I’ve been thinking a lot about my pregnancy with my twins and how much I enjoyed it. I loved being pregnant. I felt fantastic. I glowed. I waddled. I barely fit behind the wheel of my car. And, I loved it.
My husband and I tried for about 7 months before we became pregnant. It turns out that all those period charts and taking my basal body temperature were useless compared to too many glasses of wine on vacation ;)
I am an educator so September is super busy for me. So busy that I didn’t notice a missed period. About a week and a half after my period was due I woke up in the dead of night thinking “I’m pregnant.” I was so sure that I woke my husband and told him. He didn’t believe me and went back to sleep. I tried to sleep but tossed and turned till the morning. First thing I got up and took a pregnancy test. It was positive. I took another. It was positive too. I woke my husband up and showed him the tests in kind of a “Hah, I told you so” way. We were excited but for some reason it didn’t really sink in. Later that day I called my doctor’s office and spoke with the receptionist. I said, “I would like an appointment, I think I might be pregnant.” She asked why I thought I was pregnant. Once I told her about the two pregnancy tests she laughed and said, “Congratulations Kerrie, you are pregnant!” That is when it hit me. Really? I didn’t need some sort of official test? Are there no false positive pregnancy tests? Apparently not.
Pregnant with Twins
That was the beginning. I followed the traditional idea of keeping it a secret until three months had passed. I had my first doctor’s appointment, I scheduled an ultrasound and began to tell people at 12 weeks. My parents were ecstatic, my colleagues thrilled, and my friends delighted. It was an exciting time. I felt pretty good those first three months. I had a couple of days that I felt nauseous (almost like being hungover) and I napped after work frequently. I craved smoothies at 10pm and other than some delightful bowls of potato chips I ate really well.
Leading up to my ultrasound I had a recurring dream. I was having twins and I couldn’t fit two cribs into the room I had planned to be the nursery. I woke up in the morning panicked trying to wrap my mind around this idea. Twins run in my family (for generations) so I assumed these dreams were caused by the knowledge that twins were possible. My husband thought the dreams were crazy and told me not to worry.
Tuesday November 10, 2009 I went in for my ultrasound. The technician took me into the room by myself and said that after they were done the measurements etc. that my husband could come in. I laid there and stared in awe at the screen. I watched her take measurements, write stuff down and I guess because I had never been through this before I didn’t realize that it was taking a long time. I was happy to see a baby and a heartbeat and thought it was truly miraculous. Then, the technician said that she was going to show me one heartbeat, and then another one. I was stunned. I thought she was showing me two sides of the same heart. Nope, I was HAVING TWINS! There I was lying on the table without my husband and I was pregnant with twins. I had dreamt it, but now it was really happening. The technician went out and got my husband. She told him “Sorry it took so long, it is always longer when there are two babies.” Martin, did not register this statement, he was too excited to see a baby up on the screen. Then, she showed him a view of two babies. To say he was super excited would be an understatement! I’ll never forget the look on his face. The awe, the shock, the excitement.
We left the clinic in a daze. We phoned my parents (who were on vacation) and I immediately called one of my friends who is a twin. We started spreading the news to other friends and family. Then, we let it sink in. We were pregnant with twins!
Even years after finding out I was pregnant with twins it is still something that I marvel at. I was blessed with two babies. There are days when I definitely wished there was only one because I was overwhelmed by two. But, in my heart I felt and still feel like the luckiest women alive. Two heartbeats that are everything I could have ever hoped for.
I love this post! What great memories!
Thank you Nicole :)
I always wanted twins! But my husband is horrified at the idea. According to him, even one at a time is not manageable. You are lucky. God Bless your wonderful family :)
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Yay for twins :)
Your Doctor's Wife says
I would’ve passed out with that type of news!
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I was absolutely surprised! But kind of prepared at the same time. What an experience it was!
Jenny Melrose says
This was beautifully written. I’m also a teacher and had difficulty getting pregnant with my daughter. I’m jealous that wine worked for you. I had to do the hormones and fertility drugs and I thought I was going to end up with twins. Only one though. She’s a handful so thank goodness. Lol! I found you at the SITS girls and I’m so glad I did. http://www.thenymelrosefamily.com
Jenny, thank you so much for this post. It really made my day! So wonderful to “meet” you!
Katie E says
What a wonderful post – I can’t even imagine that feeling – twins!
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What a great story! Twins run in my family too but two pregnancies down and still just one baby each. How exciting it must have been to find you were having two! Doubly blessed :)
Thank you Tricia. Love your beautiful blog!
