Our oldest son, Zach, was born on October 25, 1993. He was an easy baby, reached his developmental milestones early and was very happy. His twin siblings, Noah and Alexis, were born on August 16th, 1996. Their birth was an easy one as they came into this world in a vaginal birth delivery and we went home the very next day. We were so excited to bring home the two new additions to our family. However, within the first few hours, we knew that our world had changed dramatically as they continued to cry, non-stop.
Noah and Alexis were colicky for 15 months. They cried, day and night, and took 5 to 10 minute naps. They wouldn't sleep through the night and threw up multiple times, each one, every day. We had stepped in to a new journey in our lives, one that proved to be challenging and, at some points, overwhelming.
I took Noah and Alexis to their 9 month well check up at their pediatrician's office. Upon examination of the two, she was visibly concerned. They were not reaching any of their developmental milestones, they were both completely floppy and unable to hold up their heads, bodies, etc. and they continued to throw up massive amounts, every day. She sent us to an early intervention program, a pediatric neurologist and a gastroenterologist to have upper GI's done. The upper GI's came back fine. The early intervention program deemed them "developmentally delayed" and the neurologist ordered an MRI on Alexis right at one year of age. The MRI came back normal and the twins started physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and play therapy right around their first birthday.
We entered into a new world, a change from the path we had been on. It rocked us, as a family, and, yet, grew us closer together in so many ways. God was faithful to strengthen us through the storms.
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