From the Editor

Twice as Nice

By Bob Capazzo

It was the best phone call I have ever gotten. My sister Kim — still hooked up to the ultrasound machine — was calling from her cellphone. “There are two little heartbeats!” After several early-term miscarriages where no heartbeat was ever found, this news was, to say the least, elating. Kim had had her first child Aidan with no problems or complications. However, as is the case with so many women, the second go-round was a totally different story. After months of being poked, prodded and put through the emotional wringer, she elected to try in utero fertilization. It worked (clearly, very well) on the first try. After a full-term, no-bed-rest pregnancy, Kim gave birth to Kaitlyn Grace and Ryan Michael. They are her constant reminder that adversity can indeed be overcome.

And believe me there are certainly days when she needs that reminder. It seems everywhere you turn there’s a baby. The first time I was left alone with them, mild terror set in. The logistics of holding two babies, carrying both down the stairs, feeding them, burping them, not to mention entertaining them, were enough to confirm my suspicion that Mary Poppins I am not. But in the end we all survived, and I gained a renewed respect for this special class of mother.

In “Juggling Act,” author Christy Colasurdo speaks with area moms of multiples who share their tips, tricks and anecdotes on living life with the pitter-patter of several pairs of little feet. What do they all have in common? No matter how hectic life gets or what obstacles are thrown in their way, these moms do not take the miracle of multiples for granted. They cherish every moment. I can think of no better message to heed as we welcome the hope and rebirth of springtime.