We found out we were pregnant again in December of 2014. Elise had just turned 2 in July and Luke was 10 months old. As one can imagine we were shocked that we were pregnant AGAIN!
I called the doctor’s office and scheduled my 8-week appointment and my first ultrasound for January 29th, 2015. When we made it “Facebook official” on January 19th, Dustin’s 30th birthday, and announced that we were expecting for some reason people kept joking, “I bet you’re having twins.”
Dustin worked with someone that had twins and she kept telling him that we were pregnant with twins. I guess after a while it got to Dustin’s head. “What if we are pregnant with twins,” he asked. “You have been having more morning sickness than usual.” “We would be the last people to have twins,” I told him. I don’t have any twins in my family and I knew several people with twins and thought, “What are the odds that we would have twins too.”
On January 29th we went to our appointment and like normal the ultrasound tech took me back. She did take a little bit longer than usual, but she asked me a question here and there, which made me feel better and I didn’t think anything else about it.” She left the room to get Dustin from the waiting room. A couple minutes later they walked into the room and Dustin said, “So, do you know yet?” I rolled my eyes. “Really… is he still thinking about the twin thing again,” I thought. He came and stood next to me. “Your husband was telling me on the way in that y’all have two little ones,” the ultrasound tech said. “Well, it looks like y’all will really have your hands full because you’re having twins!”
If she hadn’t turned the ultrasound screen to show me the actual picture, I would have thought Dustin convinced her to say that just to mess with me. But there it was, as clear as day. TWO separate placentas and in each was a little baby with a heart beating. When I say I was speechless I was. I just laid there as she moved the ultrasound probe over my belly. Showing us each baby and letting us listen to each heart beat.
After she showed us each baby she said “The reason I took so long with the initial ultrasound is because you have another sac. After looking at it for a while, it does look empty, but we will need to monitor it in the upcoming months.” Dustin said “ Wait.. so what are you saying that we had triplets?” “Not necessarily, it could have been at one point, but I looked thoroughly and it’s empty.”
It’s so hard for me to describe everything that I was feeling at that very moment. So much life changing information in such a short period of time. I was shocked, scared, surprised, confused, happy… you name it I felt it.
We were so blessed that my pregnancy went as best as it could possibly go. I worked until I was 36 weeks. We went under contract to sell our home one week before the twins were born too! I had the twins on August 12, 2015. I was 37 weeks and 2 days when they were born. Owen Kirby was born first and weighed 5 lbs 14oz. Andrew Paul was born a minute later and weighed 6 lbs 9 oz.
Having twins is such a unique experience. Seeing the bond they have with each other is such a remarkable thing to witness. Especially now as they get older and are able to interact with one another. Owen and Andrew will be 1 this Friday and I cannot believe we made it a whole year. It hasn’t been easy. Our lives are so hectic having 4 little ones that require our attention all the time, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY OWEN AND ANDREW!