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On Wednesday, my mother took a long look at Harlowe’s sweet face in the NICU and said,

“Don’t you think she looks just like Lilly?”

“Lilly, like your dog Lilly?” I responded.

“Yes, Harlowe is so beautiful. Just like Lilly.”

“Are you telling me you think my daughter looks like a dog?”

“It’s a compliment.”

“I believe you mean it as a compliment.” And my mother does. She’s a real dog person as you might suspect. But here, you be the judge. Does my daughter look like Lilly?

This is Lilly (the dog)…

This is Harlowe (the baby)…

Speaking of Harlowe, she finally gave up her posh place by the park on the Upper East side. We picked her up today from the NICU and brought her home.

She is such a little peanut (4 lbs, 4 ounces) that it feels a little weird to be entrusted with her care…

But I am happy to see “Charlowe” reunited again…

And yes, I’m already nursing them both at the same time which kind of makes me feel like part cow and part Cirque du Soleil performer.Β  Yes, I took a photo. But since it’s a bit revealing, I’ll only be posting it on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Or you know, not at all. Apparently, I’m no Julie Bowen.

60 Responses to bye bye nicu

  • misty says:

    I am sure the two babies were happy to be back together. that twin connection is so amazing, I know they must have felt each other’s absense…

    So glad she’s home, such a beautiful girl! (and nope, she doesn’t look like Lily though lily is adorable!)

  • Kathy says:

    Yeah! She is home….look at them sleeping together omg…they are so beautiful! Love watching babies sleep! So happy for you and your family going to be a great weekend!

  • scrappysue says:

    oh my goodness they’re precious! i was worried the outfit i bought her was going to be too small (it looks like dolls clothes) but seeing her in her carseat – i’m not so worried now! welcome everyone – may the sleepless nights begin!!!

  • TammyQ says:

    Just found your blog from the Yahoo APMultiples group. Congratulations on the birth of your twins! I am also a parent of 4 with twins being #3 & 4 (mine are all girls). Way to go on breastfeeding them – probably the toughest job of your life but totally worth it. Enjoy falling in love with them πŸ™‚

  • susan kintner says:

    Congratulations. It made me weep to see them together again. I am sure each wondered where their “roomie” went during their NICU days.And Harlowe is definitely more beautiful than Lilly who is beautiful in her way and only in the eyes of the beholder (me). Good for you for jumping into “nursing for two”. Love and blessings to all of you, momala

  • traci says:

    BRAVA, Kelsey. Nursing one is hard enough! I must say Harlowe looks less like Lilly and more like one of the Mama Bird kids. How did you get 4 children to all look similar?

  • Diane says:

    Oh the womb-mates are reunited (that’s our well worn phrase – got lots of use at college parties). Congrats! They are beautiful!

  • Robyn says:

    What a tiny little princess! I’m so happy that you have your WHOLE family under one roof.

    I hope everyone stays healthy and the babies get big and strong quickly. Oh, and that you get some sleep!!!

  • Jessie says:

    That last picture is the most adorable thing I’ve seen in quite a while. I’m so happy for you guys that you’re all home together finally. Best wishes!

  • Jeff says:

    Harlowe is beautiful – she doesn’t look like Lilly. But I think Lilly looks a little like Rick… πŸ™‚

  • Megan says:

    It must be such a relief to have the whole family together at home! Kristen and I slept in the same crib for awhile and we always ended up cuddled together. It’s actually one of my favorite pics of us as infants. Twins have such a special connection…it good for them to be together again! I’d love to come down (without my kids) to help you out one day or night…let me know. You’re amazing! xo

  • Jordana says:

    Just around the eyes ( : Maybe it’s the trusting expression. Or all the facial hair. No wait…

    Congrats – I’m so happy Charlows (brilliant, really, really brilliant – kudos Rick!) is home.

  • Lisa says:

    I am so happy you have your whole family back together! And I seriously bow down to you for nursing them both!! Your are doing such a great job!

  • ErinB says:

    Welcome Home Harlowe!! Really, those babies are too sweet and I am just crying over the one of them sleeping together. PRICELESS! Can’t wait to meet them in person. Good luck with the nursing…you are a ROCK STAR!! xo

  • Caren Solomon says:

    So glad to hear you have your whole family under one roof!! Sounds like your mom is doing better– Is she all recovered?

  • johanna says:

    Absolutely adorable!!! Congrats on all being home now! The picture of the two of them sleeping is priceless.

