By the time my husband and I stepped through the doors at my midwife’s office for our first ultrasound at 18 weeks I already knew there something different about this pregnancy. I was still taking Zofran for the nausea, the aches and pains had already settled into my back and hips, and my growing belly was growing fast. We’d heard a heartbeat on the dopplar around 12 weeks and my midwives insisted that my growth was normal, but something was nagging at me. Let’s call it mother’s intuition!
I laid down on the examination table, the tech splattered gloopy gel onto my belly and the ultrasound dopplar began to search for the baby. I looked at the monitor and glanced up at Greg to see if he saw what I just saw. Two big round balls were staring back at us. And there is no mistaking the infamous Benson noggin! Continuing to look at the screen she said, “Well, there are two in there.” And then she looked over at us, “Did you already know you were having twins?” We didn’t.
Questions started twirling around in my mind. Identical or fraternal? Two sacs or one? Am I going to be the queen amongst a king and three princes in my house? Answers started to come quickly as the ultra sound proceeded. She found our baby girl (baby A) on the right side of my belly and then our baby boy (baby B) on the left side of my belly. They are di/di twins which means they are fraternal twins with separate sacs and separate placentas. They have a very low risk of growth problems since they aren’t sharing anything besides space!
An image that I will cherish forever is seeing my two miracles snuggled together for the first time. They mirrored each other’s movements like perfect dance partners.
Through all of the excitement and well wishes that we’ve received from all of our friends and family, something my dad said to me has stuck in my mind since it rings so true. “What a life adventure,” he said. We feel so blessed to have been given these miracles that are growing inside of me. It’s going to be a wild ride!