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I'll be the first one to admit that I always thought I was a follower of my faith. After 7 yrs of trying to have children, me and the Mrs. finally gave birth to twin boys in April. They were two months early. Needless to say, they were born on Good Friday. My wife had been admitted the evening before for high blood pressure and was due to be released on Good Friday morning. I arrived at the hospital to take her home, and within 45 minutes I was a dad.

Turns out our son, Cole became entangled in four places w/ the u-cord. He was strangling himself. Thankfully, the nurse who was in the room at the time of the ultrasound that they were performing was a stickler for details. She demanded that the technician give her the heart rates of both my boys. Leo was fine at 150 beats/minute. Cole was not, he had dropped to around 60 beats/ minute....and that was falling.

I stood there and watched the nurse turn around, walk to the door and proceed to sprint down the hall. Within 5 minutes, my wife had delivered our son Leo and in the 6 minute, our son Cole was born. There were at least 5 pediatricians, a cardiologist (for my wife), two delivery room doctors, and at least a dozen nurses.

I was standing in the nursery as they brought Leo out and he was crying which was like music to my ears.

Cole was not breathing and was very purple when he came out of the delivery room. I was hysterical, crying , praying that if God would give my son a fighting chance, I would never question my faith. Cole's pediatrician in the nursery was a grizzly veteran (40 years as a Dr.). When he saw that he was not breathing, he gently rubbed his back and then suddenly, lightly smacked his back. I then saw something that I will never forget. I witnessed my sons first breath. It was the most emotional 10 minutes of my life.

I still get teary just thinking about the chances we take in life. I now take nothing for granted. I live life to the fullest. I thank God almighty every evening to have to healthy boys (born at 3 lbs, today they are 19lbs and eating me out of house and home)

I recently met the spiritual advisor that was next to me throughout the ordeal. She was a volunteer. I thanked her for everything, and thanked her for letting me borrow her shoulder to cry on.

I thank God for my boys and my wife everyday. Thankfully everyone was perfectly healthy (mom included) and the boys were breathing without supplimental o2. They were in the hospital for about a month (mainly til they got their sucking reflex so they could eat from a bottle) Leo came home first on Mothers day, Cole came home that very next day.

April 18th. It is one of those days that I will never forget as long as I live.

Thank you God for all of your gifts!
 

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Leolav, congratulations!!!!! Welcome to the parents of twins club!! It's a blast! Your boys, Leo and Cole, are they identical or fraternal? I've got twin boys too, Colby and Bailey, they turned 3 on july 3. My boys are identical, handsome devils too, they look like me!!:D
When I get the hardware (hiopefully later this month) I'll ost some pics. Would love to see pics of your fine young lads too.
I'll never forget that first summer, it was quite a challenge! They were hungry guys, ate a lot. We were haying so it was long days for me but I would take the last feeding at night so my wife could get about 4 hours of uninterupted sleep. Between the 2 of them they were up about 20 of every 24 hours!! Feed one guy change him put him to bed and the other guy was ready to eat. One night I held and fed them both at the same time, that was a handfull!!:cool:
God bless your family, may he continue to smile on you all.
 

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WOW, what a scarey story. Glag it all turned out well. From here, it goes a little like this.

I can't wait until you talk.
I can't wait until you walk.

I can wait until you sit down and be quiet.

Don't "hope" for the next stages, enjoy each as the come and go.
 

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Leo, those are a fine lookin' pair of sons!!!:clap: :clap: Enjoy them every day, they grow up really fast. My oldest is 10, seems like she was still just a babe in arms just yesterday.
God bless!
 

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That brought back memorys of my doughters birth leolav.

She was having strange responicves to all the test, her heart rate was going up, and down. Finly they had to induce, and get her out. Well, after 36 hours of labor, she was born. Baby came out, had the cord wrapped twice around her neck, and the cord jut FELL out of mom. It was come kind of a REAL rair problem, where the vains them self was connected to the placenta[sp] but the covering never fourmed. It could have came dictached at any time. She realy should not have lived. Make me think there must be some GREAT plans for her sometime in her life.

And you know, some of you will understand, she was a baby the SCREEMED, and cryed about 15 hours a day. Nothing you could do to help at all. Very seldom slept. Just cryed all the time. She did this for the first 5 months of her life. I can't eaven explain how strussfull that time was. And eaven now at 16 months she is real "high mantance" Dr's say a little over 5% of the kids born are like that. And there is nothing wrong with them, they just do it. Some test show that the tend to be pretty smart when they get older, so maby thats a good thing.

But anyway, what I am TRYING to say is that will all that, and with all the hell I have, and am still going through with my house, That little girl is the reason to get up every day. I told everyone, my wife, my Mom, my sister, the day she came into this world, you all dropped down a natch. She is, and will ever be #1!!!!
 

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Way to go you bunch of breaders.Leo,real good looking pair of boys you have there.Paul, I cam feel your pain,my first child was a screamer,only way he would sleep was a car ride.Try to lay him down and off he would go.Stress, Stress,Stress,Thank God for my sister-in-law,she would come and spend two nights a week so the wife and I could get some sleep.
My second son was just the opposite, the boy could sleep anywheres,we must have a couple of dozen pictures of him sleeping on the potty.He is still like that.My sons are 34 and 28 and bringing home grandchildren now.
 

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Congrats on your lovely little lady!!

Even though they scream and cry, it is music to my ears. Wouldn't trade it for the world.

My fellas are really starting to show off their personalitys. Cole is hyper and always happy, Leo, like his dad is always quiet and reserved, but always happy as well.

They are both over 20 lbs. Not bad at just over 7 months. Must have dads lard butt genes.

Toughest part of twins is getting them to sleep on a schedule. When one of them wakes up and crys, the other won't be far behind.

With my travel schedule, my wife deserves alot of the credit and respect that she deserves. I try hard to help her and spend as much time as possible when I am home with them. Just last night, the three of us had a hour long game of peek-a-boo. They smiled, laughed and giggled. No matter how bad a day you have at work, it all goes away when you hear them laugh.
 

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Right on Leo!! There's NOTHING like hearing your kids laugh to put all the other stuff into perspective!! It helps me to remember why I go to work every day, and why I'm so happy to get back home!:peace:
 

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Here's a shot of me and my boys spending a little quality time.:D

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Looks like your boys enjoy tractors as much as you by the way they are so into that tractor book.:thumbsup: parts man they say that everyone has a look alike somewhere and your is a good friend of mine ya ll two could pass as twins.:cheers:
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Jody, my boys love the tractor pics alright!! They love to sit with me and check out each issue of red power and antique power as they arrive. It's our "quality time".:thumbsup:

Your buddy that could be my twin,,,, poor sap!!:lmao:
 

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We were just discussing this last night. Isn't it great when your boys get tired and fall asleep while your holding them. It happens all the time, but everytime, there is no place I'd rather be.
 

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Leo, cherish these moments now!! They'll grow up in no time. My boys are 3+ YO and when they get tired they start running around to stay awake, no falling asleep in your arms now!! Bailey is a real mis-cheif (sp?) maker, alot like his old man!:D Wife tells my mother she would never have had kids if she thought they'd have turned out like me!!:lmao:
 

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When they babies:eek:ldest one you could not get to sleep with a slrdge hammer,youngest would fall asleep anywhere even on the pot.
 
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