  • LB says:

    Now the fun begins! And I’ll go out on a limb and share this crazy thought I’ve entertained that H looks like Dylan who DOES NOT resemble a dog. But as a dog lover, I kind-of-sort-of-I-think get where your mom is coming from. Glad to hear mom’s recovered enough to welcome her new grandbabies home.

  • Emily says:

    Wow, she is a little peanut! I never even have held a baby under 6 lbs! The dog is cute, but Harlowe is so much cuter! Glad to see Charlowe reunited. πŸ™‚

  • Nancy Walton says:

    I must agree with your other readers, Harlowe already looks so much like her big sisters, there’s no doubt which family she is a part of. She is so tiny yet already you can see in her eyes that she is going to be a sweet, sensitive little girl. The last photo of the two of them reunited is too precious for words. Lily is very cute too, but I gotta say, she’s a bitch. (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist! πŸ˜‰

  • OMG! I have been so out of it and barely logging on that I missed the twin’s birth! And some other stuff, apparently… crap. I’m an awful, awful bloggy friend.

    To make up for that, may I offer to send some Swiss chocolate your way? ’cause you need the calories, you know, since you are nursing and all. Plus I heard that the cuter the babies, the more chocolate you are allowed to have πŸ˜‰

    Congratulations! Welcome Chase and Harlowe!

  • E says:

    She looks like Rick to me and he doesn’t look like a dog! So precious. Let us know if you want your photo shoot. The smaller, the better.

  • anna see says:

    Yay!! I am so happy they are both home. And no, I don’t think she looks like Lilly. But what do I know? I used to insist that chocolate ice cream tasted like the smell of bandaids.

  • kim says:

    I think from photo’s alone, that Harlowe looks just like Summer! Beautiful kids, all four! Glad to see that everybody is home where they belong. Don’t worry about your hair for now, some of your brood aren’t even looking up that far!

  • sus says:

    from a total stranger but fellow twin mom: my boy and girl were born at 34 weeks, the boy a lb bigger than the girl, and the girl just as small as yours. my girl had those same preemie eyes as yours. she also came home from an upper east side nicu last.you cannot believe what she’s like now. she runs the house. she’s the boss. for a while she was bigger than her brother. reading your blog brings back so many sweet memories. congratulations on the babies, and on breastfeeding them. they are very lucky!

  • Oh my god – I’m having twin reunion flashbacks… Eleanor came home from the hospital a few days after George and we have hundreds of pictures like that. Okay maybe not hundreds – but twins sleeping together shots are so cute I think I took at least 20 every day. I even put them in bed with other babies a few times. Put your twins in crib with another friend’s newborn and watch her pass out from the cuteness.

  • Kerri says:

    How wonderful to have both babies at home & to have your family all together! I found you through apmulitples. My twin girls were #5 & #6. We also breastfed…for quite some time acutally. Then we were surprised with #7. In addition to my 7 I also foster 4 more children, including a set of twin boys. We previously fostered a sweet set of twin girls as well.

    This will be an amazing time in you life!

  • vodkamom says:

    My boobs are leaking in your honor.

    However, I’m having a hard time explaining it to the kindergartners.

  • Stephanie (Tyler's Mom) says:

    Yay for bringing Harlowe home!!! They are beautiful little babies. You and Rick should be proud of the four gorgeous children you have! Oh and as a dog lover, Lily is pretty cute too!

  • Steven Kane says:

    I’m so glad I checked the website – the photos are great. I don’t see the Harlowe-Lilly resemblance, but I do see the Folbaum/Kintner DNA at work. They are adorable and it’s amazing to see Dylan being the big sister. Thanks for sharing. Sorry we don’t get to see you breastfeed, but I’ll make do with Julie Bowen. Love to the six (6) (S-I-X) of you! steve

  • Jacquie says:

    So glad Harlowe is home now too! Great news! Way to go on the nursing! You are such a Mom Pro now! πŸ™‚

  • 4 pounds is the magic number, isn’t it? And it’s SO SMALL! Liam was in NICU for 2 months, dum de dum de dum, got used to the (awful) routine, dum de dum, then he had an operation for a double hernia (the mind boggles) and next day they were all like OK, he’s all yours, take him home, get the hell out. He seemed way too small to be out of his box and in the world–that tiny body in that bigass car seat? Impossible. But possible–and soon “regular size” babies will start to look sort of odd, kind of swollen, not like your delicate, ferocious beauties! Welcome home, babies!

kelcey kintner