The twins had their First Birthday yesterday. They are now a year old.
A year? How did that happen? When did it happen? Was I sleeping? Did I miss something?
I can't believe how much they've changed, how much life has changed. I can't imagine life without them.
Looking at them yesterday, giving big grins with mouths full of cake, I can hardly believe they are the same kids who a year ago we were struggling to give 2 ozs of formula.
I can't believe that the little boy who loves music, and his dinners, and playing with his toys, was just a year ago a poor looking infant, in special care, whimpering and gasping for breath.
I can't believe that the little girl who loves exploring, and grinning at herself in the mirror, who is standing on her own, and taking her first tentative steps without holding on to the furniture, is the same tiny girl who, like her brother, was so slow to feed, so sleepy, so small.
What huge changes in 12 months. Changes in them, changes in us, changes in life.
It's almost impossible to imagine a time when they weren't here, and how boring life was sometimes before them.
Yes, the past year has brought sleepless nights, with teething, and colic. It's brought hair-pulling moments of frustration, and doubts over whether I'm doing a good enough job.
But all that is outweighed by the joy, and fun, and laughter, and pleasure, and pride this last year has brought.
Whatever the future brings, I'm sure this first year is one I'll remember as one of the most special.