Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Valerie Stokes
Valerie Stokes wasn’t sure she ever wanted to have kids, but that all changed, not long before she found out she was having twins. Next month, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to share her premature twin girls’ NICU journey in “Icing on the Cake.”
Valerie moved to North Texas in 2003 to attend college at UNT. She’s a part-time blogger and full-time mom to two feisty one-year-old twin girls. An amateur yogi, she runs on Dr Pepper and believes any bad day can be cured with baby giggles.
What’s your favorite part about Oral Fixation? I love the rawness and authenticity of the performances. It’s quite literally people baring their souls on stage and sharing their stories with the world. It’s easy to step on stage and play a part in show. It’s a whole other dynamic when you step on stage as yourself. It’s pretty amazing.
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? I’ve been really open about our daughters’ stories and our NICU journey. Prematurity touches so many lives, and yet so few people talk openly about it. I felt that sharing our story might in some way help shed some light on such a terrifying time in a parent’s life.
Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. I always thought he was really misunderstood. Plus, he’s the perfect example of how family transcends the bonds of blood. Family is more than that, and sometimes you find it in the most unexpected people.
What is your favorite Dallas hangout? Any place that serves pizza and Dr Pepper.
Sneak peak: “After just 25 weeks, Madeline and Leighton, a mere 1 pound 8 ounces and 1 pound 10 ounces, were born as micro preemies. They had a 50 percent chance of survival. We could lose one of them. We could lose both of them.”