My blue-eyed babies
Last week, Mark called me from work and told me to get on the computer and watch a video he was sending me. The video was of a news story about a couple who were keeping their twins in a yearlong quarantine. As I watched the video, I cried because their story seemed strangely similar to ours. I guess, in a way, knowing that some other couple out in the world had made the same decision that we made somehow made me feel better. Is that crazy?? Their twins were given an 85% chance of survival, where, our sweet Henry was given no chance at first. I somehow want to contact these parents and just to say, "Hey, you're not alone!!"
This yearlong quarantine for us is almost coming to an end. At times, it has been very tough. Like, when you have a construction crew working on your house and you're stuck in one room for 4 days, but that's a whole other story for another time! Ha! There have been times this year, when I have felt extremely isolated myself, and sometimes just plain lonely. But, please don't get me wrong. I wouldn't take back this year for ANYTHING!! For every moment I have felt isolated, God has blessed me with twice as many moments of just pure joy. I think the first year for any new mom is hard. It's an adjustment that you really can't prepare for, even if you have a perfectly healthy child.
We all feel like once Henry and Harper receive their last RSV vaccine, it will be safe to get out and about this summer. And boy, are we planning on getting out and about. Outside of doctors and medical staff, and of coarse Mark and me, my parents and Mark's parents are the only people that we have felt comfortable letting come freely and visit with the twins. (As long as they're well, of coarse!) So, we've got lots introductions that we need to make this summer. Mark and I started talking about their first birthday party and trying to make tentative plans. I have a feeling that it will be on the "ridiculous" side, but I really don't care. If there was ever a time to celebrate, I think their first birthday party would most definitely be that time! ;)
As I watched this video below, I was also struck by just how supportive and loving our friends and extended family have been. I know there are probably some people who think we are CRAZY for not getting the twins out, but you know, I'm sure those people have never had truly sick children, and I pray that they NEVER do. We have been blessed with such sweet encouragement. I am so very grateful for our loving family and friends who get it, and have supported us 100%!
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