I am currently 25 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy with twins. Things have been going well and my little ones have been growing beautifully. I have had to treat this pregnancy much different then my pregnancy with my daughter. I have way more doctor’s appointments and I go to the hospital for an ultrasound every two weeks. It’s quite amazing to see them grow from appointment to appointment. It is such a miracle to see. When you tell people you are expecting twins, inevitably, there are a lot of follow up questions. I would totally be the same way! Twins are quite fascinating and we’ve been learning so much as we go through this pregnancy. Since there are so many questions, I thought I would share the five questions I get asked the most.
1) When are you due? My 40 week due date is January 9th, however full term with twins is considered 37 weeks. This would make my twin due date December 19th (ish). With multiples it’s really not that easy though. There are so many different variables than can affect when they arrive, so these are more just like markers and goals to work towards.
2) Was it a surprise when you found out? YES! I actually went to my first ultrasound on my own as it was right in the middle of the day and I didn’t want my husband to have to take time off work for it. It’s usually a pretty routine appointment with them confirming your due date, etc. When the ultrasound technician told me there were TWO BABIES, I was completely shocked, cried some happy tears, and couldn’t wait to tell my husband when he got home from work. I think it took us about a week to process the fact the fact that we are having twins. I still have little moment from time to time where it all just feels surreal.
3) Do you know what you are having? Yes, we do. We are having identical girls.
4) Do you have a history of twins in your families? One of my doctors told me that with identical twins, there is not really any bearing on family history like with fraternal twins. It’s just one of those little miracles that can happen at random.
5) How do you feel about going from one to three kids? I definitely am feeling all the feelings. I’m nervous, scared, excited, overjoyed, and a bit fearful of the unknown. As we were only really planning to have one more child, switching gears to prepping for two more can be a bit overwhelming. On a very personal note, I actually had one pregnancy before my daughter Madelyn that resulted in a miscarriage. It was one of the hardest things I have ever gone through and still have a hard time talking about it without tearing up. That babies’s due date was June 7th. The day I found out I was having twins was on June 7th. I was actually feeling a bit nervous going to the ultrasound on that day, but ended up with the most amazing gift. Friends joke with us that our lives are over and things will be nuts once they are born…which it probably will be. However, this feels like how our family was meant to be and we can’t wait for the wild ride ahead.