Twin Update: Welcome, Aria & Kiana

On July 3rd at night we were able to welcome our twin girls. I was told they entered this world screaming – a positive sign for preemies.

They weighed a smashing 1300 & 1600g and from the very first day were showing the nurses and us quite some attitude given their size 😉.

The names: Nope, no game of thrones fans

The first thing people asked when they hear the names is whether we are big game of thrones fans. Their full names are Aria Eleonore and Kiana Elisabeth. We have chosen these names for two reasons: They both have Persian & European meanings and are easy to pronounce in English as well as German.

Aria means “air” in Italian, “noble” in Persian and is also used in Hindi, Hebrew and Albanian.

Kiana means “elements of nature: water, wind, earth, air” in Persian. It is also quite common in Hawai where it means “divine”.

Obviously, Pouya and I are thrilled. Both girls were in the hospital for a couple of weeks and I will write a separate blogpost on our experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit (NICU).

In the last two months it was our biggest goal to bring both girls to weigh more than 3Kgs (which would be normal birth weight) and we have achieved this task as of this week. They have strict eating times every four hours and Papa & Mama are getting used to not sleeping too much anymore.

As with all preemies we do not know whether they have suffered from the surgery, their feto-fetal syndrom (TTTS) or prematurity, but so far it all looks positive. The city of Munich is home to special doctors & newborn physical therapists that take excellent care of us.

For now please enjoy some pictures of the our girls. Thank You again for your messages and support, it has been wonderful to receive so much love from our friends ❤️

Twins after twin twin transfusion syndrom and intra uterine selective growth retardation

The first couple of weeks we spent kangorooing the girls in the NICU. They were not able to eat and had to be on breathing support.

They are both at home now and cannot protest yet against being put into matching outfits 😉.

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