Already at 13.5 weeks preggo, our very first ultrasound was only scheduled for two days ago. This is a little late in the game because by this time, most people have already had 1-2 ultrasounds. So we walked into Maternal and Fetal Medicine so very ready to see our little one — me, literally dying for this day to come.
The ultrasound tech spread some jelly on my belly and began to run the monitor back and forth over the jelly to locate the baby. After noticing something on the screen, with an interesting tone she says, “So this is your first ultrasound?” We responded with a “yes.” She proceeds to say, “Well if you look over here, here’s your baby. And if you look over here, here’s another baby.” Greg and I both said, “What?!!” The tech nodded with a smile on her pleasant face and said, “You are having twins.” I couldn’t hold back the tears that were flowing down my face — I felt amazement, intimidation, shock, love. I could tell the technician felt honored to be part of such a moment which didn’t happen very often at 13 weeks.
The Maternal and Fetal Center was all a buzz with the couple who didn’t know they were having twins! Everyone looked at us and smiled. As the receptionist scheduled a plethora of appointments for me, she looked up knowingly and said, “So you really didn’t know?” : ) I can assure you, we had no clue. After getting my appointment card, my little family walked out into the sun not knowing what to say. We just had big smiles on all our faces — Dhara not knowing what she was smiling about. And that was that.
As for the babies, since each of them have their own placenta, amniotic sac, and umbilical chord, the babies are considered dichorionic twins (fraternal), which means they can look completely different and they will either be the same gender, or a girl and a boy. Greg says it’s a girl and boy combination. We will find out the end of November!
So it’s finally sinking in that we are going to be a family of 5 in about five months. It feels so weird to jump from a cozy 3 to a somewhat large 5 just like that. Somehow I feel like someone’s pressed the fast forward button on my life and now all of a sudden we will be parents to 3 babies under 3. Greg and I are still somewhat in shock, but we are so so so very thrilled to see these two bambinos and are blessed to have the help of family and friends to guide us along the way.
one happy big sister