The Best Laid Plans

No, I’m not talking about Robert Burns or John Steinbeck today. In fact, today I’m not going to do much talking at all. See, this is my usual day to blog. But you all know that. And being it’s the day after I got back from RWA National Conference, my well laid plan was to give you lots of images of the past week.

HOWEVER. That’s not happening either.

See, I just spent the past 6 hours (this is Sunday night as I write this) at the hospital with my daughter Lyndsey and her hubby, while we tried to keep her twin sons inside her. As of this moment they still are, but no one’s making promises for the next 24 hours. They may be making an appearance a few weeks earlier than anyone really wants them to.

SOooooo…. with exhaustion taking me over, I’m heading to bed…which I may or may not get to sleep in, with my phone ringer on high.

The blog is going to be on a hiatus today (MONDAY).


Y’all can talk among yourselves, because I’m going to be at the hospital all day, and may or may not have new grandsons. While I love all you Banditas and our Bandita buddies…I have my priorities straight.

The blog will resume on Tuesday as always!!




  • flchen1 says:

    Will be keeping your daughter and family in prayer as you await the arrival of your newest members, Suz! Please keep us posted as you can–as you well know, babies have their own timeline 😀

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Don’t they, though, Fedora? We’ve been anxiously keeping our fingers crossed for Lyndsey that all will be well and she can gestate those boys a little longer. Grins. We’ll see…

      The rooster is totally uninterested in these doings, as you know by now. He is, however, interested in when the party will be in the Lair for the newly hatched Suz Grandbabies. You know THAT’s going to be a tho’down!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Oh, yeah, Fedora. After 7 babies, I know that the little stinkers fool even our best-laid plans. Sometimes, even if a C-section is scheduled!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Suzanne, congrats and good luck with twin boys! Yes, I know first-hand twins “come early”, I just wish someone would have let my own set know it. Yes, I have my own set of identical twin boys. They were due August 14, 1977, and waited til Aug 3rd to finally make their appearance. (And yes, I was very young when I had them, honestly. Only 17.)
    I am sure things will work out for all of you. Even if your daughter has to go on complete bed rest, after those babies come she’ll wish the dr would put her on bed rest then, but they never do.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      OMGosh, Amy, you carried your nearly to term! Go you!! :> I don’t have twins, but one of my boys came ON his due date, and the other was induced 2 weeks early lest he become a 9+ pounder. Hahah!

      As you said, Lynds will wish for bed rest once they arrive….

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Wow, Amy, I knew you couldn’t be old enough to have twins born in 1977! How exciting, although at that young age, you must’ve been scared to death.

      I can’t imagine handling twins. Having 2 sets of children a year apart, I can tell you it can be brutal!

      What was the hardest part about the twins. Did you ever get them mixed up lol? Did you have lots of help — I hope so!

      • Amy Conley says:

        LOL at getting them mixed up. We kept their hispital bracelets on them as long as possible, and one has a bald spot, but if you don’t know where to look, you don’t see it.
        I lived with my mom, so yes, I had help.
        BTW, I also have a daughter who happened to be born on her due date, New Year’s Day.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Suz

    I have my fingers crossed that these two darling little boys will stay put for a few more weeks hugs to you all and I do hope you can get some sleep

    Have Fun

  • Shannon says:

    My prayers for you, your daughter, her twins and your doctor and his team. I know from personal experience that medical professionals provide expertise, personal care, and sometimes miracles. The hardest part of care-giving for me is that I felt I couldn’t be gone. It worried about sleeping and not hearing. I worried that something would happen if I went for groceries, if I took a walk, or I stopped for a little me time (in one case 30 minutes for a burger at a sit down restaurant). Again my prayers.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Shannon! I know just what you mean. I’ve been that way too. Sigh. Thankfully, Suz seems to know every nurse in the Labor and Delivery field, so Lyndsey is in good hands. Grins.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      It’s strange how we worry more for our children than ourselves. I don’t remember ever being worried during all my deliveries.

      I guess ignorance is bliss!

  • Deb says:

    Suz, praying for your family and the hospital staff as they help your daughter and twin grandbabies. Yes, your priorities are with your family today, and for you trying to get some rest. God Bless.

  • gamistress66 says:

    hope your daughter & the little ones do ok. hugs & positive thoughts going your way.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Suz, we’re all here rooting for Lyndsey and the babies! Keep us posted if you can.

    So, everyone….who has twins in their family? I know Amy said her boys were twins. Anyone else a twin? Have twins?

    What’s it like?

    • Susan Sey says:

      Twins don’t run anywhere in my family, Jeanne, but that didn’t stop me from panicking at the thought that maybe I’d have them.

      I never did, obviously, but isn’t it funny how glamorous & interesting twin sound until you face the idea of doubling all the new baby work??

      That said, babies are always a blessing, especially good, strong, healthy ones. I’m sending all my positive vibes toward Suz & family!

    • Jeanne, I didn’t have twins, though we were sort of hoping. My mom was a twin (fraternal), so it runs in my family.

