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The twins were due any time now and the Hodson family was in a holding pattern, trying to keep everyone’s needs met so that when the babies arrived, everyone could manage.
Aston was a huge help with Charlotte and Emily, because he would play with them without even being asked.
The could entertain themselves quite well these days, too.
It was a good thing, because carrying her second set of twins, at Lexie’s age, was not easy.
She felt well enough, though, to talk about books with Aston. Now that he was in the upper grades at elementary school, and reading well, he also enjoyed discussing books instead of needing to be read to.
Lexie still had quite an appetite, even with the due date quickly approaching.
One day when a storm front had come in, Lexie started to feel the familiar contractions becoming more regular.
When they went to bed that evening, she told Raine she thought the babies would come tomorrow, if not during the night.
A couple of days later, they were home with the new babies. The oldest, Harper, was a girl, and the younger, Arlo, was a boy.
Lexie nursed while Raine, who was taking time off, entertained Emily and Charlotte, helped by Aston. Emily was excited about having a baby brother and a baby sister. Charlotte, who was very quiet, hadn’t said anything yet.
Aston disappeared into his room one afternoon and finished his first landscape.
It had been a rainy spring, and the day they brought Harper and Arlo home, lightening struck the front door and it caught on fire. Raine had to run to the rescue.
Thankfully, he was able to put the fire out without injury, or losing the door. He immediately called for a lightning rod to be installed on the house.
He was also grateful that none of the children or Lexie were traumatized by the event. When he went back inside, everyone was going on with life as normal.
Lexie was enjoying the infants, and with all the help, was able to relax that everyone’s needs were met.
In April, Charlotte (green), and Emily had their fourth birthdays. After Harper and Arlo’s birth, they’d moved upstairs to their new, big-girl bedroom, which they were pretty excited about.