Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Getting the News (2/12)

One year ago today, hubby and I were in my doctor's office, waiting to get our first glimpse of our baby. We were excited, and pretty nervous (but that's a story for another day), and just looking forward to seeing that tiny heartbeat. The one thing we weren't expecting was what we actually got...

It started out pretty normally: the doctor pulled up the ultrasound image, and we saw a tiny little blob. It looked a little different than were were expecting, but we aren't doctors, so we just assumed that we were reading something wrong. We smiled, relieved and thrilled at the first glimpse of our baby.

Then, the doctor said two words that would forever change our lives: "Double Whammy."

Suffice it to say it's really hard to get a good image on an ultrasound when you're laughing hysterically!

Twins don't run in either of our families, so it never entered our heads that this would be something we encountered. Some women just know that they're having twins, before it's ever confirmed by a doctor. We had absolutely no idea, and were completely floored. We spent the rest of the day texting each other repeatedly "TWINS!!!!" We were both supposed to be working, and I'm not sure how I made it through the day (or the next several weeks) without giving the secret away to all of my coworkers at once. I couldn't stop giggling, or wrap my head around the idea of the two people who had taken up residence in my uterus.

Hubby and I had resolved to wait until 12 weeks along to tell our families that we were expecting, but give our inability to go 20 minutes without randomly screaming "TWINS!!!" we figured that wasn't going to work. So, we called both sets of grandparents-to-be that evening and shared the news. None of them were surprised that I was pregnant, but the number of babies we were expecting took everyone by surprise. Those were really fun phone calls! :-)

Now the babies are here, and every day we marvel at the enormous, unexpected difference in our lives from this time last year. I still find myself looking at these  babies in surprise that there really are two of them. Most days we have a hard time believing that we're old enough to be parents, let alone the parents of TWO! But, now that they're here, I can't imagine my life without them. They're amazing, incredible, exhausting and beautiful. The past year has been a whirlwind, with so many huge changes, and I just feel so fortunate to be here with our big, beautiful family.
L to R: Babies' first picture, 6 weeks pregnant, 36 weeks 1 day pregnant, 8 weeks old, Family portrait


  1. Katie and I just read this post together. It was sweet and very close to home for us, having a 2mo.

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

    Ben (NCHS)

    1. Thanks, and congratulations Ben and Katie! Glad you're all doing well!