      I enjoyed The Bobbsey Twins growing up. And Dick Francis wrote a book (I think it was maybe two books, Bolt and Break-In) featuring telepathic twins.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Suz, you’re exactly where you need to be. I’m so glad I had the chance to give you lots of hugs this past week in San Antonio. Please hold those hugs close and know I’m surrounding all of you with my love and prayers.

    • PJ –

      Just wanted to say that it was great to see you in San Antonio as well. Romance readers are the best friends to have in a time of crisis. I’m sure Suz feels all those hugs around her and Lyndsay right now.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Ah, I’m so envious of you, PJ, getting to see the Banditas again and give and get huge hugs.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      So true, PJ! ANd like Jo I’m wishing I too could have gotten to see my Bandits and you as well!!

    • Susan Sey says:

      I hugged PJ for everybody. 🙂

      So good to see you, PJ! I’m missing my writer friends something awful today! Hope your trip home was safe & smooth!

    • pjpuppymom says:

      Susan is right. She did hug me enough for everybody. *grin*

      I missed all the missing Bandits! Wish you all could have been there. It really was a wonderful conference and spending time with the Bandits in attendance was the cherry on top of the conference sundae.

      Susan, I did not have a smooth trip home but finally got here and that is what matters. 😉

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Wishing the the best of course. My daughter’s friend, Stacy, who used to live with us, recently had twin girls, Olivia and
    Ava. They are so precious!

    • Debbie –

      I have a set of twin nieces. When they were little I couldn’t tell them apart, but each has a very distinct personality. Now it takes me a moment to remember that they’re twins – but they will never forget. They have that twin bond thing going on. 🙂

    • Jo Robertson says:

      LOL, Debbie, those are great names! I have grand-nieces named Olivia and Ava. I love the old-fashioned sound of those names.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Prayers and positive energy your way Suz and Lyndsey. God Bless her, Suz knows way too much to truly try to relax and after sharing some of it with me in TX, my eyes went round.

    But I sense Lynds is a tough cookie and know things will go well. And yeah…she’ll need bedrest…with her other THREE children to tend to :0

    My uncles were twins and I’d always hoped if I got to have babies, I’d have a set first…that way I wouldn’t KNOW they were twice the work 😀

    • But twice the love as well 🙂

      Lyndsay is truly blessed to have such a knowledgeable and loving mother. It’s good to know she’s getting the best of care.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Lyndsey couldn’t be in better hands than Suz’s, could she, Joan? And you’re right, though–because Suz is so knowledgeable & skilled, it’ll be tough for her to step back. I’m beaming her any Zen vibes I have for peace & calming….

  • Sending prayers Texas-way.

    PJ is right in that it was good to see Suz in San Antonio where we could share hugs. I didn’t get to really talk to her there (didn’t get to spend time to talk to many people!) but it’s always great to see her smiling face.

    Have to say I always thought I might end up with twins in my pregnancies. I don’t think we have a history of twins on my side of the family, but my husband’s family has a strong history. I wonder if it’s a maternal only thing.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Its not supposed to be, Donna, I think both spouses carry the “predispostion” to it and having twins in the family increases the likelihood even if just one spouse has the predeliction. Grins. :>

      I was thinking I’d have twins, given my family has twins, my DH’s family has twins, and my grandmother and his were BOTH twins. Grins.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Sending hugs and best wishes and positive thoughts for you, Suzanne, Lyndsey and the lovely twins. So exciting and scary at the same time.

    Lynds is so lucky to have you for her mom!

    • Susan Sey says:

      So true! I wish I’d had a Suz on tap when I was preggers! My mom was hundreds of miles away & was as big a worrywart as I am, so we were no help to each other!

  • catslady says:

    Best of wishes and hoping everyone will be cooing over those two little boys when the time is right!

    • Susan Sey says:

      I’m totally with you, catslady! I love babies & am ready to coo at a moment’s notice but let’s keep these ones in the oven until they’re done!

      That said, I can’t wait to see the first pictures of Grandma Suz with a healthy, happy bundle in each arm!

  • Tawny Weber says:

    Sending hugs and ‘stay put’ thoughts for those little sweethearts! My nephews are twins and were almost 4 months early so spent a lot of time in the hospital before they could come home – almost 3 months if I recall correctly. They were such tiny peanuts – I could hold them (one at a time, of course) in the palm of my hand. They are strong, healthy and wonderful now and were from the time they came home.

    • Susan Sey says:

      It’s amazing how TINY they are, isn’t it, Tawny? Sounds like Lyndsey’s boys are already pretty solid, so that’s a wonderful thing. Still, wouldn’t you love to get an armload of fresh baby? I *love* fresh babies…

  • Suz, here’s hoping all goes well and the babies will delay their arrival for a while!

  • Wow, y’all, I really wasn’t expecting all this chat today. (I gave y’all the day off!!)

    So the little mama is staying another night, but things have settled down. Tomorrow we’ll get to find out if she gets to go home or has to stay for 2 more weeks.

    Thanks for all the kind thoughts and prayers.

    P.S. This is the first set of twins on our side of the family!