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Finley and her husband learned just eight weeks into her first pregnancy that she was carrying twins. Although the couple wasn’t completely caught off guard, seeing evidence of two babies on the ultrasound monitor was a bit of a shock.

“I have a twin sister, and my husband and I both kind of had a gut feeling that we were going to have twins,” Finley explains. “But then when we saw the ultrasound, we were like, ‘yeah, wow.’ It took a little while to digest.

“I think it’s kind of been the same with this pregnancy,” she adds, “because this pregnancy was a little more unexpected than the last.”

Finley spent the months before her twins’ birth preparing for the challenge, reading up on multiple- birth pregnancies, undergoing a battery of routine ultrasounds and tests, and learning what she could from those who had traveled the road before her, including her mother and members of Desert Sky Moms of Multiples.

“I’ve actually used them more than anything,” she says of the group. “I’d email the members questions, or I’d go to their meetings. I tried to go to the best source of people who’d had experience.” Still, Finley found that where two infants at once are concerned, “nothing prepares you until you actually experience it.”

The first curve the babies threw at their mother was an early arrival.

“My girl was not growing as well as my boy, and so they were watching her very closely,” says Finley, explaining that, for safety’s sake, the infants were delivered by cesarean section at nearly 33 weeks. Little Maya weighed in at 2 pounds, 11 ounces, while Luca tipped the scales at 4 pounds, 1 ounce.

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PREEMIES: Luca and Maya, twins of Dr. Molly Finley and artist husband, James Riviezzo, were about 7 weeks premature, but are doing well now. They will soon have a new baby sister in the family.

The pair remained in the neonatal intensive care unit at Phoenix’s Good Samaritan Medical Center for almost four weeks, gaining weight and settling into life, while their parents commuted back and forth from their Southern Chandler home. Finley calls that first period of motherhood “very hard.” “I think you don’t realize what stress it is until the dust settles and you look back,” she says. “My husband and I are expecting a completely different experience with this pregnancy because there’s only one and I’m going to be term.”

Once home, Finley and her husband encountered another challenge in the form of Maya’s newborn colic.

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matter what I read, there was no preparation for that,” she says. “We probably spent 75 percent of the day walking up and down the halls rocking her. My husband and I always say, if we could survive preemie twins, we can survive anything together.” Finley and Riviezzo received valuable help from family members, including his mother and sisters, who live in the Valley, and her mother, who visits regularly from San Diego. Still, finding time for her growing family, her practice and herself can be difficult, Finley admits.

“Of course, moms, what they do when they have kids is that they neglect themselves the most,” she says, adding that her biggest challenge since entering motherhood has been “making sure my husband has time for himself, I have time for myself and the kids’ needs are getting met. I still have a hard time with that.”

And the biggest reward? For Finley, it’s been watching her children enjoy one another. “Their personalities are like night and day, and it’s really cool to watch both of them figure things out, but together. When my son wakes up, he looks to see if Maya’s still in her crib or if she’s already up, and she does the same thing. It’s just really, really cute.”

Kelli Lang lives in Sun Groves with her husband and their three college students. To contact her, email KMLang@SanTanSun.com.

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