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Help the Spaldings as they welcome twins

$795 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 38 months
Heather Barrett  CHICAGO, IL

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.

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Update 3
Posted by Heather Barrett
35 months ago
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They're here!!

From Julie:
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.
The Spaldings, family of 6!
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Update 2
Posted by Heather Barrett
35 months ago
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It's almost time! Julie is nearly 38 weeks along, just a week shy of when Oliver and Lydia were born. The twins are full-term and can come anytime they are ready. Of course, as the pregnancy chapter ends, the parenting-newborn-twins chapter begins! Your support through this time is invaluable. Consider that any family needs support with a new baby, and doubly so with twins. Factor in Julie's health needs and you can double that again! While we wish very much that we could be there in person to care for the family, the financial support will enable them to hire the necessary help during this critical period.

Thank you for your support!
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Update 1
Posted by Heather Barrett
38 months ago
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What a blessing your donations have been, and at what a perfect time! Julie has been able to schedule regular cleaning help and is working on arrangements for a mother's helper. As her body demands she rest, despite the hefty demands of two 2-year-olds and a home, these helpers are nothing short of a necessity. Thank you for supporting Julie, Oakes, and the continued "baking" of two little boys!
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$795 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 38 months
Created January 17, 2014
Heather Barrett  
$20
Heather Barrett
33 months ago(Monthly Donation)
$20
Heather Barrett
34 months ago(Monthly Donation)
$20
Heather Barrett
35 months ago(Monthly Donation)
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Heather Barrett
36 months ago(Monthly Donation)
$20
Heather Barrett
37 months ago(Monthly Donation)
SD
$100
Sky & Becky Deinell
37 months ago

Feel free to use the money where it's needed most. We want Julie to be able to rest as much as possible.

JH
$80
Jennifer Haworth
38 months ago

We hope this will help you get some help! Praying for you and your sweet little boys:-)

CH
$25
Charlie and Jeri Holmes
38 months ago

I wish I could come by and babysit, but hope this helps instead!

CD
$200
Carl & Gwynn Davis
38 months ago

This will fill a couple of those $100 spots and be of some help anyway. Wish we could just be there to help.

$20
Heather Barrett
38 months ago(Monthly Donation)

Blessings!

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