Mom and Dad met 17 years ago while working in the Longwharf district of Boston. Dad was born and raised in Boston, while serendipity and luck were what brought Mom there. After a few years, Mom and Dad went separate ways for four years so that she could go to medical school and he could go to law school. They were reunited geographically at the end but it would be eight more years before their first child, Margaret, was born.
During this pregnancy, Baby Josephine had a twin sister. Mom and Dad were scared and excited about going from one daughter to three. Unfortunately, Josephine’s sister was ill with Trisomy 18, Edward’s Syndrome, and did not survive the entire pregnancy. Because they were fraternal twins, Josephine did not share the same illness. One day, Mom and Dad plan to tell Josephine how she was there for her sister in the womb during her sister’s last moments and how her sister did not have to be alone.
Baby Josephine received many gifts and practical items from friends and family before she was born, but Mom and Dad had to hide them because Big Sister Margaret (Maggie) thought everything was a gift for her! Maggie even wanted to be carried around in her old infant car seat when it was taken out of storage, and she wanted to be rocked to the song “Rock a bye baby” in Josephine’s new chair. Maggie didn’t notice or mind that she was too big to fit in any of these items.
Going from one child to two has been difficult compared to going from zero to one. Big sister Maggie turned two years old just days after Josephine’s birth. Maggie has been ignoring her new sister for the most part, but with each day she is starting to acknowledge Josephine more.