Our No-Longer-Conjoined Twins’ 2nd Birthday: A Victory Celebration

Our identical twin daughters, Selah and Shylah, celebrate their second birthday today.

And while this is an exciting milestone for any parent, it feels particularly victorious for us because our girls were born conjoined by the lower third of their chests to the navel, and shared a liver. In addition, Selah was born with a heart defect.

When I think about how far they’ve come – from their birth on October 27, 2014 to this day two years later – I am in awe of their progress.

The Oglesby twins were conjoined from the lower third of their chests to the navel.

When our conjoined twins were diagnosed in utero, we were told they had a 5-25% chance of survival. And even though we had a huge team of specialists with a very carefully laid out plan for their arrival, there were a lot of unknowns and I was fully aware of the potential for my babies to survive only a few hours after birth.

October 27, 2016 is a victory celebration for us. A victory of how far they’ve come and a celebration of the bright future ahead of them. What I’m most excited about is celebrating the day just like any other family would – with our relatives and closest friends outside of the hospital. It feels so very “normal.” A sentiment that I cherish.

In fact, it’s the little things – the normal things – that I cherished most these past couple of years.

The first time I held them.

The first time I gave them a bath.

The Oglesby twins, Shylah and Selah, pose for a photo on their family’s farm.

When I first heard Selah’s cry and voice after her breathing tube was removed following her heart operation.

The independent way Shylah learned to walk – she refused to hold our hands, but instead balanced herself with her feeding pump and pushed it around.

So here we are, two years later, with two thriving toddlers. It’s like having two little miracles living in our house. I’m so thankful for the second chance they have been given and for the opportunity to love and appreciate the independent little people that they’re becoming.

Shylah is a talkative, outgoing diva, doing typical toddler things. She’s throwing temper tantrums. She’s started talking. And a couple of weeks ago she got rid of her feeding tube. She is so determined to do new things and reach new milestones.

The Oglesby twins celebrate their second birthday.

Selah has had more challenges – she was born with complete AV canal defect and had subsequent heart surgeries to repair it. At nine months of age when she was discharged from the hospital, she could barely hold her head up and had a feeding tube. Today she is really close to walking and eats so much table food I can hardly keep up with her. Her determination and drive shine through with each new milestone accomplished.

When I think about it, in a way, today feels like their first birthday. After all, it is a birthday of firsts.

Their first birthday at home with friends and family. The first birthday in which they’ll be able to eat cake. The first birthday where they’re mobile and able to get around (and open presents!).

It’s been a year of incredible milestones reached and we have so much to celebrate.

Misty Oglesby

About the Author: Misty Oglesby

Misty Oglesby is settling into her new role as wife and stay-at-home mom to two no-longer-conjoined twin girls. She loves spending time with her family, as well as hiking and running. God has been her foundation throughout it all.

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  1. ogie October 27, 08:57
    Hello, we are Mark and Becky Oglesby. Curt's parents, Misty's in-laws, and very blessed grandparents of Selah, and Shylah. What a two years it has been. Faith has been tested, and confirmed. While the twins are the center of the story, the parents are the back story. I never once heard them ask, "why us". They just put their faith in God, and did whatever was necessary. I honestly believe they were chosen to be the parents of these little girls. Both parents are super humble, never asking for help, never wanting to burden others. Two of the most determined people we know. The girls are doing great. They still have some hurdles to cross, but they have a great team helping them. Words can't begin to express our gratitude to the medical teams at UC Hospital in Cincinnati, Childrens Hospital in Cincinnati, and the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati. Thanks to the hundreds of people across the country who prayed for our granddaughters. It is greatly appreciated, and it WORKED!
  2. Dmkb1996 October 27, 11:18
    So heartwarming! Happy Birthday ? Selah & Shylah!
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