After a long (and tiring) pregnancy, I’m excited to announce that Zakiriah and Nik were both born on Thursday, July 10th 2014 at 1:19 and 1:21 pm. Zaki (left; 6 lbs 4 oz.) and Nik (right; 6 lbs 13 oz) are doing very well so far, but what a whirlwind it has been since being at the hospital and bringing them home. Nothing could prepare me for the excitement, happiness and awe of holding not one – but two – beautiful babies in my arms…and nothing could prepare me for the amount of feedings, diaper changes, burps, soothing that goes along with having two infant babies to care for at one time. Even with all the work and sleepless nights, I am so in love with these two angels and thank God daily for giving me healthy babies.
Here I am in front of the hospital on due day. I was feeling excited yet very nervous, and had to wear a black dress because it’s the only one that fit me by the end of my pregnancy.
My little Rumi meets her brothers for the first time. She loves them, but also has bouts of jealousy when she sees both of us holding or feeding the boys. She tells us, “I want to be a baby again”, and actually proceeds to act like a baby (crawling on the floor, wanting to drink from a bottle, wanting to be held). Since she was the only child for four years, I can imagine how tough it must be to see her mama and dada give not one – but two – new siblings attention. She doesn’t understand why physically, she is bigger than them, and why she has been, in her eyes, replaced. We constantly reassure her and show her love and affection daily, and day by day, she is exhibiting less jealousy tendencies.