Sunday, July 24, 2011

I love being a twin


I'm sure you guys have seen this before (it's been all over Pinterest lately) but I had to post anyway, if for no other reason than to have it in my records.

This picture is from an article titled "The Rescuing Hug" published in Reader's Digest, c. 1996. This set of twin girls was born 12 weeks early and placed in separate incubators. Kyrie (with the red dot) weighed 2 lbs. 3 oz and started gaining weight quickly. Her sister, Brielle, however only weighed 2 lbs. and had breathing and heart-rate problems. She also wasn't gaining weight like her sister, and within a few weeks went into critical condition, gasping for breath and turning bluish-gray.

The nurse tried to do everything she could think of to save this baby's life, but nothing was helping. As a last resort, she decided to try placing the twins together in the same incubator (which was uncommon at the time).

As the story goes, as soon as the incubator door closed, Brielle snuggled up to her sister Kyrie and instantly calmed down. Her heart rate stabilized, as did her breathing. Kyrie placed a comforting arm around her smaller sister and a photo captured it all. ♥

How sweet is that? You can view the whole article here. And now days apparently it is much more common to place twins in the same incubator, and scientific studies are being conducted on the subject.

I'm a twin myself (fraternal), so this story touches my heart. My brother and I have always been close, sleeping in the same crib when we were babies, sharing the same classes and friends all throughout the school years-- my mom even says that when I was little and had nightmares in the middle of the night, I'd go to Mark for comfort rather than my parents.

 Celebrating our 23rd birthday together. Our friend Caity made us each a cake!

 Here we are in the wedding party of some friends. 

He likes to make goofy faces. 

I love being a twin and wouldn't trade it for anything.

4 comments:

Renee said...

That is so sweet,
I Love the photos of you and your brother :)
Thank you so much for sharing them

cherie said...

You guys are so cute! And the picture & story of the twin babies are heartwarming. Thanks for sharing :)

Aakriti said...

awww....well the story u shared is indeed touching and u and ur bro look very cute:) nice pix:)

Mandee said...

that is so sweet! How wonderful to have a twin.