Rosa: I found out I was pregnant on Fourth of July, and Sarah found out she was pregnant exactly one week later.
Sarah: Having two kids at the same time was not the plan from the beginning. We decided to start trying at the same time, just not assuming we would have them at the same time, but just hoping that someone would get pregnant.
Rosa: When I think about the first few weeks, what I remember is feeling more tired than I've ever been in my life and being afraid that I would never be able to rest again. We have these two babies, they're never going to sleep, they're never gonna stop crying. And how precious and beautiful and lovely they are.
And how much I love them.
Rosa: We were due only ten days apart, but I had a c-section two and a half weeks early.
Sarah: Coming home with Eleanor was like, you know, bliss. Like, oh, baby, I love her so much. Coming home with Leo after that was –
Rosa: Scary. Our first week at home with Leo and Eleanor was very, very difficult. She had colic, so she cried all day unless she was held, walked, and bounced. All of those three things at once. The first week, maybe two weeks, when we first had two of them, we were not able to act in a support role.
Sarah: We were each very focused on one child, because it was the only way to get through it.
Rosa: We felt like single parents who lived together. There would be times when one of us would just sit and watch both of them cry, and the other one would go into another room and, like, sob.
Sarah: I felt very alone a lot of the time. I was like, "I just want him to sleep more than two hours. I just want her to not scream all day long."
Rosa: I remember feeling like, "Close your eyes, put your head down, run through this. You just need to get over this hump."
Sarah: We fell into routines that matched our personalities.
Rosa: I’m very lucky. Because Sarah lkes to cook, she finds time every morning to make some breakfast.
Sarah: The trick is, you make extra breakfast, so that you can just eat it for the rest of the day until dinner.
Rosa: Because we live in a fourth-floor walk-up, getting the four of us outside is always a production.
Rosa: We carry them downstairs. Sarah carries the stroller. We each have a bag. And by the time we're downstairs, we're sweating and grumpy. We do baths at bedtime, because it's one of the things you're supposed to do for a strong bedtime routine. Bath time with babies is fun. I mean, washing —
Babies are cute. They're cute when they're naked, they're cute when you wash them. It’s a nice way to end the day.
Rosa: There are several family traditions that I inherited that I'm very looking forward to being able to pass on. In my family there's this cradle that's been 3 generations, I think at this point, in the family. When I first found out we were pregnant, my first thought was, "I gotta get this cradle for our children to sleep in." I mean, hopefully, when our children grow up, they'll be able to use it also for their children.
Rosa: Every single person in my familiy, we shared this love of books. Reading to my children is just absolutely one of the best feelings, even though at this age they eat the books more than they listen to them.
Sarah: I just am so excited to see when they start talking, and when they start walking, and just, like, how much fun everything going forward is gonna be.
Rosa: That was the thing we kept saying when we were pregnant: "I can't wait to meet them. I can't wait to meet them."
Sarah: We had no idea what we were getting into. But we would never change anything, because they're exactly who they are, and this is how they were meant to be.