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The Updates
Pictures: The Day Before
Pictures: Happy Birthday!
Pictures: The First Week
Pictures: The Second Week
Pictures: The Third Week
Pictures: The Fourth Week
Pictures: Weekly Progress
TTTS Explanation

The previous version of the Crenshaw Family Website can still be found by following the link:

The format of the website needs a little work, I think, but all the old information is still there.

This site is intended to provide updates on our identical twin girls,
Tatiana Leilani and Natasha Kelani Crenshaw.

Update 08/08/2008: The girls are continuing to grow and thrive. Thanks for checking up on them.  Please keep checking back!

Our little angels struggled with Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) since before the 20th week of their gestation.  On March 27th, at 5:15 and 5:16 am Pacific Standard Time, they were delivered via cesarean section at the UCSF Medical Center.  By all the best estimates, they were born at around 25 weeks gestation.  The excellent care we got from UCSF helped them survive this terrible ordeal with almost no long-term effects.  They are true miracles to us, in more ways than one.

This website also provides information on TTTS and our rollercoaster ride in dealing with it.  This is a tough thing for parents to go through.  We're more than happy to share what we have learned.  If you have questions about our experiences with TTTS, please feel free to send me an e-mail at  I typically don't open mail from people I don' t know, so be sure to include a reference to TTTS in the subject line.

About our Girls' Names

I thought I would share with you the meanings (as we see them) behind our girls' names.  It's a short story, but I think you'll like it.

Back in October of 2002, when we found out we were going to have "a baby," we decided on a couple of names.  The plan was to keep my family name (Paris Evans Crenshaw) going into the fourth generation if we were having a boy.  If we were having a girl, she would be named after a close friend of my wife, whose name she has always thought was beautiful.  For a middle name, I suggested "Leilani" which is a beautiful Hawaiian name, in my opinion.  (I'll get to the meanings in a second.)

So, when we found out we were having twins, we still didn't know if we were having two boys, two girls, or one of each.  That, of course, meant that we needed to come up with two more names.  We decided that the second boy would be named Joshua Paul (incorporating my best friend's name as a middle name).  The second girl's name was a bit trickier for us.   We wanted to go with a theme, but to do something that was different enough.  We believe that twins should always be encouraged to have their own identities.  They are not duplicates of the same person, after all.

We finally decided on Natasha as a first name, but the Hawaiian name was a bit tougher.  None of the names we could find really jumped out at us.  So I made one up...sort of.  I took an actual Hawaiian phrase, rather than a name, and shortened it.  Thus "Kelani" is actually short for "Okelani."

So here's what their names mean:

Tatiana (fairy queen) + Leilani (Heavenly flower or Heavenly child) = Heavenly Fairy Queen Child

Natasha (to be born) + (O)Kelani (of or from Heaven) = To be born of Heaven

Having gone through so much to get them here, we think their names are appropriate.


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