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    Congratulation's to you both!!!
    My sister has twin daughter's that are now 19 yr's old "Identical" with blond hair and I still can't tell them apart!!

    T-12 incomplete 10-3-02


      Hi Erin,

      I'm new here, but would like to say Congratulations on your marriage and your twins. I have twin 4 year old boys, but I am only 6 months post injury. I don't have any advice to give you on how to handle the twins being a para...other than lots of help, but I did want to tell you that for as hard as it is to raise twins, even being able-bodied, it is well worth it!! You not only get the gift of seeing each child have his own personality, but you also get to see how they react to each other with that special twin bond. It is a truly amazing gift. I am in awe of my boys every single day. Once again Congrats, and good luck, Erin!!
      C5-C7 Walking Quad - Very Incomplete
      Aug '03


        [QUOTE]Originally posted by Erin:

        ( I've gotten three books on raising and parenting multiples, but there aren't any books out there about raising twins with SCI from a wheelchair. )

        I'm not having kids anytime soon but if there aren't any books that you can find on SCIs raising twins and experiences of doing that from a wheelchair, why not think of writing one yourself, after all in about 4 years you'll be an old pro, so take notes. You sound very dtermined and once you get the time, not real soon...twins are on the way!.., I see no reason why you wouldn't be able to write one that could help future paras and quads even, who are going to have twins. Congratulations and I wish you the best. [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

        ~~~ Smile; believe it or not, there is still something to smile about!~~~~~~~Keri


          Congratulations Erin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          I'm trying to type this as my two, not even three months old twins are taking naps (they don't last). I am the AB in the family, but you will just need to try to adapt the house and everything else to the twins...

          I keep mine in the same crib, I'm thinking about moving them out of the bedroom into the nursery in next couple of weeks. There is a magazine for twins called Twins you can order, there is lots of great ideas how to deal with two bundles of joy.
          From the website you can order special things, like dual carriers, etc.

          It's interesting having two babies, but since I never had just one, I just feel the way, that whatever you do for one, you do it again for the other one.

          And one more thing: Get any help you can!

          If you have any question please ask, or email me...

          Good luck!



            I bumped this cause I am wondering how Erin and new hubby are gettin on with the twins. Does anyone know. Hoping things are going smooth for you Erin.


              Dam I just saw it there on screen. I'm sandwiched in between Erin and Kraj. It's going to be a good new year [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]


                You're right about the books...they're hard to find because there just aren't any or they're few of them. Maybe once your twins get old could write a book about being a mother of twins and a SCI with your experience, tips and tid bits of wisdom...oh and Congrats...I wish you the best. KP [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

                ~~~ Smile; believe it or not, there is still something to smile about!~~~~~~~Keri


                  Hello all- Long time no type [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]. So much has happened in the almost year that I've been away from all of you. I was due on Sept. 8 of 04 but I didn't make it that far with the twins. I went into preterm labor on May 25 and they could not stop it. When our little boy Hagen came out he was very undercooked but he cried this little tiny cry and I knew everything was going to be okay with him. His sister Annora started to come with a prolapsed cord and they rushed me into the operating room to do an emergency C-section. I got to see her before she was transfered to the Children's hospital but that was the 1st of only two times I would see her. We knew she was going to be born with a congenital(not genetic)abdominal wall defect called gastroschisis (pronounced gastro-ski-sis)which would have to be repaired with surgery at full term after she was born. Her intestines were partially out of her body- but a totally repairable defect (normally) with few lasting problems. Because they were born 3 1/2 months premature she did not have a chance to survive because her kidneys were not functioning; she passed away on the 28th of May. I knew that she was going to have a hard time before she was born because she never moved much and her amniotic fluid was low. Our son was always active and you could see him kicking her in all the ultrasounds. We knew he was going to be a fighter from the get go. 2004 was a hard year because Hagen was in the hospital until his due date and had many peaks and valleys- Much like a roller coaster ride of good times and bad. He had 4 surgeries all together- One to repair a valve that usually closes in term babies called a PDA ligation; a surgery that went without problems. He was on the vent for over a month so I couldn't hold him- that was agonizing. He also has what's called Retinopathy of prematurity and had to have two laser surgeries and an invasive surgery called a vitrectomy to re-attach his retina in his left eye. He's over 7 months now but tomorrow is his 4 month birthday according to his adjusted age (how he develops). His eyesight is poor, but he can see (we won't really know how good his eyesight is until he can verbally tell us). He also has trouble focusing, which has caused him to miss some milestones. You wouldn't really ever be able to tell that he was 1 lb. 11.5 oz. when he was born. He's almost 16 lbs. now and so strong. I believe that he will catch up to his peers before you know it, and be a very strong person. Just like his Mom. Our family wouldn't know what to do without drama. I got pregnant again almost as soon as Hagen came home and that was crazy. I can't be on birth control because I had a DVT about4 months after I was injured. I was excited/terrified when we found out it was only one baby- and the pregnancy was going wonderfully compared to the twins. I misscarried out of nowhere about a month ago which was sad and emotional but also a relief in some ways.

                  I'll have to be completely honest- raising 1 child when you have SCI is extremely difficult and trying. It makes your really miss the way you used to be, and revel on the things you could do before you were injured. I just want to be able to hold my baby in one arm, and do things with the other. I want to be able to put him in the carseat and pick him up without struggling to do it every time. I have come to realize that I just can't do those things, and I've adapted accordingly. Would I do it again? Sometimes I wonder if I would have the strength to do it all again, but overall I think the answer would be yes. I know that in two years all of this won't matter and I'll be past it. It's not easy- but seeing the smile on my son's face when I wake up- and to feel him melt into me when I hold him on my shoulder is priceless. It makes it all worth it- and I have help from my family so it eases the the pain a little. I'm just ready to have an uneventful year and 2005. I want to enjoy it with my new family and learn to handle stresses of the journey with dignity and grace. I get angry and bitter sometimes-at my injury, at other people, at my family- but this experience makes life much more rich and meaningful- and reminds me to always look at the glass half full- because if I didn't then I'd be a very sad and miserable person. Just know that you can get pregnant, be married, raise a child, and keep your sanity, EVEN if you have SCI.

                  I hope that answered your question CHASB-Thanks for thinking about me [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img].


                    A picture at birth and now- An amazing miracle.
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                      So small and unreal.
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                        Hagen now [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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                          He is beautiful Erin, good job! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

                          Gods speed,


                            What a roller coaster ride is right!

                            He's beautiful though!
                            Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                            T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12


                              Wow Erin, what a sad, yet amazing insight into your last year. I am sure you are just enjoying your beautiful son and cherishing every moment. I am so sorry about your little baby girl.

                              I found it alot easier to have my children about 5 yrs apart.

                              Enjoy this time in your lifes. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]


                                Congrats on your milestones.... look like you are doing great.. God Bless....