So, in case you didn't see yesterday's news....
No, your computer screen is not broken. That does mean what you think it means! We are expecting TWINS!!!! I still can't believe it myself. It has only been about 24 hours since we found out this news ourselves, so it's still setting in.
How 'bout I update you on how we got here?!
We found out we were expecting a little over 4 weeks ago. I took the test after Joseph bought some and urged me to, since I was late. Sure 'nuff!!! It was a surprise and, of course, we weren't expecting any other surprises but we got the SHOCK of our lives yesterday during the ultrasound at our first prenatal appointment....which was the longest appointment known to man but that's neither here nor there.
The tech started the ultrasound and in about, oh, .3 seconds I saw it. I saw it before she saw it! TWO SACS!!!! I'm pretty sure my exact words were "Holy.....is that what I think it is??!!??!!" She said, "I think so." Well how 'bout you KNOW so!! Anyway.....Joseph and I just looked at each other and I'm sure our eyes were as big as salad plates at this point. Let me just say, you've never really been shocked until you've been told that the BABY in your belly is actually BABIES!!!! Now I kind of understand how Kate Gosselin must have felt. OK, not really, but ya know. And in case you're wondering how in the world we got TWINS...my dad's mother has a set of twin sisters, there's a set of twin cousins in my father-in-law's family, and I just learned that my mom's mother has twins in her family too!!!
Well, there ya go!!
I should also mention the fact that my husband stated a minimum of 5 times..."Maybe it's twins." Yep, he sure did. ESP, that man has!! First, to take a pregnancy test, then the twins thing. Maybe I should start taking what he says more seriously?? Naaahhhh....
I'm pretty sure I asked, "Is this a joke?" at LEAST 57 times. The rest of the appointment was kind of a blur but once I met with the doctor she did make me feel better about it. She is very pleased with how things are looking and is pleased with my health and is confident I will have a healthy pregnancy. Of course, with twins or any multiples, there's always more risk. Since I'm carrying twins, I'll be having monthly ultrasounds to check growth/development, heartbeats, etc. That's kind of cool, though. I'm hoping with all these ultrasounds, we can find out whether we'll be welcoming boys, girls, or one of each earlier than normal. Heck, we're gonna try, I can tell you that!!! Twins don't usually make it to 40 weeks, or even 38 or 39 for that matter, so even though my due date is October 1st (9 weeks along yesterday), we're looking at probably mid-September babies. Helllloooooooo long Summer!! Whew! She couldn't really get a good look at Baby B because he/she is up a good bit higher, but she managed to see that Baby A's heartbeat was 170 (I think. I know it was 170 something. I don't really remember much from the ultrasound...other than the TWO SACS!) She also said they were both measuring 9 weeks, 1 day.
As far as how I've been feeling, the fatigue and morning sickness have been FAR worse this go 'round. HA, and now I know why!!! Double the blessings, double the symptoms! I have to take a nap just about every day during Hudson's nap(and this is coming from a girl who CAN'T take naps!), otherwise I'm barely holding on in the evenings. With Hudson, I only got a little nauseous if I let myself get too hungry. This time, I cannot eat ANYTHING until at least noon most days, and have been sick, like actually sick, just about every day. The doctor gave me a prescription for meds to help so I'm hoping that makes it more manageable. I miss coffee SOOO much, but just cannot stomach the thought of drinking it. Maybe I'll want it again in a few weeks. Gingerale and crackers are my BFFs. For this reason, I've lost over a pound. (Even though ol' scale at the doc's office says I've gained....stupid heavy shirt, pants, boots, and jewelry!)
This has definitely come as a shock to us (and EVERYONE) and we are feeling anxious, nervous, scared, excited, overwhelmed, and any other emotion you can think of. But, most of all, we feel blessed. We are so thankful for these "unexpected blessings" and know they will be great additions (and completions!!) to our family. When I feel overwhelmed and worried, I remind myself that there are so many couples struggling to have just one child, and I am blessed with one beautiful child and two more on the way. I will not take these precious gifts for granted. If it weren't for Joseph, there's no way I could do this. He's my rock, my strength, my calm. He keeps me from freaking out too much and assures me that it's all going to work out, which it will. I know he will be an amazing support system throughout these next several months, and beyond. I'm blessed to have him. Our families and friends are already showing amazing support and encouragement too. We feel so thankful!
It makes me all the more thankful that I can stay home with Hudson so I can spend these last months with him one on one. I always want him to know how loved, special, and important HE is!! It's going to take a LOT of adjusting as a family, but these babies are going to complete us like we never imagined. We're excited to begin this new journey to becoming a party of FIVE!!