First of all, thank you thank you THANK YOU for all of the warm congratulations yesterday. The babes and I feel very loved and grateful to have wonderful readers like you! Needless to say, the Husband and I are very excited about it all.
And because I want to give you a peek at the babies before I get into the details, here’s one of their first pictures!
baby b (who apparently takes after his/her father and doesn’t like to be photographed)
I’ll give you some pictures of me along the way as well, but I wasn’t feeling up to taking any yesterday. I promise I’ll give you a bump picture next week.
On with the details!
How far along are you?
12.5 weeks – I wanted to wait until after our 12 week appointment (which was last Thursday) to share everything. I’ve been a Nervous Nelly! Thankfully, the babies are both kicking and are little jumping beans in there. I’ve had three ultrasounds in the last week (that’s another story for another day – ugh.), and each time at least one of them is extremely active and seriously bouncing around and doing flips. It’s hilarious.
When are you due?
September 28. However, with two growing babies, I am not expecting to make it that long. I am hoping to make it to 37-38 weeks. Hopefully these two will cooperate!
When/How did you find out?
I found out on January 17 in the morning when I woke up. I was two days away from my expected period. I could barely wait any longer, but I was so so nervous to take that test. After you see nothing but negatives for a year, it’s hard to expect anything different to show up. I had a feeling though, so I took a first response test when I first woke up. I jumped into the shower because I couldn’t stand to watch the test unfold. When I got out, we had two lines – positive!!
Who was the first person you told?
John! It was about 5:15 in the morning, and I ran into the bedroom screaming. He immediately shot up thinking the house was on fire until I told him the news. Shortly after we told our moms and a few close friends. We kept everyone else in the dark for a while, and slowly told people after that. I was really nervous once we found out it was twins, but apparently we are horrible at keeping secrets.
Were you and the husband “trying”?
Yes. As you might remember last year I briefly discussed this with everyone. It’s been a long, hard, and trying process to tell you the truth. Even though it was a difficult year, I feel it brought us together as a couple. In a strange way, I’m glad we went through what we did. Plus, if it had worked any sooner, it wouldn’t be these babies.
I definitely don’t want to discount anyone who has gone through this struggle for longer than we did. I know there are people out there who try and try for YEARS with no results. We definitely feel so blessed to be given the opportunity to be given these two loves.
How did you and the husband decide it was the right time to have kids?
I’ve wanted to be a mom since the day we got married! The husband needed some time, and in hindsight, I’m glad we took time as a couple before we started trying for kids. Not to be cliché, but it just “feels” right. And honestly, there’s never a “right” or “wrong” time. Heck, for the first year of these babies’ lives I’m going to still be in grad school! It’ll be a crazy ride, that’s for sure!
When did you find out it was twins?
We found out on February 7. We went in for an early ultrasound, and lo and behold – two babies! No wonder my pants already could barely zip up at seven weeks along!
Are you surprised it’s twins?
Yes and no. To be honest, so many people in my life have always told me (from many years ago) that they have always pictured me with twins. My mom started telling me at the ripe age of about 12 years old that she thought I was going to have twins someday. Plus my aunt’s friend who is ALWAYS right about everything told us when we got married that she saw us with twins someday. When I told my sister it was twins she freaked out on the phone with me for a long time because of everyone’s premonitions.
Are you going to find out the sex ahead of time?
Absolutely, 100%, yes!!! I didn’t think the husband would go for it since his family typically lets it be a surprise. But with two, there’s no way we couldn’t know. He’s rooting for two boys, but my mother’s intuition tells me there’s at least one girl in there! I’ve had a few dreams already and there’s always at least one girl!
How did your family/friends react?
They were happy when we told them we were pregnant. When we followed it up with, “wait there’s more…” and told them it was twins, it was so fun to see the shock on their faces!
Whendid you tell other people?
We told some people immediately, and others we kept it a secret from for a while. We told our entire extended families and some close friends around 9 weeks. I was so nervous someone would slip that I changed my Facebook settings so that no one could write on my wall (I’m neurotic). A few people at work knew the entire time (I could not hide constant nausea from them), but I let the cat out of the bag to the rest of the staff last week as well as to all the 5th graders.
What pregnancy symptoms have you experienced?
I’ve actually been fairly lucky in this department. Other than constant nausea from weeks six to nine, I felt pretty okay. I learned early on what would stop me from feeling sick, which was nice. I was (and still am) exhausted every single day of my life and would love to just sit on the couch in my sweats all the time.
The biggest thing so far has been food aversions. Pregnancy does some crazy things to you, I tell ya! Coffee makes me want to vomit. Humus is on my no no list. Raw garlic and onions are the bane of my existence. I have pretty much at some point hated every single food that I have loved before pregnancy. Ketchup and I had a tiff for about a week or so and I was so sad. Another time, I think I ate buttered noodles for four days straight. I’ve been all about the carbs!
I haven’t gotten too sick, which has been nice. We did have a little scare over this past weekend which I’ll talk about in next week’s post. Being pregnant is frightening, that’s for sure.
Are you planning to discuss your pregnancy on the blog?
Absolutely! I don’t want it to be baby overload because I know its not everyone’s cup of tea. However, I do want to remember this special time years down the road. I will most likely be doing weekly posts to update everyone on how things are going.
I have a bunch of topics that I want to cover in the upcoming weeks. However, if there’s anything in particular you would like for me to cover, just comment below or shoot me an email! Thanks for being so excited about going through this ride with me!