Aww, how sweet! I LOVE this post! It reminds me so much back to my twin pregnancy….I look forward to following your blog and sharing “twin” stories. ;)
Ashlee @ Laugh with Ash says
I’ve always secretly (and maybe not so secretly) wanted twins! How fun! and I love this story.
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Misty Marie says
Aww this is such a sweet post! Everytime i went in praying please tell me there is just one but I cant imgine the excitement that really would follow! What a blessing!
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So sweet and what great memories:) Thanks for linking up with Mommy Moments!
Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says
Thank you for all the lovely comments. This post means so much to me, and to get such wonderful and honest reactions to it are truly a gift.
aaaawwww! i loved my pregnancy too! absolutely no problems from the munchkin and i only craved smoothies, fruits and veggies too! :-)
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What a wonderful memory. I can’t imagine the surprise, the excitement. I love your thoughts at the end. Children are a joy. :)
Emily @ TheBusyMomsDiet.com says
Wow! It is so amazing that we can intuitively know what’s going on inside before all of the medical confirmation.
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I don’t have twins but I can imagine the feeling! And now they will soon be three, congratulations on your boys and your SITS day! Have it memorable!
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Awwww, what a sweet story!! I’d love to have twins! My husband, not so much since we already have 5 lol
Happy SITS day!!
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Ashley Ellis says
I can’t imagine having twins! What a double blessing!
Sheila Skillingstead says
Congrats. I sometimes wake up with a realization that is true. Our brains don’t really sleep. They’re going through things all night long. I like the color of the borders on your website. Enjoy your SITS Day.
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What a wonderful remembrance! And this is something you can share with your sweet babies when they get older as well. I miss being pregnant. I am done having kids, mind you. But I LOVED being pregnant!
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Rabia @ TheLiebers says
What a great memory!! My best friend has twins and that was not her reaction at all!
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Awww… I love this story! My cousin had twins (who will be turning 17 this year and I still can’t believe that!) and I remember the day she told everyone the great news. I also remember right before she had the babies, she told me that trying to fall asleep at night was impossible because her belly was too huge to lay down comfortably, and if one baby was resting, then that absolutely meant that the other baby was restless!
Twins run on my mom’s side of the family, and I’ll admit I’m a little fearful it could happen to me. I don’t know if I could keep up with them!
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Happy SITS Day and congratulations a few years late! What a sweet, heartfelt, and honest post.
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I really enjoyed reading your story. It seems like we have A LOT in common. I had a similar reaction to finding out we were pregnant with twins, they were born at 32 weeks, I love to travel…..http://wisemommies.com/index.php/twinsmultiplebirths/82-twinsmultiplebirths/404-finding-out-you-are-pregnant-with-twins.html
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Wow..I can’t imagine ever being pregnant with two babies.
I love how you both were stunned. What a cute and sweet way to find out.
Happy SITS DAY!
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How exciting that you have twins! What a double blessing!. I can only imagine how busy your are with two the same age. Happy SITS Day to you!
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Do twins run in your family? Is that why you thought you might be (or dreamt about) having twins? It sounds like you had a wonderful pregnancy. What a great story.
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I was excited for you as I read your post. I was NOT happy to learn I was having twins at 12 weeks. Congratulations on your handsome men.
another jennifer says
I can’t imagine how it must have felt to find out there were two heartbeats. Sounds exciting and a bit scary! You are truly blessed.
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Every time I have been pregnant I start to wonder if it’s twins. Sounds like an amazing experience. Happy SITS day!
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I hope I can get married and have babies someday. I’ve had dreams about babies for almost seven years ever since the summer of ’06 when I was going to high school. They say it’s normal for women of childbearing age to dream about babies, but some people think dreaming about babies mean death. Now, I know it’s not always the case. I think that dream about you having twins before you actually found out was a premonition from God. Sometimes, I wish God could show me where my life was heading even if it was in a dream.
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such a sweet story! someday soon i hope to see the precious look on my soon-to-be husband’s face when i tell him we’re having a baby.
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I love this story!!! How exciting for you :) Happy SITS Day!
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What an adorable story! Great memories for you I’m sure. Happy SITS Day!
Kate @ Songs Kate Sang says
Happy SITS day! That is fantastic! :0 Great memories here!
