First a little slide show…..
Dear Dahli and India,
I know you won’t remember, these early years of your life
And I know you won’t recall, the terrifying days and nights
As I lay in a hospital bed, nurses tracing your every move
Hoping that you would not yet arrive, and that my situation would improve.
I hope those first three months, have only made you stronger
And that the trauma you experienced, will stay with you no longer.
I pray that I am doing things right, that you’ll grow to know you’re loved
I hope that above all you value kindness, and know that Reuben is your guardian angel above.
I want you to know that you’re special, and that you have a gift to give
Already I see the compassion, in your gorgeous twin narrative.
You know what it is to fight, its engrained; it runs in your blood
I encourage you to use your passion to fight for what it is you love.
I hope that the words I say to you, help you to grow confident in yourself
And that you can value something in everyone, no matter of differences, health or wealth.
I want you not to be scared; to advocate for yourself and each other
And I hope you hold a special place in your heart for your little, baby brother.
It is almost your second birthday, and so much is happening
We’ve moved states and I have to go back to work, I find this change so challenging.
I wanted to stay in the twin baby haze and never, ever leave
But you’re twin toddlers now and I am so proud of all that we have achieved.
I want you to know that each day, I need to see the sparkle in your eyes
That watching your twin antics and keeping up with you, is what has kept me alive.
I hope that you know you are my everything and that I always have your best interest at heart
I want you to feel how my heart glows, thinking of you as every day starts.
Dahli, you’re so funny and cheeky when you steal your sister’s toys
India, you’re a leader and you love to play with the boys
Dahli, you’re our parrot and you surprise us every day
India, you’re so maternal and very sensitive in your ways.
Dahli, you’re so mindful with all your toys and books
India, you’re hilarious with your dance moves and funny looks
Dahli, you’re miss independent and you love bows in your hair
India, you’re a wonderful helper with plenty of cuddles to show you care.
Dahli you love the water
India you love to climb
Identical; yet so different
I still pinch myself that you’re mine.
Happy second birthday to our Warrior Princesses.
Below I have made a collage for both girls. If you hover over each photo, the caption explains each picture. They are not in order (I am not that clever). I found looking through these pictures and watching their NICU videos recently, so emotional. My heart ached as I flicked through and as I watched and could see little things that I perhaps didn’t notice at the time the photos/videos were taken. These girls really did fight so hard. They are both warriors and my absolute inspiration. I feel so sad that my babies are getting so big but I am also super proud of them and us.