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I’m Ashley, mother of ‘Irish’ twins who finds so much joy in raising my family and have found easy ways to deal with everyday obstacles. Let me help you overcome those same obstacles you might face if you’re a parent of twins or ‘Irish’ twins with easy family-friendly recipes, crafts the whole family will love and everyday tips and tricks to make your home life more manageable.
Definition of Irish Twins:
The term Irish twins are defined as having two children that are born within twelve months of each other. I tackled that by having them eleven months part and in the same year!
Irish Twin 1: Jack Joseph
On January 16th, 2016, my life was changing as my water broke. We were about to welcome our first son into this world. However, after 26-hours of labor, I was not progressing and spiked a fever. So our planned natural birth changed to an emergency cesarean (C-section), and I was put on antibiotics for 24-hours.
Jack Joseph was born on January 17th and was rushed to the NICU to be evaluated. He was placed on antibiotics, as well as a precaution.
Jack came home at two-days old. He was a colicky baby and had trouble keeping any formula or breast milk down. We went to a few different doctors with no resolution due to him gaining a little bit of weight. The medical professionals were not concerned. They said that just some infants were just “spitters.”
At six-weeks postpartum, I decided to quit breastfeeding. Jack was doing better on a sensitive formula and gaining weight at a regular steady rate.
At twelve-weeks postpartum, we had a surprise! I was pregnant again! We were scared and worried that my body wouldn’t be able to hold another pregnancy. I went to the doctor, and everything seemed fine until my twenty-week check-up.
They did the standard biophysical profile, which is done around 18 to 20 weeks. The ultrasound technician noticed something on his heart, so I was sent to an obstetrical specialist for further evaluation.
She did ultrasounds and biophysical profiles on the baby during each visit. The ultrasound always looked like he had a bright white light in his heart.
Irish Twin 2: Luke John
On December 20th, 2016, Luke John was born via a scheduled c-section. We decided on Luke due to the meaning is “light-giving.” He was a miracle child to us. By the time he was born, the cartilage (white spot) on the tricuspid valve of his heart had healed. He passed all his neonatal testing and was sent home on December 22nd, 2016.
On December 25th, 2016, we celebrated Jack Joseph’s and Luke John’s first Christmas.
On January 17th, 2017, we celebrated Jack’s first birthday with a Bubble Guppies theme. The boys still love Bubble Guppies to this day when it is on television.
The birth of both Luke and Jack’s and there first year flew by so quickly!
This is my life raising two boys eleven months and three days apart!