"So, how do you feel about twins?!” It was a phrase I’ll never forget, and one that changed my life (and my family’s life) forever.
It was 2:00am on a cold February night three years ago, and I was lying on a hospital bed in the emergency room…by myself. I was about 12 weeks pregnant and came into the ER that cold winter night because I thought I was having a miscarriage. I had been experiencing some bleeding and after speaking to my doctor on the phone, he thought I should come in and get it checked out….but it didn’t sound good. I wasn’t very optimistic. My husband, unfortunately, had to stay home that night while I drove myself into the hospital because we had a 5- and 3-year old who were sound asleep in their beds. And we didn’t want to bother anyone to come and watch them during the middle of the night. So….off I went alone.
I was mentally preparing myself for what I thought was going to be BAD news. I certainly was NOT prepared for what I was going to hear next. Twins?! Did I hear her right?! A smile instantly spread over my face, and I think my next words were probably something like, “What??! Are you serious??!” But my surprise quickly turned to concern as I remembered why I was there in the first place. “Are they ok?” I asked. The ultrasound technician said they both looked like they had strong heartbeats, so I took that as a very good sign. They were alive! But we had to wait for the doctor to look things over before we knew for sure. After staying in the ER a few more hours and getting checked over a few more times, I was assured that everything was ok and was given the ‘ok’ to go home….and take it easy. While I was in the ER, the doctor asked if I wanted to call my husband and tell him the news. Ummm….no. This definitely was NOT something you tell your husband over the phone! I couldn’t WAIT to tell him in person!!!! The ultrasound technician printed off a photo of “Baby A” and “Baby B” for me to bring him to show the family. My hands were literally trembling with excitement!
I finally got back home at about 6am. Of course, my concerned husband was awake and waiting for me….wondering if everything was ok. I just smiled and told him, “Yes, everything is ok,” and handed him the ultrasound picture. I think I saw all of the color drain out of his face as he looked up and down at the photo of his TWO new children. He was just as surprised as I was! We both laid down in our bed for awhile, before our older two children awoke, staring up at the ceiling and letting the shock set in. We thought about how our lives would be changing from that moment on. We thought about how we’d be needing two cribs, two car seats, two of this, and two of that! And we wondered if our house was big enough for two more babies?! We had lots of questions racing through our minds. We had planned on one more baby….not two!
Deep down, I must tell you, I wasn’t completely surprised when the ultrasound technician told me I was going to be having twins that day. I had my suspicions. I was BIGGER than I remember being at 12 weeks when I was pregnant with my other two kids, but I had just thought, “Oh, well…..it’s my third baby…I’m probably just ‘popping out’ sooner. Things aren’t as firm as they used to be!” My husband and I had actually even joked around that I was having twins because I was getting so big so fast! And I’ll never forget one day that my 3-year-old son told my father-in-law that “Mommy is having twins.” (before we even knew!!) At the time, we thought it was cute and funny…but now, I wonder if he knew something back then that we didn’t. Hmm…….
People always ask me if twins run in my family. Yes, as a matter of fact, they do! My grandma (my mom’s mom) had a twin brother. But I still NEVER in a million years had imagined that I would be having twins. And now that I do, I can’t imagine my life any other way. We have been blessed with two very AMAZING little boys…who will be celebrating their 3rd birthday in just a couple of months. I consider myself so lucky every day to be able to witness the love between them. The special relationship between twins is nothing like I’ve ever seen before.
So, looking back to that cold night in February when I heard that unforgettable phrase, “So, how do you feel about twins?!”….I can now say that I feel so incredibly blessed and honored that God chose me to bring such beautiful boys into this world.