Meet Keona

All day my head has been filled with adjectives that describe our Keona. Some of the first ones that came to me: strong, determined, and independent. Keona’s name means “God’s gracious gift” and that could not be more accurate.

When Keona meets someone new, I always find myself announcing that she was our “NICU baby”. She spent 13 days in the NICU after an artery in her umbilical cord collapsed near the end of my pregnancy. In those early days we were concerned if she would have developmental delays or if she would always be so much smaller than her twin sister, Amari. And the reason that I feel like her being our “NICU baby” is something worth announcing is because you would NEVER assume that this little firecracker was born prematurely at barely over 4 lbs! In the NICU, she even gave us a preview of her fiesty personality as she ripped her tubes and wires off multiple times a day.

         

Keona has grown into a strong-willed and independent little girl. She has very strong opinions about how things should be done and she is a bit of a neat freak. This girl does NOT like to be dirty. She loves to read and spend time outside. To mom’s dismay, she does not like to sit long enough to cuddle anymore, but is instead off discovering and playing. Keona likes to be in charge and if she doesn’t like something, she will let you know it! This girl is 2, going on 13. You will always be able to tell her apart from Amari by her signature curly hair compared to Amari’s perfectly straight hair. You will also hear us calling her a variety of nicknames, the most common being Keke, Keeks or Kona (what Amari calls her).

     

We knew that both girls would love being big sisters, but we never imagined that Keona would take to her new siblings the way that she has. The moment she hears a baby crying she is there in seconds to put a pacifier in their mouth, cover them up or give them kisses. Her telling her baby siblings “It’s okay angel” completely melts me. She loves to sing to them (Twinkle, twinkle little star is her specialty) and enjoys reading them books.

 

Witnessing this crazy girl and her sister grow into their personalities these 2 1/2 year has been an unbelievable experience. I know that they will continue to be wonderful big sisters and their bond with each other will continue to grow. We can’t wait to see the incredible people that they become over the years, and we are thrilled to be able to share them with all of you.

Lots of love,

The Sherwins

 

Our last day as a family of 4

Today, the last day before the triplets arrive, has been a bittersweet day in the Sherwin house. Of course we are elated about the arrival of our precious new babies, but it cannot be disregarded that every aspect of our entire lives are going to change. The most significant change will be the attention that we will be able to pay to our sweet little twins. There’s no denying the fact that there will be many times that we cannot give them the attention and love that they deserve. In fact, this thought was really the only difficult part of seeing three babies on that first sonogram. Would my sweet Amari and crazy Keona be okay with sharing mommy and daddy? The answer is quite honestly…no, they probably won’t be. But just as we will, they will adjust to their new normal and they will be the best big sisters.

With that being said, today was about quality time, hugs, snuggles, and loving on these girls before their world gets flipped upside down tomorrow. One last day for me to soak up the idea of having an equal numbers of arms as I do children. I have no doubt they will love their siblings, but they will need time to adjust. We all will.

I will keep this short and sweet and leave you with some pictures and adorable videos of our last day as a family of four. (I’m sorry that a few videos are turned sideways.. technology doesn’t always cooperate with me). I am being told that I need to get a few hours of sleep before we head to the hospital at 5am. How do I sleep knowing that in just a few short hours I will be holding three miracles in my arms?!

Stay tuned for more Shernanigans coming tomorrow (later this morning) as we FINALLY get to meet our triplets. LOTS of pictures coming ASAP!

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Our family on the news?!

A few weeks ago when the thought of a news segment being done on our family was brought to my attention, it sounded too good to be true. A few weeks passed and the idea had faded a bit in my mind as we were preoccupied with triplet preparations. And then.. a phone call. The story was HAPPENING! Not only was it happening, but there would be a beautiful reporter in our living room just a mere 14 hours later. What do we say? What do we wear? What do we talk about? Do we deserve this attention? How is this happening to US?! All questions running rapidly through my mind…

The next morning, of course, the girls wanted to put 47 hair ties in their hair, wear shorts over their pants, and refused every matching clothing option offered to them. SO fun. We were luckily (with extra helpers) able to wrangle the twin-nados and settle them down enough to talk about our “new friends” coming with big cameras and lights to talk about their “tiny babies”- They started to even get excited.

Soon enough, Gilma Avalos from CBS 11 was at our front door. Her and the cameraman were absolutely wonderful and incredibly patient. The flutters in my stomach subsided as we began the interview- after all, I was just talking about my normal life. The girls were miraculously cooperative. They smiled for the camera and sat (fairly) quietly on mama’s lap. After the interview, we spent some time in the Triplet’s nursery discussing names, preparations, and the tens-of-thousands of diapers that we will be using this year with 5 children in diapers. The girls were so proud to show off the tiny babies room. They have been great helpers with preparing the nursery. It was this room that has gotten them to start realizing that not only are these babies coming out of mommy’s belly but they are going to LIVE in our house.

                                     

As the crew left, they informed us that the segment would be on in just a few hours. After informing everyone we know, we waited patiently for the 6:00 news. The looks on Amari and Keona’s face when they saw our family on our TV was absolutely indescribable. Even cute enough that I don’t mind that all of DFW saw my very unflattering reaction picture! This whole experience has been such an incredible memory to share with all of our children.

We are truly blessed beyond measure. Our videos have been seen by thousands in the last 24 hours. Thousands of people heard our story and saw our beautiful twin’s faces. Thousands of people sacrificed a few minutes of their own day to watch OUR family. For that we are absolutely humbled and grateful.

If you missed the segment you can find the video and article at this link : http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/04/18/collin-county-parents-welcome-multiple-multiples/

Thank you to our friends and family that watched with us, but a special thank you to all of the people that don’t know us personally. Thank you for giving us your time to watch and thank you taking the time to read this. Please never hesitate to reach out to us, we would love to hear from you.

Stay tuned for more updates and news, and expect lots of pictures and videos of the TRIPLETS on Friday after they arrive.