For Dahli & India – A letter on your Second Birthday

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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.

 

Dahli Greenhalgh

India Greenhalgh

Love Mummy

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