Published on July 11, 2016

After the C-Section

With the C-section complete and the babies in recovery, Ryan and I went back to our room and waited for the babies to join us. It felt like forever, but before we knew it, in they came with their entourage of staff who were caring for them. I don’t believe there are words to describe the love that floods your heart when meeting your children for the first time. 



I first held Tatum. Weighing in at 5 lbs. 11oz and 20 inches, she was tiny, but a good length for a 37 week twin. Her beautiful face was oh so tiny, but perfect. She looked a lot like Tessa as a baby. She wasn’t in the room long when she let out the loudest shrieking cry I had heard from a baby. “And though she may be little she is fierce” I said, and she has proven this correct till this day. 



Little Tacie was only 6 lbs. and 20.5 inches long. She had a beautiful round face with squeezable cheeks. Tacie immediately showed signs of being the laid back twin that was happy being held, preferably snuggled. Her cry was softer and had more of a “oh no, poor me!” sound. Two beautiful babies, two unique personalities, both perfect. We are so blessed.

While waiting for Taylor and Tessa to arrive, I watched my husband sit on the couch looking in at both Tatum and Tacie. He was beaming as he happily talked to each one. It is true that when you watch your husband with your children, you fall even more in love with him. We have been asked more times than I can count if Ryan is sad he doesn’t have a son. He’s not sad. God blessed him with four daughters for a reason. I couldn’t imagine life any different.

Ryan & Twins

Ryan & the Twins

That evening, Grandma and Grandpa Wendt brought big sisters’ Taylor & Tessa to the hospital. The Grandparents let the girls’ come in first to meet their new sisters. I’ll never forget my excitement to see them. Taylor and Tessa walked into the room carrying gifts for the babies. Taylor was grinning from ear to ear and happily showed Tessa the babies. I thought for sure after Tessa’s meltdown when we left that morning she’d run right to me for a hug. Nope. Not even close. It’s possible she didn’t even notice I was in the room. Tessa walked in the room, wide eyed, and in awe, went over and looked into the baby bassinets, smiling. It was really sweet, but who is that kid? I thought. Tessa was my tiny little girl when we left that morning. She walked into my room and it was as if she had grown into a big kid in a day. Grandma and Grandpa excitedly joined them. I was still in bed from surgery, but enjoyed watching everyone meeting the twins. The next day my parents arrived from Nebraska. It was fun to listen to all the comments. “There so tiny!” “Tatum looks like Tessa!” “Four kids names that start with T. How will you ever say the right name?!” and “TWO BABIES!” Now our family is complete.

The love of the family is life’s greatest blessing

The Wendt Sisters

The Wendt Sisters

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom with twins on the way! She also works in the Human Resources Department at Mary Greeley Medical Center. She and her husband Ryan currently have two daughters, Taylor (14) and Tessa (3).



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