I got a call from my doctor early on May 29, saying she got the results of my genetic lab work back and something wasn't right. She scheduled an appointment for me to go to the hospital that day and have an emergency ultrasound. She told me my baby was at risk for a few things most likely being spina bifida and early placental aging (or placenta calcification). "Or," she said, "it could be nothing, so we just need to get you checked out."
Well even though she said it could be nothing, I started to panic. My mind was racing with questions about what all this would mean for my pregnancy and my baby. With my emotions raging I begged Mason to come with me. Saying "I can't do this alone!" My sweet husband assured me he would be right there by my side as we were in this together.
I went to work, but couldn't concentrate. I researched and resarched about what Spina Bifida and premature placental aging are. I created my list of questions as they applied to each of these situations and braced myself for what was to come.
As we sat with our hands intertwined and trembling together I said to Mason, "I am so so sorry I am not able to give you a normal healthy family," as my heart was once again broken with our challenges. But we discussed that it didn't matter what the issue was, it wouldn't change our situation. We would love this baby with all our hearts and make the best of whatever challenges our little family would have to face.
I was so glad he was with me, as we not only were going to find out the fate of our baby but also the sex. We had been waiting for this day for years. Waiting to see if we would have a boy or girl first regardless of whether or not they would be completely healthy and normal, there was still the excitement and anticipation of finding out which type of spirit would soon be blessing our home.
Here is how we told our parents the news...
(Please forgive my extremely poor recording skills. One day I will learn how to do this better!)
Announcing to the Heywoods
Announcing to the Walgamotts
Obviously, the reason our levels were so skewed was because there were 2 babies, 2 sacks, 2 placentas and once they ran the tests again (indicating that there were 2 babies and not just 1) and studied the spines in the ultrasound, they shared the good news that both babies were healthy and that my hormone levels were perfectly normal.
Why my doctor didn't mention that twins could be one of the possiblities, I don't know, but we will take it! As I said before, we knew that whatever challenge was presented to us that we would face it head on. These results were definitely different than what we expected but it is such an amazing blessing and challenge that we could not be more grateful!
We have recieved such love and support from our family and friends. Not only do we feel blessed to be welcoming twin girls to our home, but also by all the love that is already around us. Thank you all!