Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This is what happened when we had our first appointment. 

We had four weeks in between finding out that we were expecting via a handy home pregnancy test, but your always worried about that first appointment. The first ultrasound. My biggest fear at both of those types of appointments that I had were that they weren't going to find anything, that I would be empty. Besides having some nausea, I was not feeling pregnant at all. This only amplified my nervousness. 
We knew it was going to be a long appointment so we took Noah to the YMCA, there is no way he would be an angel for more than 5-10 minutes. When we got to the "Women's Care" office we sat down, looked at some brochures. Our scheduled appointment time came, then 5 minutes later we were still waiting. 10 minutes...15 minutes. Come on already!! Finally my name is called and we are taken into a nice sized room with an ultrasound machine and a TV to see whatever the nurse sees. My husband and I have done this before, we kind of know what to expect. So the the nurse starts the ultrasound and all we see on the screen is blurry gray lines, nothing exciting. Stephen is actually excited too, he's sitting up on the edge of his chair holding my hand waiting to verify that we have another bundle of joy coming our way. At this point, I think this is happiest Stephen has been about our news. I'm sure that for a man, they obviously don't feel pregnant, so this is their time to know that there really is something there. However, this moment , although memorable doesn't last long. 
As the nurse is moving the ultrasound wand around to find the baby, I notice it. I definitely need confirmation but I notice that there are two dark circles with little oval things in each. Stephen, on the other hand has absolutely no idea. So when the nurse says, "It looks like there are two in there". I start laughing, because I had joked about having twins and I saw the two circles so she couldn't really surprise me. However, Stephen is in shock. He went from sitting on the edge of his seat and making jokes to slouching back into the chair in complete silence. It took a few minutes, I kept asking him if he was okay, I expected to look over and see him passed out on the floor but he was still breathing. He finally says, "So there could be two, or are there definitely two?" The nurse replies, "There's definitely two, two babies, two placentas, fraternal twins". And silence. The rest of the appointment consisted of me asking a million questions and Stephen reverting to a childlike state playing games on his cell phone and trying to forget that the world outside his handheld companion is real. After awhile, I let him go and get Noah. He needs to wrap his head around this before he feels better, and I am ECSTATIC, so he is not going to rain on my parade. I immediately have to tell someone so in between seeing the nurse and the doctor, I take out my phone and take a picture of the ultrasound and send it to a bunch of people, but I don't tell them its twins. The picture is pretty obvious, although, like me, confirmation is still needed. The reactions I got ranged from skeptical to overjoy but I'm a planner and I had everything figured out withing a week after I found out. Now that I'm 15 weeks I'm not so worried about losing them anymore, now I need to start worrying about the reality of what it will be like to carry, deliver and take care of two babies instead of one. 


  1. Congrats on the TWO babies!!! I can't wait to read your blog the further you get along. I would love to see pics of your bump along the way. :) Yay, Noah will be a big brother!!

  2. I am going to love reading your blogs!

    You truly are the best mommy I have ever known so I couldn't think of a more capable person to handle the twin thing.