As you may have seen on one of my regular Meatless Monday Posts a couple of weeks ago we got the shock of our lives when we went for our 12 week scan for our first pregnancy only to find out we’re having twins! Here’s how it went down…
Sonographer: “Ah is this your first scan?”
Sonographer: “OK…so there’s two babies in here!”
Me: “Are you joking?!”
Sonographer: “No, no, we don’t joke here! Two lovely healthy babies…”
Me: “But there’s two! Oh my God! Oh my God. Oh my God!”
It was crazy for us both as we don’t have any twins either side of the family it just wasn’t on our radar even as a possibility and then just like that! It happened! My body released two eggs (usually something which runs in the family) and we effectively got ourselves two pregnancies in one (otherwise known as non identical twins). It was funny once it sunk in as some of our close family, namely my Mum-in-law, were jesting that there might be two in there due to the fact I was showing so early, but as I didn’t have any comparison point I just took it as a jest… everyone really was blown away when they found out she was right!
But after the dust settled (which took around 2 weeks of us just randomly turning to each other whenever we were together and just saying “twins! frigging twins!”) we began to get used to the idea and now to be honest it is just mainly excitement, happiness and anticipation to meet our little ones.
One thing which did make me worry initially was that whilst I knew a lot of people with kids, and actually knew a fair few adult twins I didn’t actually know anyone who had had twins, who was a twin parent. A lovely lady at work then suggested I look up TAMBA, The Twin and Multiple Birth Association, which of course I had never heard of, but this was a real turning point for me as they really are a wonderful charity, almost like NCT for Multiple Births and they have so much helpful information and courses on their website, but most wonderful of all was the suggestion to join their local twin parent Facebook Groups, which are completely free of charge and join you in with a network of other local twin and multiple birth parents, I have to say this really has been a Godsend in coming to terms with it all, it’s just such a comfort to talk to people who have been through it/are going through it too and have come out the other side. It just makes you feel like it is all possible and all going to be ok. 🙂
Stay tuned for more blog posts as I track our journey into twin parenthood…
I am keen to hook up with other twin Mamas and Papas for collaborative posts and/or to find opportunities to product test both pregnancy related items (currently 19 wks pregnant) and twin baby equipment once they arrive (likely at the end of the year) and/or interested in doing a featured post for any service providers to either pregnant women or babies, if you are interested or if you have any opportunities please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂
Please also comment below if this all sounds familiar, and if a similar thing has happened to you, I’d love to hear your story 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week.