Happy 4th birthday Warren and Dean!!
Wow, I cannot believe we are here, that my little boys are not so little anymore. In some ways, I feel like it has taken forever for us to reach this point, forever for them to finally hit 4. (And 4 sounds so old to me, right?? Like suddenly they should be self-sufficient??) But in other ways, well, it seems like I was just holding their tiny little bodies as they battled for their lives.
I've learned a lot about micro preemies since Warren and Dean were born, a term I didn't even know existed. But, here is what I know about my boys. They are fighters-for the first years of their lives, they battled every day. The battled to eat and gain weight, to maintain their temperature, to breathe on their own, to hit their milestones, to meet their developmental goals. Things we took for granted with Hannah took months or years to accomplish. Or we're still working on them. Starting life in the 2nd trimester is certainly not the way we would have chosen for them. But they are strong.
And Warren and Dean are funny. They have these great little personalities, with a bit of spunk mixed in. They make me smile or laugh on days when I don't even want to get out of bed. Warren has the greatest giggle, and Dean, a deep belly laugh. Their imaginations are incredible, and anything goes during play time. They can build intricate towers, bridges, or jets with legos, and can work on them for hours. And they are each others' best friend. There is something special about a twin bond, something that runs deep when every moment of life is shared together. We didn't see this much in the first years, but oh we do now. There is no one they would rather play with, no one they quite love like one another. It's quite tender to see.
I'm so thankful I get to be their mommy, that I get to know all these great things about my sweet big boys. Warren and Dean - you bring so much joy and happiness into our home, and a bit of chaos, and a new volume level that I've grown to love and appreciate. I love you so very much, always and forever.