In The Beginning
It has been over a year since we first heard that we were going to have twins. Such a dream! And, we still look at each other and say, “There’s two of them!” The uncontrollable laughter has died down, but the shock of it all is still sinking in.
In the fall of 2009, we were surprised to find that we were pregnant at all. Like most of the country, we were in a time of financial turmoil and unsure how we were going to survive. We visited several friends in Charlotte, and I felt “weird.” We came back home, and I spent a few days in the bed. I thought it was just a virus or something. In a few more weeks, Michael looked at me and said, “You aren’t pregnant, are you?” “What?!” I took the infamous at-home test, and he had guessed right…
So much more to share about God’s provision during our financial difficulties, but I will wait on that for another time. We didn’t tell our family and friends about the pregnancy until Christmas, and this was a wonderful time when others celebrated with us. Of course, we still thought it was just one baby. There was no immediate twin family history, no desire or dream for twins.
In January 2010, we had our first ultrasound. I was eager to find out a more accurate due date and to see if they could determine the sex. The nurse had me come into the room by myself, and she took all the measurements. While she was working, she began to giggle and said things like, “This baby is really active.” I was just eager to get off the table and to the restroom and to get to the fun stuff, like seeing the baby and finding out the sex.
Finally, the nurse let me relax and brought in the family. She gave me the news right before the family came in, and I seriously thought she was joking. My husband came in and looked at the screen which was showing the two babies, and he jokingly said, “So, what are we looking at?” The nurse came back with, “Two stomachs.” My husband paused and said, “I think I’ll sit down now.”
We both sat there in complete shock as the nurse showed us the babies on the screen. She was pretty sure it was a boy and a girl. We were pretty sure that God was playing a funny joke! As a matter of fact, when I called my mom to share the news, she didn’t believe me at first! Not one baby, but two!!!!
For those who have just found out you are having twins, enjoy the moment and the shock of it all! It is a beautiful thing. Life is going to change in a big way, and my advice is to enjoy this time and this miracle.