The Twins Are Here – The First Week!

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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.

 

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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.

 

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My babies are finally here! I couldn’t help staring, holding and kissing them.

 

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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.

 

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Nik and Zaki in their going home from the hospital outfits. They look more ready to go home than I was!

 

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Nik and Zaki’s Vermont Teddies gifts given by Kaiser’s co-workers

 

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Nik and Zaki after their first sponge baths. Warm and snug as bugs in a rug! I was so blessed to spend my birthday (July 20th) with them!

 

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Swaddled in their crib. They are sharing a crib for now – as they shared a womb-until they are able to move and roll over. It’s comforting for them to be close.

 

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My sleeping angels in their first at home photo shoot at one week old. The tenderness and bond between them is so touching.

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  • Helene Glick Landman

    Hi, Samira – the babies are beautiful. So is their big sister. Hope you are all doing well. Look forward to connecting when you have a minute to breath. All the best.
    HELENE