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My name is Ashley and I was born in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, but I was raised in Daytona Beach, FL. I was raised only by my father with some help from grandparent (fathers side) and my aunt who lived down there too.
In 2009, I decided to pursue my bachelor’s degree at Drexel University. While I was in college in Pennsylvania, I met my husband Christian. In 2012, when I graduated and we moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia due to my husband receiving a job offer. On October 4th, 2014, I got married to my best friend in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
I currently work a full-time job with a health insurance company and promote Norwex on the side since I LOVE their products. I decided to finally start a blog, because I have been wanting to share how my tips and tricks of surviving Irish twins.
The term Irish twins is 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 about to change as my water broke and we were about to have our first son. 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 monitored. 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 type of 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. I was told 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 a normal 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 till my twenty-week check-up. They did the biophysical profile and noticed something on his heart. I was sent to a specialist. She did ultrasounds and biophysical profiles on the baby constantly. 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 scheduled c-section. His name Luke was chosen due to the meaning, “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 was gone. 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 Guppy theme. The birth of Luke and Jack’s first year flew by so quickly!
This is my life raising two boys eleven months and three days apart!