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April 24, 2014

The Ultrasound that Changed Everything

pregnancy testThanksgiving may be over but my family has a lot to be thankful for this year. I’m thankful that life doesn’t always go the way we plan it. Some of the best things in my life have been surprises and I’m content to recognize that my plan may not always be the best one in the end.

A few weeks ago we found out that I am pregnant. This is great news, but a little scary when you know my pregnancy history. I have a 5 year age gap between my two youngest since my fourth son passed away. I hated the thought of my daughter being all on her own once my older boys left for college and even though the idea of her being a sweet little caboose baby was nice, I wasn’t really content with that.

Like any major life changes, we had some adjusting to do. My house isn’t big enough. Babies take extra money. How would I handle bedrest being away from friends and family?

We decided to do the only logical thing- take things one day at a time. Those things have a way of sorting themselves out.

The day before Thanksgiving I went in for my first ultrasound. I was nervous because I have a history of developing subchorionic hematomas which would immediately put me on modified bedrest.

This is my 6th pregnancy so I can read an ultrasound fairly well. I knew what I was looking at as soon as it appeared on the screen.

twins

Things just got interesting you guys.

I was still wrapping my mind around the idea of 5 kids. Twins makes 6. Now all my previous concerns are doubled. My high risk pregnancy just got REALLY high risk. My car no longer fits us all. My house REALLY isn’t big enough. There’s now two babies to lose if something goes wrong instead of one, and I really don’t know if my heart can take that.

It’s early so we’re still waiting to see if they both continue to grow. I considered waiting to share the news but I can’t hide the fact that I’m pregnant from anyone who sees me in person I so I figure the secret is out anyway. I suffer from hyperemesis during every pregnancy and the extra hormones and medications they have me on don’t do anything to help that. I’m basically down for the count and it’s just easier for me to admit that.

For now, I’m just going to believe that everything is going to be okay.

 

About Rachel

Rachel knows what it is like to be busy and worry about balancing everything without losing your sanity. As a homeschooling mom of 4 boys (ages 9, 7, 5, and one tiny angel who passed away at birth) and a baby daughter, juggling is a way of life.

Rachel holds a B.A. in English and is a former teacher. She is the creator of Busy Mommy Media and works as a freelance writer from home.

Comments

  1. Oh congratulations on twins! It was a BIG surprise for me too (at 19 weeks!), but they are so much fun! With many other babies already I’m sure you know it will be extra work, but I wouldn’t quite say it’s double. You’ll be okay. ;)
    And best wishes for as low risk of pregnancy as possible!
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  2. Congratulations on twins!! I will pray for a healthy pregnancy for you. I was high risk too and I know how difficult things can get.
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  3. Carrie Phelps says:

    Congrats! I’m so happy you were chosen to be Mommy for these twins. It will all work out. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  4. Sonya Morris says:

    Oh my gosh!! Two!! I am so happy for you!! I will be keeping you in my prayers EVERY day & night that things go well for you and your pregnancy!!

  5. My thoughts an prayers are with you and your family!! Fingers crossed that both babies continue to grow and this pregnancy is some what smooth sailing. :)

  6. Krista Myers says:

    Wow, congratulations! Remember to continue to take one day at a time, drink plenty of water and take your prenatals. Try not to worry yourself too much. You just don’t need the added steess of worry. It may look silly, but when you feel stressed, tske a deep breath and let it out quickly while letting your lips flap. Goofy noises…optional, but add to the humor. 8 find it impossible to keep a straight face doing this and it puts me in a more relaxed mood. :) I just left my first OB appointment a little while ago. 4th pregnancy, two littles at home. We’re belly buddies. ♡

  7. First, Congratulations on your pregnancy! Twins, that’s exciting. I too had hyperemisis with my pregnancies and I know how difficult it can be. Get plenty of rest, small sips of water, ginger tea is a life saver and keeping crackers by the bed. for me once I got a handle on the nausea eating every 2 hours helped. Praying for a healthy and safe pregnancy.
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    • Thanks! Eating constantly seems to be the only thing that helps. I’m hoping it starts to get better soon because I don’t have time to slow down yet.

  8. D SCHMIDT says:

    I understand your concerns but have a very good feeling that this is going to work out for your family and these two little babies are going to be the perfect completion to your wonderful family.

  9. Mama Trish says:

    Happy for you kiddo & you can count on my prayers and support! As for where to put 6 kids, string ‘em up in hammocks and there’ll be more room on the floor for toys.

    • Thanks! I appreciate it. I may have to do that. I’m not sure where they are going to go right now. Eventually I’m going to have to move we’re just trying to decide if it will be easier now or after they are born.

  10. Oh when I saw this ultrasound photo my heart leaped for you. I want another so badly but the risk are so high. My thoughts are with you. Two precious little ones. Amazing. Congrats.

  11. Oh my gosh, I saw it immediately and did the happy dance for you! Twins! I will keep you in my thoughts for a smooth, complication free pregnancy hun.
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  12. More and more people are having twins! I remember seeing that image on my own ultrasound and my jaw dropped! It’s alot to take in but you’ll love every minute of it. If you ever have any questions, feel free to yell my way ;)
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