Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ready or Not!

Two days ago, our twin daughters celebrated their 6th birthday. SIX...that's WAYYY too old. They even have to use TWO hands to show us their age now! I still haven't accepted it.
I don't think I'll ever be ready for these two. From the moment we heard "possible spina bifida, more testing needed" at 5 months gestation...to the moment they arrived 2 months prematurely...
to their asthma and constant health needs...

to the day they started preschool....to NOW

...and beyond...I'll never be ready. Wait for me, girls! Wait for me!

Paige, (A.K.A. Roo) you arrived first, the smaller feisty one. Now you're just a little bit taller and heavier than your sister...but still just as feisty! You weren't supposed to leave the IICU as early as Shae because you didn't know how to suck and feed as well as she did. My heart ached thinking we would have to leave you there, 2 hours away from home...but you turned the corner literally overnight. When we arrived to bring Shae home, you were dressed and ready to go, too! You learned at an early age how to fight for the underdog. Your compassion for others, your sweetness, your stubbornness...it all mixes together to make you...beautiful you.

Shae ("Ra"), you tend to be more mellow than your twin sister, the thumb-sucker (trying to give that up for Lent, how's it working out honey?). But not always! You can get just as wound up as Roosie, when you want to. In fact, sometimes I can't tell who's who (just by listening) because you swap personalities! However, from day one, you were the steady grower...the baby who learned things first and fell down and got bruises first, started walking and pushing your sister in the stroller...you always want to be first. The second one out of Mommy's belly, you still haven't gotten over that! In fact, if anyone else gets attention or praise, you must admit you get jealous. "I did it, too!" is your familiar cry. You like doing what the big kids do (that's how you lost your front tooth, basically), and sometimes you get a little too big for your britches. But overall, you are a sweet, kindhearted, helpful young lady. Shaesy Daisy, Shaeser Lazer, Shae-ra.

Together, you are the Chickens. Your phy. ed. teacher calls you "Sage". You play together, fight together, and whine in stereo--often driving the rest of the house crazy. Your kindergarten teacher says you are a "delight" (one of those letters that a mom keeps and treasures). You are a force of feminine fury and love to be reckoned with! Singly, you are Paige. You are Shae. You are two unique individuals who have different feelings, different dreams, and different personalities. You just happen to be even more complete when you are together. I can't explain it, just to say you are twins who are best friends.
Happy Birthday, girls. Mom & Dad love you so much!!

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."--Matthew 9:14


Blogger Astrid said...

BIG HUGE Happy Birthday to Paige and Shae! Hope you had a wonderful & fun-filled birthday!!! (wow! they're SIX! time flies doesn't it?)

March 17, 2009 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

It sure does. I didn't believe it until our oldest entered kindergarten. Now I know better!

March 17, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

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