Becoming a Mommy of Two: a guest post by Stephanie Turner

One of the questions I get the most is: “how is that young woman with Brenna’s condition who had the baby??” In 2013, Stephanie became the first person with Harlequin Ichthyosis to give birth… and not only did everything with her pregnancy and delivery go well with her son, but Stephanie and her husband Curt welcomed a daughter last year! We got to meet Stephanie and her family nearly two summers ago, and we are looking forward to the day when we get to see them again and meet her daughter. Today, Stephanie is sharing about life with two babies 18 months apart while also caring for her own rare disorder…

Last November 5th, I became a mommy of TWO.

We welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world at 11:00 a.m. that Wednesday morning. At the time, I was exactly 40 weeks pregnant, and we had a scheduled c-section. I thought I knew what to prepare myself for seeing as how I had a c-section with Willie. Turns out an emergency c-section and a scheduled c-section are totally different! With Willie, I was in labor for three days… with Olivia, I was signed in the hospital at 8 a.m. and she was here within a few hours! StephanieOlivia

My skin healed rather quickly with both surgeries, but even quicker after Olivia. Stress affects my skin dramatically on an everyday basis – if I get too stressed out, then soon my skin may hurt and form pus beneath my skin. (Think acne). After being in labor for 3 days with Willie, I was definitely stressed! My skin hurt bad, and we weren’t sure if it was surgery or stress-related. Before I had Livy, I was nervous of course, but not nearly as stressed. Everything went perfect! I even got to be awake during the procedure, unlike before.

Willie was at the hospital with us until a few hours after Olivia was born. He has loved his sissy from the start!Steph4

Coming home was exciting. Willie was GREAT with his new baby sissy (minus the time he tried to ride her like a horsey during tummy time), and sissy looooooves her bubba. It didn’t take too long before we were able to get a daily routine together similar to the routine we had before Olivia; Willie sits in his highchair, eats breakfast and watches Sesame Street while sissy sits in her bouncy seat, visits with me, and I take a bath. Have a mentioned how blessed I am to have such sweet babies? 

At 18 months apart, Willie and Olivia are best friends. He’s the only one who can make her laugh, and he’s so protective over her. She looks at him like he’s the coolest thing to ever walk the earth. I hope that never changes!
When I found out I was pregnant again, I can’t say I was as happy as you may have expected… I was scared, sad, overcome with guilt. “What if I loved one more than the other? What if I’m closer to one? It’s not fair to Willie that he has to share me. The new baby and I will never be bonded like Willie and I.”
I now know all that worrying was silly. When I see my two perfect babies together playing, it’s a feeling like no other!
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3 thoughts on “Becoming a Mommy of Two: a guest post by Stephanie Turner

  • May 30, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I love this line: “She looks at him like he’s the coolest thing to ever walk the earth. I hope that never changes!”
    From your social media posts, you seem like the best mother Steph. I am in awe how you’ve bounced back from these pregnancies and surgeries. You’re someone I look up to when I think about having children.

  • June 1, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Such cute kiddos! Love this post.

  • March 22, 2016 at 9:23 am

    OHH, cute kids…I really like twins. Giving birth to twins is a miracle thing. We can buy kids similar clothes and items and take care both of them.

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