Help the Spaldings as they welcome twins
Who could've guessed that Julie and Oakes would be blessed with TWO sets of TWINS? Julie and Oakes Spalding were delighted to welcome their first children, Oliver and Lydia, on August 8, 2011. The pregnancy and recovery were very challenging, as they would be for any twin mother, but with Julie's unique health concerns, it was particularly difficult. With the experience of her first babies behind her, Julie knows just what she needs for support as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of their second set of twins, two boys expected in April.
Julie and Oakes have no family nearby to help out. The needs for support are for a mother's helper both throughout the third trimester and after the boys are born, a housekeeper for periodic cleaning, and a stroller that will give her flexibility in caring for both the infants and preschoolers on their daily outings in downtown Chicago.
The mother's helper Julie has used previously is extremely reasonable at $5/hour. She helps with light housework or caring for the children. The housekeeper is about $80/visit, taking care of deep cleaning, ideally every two weeks. A modular stroller with bassinet, the easiest way for her to maneuver in the city with four children under 3, will run about $500 (though Julie will make do with whatever she's able to get).
As you can see, even $5 will make a huge difference for Julie, Oakes, Oliver, Lydia, and the baby boys! They are all extremely appreciative of your support.
Prefer to help in another way? Peapod.com gift certificates for grocery delivery, restaurant gift certificates, or contributions for diaper service would all be wonderful blessings. Please contact Heatherif you have any questions, need a mailing address, or any other information.
Finally all together (for a little while), this morning. Edmund Simon Spalding (7lb., 4 oz.) and Crispin Alexander Spalding (6 lb.) were born around 2:00 yesterday afternoon, April 25th. Both boys are doing beautifully, and marvelously healthy and sweet. They have a strong resemblance and lots of dark hair, each, but are fraternal, not identical - as we expected. I was ill (with preeclampsia) and lost a lot of blood, and so not feeling as well, but the babies are perfect, and we're incredibly grateful for them, their precious big siblings, Oliver and Lydia - and all the dear family, friends, and people praying for us that have gotten us this far.
Thank you for your support!