Dear Babies

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My dearest twin babies,

Oh. My. God. Nearly 8 months into this gig as a twin pregnancy mother, I am still OhMyGoding, because it’s a little hard to wrap one’s head around the idea of twins. Of two babies at once. Of having hands and hearts full. Of doubling the number of children at one go. 

You see, my little ones, you are the first twins ever to grace the family, as far as I know. There hasn’t been any before on my side of the family, and I have heard rumours of twins from your father’s side, but they are as yet, uncomfirmed. It’s a big deal to all of us. This is unfamiliar territory. 

Four of you

What is familiar though, my darlings, is that I know I already love the both of you. I envision your little faces (and looking very much like your older brothers), with all the expressions babies are so good at. I see you sleeping, crying, feeding, and just being. I will not fool myself into thinking that just because I’ve been round the block twice with your brothers, that I will know with absolute certainty how I’m going to handle the daily stuff with the two of you. I just know that I have the support and help I need, here in our home, and in the virtual world, where your arrival is awaited with great anticipation (as your Aunty Alexandra says, we will all lose our minds when you’re born!).

I want to tell you both a little about your brothers. Oh, your brothers. The first two pieces of my heart. You see, since March, even when you were teeny tiny, I told them about you two. “Babies!” I exclaim. 

I am not sure they understand completely what ‘twins’ mean, but they know they’re going to be big brothers (for your oldest brother, it’s round two!), and your second brother is beside himself with excitement. He kisses the two of you (well, my belly) all the time, and has already offered to ‘carry’ you. 

Older brothers

Your oldest brother is a sweet, loving boy. Yes, he’s not been the easiest child, or the nicest big brother 100% of the time, but who is? I would say that he loves his little brother with all his heart, in the best way he knows how – he comforts him when he’s crying, he hugs him, and is always, always happy to play with him. He’s turning into quite the artist, so maybe he’ll draw you one of his special pictures. He may also try to feed you his breakfast waffles. Don’t be tempted until you’re at least 6 months old, deal? 

Your second brother is the daredevil, and is ever cheerful. He climbs, jumps, runs and dances with wild abandon. He talks about his preschool friends all the time (and yes, he’s a bit of a tattletale, but I’ll let it slide for now, because, TWO), and he’s obsessed with vehicles and Spiderman. He may try to give you his little cars and trucks, maybe even the big ones, because he does share, sometimes. If you ask nicely. He also likes babies, so WIN! It can be awkward when he points out babies in public and yells, BABIES! But we embrace his enthusiasm because it’s just a part of him. I hope you do too, because it’s just the way he shows love. 

You’re due in 26 days, so I hope you stay put until then, because we want to bring you home as soon as possible from the hospital. Actually, stay put a little longer, why not? Because this is my last pregnancy, I may as well enjoy every second. 

Four of you again

I cannot wait to meet you, my miracle twins, my youngest children, the final two pieces of my heart. 

We love you so much already.

Love,
Mama

Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • September 8, 2014 Maureen

    Oooh how exciting Alison and what a beautiful words for your double blessings. You are in a home stretch already…and I can’t wait to see your precious babies!
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Yes, the home stretch! (YAY!) I can’t wait to meet them either. The anticipation, OMG.

  • September 8, 2014 Kimberly

    no words just heart explosion.
    Stay in there babes!
    xo
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thank you, love. Yes, stay put, babies!

  • September 8, 2014 Kir

    Yes dear babies, you are loved, adored already. Plus You’re the luckiest babies…Your mommy? She’s pretty incredible.
    Xo
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      They are lucky, and so loved by all their aunties far and near πŸ™‚
      And thank you. xoxo

  • September 8, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Aww, totally loved this letter to your twins and made me almost ( I said almost) have another one. Seriously, though such a sweet letter πŸ™‚
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Aw, come on, THREE is a great number! πŸ˜‰

  • September 8, 2014 Tricia

    Oh Alison, this is beautiful! Such lucky little ones in there (and out there too!). Thinking of you and praying that you get to enjoy every last moment of this pregnancy, and then all the love that comes after!
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Tricia, I appreciate all the good thoughts!

  • September 8, 2014 Tracie

    So very beautiful. These babies are blessed to be born into a family full of love.
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Tracie. We are full of silliness and grumpiness too, but love, yes, abundant. πŸ™‚

  • September 8, 2014 Jennie Goutet

    There is so much happiness and anticipation in this post! We are all so excited! πŸ™‚
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      The excitement is EVERYWHERE!

