The arrival of our new family members coincided with several meaningful events. First was the return of Twinkies, which was also one of our in utero nicknames for the twins. We haven’t eaten a Twinkie in years, but like many people we were distressed to hear that Hostess had gone bankrupt and that these snack cakes would no longer be available. Cress found a box of them and they were just as delicious and disturbing as we remember. I think we are ready to go another 10 years before having one again.

It seems that we have timed the arrival of our children with the release of books by David Sedaris. When You Are Engulfed in Flames was released 4 days prior to Everett’s birth and we read much of it while Melissa was in labor. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls was released on April 23rd of this year. Perfect timing. We started reading one chapter at a time together in the days before delivery, and we continued when we were in the hospital.

The twins’ arrival also closely coincided with Bastille Day, which we celebrated in the hospital room with wine and several kinds of stinky cheese.
Bastille Day Celebration
Bastille Day Feast
Melissa felt mildly self-conscious about having an empty wine bottle in the trash the next day, and made it a point to explain to the cleaning people that she did not drink it.

In the race for celebrity babies Melissa came in after Kim Kardashian (June 15) but before Princess Kate (July 22nd). In the spirit of the latter, don’t be surprised if our birth announcements are from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kavanaugh.

Lastly, our close friends Amanda & Chad gave birth to Katherine on July 17th. Congratulations Amanda and Chad!!!

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