Look, There's 2!
by Christine Caudill
(Brunswick, OH )
After being married for over 12 years, my husband finally decided that he was ready for a family. We got pregnant right away and I found out (with a home pregnancy test) that I was indeed pregnant on Thanksgiving. I was so thrilled that I told everyone right away at Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at the end of January at about 16 weeks.
I was not about to give up now that my husband was ready and I was no spring chicken myself. We started to try again. The next Thanksgiving I was about a week late and chanced a home pregnancy test. It was POSITIVE. I told my husband, but no one else.
The blood test confirmed it and because I jumped the gun so early had to go back for several more blood tests due to my counts being low (really it was just VERY early in the pregnancy). My counts went up and I was bursting with the knowledge that I was pregnant again, but afraid to say anything due to the earlier miscarrage.
I finally told my mom a few weeks later, and she swore to keep it to herself. By Christmas she couldn't stand it much longer and begged me to spill the beans. I was going to have to soon anyway because none of my pants fit and on Christmas Eve, I was wearing a pair of maternity pants!
The first week of January was my 10-week appointment. Since my husband had to work, I asked my mom to come with me. She was so happy that she could go. Since I was 35 and had a miscarriage, I was considereed a high risk pregnancy to start with, so my OBGYN wanted to do an ultrasound. She looked and looked for a long time. I was starting to get a bit nervous. She then asked if it would be ok to do a vaginal ultrasound. I said, "Yes, of course," but was starting to prepare myself for bad news.
She then said, "Yeah, that's what I thought." My heart sank and I just knew it was not going to be good news. She readjusted the monitor so that my mom and I both had a clear view and said, "Look, there's 2!"
I was in shock and started to cry just because I was so relieved. I was able to make it to my car before whipping out my phone to call everyone I knew. I was laughing and crying at the same time and had to repeat myself several times to people I was talking to.
My identical twins boys have been the light of my life. They were born at 36 weeks on July 2. Andrew was a healthy 6 pounds and 3 ounces and Joshua was a healthy 6 pounds and 1 ounce. They have been, and contine to be, a lot of work, but totally worth the effort. I was blessed to find and then become a member of Emerald Valley Mother's of Multiples Club and have received much advice and support from them.