Read part 1 here.
I had wanted twins all of my life. Wouldn't that be the coolest thing ever?
Because I had a miscarriage before, my doctor always saw me as soon as possible to make sure everything was going well with the pregnancy. My appointment was a week and a half away. The nausea was killing me.
One night, I woke up telling myself I was having twins. Really Jackie? YOU CAN'T WILL YOURSELF TO HAVE TWINS! And, what was going to change now? I was already pregnant with ONE baby.
But night after night, I kept waking up. Same thing. "You're having twins; aren't you excited?" "Stop it! Stop it Jackie! There's no way you could ever have twins."
It was Halloween. It was finally the day of my appointment! HURRAY! This day couldn't have come any slower! At 6.5 weeks pregnant, with 1.5 weeks of nausea under my belt, I was so ready to get an ultrasound.
I looked at the clock. 5 a.m. GO BACK TO BED. My appointment wasn't until 8 a.m., and I did NOT need to be awake. But more than ever, I just kept having thought after thought that I was having twins. And I could NOT get the thoughts to go away. So, up I got. I got ready, finally woke up my husband when it was time go, and we dropped our daughter off with my friend.
On the way to the doctor, I felt like I should tell Eric my secret thoughts: spawn-of-Satan son, or twins. And why not tell him? If I was wrong, oh well! But if I was right, boo-yah!! So I did. Then reiterated that I could have sworn we were having twins.
We sat in the doctor's office, and I explained my same sentiment: spawn-of-Satan son, or twins. She started the ultrasound on the small in-room ultrasound machine, and said, "Look, Jackie, two sacs!" Enter high-pitched squealing (inside my head only) here.
We looked at one of the twins (on the left side of me) and could see the heart beating immediately. We looked at the other baby (right side of me) and couldn't see a heartbeat. My doctor explained that she was "cautiously optimistic" and wanted me to go downstairs to the big ultrasound machines.
That was the same thing she told me when I miscarried. But at least there was one heartbeat. At least one baby was healthy right now. Right?
My husband and I went downstairs. "Just tell me if there isn't a heartbeat," I told the tech. "Don't sugarcoat it. Just get it over with."
She looked at me and said, "Look! Two heartbeats!" I gave her the biggest hug on the planet, probably scaring her to death, and we all rejoiced.
My husband's response? "Two birds with one stone!"
I was having twins. And as of right then, they were perfectly healthy. They had two strong heartbeats and I couldn't be more excited.
While waiting to see the doctor again, I immediately sent a text to my friend who had been waiting to hear how my appointment went, and said, "It's twins!" She texted back, "Nice joke. lol. Where is the ultrasound?" It made me laugh so hard. And then I sent it to her.
We met with the doctor again, and then had some blood work done. The tech proceeded to ask my husband how he felt about twins. He responded again, "It's awesome. Two birds with one stone." But knowing we already had an older daughter, the tech asked, "what if it's two girls?" "Why would you say that to me?" he said. We laughed, and laughed, and finished all the tests.
We were all ready to go home. Once I got in the car, I did the biggest happy dance ever. Eric jut laughed at me. But, look, a lifelong dream of mine just came true. I couldn't contain my excitement!
So, I hurriedly called my mom. She was on the other line, but said she would call me back right away. AHHHHH!! I couldn't wait any longer! She HAD to know! Thankfully, she did call me back while we were still driving home. I told her everything was okay, that I was sending her a picture of my ultrasound, and to call me back when she got it. She called pretty much right away, exclaiming, "No!? For real? Twins?! NO WAY!"
Took the words right out of my mouth mom.
I was thrilled. BEYOND thrilled. Best. Day. Ever.
*The “Two to Kiss, Two to Love” series is a helpful series for all you twin mamas out there! If you have a twin related question, comment below, and I’ll answer it for you!*