DEFINITION: The term Irish Twins is defined as having two children that are born within twelve months of each other. Not to be outdone, I tackled that by having my boys eleven months apart and within the same year.
Are you living the chaotic yet wonderful life of raising Irish Twins? You’ve come to the right place if you’re feeling like you need a little extra support in overcoming the obstacles that you face every day.
I know that every day is different and there are no rules to living this crazy life. I’ve created this little corner of the internet for some calm and practical advice on how to survive even the roughest days as a parent of Irish Twins.
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Hi! I’m Ashley and I’m the proud Mama of Jack, 5 years old, and Luke, 4 years old. I find so much joy in raising my two boys and spending quality time with my family. I’m sharing my fun arts and crafts that everyone loves, and everyday tricks to make your home life more manageable.
I’d love to share a few details of the boy’s birth stories with you (if you have time!)
On January 16th, 2016 my world changed as my water broke and we were about to welcome our first son into the world. Unfortunately, after 26 hours of labor, I was not progressing and had spiked a fever. Our planned natural birth unexpectedly changed to an emergency cesarean and I began 24 hours of antibiotics.
Jack Joseph was born on January 17th and was rushed to the NICU to be evaluated. He was also placed on antibiotics 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 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.
Then SURPRISE! At twelve weeks postpartum, 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. I was scared, but to be honest this is one of the common risks of having children close in age.
SO HERE WE GO AGAIN!
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.
The years keep flying by so quickly and I’m amazing at how our lives have changed in such a phenomenal way so quickly!
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