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Continued: Rosenblum: Cancer survivor feels doubly blessed on Mother's Day

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 13, 2013 - 8:50 AM

She loved being pregnant, for more than the obvious reason. “I had no cravings, I was not moody,” she said. “At least, my husband says I wasn’t moody.”

The twins were born by Caesarean section at just under 35 weeks, with no complications. Joslynn Taylor weighed in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces; her brother, Jace Thomas, at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. After a week and a half in the hospital for observation, they went home.

Now seven weeks old, they’re sleeping four hours at a stretch, which is more sleep than Mom is getting.

“I don’t mind the lack of sleep,” she said, cradling Jace in her arms in the living room of her Prior Lake home. A stack of “Little Bitty Baby” thank-you notes sits on her table. Drake has crossed out “Baby” and written “Babies.”

On Mother’s Day, they’ll attend church, then have brunch with Kyle’s family, followed by dinner with her family. Everyone lives within a mile or two, which is helpful, though Drake jokes, “we may have to change the code on our door.”

She checks in with her doctor every six months. A singer since childhood, Drake sings at MOCA events, including its Silent No More walks. This summer, she will sing at the group’s gala, most likely something with the theme, “hope.”

“This will be the first Mother’s Day in three years that I won’t have sad tears,” Drake said. “I’ll have happy tears. It’s just going to be a fun day.”


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