They Say It’s Your Birthday…

27 Jan

Well, well, well my little munchkin monkeys of mayhem.  Tomorrow you are both turning the big O-N-E.  No more counting in miniscule weeks or the fly-by months.  You’re off to start your own adventures – living in years –  with the big wide world before the both of you.

It really does seem just like yesterday when Mama and Papa had to have a sit on the bench outside the doctor’s office and digest the startling news she had for us:

“I think I see two…*long pause* Yes, there are definitely two in there…”

Life and its pace has never been the same since.

For the past 12 months all we have known is that everything is times two.  Something squared.  To the power of two.

Double Love, Double Joy, Double Mess, Double Tears, Double Trouble, Double Nappy Changing, Double Chaos, Double Kisses, Double Hugs, Double Noise, Double Laughter, Double Tumbles, Double Donks, Double Bruises, Double Fun…

Of course, Mama has grown many more grey hairs and Papa has aged 10 years.  Friends, family and even random strangers frequently ask: “How do you do it ?” Some days have seen us as walking zombies.  But all of that is temporary, because we know:

All of this multiplying of two equals to Immeasurable Happiness.

From the day of your arrival, you have been our very own Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie…with attitude.

From premmie pumpkins in the hospital, helping each other become plump and strong:

To keeping you clinging close in the same cot.  Avoiding major changes, in fear of disrupting your sense of safety and comfort in each other’s company:

You have never been apart.  Not for a minute.

Inseparable.

Thank you for creating such beautiful memories.  Helping us rediscover the fundamentals of friendship and the magic of sibling love.

We have seen your absolute delight in discovering each other.

We have taken great pleasure watching you explore the world together.

Happy 1st birthday, my gorgeous boys.

May the years ahead be full of many more laughs. May you both continue to learn about the rare and beautiful blessing of being a twin.  Living the invaluable experience of having a constant.

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8 Responses to “They Say It’s Your Birthday…”

  1. nat January 27, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    i think you almost made me cry Grace. That was beautiful.

  2. mamagrace71 January 27, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Thanks, Nat. I almost cried when writing it. But hey, I’m always a blubbering mess these days:-)

    Thanks for reading x

  3. Jen January 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Hey Grace! Cleaning up my office…it’s been a while…and Sam found a stack of old business cards. “Do you even know who these people are anymore?” he asks. Well, what do you know, here’s a card for Grace Titioka, Japanese Business Manager, NTT Communications Group. Ahhh, nup, don’t think I know these people anymore. They live in another time known as “the land before kids” 🙂

    • mamagrace71 January 28, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      Haha ! My oh my, Jen, I can’t believe you still have that business card !!!
      That was very much in the far distant land before kids !!!

      Gosh, it’s true what they say about how you just don’t remember who you were before you became a mama.
      NTT is such a fog now…

      • Jen January 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

        And I have no idea who all those other business cards belonged to! Who are/were these people? I suppose I at least shook hands with them at some point. ‘Life before kids’ is just a foggy blur now… Meg is using them for “credit cards” in her plastic vegetable shop now. At least they are being recycled.

      • mamagrace71 January 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

        Jen, I have hundreds and hundreds of business cards who I can no longer associate a face to.
        To me, life before kids is not only a blur but seems to have a superficial feel about it all.
        Gee…that sounds so cliched, but I don’t know how else to put it.
        Priorities were just so different back then.
        Imaginary credit cards for your daughter’s plastic vegetable shop is the perfect new use for them 🙂

  4. Tat January 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    What an amazing journey! Happy birthday!

    • mamagrace71 January 28, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      Thanks, Tat !!!
      As they say, “The days are slow but the years fly by”

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