It’s Saturday, July 23, 2011 and I’m sitting here thinking about what I was doing exactly one year ago today.  I was laying in a bed at BC Women’s Hospital, with two fetal monitors strapped to my stomach, waiting for the contractions to start.  (I won’t bore you with all the labour and delivery details; I’ve already written about them here.

On one hand, I can’t believe my babies will be one tomorrow.  Where did the time go??? But, on the other hand, I can’t believe Lucy and Sam have only been in my life for one year.  I can’t believe that at this time last year, I didn’t even know them yet.

It’s amazing how much can change in 365 days.  Mark and I lead totally different lives now.  Relaxing Sundays, dinners out and movie dates have been replaced with diapers, feeding schedules and bedtime routines.  This time last year, we couldn’t even fathom what was in store for us.  Even with all the stories we heard and the all the warnings we were given, nothing could prepare us for life with twins; life with Sam and Lucy (

Nothing could prepare us for the exhausting nights, the heart breaking cries or the sleep deprivation (a result of the exhausting nights!).  But, on the other hand, nothing could prepare us for the giggles (, the hugs or the feeling of love literally bursting out of our hearts every time we see them.

The life of a parent: it’s a bumpy, wild, exhilarating ride. The first 365 days have been amazing and I’m looking forward to all the rest.

Happy first birthday, Lucy Emma ( and Samuel John (!