Wonder Twin Powers Activate!

Since my pregnancy (and twins!) announcement post was big on surprise, small on information. I thought I would throw out the few details I do know.

Short Version:

  • My singleton due date was 6/26 and I am 17 weeks as of Tuesday.
  • We don’t know the sexes yet.
  • Twins don’t run in either of our families, but there might be one or two distant sets on my husband’s side.  Edit: Twins are only genetic on the mother’s side. So, nope. They don’t run in my family.
  • My best guess is that this was a case of my ovaries releasing more than one egg, which is more likely to happen over the age of 35.

Long Version:

I found out I was pregnant back in October, I told my husband on Halloween. I procrastinated scheduling the first doctor visit because last time, my doctor told me that they usually don’t see people until 10 weeks or so. In mid-December, I had two pretty severe gall bladder attacks, the second of which landed me in the ER.  A (very) brief ultrasound in the ER showed a baby, waving happily.

A lecture from the ER doctor on not having seen a primary care physician yet led me to get a last-minute appointment at one of the clinics associated with the hospital where I used to work. Due to the last-minute nature of the appointment, I saw a first year resident and at this point was 12 weeks pregnant. The appointment went fine enough. A few diet changes corrected the gall bladder issue. She had trouble finding the heartbeat though, and neither could the attending who came in, so we put off telling anyone about the baby, even though not finding a heartbeat at 12 weeks is not that uncommon.

At my 16 week appointment, this same resident couldn’t find the heartbeat. A different attending came in and he couldn’t find it either. I am laying on the table, being steadily jabbed with a fetal doppler and simultaneously trying not to pee or cry. Finally, they went and got the ultrasound machine. I saw two round things on the first pass and decided I must be seeing things, but nope. He went back over and lo and behold – twins! The doctor said you have twins and I may have been in a state of shock, but I clearly remember him saying “and there is a heartbeat.” A heartbeat. They scheduled a follow-up formal ultrasound for two days later. I spent the next few days convinced, CONVINCED, that I had a two-headed baby.

I got the formal ultrasound and it is two heads and two babies. Twins! I’m still a little shocked. This isn’t normally something found out so late in the game. I haven’t been back for the follow-up appointment with my current doctor yet and I plan on switching to an OB soon, so that’s about all of the info I had.

Also, it looks like I might have super twins – all signs point to them being Gemini, which is the sign of twins.

Signs of Impending Twindom:

  • I got a positive pregnancy test fast. Super fast. Like almost a week before my period was due fast. With Spencer, I didn’t get a positive result until 2 weeks after I had missed my period.
  • My boobs hurt. That never happened with Spence.
  • I’ve been so tired, I felt like I was hung over all the time. I was a little tired with Spence, but not much. I thought it had more to do with how much I worked through the last pregnancy and I pushed through and ignored it last time, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I also just thought that maybe pregnancy was more difficult with a toddler around, which it is, but that wasn’t the sole cause of the super tiredness.

 

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13 Responses to “Wonder Twin Powers Activate!”

  1. Rebecca says:

    AAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

    I cannot believe you are having twins!!!! That is crazy!!

    And I cannot believe you kept the secret for so long!! I was telling people before the pee on the stick was even dry.

    Sucks about the no two-headed baby bit. That would have been super rad.

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    Amy Reply:

    I think we might have told people sooner this time than last. We are baby secret keepers. People didn’t find out at my job last time until April, I think, and Spence was born in July. I’m also chunky, so I don’t really show.

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  2. […] Have a baby. In June. Maybe July. Most likely June. Surprise! This is how the post was originally written. Because of some issues at the 12 week appointment, I waited to tell the universe until after my 16 week appointment. Which would be the appointment I was surprised with some additional news. I like this goal so much, I’m doing it twice. That’s right. TWINS IN 2012. More details here. […]

  3. CONGRATS! I’m a twin (fraternal) so you KNOW twins are awesome LOL! So fantastic!

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  4. congratulations! I was surprised by my twin pregnancy too–also attribute it to being over 35 at the time. Let me know if you have any questions I can help with! Best wishes on your growing family!

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  5. Amanda says:

    Twins! Squee! Every time I read twins I do a little internal Squee!

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  6. TMae says:

    You’re getting babies for your birthday! Well, you were getting A baby for your birthday. Now they’ll be an early birthday gift.

    I haven’t stopped smiling for you.

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  7. Carrie says:

    Aaaaahhhhh….exciting!!! Congrats and I can’t wait to read all about it!

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  8. momlissa says:

    Congrats! I know it can be a whirlwind. I found out I was carrying twins at. 12 weeks. Was so shocked! And freaked! But all was fine. They were born healthy at 37 weeks both weighing 6.5 lbs. Congrats again!

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  9. […] Did you do a wordless wednesday post? I’d love to see! Link up below. Also, did you hear the news? I’m having twins! […]

  10. Cari says:

    WOW! AWESOME! CONGRATS!!!!! We are your newest followers:)

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  11. Suzanne says:

    TWINS?! And technically you didn’t keep it TOTALLY a secret. The really impressive part here is that *I* didn’t tell anyone as soon as you peed on a stick. It was good practice for me – maybe next time I’m pregnant I’ll keep it a secret for a whole month.

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  12. OttosMom says:

    freaking out for you! congrats times two! what a freaking crazy story. xoxoxoxo

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