  • September 8, 2014 Elaine A.

    I am always amazed at multiples! I just wish we were closer so I could snuggle my friend’s babies! Relax and soak up this last part (as much as you can). What a wonderful family you are all going to be together!! πŸ˜€ xoxo

    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      I wish you were closer too, because I’m going to need as many arms as possible to hold these babies. πŸ™‚

  • September 8, 2014 Kerstin

    Aunty Alexandra is right – everyone will go nuts with joy πŸ™‚
    Love love love this, Alison. xoxox
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Kerstin! It’s nice to know I won’t be the only one who’ll ‘lose my head’. Heh.

  • September 8, 2014 Alexa

    Ha! You may regret that comment “stay put a little longer!” by the time you get to your due date. This is lovely Alison. You are so blessed. Prayers for a safe arrival for the babies, and for all of your needs being taken care of! xoxo
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Hah yes, probably! But we will have a definite end date in mind as my doctor is scheduling a C-sec closer to date, probably in a week or so. πŸ™‚

  • September 8, 2014 Kari

    I can’t think of another person on this planet who is more capable of having two more babies than you, my friend.
    I can’t wait to hear all about it.
    And I wish you didn’t live half way across the planet so I could come babysit.
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      I wish you were nearer because lord knows I NEED ALL THE BABYSITTING HELP I can get πŸ™‚

  • September 9, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    What a wonderful tribute to motherhood and to your children. Love the pics. Can’t wait to see the pic of you and and your twins!
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you so much, Rudri!

  • September 9, 2014 Stephen

    This is such a touching message Alison. I am sure your boys and your twins will have a sweet bonding time.

    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      I sure hope so, Stephen. Thank you.

  • September 9, 2014 Allie

    Okay, this made me cry. I am so prod of you that with only 26 days to go you are still up and moving around:)! And writing and being a mom. I am in awe- I was in bed, counting the days at this point.

    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      I’m so lucky I’m able to get up and about, because if I couldn’t, it would be chaos around here πŸ™‚ (not that I’m over-emphasizing my usefulness around the home). And thank you so much, Allie.
      PS: I am counting the days, but I also know that the longer they stay inside, their chances going to NICU is less. So stay they shall.

  • September 9, 2014 Jen

    What a beautiful post. How exciting and wonderful and busy all of this will make you! You’re on the final stretch now!

    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you so much, Jen! Yes, we are on the home stretch, and yay for that!

  • September 9, 2014 alexandra

    This post makes me so grateful we blog. This moment, right before they are here, captured forever. xo

    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, me too. I didn’t see it that way, but as always, you are absolutely spot on right. xo

  • September 9, 2014 tracy

    Well now I’m just absolutely bawling here. I cannot wait to meet the rest of your beautiful family, my love. xo
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      I can’t wait for you to meet them! xoxo

  • September 9, 2014 Adrienne

    I teared up a little on this one. “The final two pieces of my heart.” Just got me. I can’t wait to meet them! It’s insane to think that I’m awaiting my friend’s delivery so many miles away. I was talking to a mom today who was mentioning her travels through Malaysia. I thought to myself and almost said out loud, “Oh my friend lives there.”, but that would have just been one of those awkward I blog and you don’t moments, so I just let it pass. I just love you to pieces, sweet girl. So happy you were wrong about being done! XO
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      I know those moments! (awkward)
      And thank you, I can’t wait for you to meet them!

  • September 9, 2014 Tamara

    Aw! And 26 days. Good god. This is amazing. I’m just so happy I’ll get to follow along on social media.
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      24 days now. Good lord.
      Thank goodness for social media, yes?

  • Beautiful!!

    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Lisa. πŸ™‚

  • September 9, 2014 Lisa

    So excited for you and cannot wait to “meet” the twins!
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      I can’t wait to meet them too! And for everyone else to πŸ™‚

  • September 9, 2014 Stasha

    Love that I read this after reading your story on how you begun your journey as a mother to be. I much like you never dreamt of having kids. And look at you now, mother of 4!!! I am so excited to ‘meet’ the twins. Seems like only yesterday we were celebrating your younger son’s birth. SO excited!!!
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      It doesn’t seem that long ago, does it? And yet, he’s 2 years and 4 months, and about to become a big brother. In-sane. πŸ™‚

  • September 9, 2014 Allison
    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Yay babies indeed!

