Life's about to get a "hole" lot sweeter...times TWO!
After two years of infertility we are overjoyed to announce we are expecting twins! It's safe to say I am in complete shock but that my joy definitely outweighs my fear (for once!). I'm sure reality hasn't set in. With my sis-in-law also expecting twins in April my Mom is going to have her hands full, that's for sure. I'm also looking forward to her showing me how it's done since she will have four months of practice on me!
On Monday we were scheduled to go in to hear the heart beat and I was a WRECK. My arm pits were dripping (so cute) and my blood pressure had to be through the roof. Really good for the babies. ;)
My Mom and Matt went with me down to the beach and on the way there we all made our predictions. Of course me and my negativity said, "I bet it's either one or none." Matt said he thought it would be two because "there's no reason for it not to be." And my Mom kept mum. She later told me she thought it would be one or two but she didn't want to get my hopes up if we had bad news.
After the nurse put us in the ultrasound room we waited for a short while. When the ultrasound tech came in and inserted the ultrasound wand it was very very dark in there for what seemed to be an eternity. Even my Mom later said, "It was reallllly dark in there. I was nervous." The tech finally said, "There's your baby! See the little heart flickering? It's too early to hear it but you can sure see it!" Then quickly after that she panned over to the other side and said, "And there's your second baby! See the heart fluttering inside?"
Insert the water works here.
My Mom gasped and Matt just had a wry little smile on his face. They managed to keep their cool but I let the emotions fly. You're shocked I'm sure. ;)
I could NOT believe how blessed I was. I waited two long years for this moment and it was finally here. And God completely exceeded my expectations with TWO babies! It kind of makes sense why He made us wait...He knew we would have our hands full! Clearly there were other reasons He made us wait but that has to be one!
At first before I knew how many (if any) babies were growing inside I would pray for one healthy baby. That was the bare minimum of what we desired. But then I started thinking...God is SO powerful and He listens to each one of my prayers...I'm going to be BOLD. I'm going to ask Him for what I really want...TWO babies. It may not be in His plan but it doesn't hurt to ask! I'm not saying that's why we got twins. But praying boldly did strengthen my faith/trust and I needed that.
The rest of the appointment was spent in a blur. I asked a bunch of stupid questions like, "Can I still go to Disneyland?" (like that even matters) and "When can we have sex?" (Because if you have ever done IVF you know this is a no-no). I'm sure Matt appreciated that I asked this in front of my Mom. I mean once you've had everyone and their mother check you out down there you pretty much don't get embarrassed easily. The tech also looked at my ovaries and confirmed that they are still hyperstimulating and are twice the size as they should be. Hence my belly that already looks huge.
I spent quite a bit of time on my phone on the way home telling all my friends before announcing it to the world. I've had a HUGE outpouring of love and support. I'm baffled by how many people care and are praying for this next step of pregnancy. I'm humbled and so thankful. The way strangers are cheering us on makes me tear up...I'm beyond grateful!
For now I'm still letting the news sink in. I've read one article about how twin pregnancies are actually quite different than single pregnancies. Twice the vitamins, a ton of water each day (a gallon!), and exercise it not really recommended. They also frown upon traveling AT ALL (what?!) And definitely not after 24 weeks. But you know what? I don't care at all. This is my dream and I'm willing to sacrifice anything for it!
Please keep praying for this pregnancy. I will be very high risk since Blair came at 35 weeks and now I'm carrying twins via IVF. Clearly there are many things to be anxious about. Pray that I'm able to stop my "what if" thinking and just trust the Lord! He's got this!
Get ready to watch me grow! We think I'm due in the beginning of August. And I'm a smidge over six weeks now!