Introducing the first “In the spotlight” family!
Here is an image of their first child, captured at 6 months of age. This little sweetheart has had a lot of photographic experience with me, having been photographed in utero as part of mommy’s pregnancy session, and then 5 times in her first year.
In 2007, we were thrilled to learn that they were expecting again….and it was twins! I was delighted to be able to capture their images for them of their two sweet little girls, and big sister.
Remember this? Here are the twins at 1 week new.
Well it has been a year, and my have they grown!
Here is a little Q&A with dad!
When did you find out you were having twins?
I believe it was early August 2006, and we were scheduled for the routine 18-week (or so) checkup. Been through it before, done that, so no big deal, right? As the technician was scanning E’s tummy, the technician looks over and says “We have two”. Slightly disengaged and groggy from the dim lights, Dad clumsily replies “Yeah, it’s our second (yawn)”. Technician sternly replies “No, I meant we have two in here”. I don’t think Edith and I said much since the look we gave each other said everything (including the mandatory jaw-drop reaction).
Did you know the gender or was it all a surprise?
Clearly, the most important thing was ensuring the health and safety for E and the twins. When we had Z (child 1), we really enjoyed the “surprise” aspect in the birthing room. So, we decided to do it again. One week prior to our scheduled delivery date, we had our final ultrasound. Ms. Technician says “So, you want to know the sex?”. We calmly reply “No, thank you”. Technician replies “It looks like a boy!”. At this point, one of us said “We didn’t want to know”. Technician replies “Oh, you want to know the sex of the second one?”. This would have been the perfect cue for E to go into labour, but we managed to convince the technician that “No, actually means no”. Now, that being said I walked into the Operating Room party (yes, there were over 10 doctors, nurses, trainees, etc…) confidently expecting a testosterone boost in the household. A nurse told me to call it out as the children were delivered. 1830 – “Uh, it’s a girl”. No problem, boy must be taking his time or possibly daydreaming like his dad…1859 – “Uh, it’s another girl?! Hey doc, is there another one in there?”. Final score: Girls 2 – Boys Nada. Truth be known, I wouldn’t change the outcome one bit
What has been the biggest struggle with having twins?
The biggest challenge so far is making sure everyone gets some attention and love. Whether it be Zoe being a big part of the twins initial lives at home or Mom and Dad having time for each other, this continues to be the main theme as Dad still needs to travel every week.
What has been the greatest joy?
Having two healthy, beautiful baby girls was one of the biggest joys in our life. Everything else is icing on the pink cake
Are you done? Any more kids planned?
Let me offer a little bit of advice to dads/dads-to-be out there. Never mention how much you want another kid especially when a woman is in her third trimester. I tried that tactic, and got one of those “This is all your fault” stories. Seriously, E was so happy to go for a second that she was blessed with a bonus baby. Now that fear is finding its way in my “Quest for Boy”. All the what-ifs are being discussed (another girl, twins, even triplets!!), but nothing has been decided
How does Dad survive in a house of pink?
“Go with the flow” is the best way to describe it. If you can’t fight it, just join in. Buy some pink shirts, cuff links, anything to make you blend in. In all honesty, nothing really matters when you’re sitting on the ground, and three princesses run up looking for a spot on Daddy’s lap. The pink in my cheeks says it all.