Here’s my first post. Crazy because I thought this blog was going to begin as a chronicle of my current kiddos and our shenanigans, crafts, faith, hot mess moments and more. But here I am making my first post about our TWINS.
Still in complete disbelief.
You’ll soon come to know that we’ve got 2 kids – LJ is 3.5 and E is 1.5. E is a massive, massive handful. God, I love her. But she’s our total sour patch kid. So cuddly and sweet and then a tornado the very next moment. Here entire first year of life was a horribly/wonderful blur. She didn’t sleep more than 3 hours at a time until my husband came home from deployment when she was 13 months old. I was in survival mode all 13 of those months. And she’s got this scream. This mad yell/scream that is completely mind numbing. Its awful. Beyond awful. And she doesn’t seem to be growing out of that scream phase anytime soon.
LJ wasn’t an easy baby either but compared to E… he was a saint. He’s our big kid helper now so – maybe this won’t be earth shattering? Only time will tell. Anyways, if you want to know more about our family – you can read here! But now, on to our twin story!
My husband (B) and I finally took a honeymoon, 6 years late, to Cancun in the beginning of July (2017). We’re Catholic (we’ll, I’m Catholic and he’s Lutheran, therefore we do the Catholic birth control thing – NFP but I wasn’t following it exactly… obviously).
We come back from vacation and about 2 weeks later I have this dream, that I’m pregnant. I wake up, get in the shower and think “Man, that’s a strange dream I had, I wonder why I thought that? Could I be? No.. no way…” but the thought wouldn’t leave my mind. So, I happened to have a Dollar Store pregnancy test in the cabinet over the toilet and I took it after my shower. Much to my surprise, that sucker turned positive almost immediately. To say I was freaking out is an under statement. This wasn’t planned. E was a nightmare baby (so sweet.. but when she’s not.. she is NOT sweet). I JUST started sleeping through the night like 3 months ago. OH>> MY >> GOSH! I immediately called one of my best friends, Kathy, who is also a Physicians Assistant. She reminded me that on crappy tests, a false positive is possible (not probable, but possible). So I loaded the kids up and headed to Target to get one of those tests that clearly says “Pregnant” or not.
I couldn’t wait, so I took the test in the Target bathroom and right there in Target that thing beeped and told me I was 3-4 weeks pregnant! My dream was totally true. I was … still freaking out.
I told my husband when he got home from work and he was, shocked to say the least. We both were. But I told him he needed to hold it together because I was already freaking out for the both of us!
Almost immediately my symptoms started: nausea (never had it with either of my singles), extreme exhaustion (was exhausted here and there with others but never this bad), dreams about twins, frequent peeing (but I also upped my water intake), loss of appetite, and migraines. Migraines have been no fun.
I had my first appointment and blood draw on the same day, 4w5d, and the midwife didn’t say anything crazy about my symptoms just proceeded like all was well. My HCG levels were only 462. Not the “sky high” numbers you see with twins. They never did a second blood draw. We scheduled an ultrasound for the following week before the blood draw numbers had come back. After the numbers came back I knew that the low numbers meant I was just barely pregnant so I called to bump the ultrasound back to 7 weeks so that we could definitely see a heartbeat to make sure all was well.
In those 3 weeks from peeing on the stick to the ultrasound – I’ve been obsessed with the fact that it was twins. I even googled twin 7 week ultrasound videos so that I could spot it.
A few days ago, my neighbor and I (who is also pregnant) did the old wives tail of the “needle test” with my wedding ring dangling on a string. It told me my kids were to be a boy (LJ), girl (E), and then twins (boy/girl). So I was convinced but not convinced enough to not be in complete shock when we found out at the ultrasound.
I scheduled the ultrasound later in the day so that my husband could be at the appointment. I decided to walk the kids to the appointment because its only about a 5-7 min walk from our house. Its only about 78 degrees here and by the time I got to the office I was DYING. Sweating, winded, just a hot mess. My husband met us on his way home from work and he actually said “WHAT is wrong with you!?”. Well, now we know!
We get called back to the ultrasound room about 15 min late, I was pretty anxious. When I laid down I looked at the tech and said, “Just so you know, I’m convinced its twins so make sure you look around really well!” and she chuckled and kinda shrugged me off with a “Yeah, ok lady. Sure” type of giggle.
She put that ultrasound probe on my stomach and immediately her jaw fell open.
“OH.. OH MY GOSH!”, she said.
“WHAT? Is there two??” I asked her.
“Yes.. there’s two! HOW did you know???!!!”
B was so busy keeping the little people occupied that he just semi heard the conversation and said, “TWO?? Oh my GOD!”.
That ultrasound lasted a lot longer than most I’d ever gotten with my other single kiddos – she was doing a lot of measuring, scanning, more measuring. She kept asking me if I was “Ok”. Apparently I was tensing up so much that the ultrasound would get fuzzy. I asked her, “Have you ever had someone stay RELAXED when they get this news??!”.
She finished the scan and left us in the room and our midwife came in and said, “Well, life is about to get real crazy!!”. Ain’t that the truth!
Both babies (so crazy to type this!) have great heartbeats (A- 127, B-130). As of this moment we aren’t sure what type of twins they are but a future scan will totally tell us that. I’ll likely be transferring doctors to a larger city near us because there are no NICUs or Maternal Fetal specialists within an hour of us – safety of momma and babies first.
We’ve just barely digested this. We found out at 4:00 PM today and its now 9:19 PM and I’m still just on this rollercoaster of emotions. This little blog is now going to be our hot mess family shenanigans as well as… TWIN PREGNANCY and TWIN HUMAN shenanigans!