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Andrea Pike

Ready To Roll With The Punches: Bring It On!

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Maybe it's because I've managed to keep two young boys alive and happy for the past eight years, or maybe it's because I have no freaking clue as to what is about to hit me, but I can honestly say that I don't have any worries about this pregnancy or anything that follows.

Even in the early stages of this pregnancy, I wasn't worried. This is a little strange, considering the fact that I've experienced two, very early, miscarriages. One would think that worry would have consumed me into at least the second trimester, but it hasn't.

About Andrea

Andrea Pike, 31, from Union, Ky., gave birth to twin girls Natalie and Elizabeth on Aug. 3. She and her husband, Jeff, also have two young sons who were adopted.

The nursery is completely ready for the girls. My husband, Jeff, has life insurance. We've got car seats ready to go. We're buying a minivan in the next few weeks. We've got two cases of diapers to get us started. Our pediatrician is ready and waiting to meet the girls. I'm not on bed rest. We've got a birth plan written out. My anemia is being treated and I am fine. We're delivering at a hospital with a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (the best place to give birth to multiples.) I even know what pajamas I'm packing in my hospital bag.

I'm just not worried.

I would like to say that I'm glad I'm not a first-time mom giving birth to twins. (More power to those who are!) I think that already having gone through infancy and toddlerhood with two kids (especially boys) has mellowed us out in regards to parenthood. I'm not saying that adding not one, but two infants into the mix is going to be a cakewalk, but I am saying that having eight years of parenting under my belt is going to allow me to roll with the punches and to be ready for the unexpected.

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Bring it on, baby girls!

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