Thank you all for sharing in the lives of our three amazing children- Mairead, Jack, and Ben. We hope you visit often!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Nana's Party

This past weekend, the family got together for Nana's 80th birthday party. Happy Birthday, Nana! Obviously, this is My Nana, and not Mairead's Nana. Mairead LOVED the party; and why wouldn't she? Lots of open space to explore and lots of people to pay attention to her-- sounds good to me!

She had a great time crawling all over the place, and even walking a little. She can do as many as 10 steps at a time now; but I never seem to have my camera out when she does it! She seems to prefer walking with someone, though, because she can get around much faster that way. The videos at the bottom of the post show her walking with her dad and then with Jessica.

The party was a huge success and it was great to spend time with everyone!

She loved playing with the Larocque kids, and they gave her a 'cape' to wear.

She also loves playing with her Aunt Jen pretty much any time or anywhere.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mairead has an Announcement to Make...

And, it's a big one! She is going to be a big sister! She is ready to take on this new responsibility and she is even dressed for it.

And, this announcement is twice as big, because we are expecting identical twins! This picture is our ultrasound from last week-- I am just amazed by it!

We told our families and a few friends already, but we are ready to share our big news with everyone. I am just about 11 weeks and the babies are due on April 8. So far, they look active and healthy on the ultrasounds.

We found out that I was pregnant on the day after Mairead's birthday party, but we wanted to wait to tell everyone until we saw or heard a healthy heartbeat. Boy, were we shocked to see two! We went for an ultrasound at 8 weeks just to check on everything. Normally, doctors don't order ultrasounds so early, but because of Mairead's health issues, they want to be extra careful this time. The technician started to move the wand around and she said, "Are you ready?.... There's two!" I literally yelled, "Shut up!" at her, and she laughed. Dave said something that shall not be repeated on our family friendly site. :)

We are absolutely thrilled, anxious, overwhelmed, blessed, lucky, scared, and just about every other emotion there is. We are just hoping that we come through this pregnancy with two happy and healthy babies.

To answer some questions, no, twins don't run in my family. No, there is no scientific explanation for why identical twins happen. Yes, we will be finding out the gender (November 4, as of now). Yes, we are going to start playing the lottery!

We are so excited to be able to share this news with everyone. We appreciate any support, prayers, and well wishes you might offer-- we will keep you posted on how things are going with our two little miracles... and, of course, with our first miracle who is getting bigger every day! I think she is going to make a great big sister-- don't you?