Friday, March 23, 2012

the low down on our pregnancy with twins.

We've been keeping a big secret from (most of!) you for over a month now. And it's been killing me - it really has. But now the secret's out, and I can finally say:

We're pregnant!

Let me take you back to the beginning of February: I was getting so into Zumba, eating healthy, and feeling great! Things were going perfect, until suddenly I noticed that I was extremely tired. I started taking naps with Adalyn in her bed and just found myself exhausted each afternoon - definitely odd, because I never take naps! And then I was starving. I recall one evening I actually had Mark drop me off *at the door* of Chipotle so I could hurry and get my food because I was that hungry. What in the world!

That same evening, I decided it would be funny to get a test. I mean I could be pregnant, but I didn't fully expect it. But those darn symptoms - exhaustion and hunger? Those were bugging me. So at about 8pm on February 15, I took my first test. And immediately that second line popped up.

Oh man Oh man Oh man. MARK!!!!!!!!!!

I ran into the living room & threw the test on the dining room table! I was in utter shock and disbelief and a million emotions were running through me. About this time, Mark started dancing around the house - literally! He was beaming with joy. I was freaking out!


For about a week and a half, I really had zero pregnancy symptoms and felt just fine! Around the beginning of week 5 (might I insert now that I found out at like 3 weeks 3 days pregnant. I feel like I've been pregnant F.O.R.E.V.E.R!) I started feeling bad. REALLY bad. There was one weekend where I laid on the couch for 3 days straight and just felt awful. Since then, things have improved. I've only thrown up twice and now only have waves of nausea - my worst time is around 4pm in the afternoon each day.

*knock on wood*


Fast forward to March 21 -- my first "real" appointment.

I was nervous all morning - scared to death that something would be wrong with the baby. An internal ultrasound was scheduled for my first appointment, which my doctor did. She had this little laptop ultrasound machine, and I couldn't see the screen in the beginning.. frustrating! So she began my u/s, and she had a funny look on her face. My heart sank, and I was sure the baby wasn't alive, or something was wrong. But I looked over at the assistant nurse, and she was grinning from ear to ear! This gave me a smidge of hope, until suddenly she said...

..Well, I see two babies!

I seriously burst into tears like you wouldn't believe. I only wish I had been looking at Mark to see his FIRST reaction, but I was crying hysterically - really emotional and in shock! I said, "I KNEW IT WAS TWINS!!!" and kept on crying. Meanwhile, Mark was smiling bigger than in his entire life, I swear. Bigger than on our wedding day, bigger than on Adalyn's birth day, bigger than ever! She flipped the screen around and we saw our two little nuggets - so little!

She let me see each of their heartbeats and tried her best to get the best photos of the two of them together - kind of tricky! They were measuring 8 weeks and looked perfect. They seem to be in two sacs but we are unsure if they will share a placenta or if I will have two. At this point, they could still be identical, but I'm betting fraternal.

I'm still in a state of shock and disbelief. Let me just say that I had my suspicions that this WAS twins. I've discussed this with Mark, my sister, and a few of my friends. But I didn't *really* believe it. I have been so, SO hungry this pregnancy. My stomach growls all day long. When I wake up, it's roaring with hunger. When I go to bed, it's still growling! That was my big twin clue -- I was definitely never hungry like this with Adalyn. But I kind of thought maybe I was so hungry because I'm still nursing - so maybe nourishing two babies was making me hungry?? :)

I'm due October 28, and but they will likely be born sooner. We will have 3 kids under two, and it will be a crazy madhouse for sure! But it will be a fun adventure, and I'm sure glad that we have 7 months to prepare.. because I so do NOT feel ready for this! :)

Q&A post coming soon! <3


  1. I'm so super excited for you!! I still can't believe! I can't wait til your next ultrasound, and I can't wait to see your weekly pictures! I can't wait to see how Adalyn will reacte to hearing the heartbeats, and I just know she will be the best big sister ever!! I'm soooo happy for you and Mark! God couldn't have picked better parents for Twins!

  2. You are so naughty Shannon!

    I had a feeling that you'd be making an announcement sometime soon but the healthy eating kick threw me off track!

    Congrats guys! Gobsmacked that you're expecting twins, what a miracle.

    I'm placing my bet on two more girls :)

  3. WOW! WOW! Congratulations! So exciting! Ready Mark :)?

  4. Congratulations, that is so exciting! I hope everything continues to go well!

  5. Wow I saw that you announced your pregnancy during one of Mckmama's chat but what a shock to see twins. Do twins run in the family. So happy for you!

  6. Do they make twin baby wearing carriers :)

  7. WOW congrats haven't seen your blog in a while but am super happy for you and your are a great mom and you guys will be great parents....I have a friend who had triplets and a two year old and some days were crazier than others but they are almost 2 now and her daughter 4....don't be afraid to ask for help especially to get rest or keep your twins so you can have special time with adelyn...when you find out what you are having I would love to make towels for them to match their sisters :o) congrats what a blessing!!