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Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy says
Love the story! It is very similar to how I found I was pregnant with my son, who is also 2.5. My husband and I were both in a daze, not believing it was real, but so excited at the same time! I have been enjoying reading through your blog and I can’t wait to follow it! Happy SITS Day
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Raquel S. Hunter says
Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing. :)
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Lynne Childress says
This is a beautiful, beautiful story. I am a twin myself, and it is such a gift. Your children are blessed to have each other, and blessed to have you!!
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Sweet Sarah says
What a SWEET story! I love how you and your husband weren’t phased by the positive pregnancy tests but that the call to the doctor did it. I think having twins would be very hectic and special. To my knowledge there are no twins in my family so I doubt I’ll be so lucky! :)
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I would always joke with my husband before the ultrasounds and say I was having quads lol. He said he’d faint if it was true. I could of had multiples my first pregnancy since I was on fertility meds. Enjoy your blessings :)
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My mother always said she wanted twins until she had my brother. Then she was glad she had just one! I am just over visiting from Sits!
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This is an awesome story! I’ll never forget dreaming about my sister having twin girls. I emailed her and told her lol…she didn’t even know she was pregnant yet. Then…about 14 weeks after finding out she was, she had her first ultrasound at 20 weeks. Two babies…two girls!! Lol…they are the cutest things ever! Congratulations on your twins AND on your SITS day! =)
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Darlene Schuller says
aww how touching! Thank you for sharing such a personal beautiful memory.
Great post! I love that you dreamt it before it happened!
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Beautiful! Funny you told your hubby that you were pregnant and he didn’t believe you at first. My hubby did that to me – he was so sure I was pregnant with our third, he said we didn’t need to buy a pregnancy test; he just knew. Turned out he was right! LOL
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paula schuck says
That is a great story. I didn’t know you were an educator.
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kathy downey says
What a great memory,i love you story.My hubby is a twin and even at 55 they are very close
How cool is it that your body/mind knew! I would have freaked. I cannot imagine having twins. I bet my husband would have passed out. :)
Elizabeth Matthiesen says
a great story, really enjoyed reading it. I’m a twin myself though they don’t run in our family and so far none of my children have had twins either, which is a little disappointing. :-)
Lori Bazan says
That is such a heart warming post. I remember continually dreaming that I was having a son, and that’s what I had. I needed a smile today, thanks for sharing!
Thats so sweet. Wonderful news to find out
Kelly H says
Thank you for sharing such a special time in your life!
Susan Patterson says
I love your story – you are inspirational!
Jessica Cyr says
I love this post so much , truly is a touching story !
Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says
Thank you so much Jessica.
Angela Massis says
I remember exactly the day I found out I was having twins. I was in disbelief as I sat there getting an ultrasound. My Dr. had sent me because I mentioned that I felt like I was further ahead in my pregnancy as I felt so much bigger than my first pregnancy. The technician confirmed there was twins. I was crying, I was scared, I was excited. I was by myself and I could not wait to share this news. My husband was at work and was shocked. I too called my parents who were away on vacation in Mexico and they could not believe it. My mother in law was watching my young daughter who was 3 at the time crying with the wonderful news. My suspicions were confirmed. I loved being pregnant and had an amazing 9 months. I went full term and gave birth to a beautiful daughter and son. My family was now complete. My oldest is now 18 and my twins are 14 and it has been a joy!
Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says
Wow – what a remarkable story – absolutely loved reading it and thinking about all the excitement all over again. What an experience it is to be pregnant with twins. Congratulations on a wonderful family.
Congrats. Always a playmate in the house! We tried for one forever, soMETIME TIMES TOO MUCH WINE IS ALL IT TAKES. We have a 9 year old and a 30 yearold,married and have my first grand child 3 months ago. And I am a youngish grandma
How do you do all you do? Teach, parent,travel,blig,cook,recipes??????
Christine Holliday says
shocker? I bet!
I never had twins but I will never forget my first confirmation of pregnancy ,such a thrilling time for me. Twins are double everything lol . Congrats on your dynamic duo and all the adventures ahead
dawn rader says
what a fantastic story!!!
I remember each of my kids births each special and memorable but twins! You are double blessed and double tired at times I am sure but they are wonderful wonders that will give you many memories.
kathy downey says
Wow,the excitement of twins I don’t have twins but my hubby is a twin one of the 2 set in his family.I am so happy for you congrats!
Jennifer Gonzalez says
I definitely know the feeling! Finding out I was having twins I was in shock! And I mostly cried lol I was so scared but I’ve had so much fun! They are 15 now!
Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says
Yes! There may have been some tears as well :)