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Boys, girls, or both?! Oh my!

Our first level 2 ultrasound was scheduled at 16 weeks and we were told we would  be able to find out the sexes if we wanted.  We were stoked! We planned a "gender" (( I hate using the term gender in this manner but I won't go on about that)) reveal for our close friends and family that evening to share the news.

At our appointment the ultrasound tech began measuring Baby A first, without telling us the sex, then went to Baby B and immediately told us we were having a girl. She continued measuring Baby B making us wait in excitement about the sex of Baby A.  Andrew was waiting anxiously and I was thinking to myself "Please let Baby A be a boy, Andrew will be slightly bummed if we're having 2 girls", in a joking way of course, as he would have been extremely happy and thankful either way.

Finally, after what seemed like a lifetime, she moved back to Baby A and told us we were having a boy too! We were so elated and overcome with unimaginable joy, as we were not only having twins but a girl AND a boy?!

To top it off, they were practically cuddling during the ultrasound, making for an exceptionally sweet moment! There was so much excitement in our lives, it was almost unbelievable.

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We did a nontraditional reveal considering the two of us already knew the sex, we were just surprising everyone else! After our ultrasound we rushed to Target to get the proper colored icing then home to bake the cake and cook dinner for everyone.  While I was cooking and baking, Andrew was putting up balloons and getting the house ready for everyone's arrival.

 

Once everyone arrived, we had them tell us what they thought we were having as a fun waiting game. A few guesses: My mom- boys/ My dad- both/ my Mimi- both/ my MIL- both.

Then, we cut the cake which had colored icing in the middle to reveal the sexes! When we cut into the cake everyone screamed in excitement when they saw both pink and blue icing.  Once the cake was cut, everyone put their name suggestions into a box. Some of the names were silly such as Fred and Ethel, Moonshine, Pimp Daddy, and Sugar Momma.  Others were more "normal" names such as Evelyn, Lynnae, Lucy, Piper, Katherine, Levi, Slade, Paul, Hayden, and Axel just to name a few. The rest of the evening consisted of dinner, tears of excitement, and much laughter.

We couldn't wait to meet our sweet loves!

Below are a few pictures and a video, of poor quality, from that sweet sweet day!  

The invitations.

The invitations.

Sorry for the awful quality but it doesn't take away from everyone's excitement!

Posted on October 28, 2013 and filed under Pregnancy, Twins.

Seeing Double... say WHAT!?!

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We went in for our first ultrasound at 12 weeks and much to our surprise we weren't getting to see our babY but rather babIES!

As the ultrasound tech and I both look at each other laughing in disbelief I tell her I don't think Andrew knows what this means, as he had never seen an ultrasound before. She proceeds to say "I'm seeing double!". Oh the shock that overcame him...

What was our reaction?

We could not stop laughing and smiling in fear, shock, and excitement but mostly shock. I think we had a perma-grin for the next 24 hours or more. In the past, my Mimi had made comments about the possibility of us having twins in the future since twins run on my maternal side.  Never in a million years did we actually consider that might be the case, little did we know what we were in for. Coincidentally, I experienced "morning" sickness for the first time the same evening!

We immediately called my mom and Mimi, who happened to be together, followed by my mother in law and everyone else. Most people thought we were playing a joke... haha all jokes aside! After our appointment we continued with our evening plans of going to dinner and a movie. This was not the best idea since we could hardly sit still and contain our excitement! I don't even remember what movie it was, as I don't think my mind was actually functioning properly. I think we're still in shock a year later... wait...we have TWINS?!!!

There were many different emotions over the next few weeks.  Finding out your having twins is amazing but then the worry sets in.  I was labeled as "high risk" and was warned of the likelihood of preterm labor and the effects that could have on the babies.  This was something that I tried not to worry about too much but was always on my mind.  The neat thing about seeing a high risk doctor is that I was able to have a monthly level 2 ultrasound starting at 16 weeks, allowing us to see our sweet babies and monitor them much more than usual. Every month we looked forward to the ultrasounds but not without a bit of anxiety waiting to hear that everything was continuing to go well.  All we could do was hope and pray for a healthy pregnancy and do the best we could to maintain a healthy me in order to keep them baking for as long as possible.

Posted on October 16, 2013 and filed under Motherhood, Pregnancy, Twins.

Big Fat Positive(s)!

On August 9, 2012 we found out we we're expecting. We were so nervous, excited and scared as we had both just graduated college and started our careers.  I was working as a Child Welfare Specialist at the time and was under contract until May 2014, repaying my college tuition.  How in the world would I manage a family AND a job that demanded so much time, attention, physical and mental activity? I didn't have the answer to any of that but time would tell. 

Everything makes  perfect sense now, including the 5 cups of coffee to keep myself awake earlier in the week, the many trips to the golden throne, the general blah feeling and of course the missing case of aunt flow!

Our reaction to the BFP(S).. well let's just say I'll never forget!

I went to the bathroom to test and Andrew waited outside the door, pacing in a nervous wreck I'm sure.  He asks if everything is okay and I responded with umm, maybe?!?, as the test immediately turned positive.  He knew right then, we were in for it.  I told him not to dare come in but of course he bursts through the door and I start bawling and ask him to go out... all while still sitting on the toilet mind you.  Haha if only that moment was captured on camera.  I finally get up and go in the bedroom where he is waiting on me and he asks why I'm crying. Well for one, I'm pregnant which results in me being a hormonal mess to begin with and two it's a surprise! He then goes on to say " I don't know about you but I'm pumped!".  This is a great example of the selfless, kind, and full of sense of humor husband I have.  Mind you, as he walked out of the bathroom just minutes earlier he let out a not so silent  "Holy s**t" under his breath.

We already had plans for the weekend to go float the river with some of my family, which included staying overnight with my mimi after work.  We were excited to go but that meant even more time to be hush-hush and unable to talk much about the big news upon each other.  Waiting two days to discuss this excitement and news was almost unbearable but we managed!

Announcing our pregnancy:

We decided not to tell anyone until Grandparents Day, which happened to be exactly one month after finding out. It was amazing how this surprise pregnancy came at the perfect time in our lives.  I always dreamed of getting pregnant around Grandparents Day so that we could make our big announcement on such a special day. Growing up, my family always celebrated the holiday and we wanted to pass that tradition along.

As with most things, we couldn't contain the excitement much longer and told a group of close friends two weeks later with sworn secrecy!

The day came and we had my family over for breakfast and my in-laws over for dinner.  At the end of both meals, we gave them all a card announcing the exciting news that we were going to be parents in approx. 6.5 months! Many happy tears were shed!

Stay tuned! 

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Posted on October 15, 2013 and filed under Motherhood, Pregnancy.