy and unresponsive’ at 4 pounds, 3 ounces and with 10 tangles in your umbilical cord.

But you were born, as mono-mono twins are not always prone to do... and for that we are eternally grateful and thankful to all the doctors and nurses at the hospital... and to God.

And for that your Mommy and I couldn’t be happier.

We stayed with you as long as we could while you were in the NICU those two weeks… leaving only to sleep at the Ronald McDonald House and, sometimes – though not often, to eat.

The first day we brought you home we were scared to death… not just of you being out of the hospital, but wondering what type of parents we would be...

Would we be good parents?

Would we be so-so parents?

Would we be parents that you would have to talk to therapists about when you’re both older?

The adjustments were hard… due to your occasional lack of being able to maintain your body-temperature; we had the furnace on in our house in the middle of July and we got baked (and not in a good way)

The infant apnea monitors you both wore for the first six months of your life were not easy to adjust to either. When those things went off, Mommy and I woke up in seconds flat and checked you both from head to toe, even if they only went off because a lead had popped off of one of your little chests.

The adjustment of sleep was not as difficult as it could have been as you both started to sleep through the night around 4 months of age...

You’ve crawled...

You’ve walked...

You’ve talked...

You’ve sassed...

You’ve grown...

I hope that we have given you everything you have needed so far… and we promise to continue to do so (unless either of you get a piercing somewhere that you shouldn’t, then we’ll have to have a little chat...)

I love you both, more than anything else in the world, and will continue to do so, always... and forever...

Happy 4th Birthday girls

Love Daddy
AKA, ‘The Coconut’

9 comments:

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Happy Birhtday PB & J!

Good work Kemp and Honey Mustard. Four years is a lot. I didn't realize that the girls were mono-mono, mine had two of everything.

laurie said...

happy birthday PB+J! and congratulations kemp and HM for surviving 4 years of twins. i know (firsthand and also from your blog) that it ain't always easy, but kemp, you sure do sound like a father any kid would be lucky to have.

now, since we all got hosed with that "terrible twos" nonsense that is actually "terrible twos and threes," please let us know if the rumors are true that 4 yr olds are finally easier.

samantha said...

Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday! (wanted them to each get one you know)

Four is WAY cooler than three. (smile)

--Samantha from Wheaton IL (super close to Aurora!)

Matthew said...

Happy Birthday PB & J! Your parents are doing an awesome job!

And I'm sure it doesn't even matter that the SF Giants are beating the St. Louis Cardinals right now either!

Becky said...

Happy birthday! And congrats, parents, for keeping them alive that long! Many happy returns.

Queen of Spain said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwww.
Sniff. Sniff.

Happy B-day kiddlings!

Scott said...

Happy Birthday PB & J!
Sorry I couldn't make it to your party I hope you had a fun time.

Kemp, I can't believe it has been 4 years either. I remember the talks that we would have during the months before and after they were born. I also remember the day they were born when you went flying out of the office! Nothing like trying to drive 40+ miles into Chicago during rush hour!

Don't worry you and HM are doing a great job and the girls are lucky they have such loving caring parents.

MetroDad said...

Happy birthday to the PB & J. Hope they had fun. What did you guys do with them on their birthday?

Amy said...

Happy (Belated) Birthday PB & J! You are my hero, having lived through 4 years of twins.

Very sweet letter.