Our “double blessings” celebrated their second birthday on January 3rd. I realized today that I had better write this birthday blog post for the twins because in a few days we have yet another birthday to celebrate in our family.
The twins were sick with a stomach virus on their special day, so we decided to wait until they felt better to eat cake and open presents. We did, however, give them one gift which Phil and Logan had bought for them: Flamengo soccer jerseys. With matching jerseys from our family’s favorite team, a photo shoot was definitely in order.
The photo shoot was going fine until we decided to add our new chocolate lab puppy, Ace, to the mix.
This was the first birthday of our five new adopted children since they have come to live with us three months ago. We have a birthday tradition in our family of reminiscing the day the birthday child was born. We usually talk about my condition, the emotions and events leading up to the day, and about who came to the hospital to visit. This was a first for me, to be celebrating the life of my children; yet, not know anything about the day they were born. I felt a bit of sadness thinking about the first year of life I missed with Hudson and Haylee. I never knew them as newborn babies. I didn’t hold them in my arms and rock them to sleep, or get up in the middle of the night to nurse them. A part of me wishes I hadn’t missed that part of their lives, but that sadness is overshadowed with gratitude to God for bringing them to our family at the age of 21 months.
While we were sitting at the dinner table on their birthday, we decided to ask Lucas, Victoria, and Ana-Clara if they remembered anything about the day the twins were born. Lucas recounted how Hudson would have died during birth, but Haylee decided to let him be born first. So in Lucas’s mind, Haylee gave life to Hudson. 🙂
The next day we had a simple little party with just our family. We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ first in Portuguese and then in English. Daddy helped the twins learn how to blow out the candles.
When our kids came to us, none of them knew their birth dates, but now that they have experienced Hudson and Haylee’s birthday celebration, they are anxiously anticipating their own and keep asking over and over again when their turn will be. 🙂