  • September 9, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    That’s awesome! I love the photos – you look so great πŸ™‚ Your kids are adorable and I’m sure the two additions to your family will be just as lovely (and mischievous right?)! Enjoy every moment of your last pregnancy and have a great one Alison! -Iva
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you so much, Iva. And yes, my boys are really rather mischievous, to put it mildly. πŸ™‚

  • September 10, 2014 Corinna

    Oh what wonderful little blessings and I hope you have happy, healthy little ones when the time comes. I only have 2 little darlings and while you’ll have your hands full, I think it’s such a perfect completion to your family. Blogging has definitely taken a back seat for me at times, but my family is so important, and the blog will always be around. I’m sure you know how important it is to focus your love and attention on the people who matter most, so don’t feel too badly about it. You have adorable sons and I hope they enjoy your new additions as much as you.
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Family and life certainly does come first! Thank you for your kind words, Corinna.

  • September 10, 2014 MomWithaDot

    Aw…..That is such a sweet gesture! Your babies are indeed blessed with a wonderful Mom and family. A Great looking one too – just observed how good looking you all are <3! 26 days! Boy time flies – Hang in there !
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Time does fly, and I don’t want to wish time away, but I do hope the next few weeks fly quick, because I can’t wait to meet these babies already!

  • September 10, 2014 Natalie

    I love this sweet letter to your babies and your older boys. You are going to rock being a mom of four!
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Mom of FOUR. Still trying to believe that. πŸ™‚

  • September 10, 2014 Andrea B (

    This is so very sweet, Alison. I’m so thrilled for you and the joy you and your family are experiencing. Sending much love and looking forward to a virtual meeting with your newest wee ones soon – but not too soon!
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      Yes, not too soon! In 3 more weeks, at least. πŸ™‚ And thank you.

  • September 10, 2014 Chris Carter

    Oh how beautiful you are mama!!! What a precious letter! 26 days… oh my HEART it’s coming!! I pray too, that they stay put through the last month so they can come home to be embraced by their big brothers!!

    I am absolutely in awe of your miracles growing inside of you, and cannot WAIT to see those first pictures of you holding your babies!! Can I be an aunt too?

    XOXOXO
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    • September 10, 2014 Alison

      24 days now! And yes, you are already an aunt to the babies, Chris my friend! xoxo

  • September 11, 2014 Allison B

    Yes little babies, stay put until your due date. Enjoy the end of the pregnancy and congratulations.
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    • September 11, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Allison!

  • September 11, 2014 Rorybore

    this is soo sooo sweet. What a remarkable treasure it will be for them when they are older. So yes babies, stay put comfy and cosy until it’s time. even though we all are so excited to greet you!
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    • September 11, 2014 Alison

      The beauty of blogging! #posterity

  • September 11, 2014 Kristi Campbell

    I cannot wait to meet them here, and while I know that this is overwhelming at best, I’m a little jealous (is that weird???). I would LOVE to be having twins in 26 days. They are a blessing, as are you. I so look forward to photos of them and you and well, I’m sure you’re very much looking forward to not being 100 years pregnant any longer but ENJOY it. For me? πŸ˜‰ xxoo
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    • September 11, 2014 Alison

      23 days now! I will try and enjoy the rest of those days as best as I can. πŸ™‚

  • September 11, 2014 Jandi

    As a mother of twins, I can tell you having twins is AMAZING! Hope they stay put for as long as possible. The last few weeks are tough.

    • September 12, 2014 Alison

      They are tough, but worth it!

  • September 11, 2014 sarah

    I am STILL OMGing for you, with you. It’s so surreal for me! I can only imagine for you. TWINS. TWINS. TWINS. I could type that a thousand times. It’s amazing. It will always be amazing. I’m so happy to share everything TWINS right along with you, I mean, if that’s alright. Love you.

    • September 12, 2014 Alison

      Yes, yes it’s alright. TWINS!!! For the win! (wins?)

  • September 15, 2014 Roxanne

    I know these little wonders have already arrived, so I just want to stop in and say CONGRATULATIONS. I am so happy for you and your family. This letter to the twins is simply perfect. XO
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    • September 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Roxanne. Who’d have thought than less than a week after this post, they’d be here?

  • September 18, 2014 Rebecca

    This is so sweet, I’m glad you were able to write this letter before the BABIES! made their way into this world…it’s taking everything inside of me not to skip ahead to your most recent post. Both your boys are very special
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    • September 19, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Rebecca. I’m glad I wrote this before they were born!

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