I was nervous when we found out we were pregnant for the 3rd time and realized we’d have 3 kids in 3 years. Could I do that!? That’s crazy! The first half of that pregnancy was horrible I was so sick. I had food aversions, had to drink carbonated drinks because I couldn’t keep water down, and layed on the couch all day because I didn’t have the energy to do anything else. When we went in for our 20 week ultrasound (our first for this pregnancy) I was certain it was a girl; because it was so different from my other pregnancies.
When we got to the ultrasound, the technician started out looking at me to make sure I was healthy so I could then go to the bathroom before we’d check out the baby. He scanned over for a second then took off the wand and asked, “Did we know there’s twins in there?”
No. No, we did not!
I remember being lost inside my head for the rest of the appointment. Twins!? What!? We’ll have 4 kids in barely 3 years! How can we do this!?
I’d come out and be present enough to hear they were healthy. Two boys. Everything was fine.
Then back into my mind where I imagined all 4 running in opposite directions. There’s no way we can do this! Then I thought of my grandmother who had 4 boys in 2 1/2 years, and was always someone I looked up to and admired. If she can do it, so can I! Because twins! How exciting! And everything was healthy!
The next few days, weeks, and months were filled with all the ups and downs. I was giddy excited; elated to be carrying these two precious boys. Then I was overcome with stress and anxiety, how in the world could we care for them all. But twins, what a blessing! But twins…what does that even look like during the day to day!?
Jacob and I will never forget the range of emotions that we felt during that time. It truly was the biggest shock of our lives!
*Both sets of our twins (identical then fraternal) were spontaneous. Jacob has identical twin cousins and I have identical twin uncles. Identical twins aren’t supposed to be genetic, but fraternal are. My grandparents have fraternal twin aunts and uncles, so although yes we have twins in the family it was never on our radar.