Expecting

by Natalie on February 1, 2015

Well, our little family is growing and I couldn’t be more excited!  After many years of tears, heartache, frustration, and questioning, Colin and I got the surprise of a lifetime at the beginning of December.

Let me back up a bit…

[Disclaimer:  the following contains some pretty personal info and if you’d rather not read details about my ovaries, uterus, and menstrual cycles feel free to skip the next paragraph…or three 😉 ]

I think the last I left off about any sort of fertility anything was more than a year ago after we tried our fourth round of fertility medication to which my body didn’t respond at all.  I was a wreck!  The high amount of hormones in my system combined with the loss of faith in my body left me a blubbering mess.  At this point Colin and I decided to take a break trying anything and to regroup in the early summer to decide what our next steps may be.  I applied for yoga teacher training and switched jobs which provided a significant amount of distraction, and was able to let some of the pressure go.  It felt good.

In early June I decided I wanted to start acupuncture again.  I hadn’t had a cycle in about 10 months at this point and was feeling a little desperate.  I decided to go to a new acupuncturist with whom I immediately clicked and three weeks after starting treatment I got a period.  I felt so encouraged!  I remained consistent with weekly sessions and had another cycle in August/September.  This was HUGE for me as the last period I had on my own was December 2009, and the handful of others over the years to follow came as a result of fertility medication.

Then something weird happened.  The first week of November I experienced about 5 days of a super light flow/spotting.  My acupuncturist thought it may be a cyst and recommended I go to my Ob/Gyn and get on birth control.  I didn’t end up doing that and instead waited to see what the rest of the month brought.  Well, about two weeks later I had clear signs of ovulation.  Two weeks after that I had major PMS symptoms and was convinced that my period would come any day.  One week passed and nothing happened and I was sure something was wrong.  I decided to take a pregnancy test just to rule it out.

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Colin was out of town for work and I woke up at 4AM having to go to the bathroom.  I decided to test right then.  Well, it took about 15 seconds to show up a strong positive.  I was shocked.  I crawled back in bed and somehow convinced myself that it was probably a false positive and decided I’d test again later.  I waited three whole days to take a second test… and this time I bought the expensive one 😀

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Up until now I hadn’t told Colin because I was sure it wouldn’t “stick” and felt worried to get both our hopes up. Finally, I couldn’t take it any longer and just blurted it out mid-conversation over dinner. I had all these ideas of how I would tell him in some cute way, but that went right out the window!  We were both pretty emotional but still felt cautious.  Regardless, we decided that even if it didn’t work out this time, it was such a great sign that my body could get pregnant all on its own!

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We made it to January 14th and (finally) our first appointment.  After doing a ton of research, I decided to go with a midwifery group attached to the university hospital.  This particular group got tons of great reviews and I liked that there were all sorts of options.  I could go as natural as I wanted (water birth!) for no extra cost or I could select as much medical intervention (epidural!) as I wanted.  They have low c-section rates and extremely low episiotomy rates.

The first appointment was pretty basic-urine sample, blood sample, full medical history.  After about 45-minutes with the midwife we went across the hall for a sonogram.  Since I was a little shy of 10-weeks at this point we wouldn’t be able to hear the heartbeat with a doppler, but we would just be able to see the baby and (hopefully) see the heartbeat.  I was super nervous!

She squirted gel on my stomach and placed the wand down and instantly the baby popped up on the screen.  It was incredible…seriously the most precious thing I’ve ever seen!  The midwife continued to move the wand around and there was clearly something else.  I pointed to it and said “um…what is that?”  The midwife assured me it was just the gestational sac and we breathed a little sigh of relief.  She kept moving it around and then said she wanted to do a vaginal ultrasound to see the baby a little closer.   She inserted it and asserted confidently “yep, that’s just the gestational sac” and then proceeded to point out the baby’s heart and said it was beating strong.  She then said, “Actually, I just wanted to grab the OB working today to make sure that other spot isn’t something”.

The OB was with a patient so we had to wait 15 minutes…the LONGEST 15 minutes of my life.  Finally the OB walked in, introduced herself, took hold of the ultrasound and changed the angle slightly.  It took about five seconds for her to declare:

“TWINS!  Two beautiful babies with two beautiful heartbeats.”

The rest of the time at the office was a bit of a blur, but I do remember hearing that we were no longer qualified for midwifery care and I was now considered a high-risk case.

After a little while and the news set in, and we both began to feel extremely excited.  Two babies!  After longing for one baby for so long I started to feel incredibly blessed.

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So there you have it.  The super long pregnancy post!  I plan to check-in at least weekly to post progress pics, so check back often.

Thank you for all the good thoughts, love, emails, and positive words that so many of you have sent over the years.  I appreciate your support so much!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan February 1, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Congrats!! I randomly checked your blog today hoping it would be back up– I never wrote down a couple of your recipes and we sure have been missing them!! So glad to see your blog is back up. Congrats again– that’s very exciting!

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Amie February 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Wow congratulations!!!! SO exciting!! Do you mind me asking the name of your acupuncturist? I recently relocated to Colorado and an looking for a good one for similar issues that you had mentioned. (I think you’re from co?) thanks so much!!

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Natalie February 1, 2015 at 10:31 pm

@ Diane thank you, thank you! I miss you guys so much and know you’re still sweating it out together.

@Amie I’ll email you directly and provide all the info! I’d love to help you however I can.

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Diane Sudlow February 1, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Oh, Natalie! I am so very happy for you and your hubby! I’ve teared up just reading this! Sara and I were just talking yesterday about how much we missed you. It’s so good to hear that all is right in your world. Wishing you a joyful and nausea free pregnancy! 🙂

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Darrah February 2, 2015 at 8:06 am

Oh my gosh!! I am so happy for you! What a thrill!

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Natalie February 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Thanks, Darrah!!

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melissa cunningham February 2, 2015 at 10:27 am

Hi!!!! I rarely comment but have been following your blog for the past few years, and I literally squealed out loud when I read this!!!!!!
Congrats to you and Colin and your new additions!!!! TWINS!!!!!???
Amazing!!!!Please Please keep us posted on this new journey you are embarking upon!
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers,that you have an uneventful and healthy pregnancy and delivery!!!!!
(So are planning to find out the gender of the babies or will you wait until they are born to find out?!)
sending big hugs your way
MC

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Natalie February 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Ahhh! Thank you so much for your sweet words.

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Aunt Kitty February 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm

This made me cry–happy tears!

So thrilled for you–can’t wait for more updates!!

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Natalie February 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Love you, Aunt Kitty!!

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Melinda February 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Nat,
I am so excited I can hardly stand it!! TWINS! This is wonderful and we are so happy for you and Colin!!!Love to you, Colin, and the two cute little babies!!!
Melinda

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Natalie February 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Thank you SO much!! Love you!

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Bridget February 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Amazing , Love you, love Colin, love those little ones! Congratulations!

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Julie February 3, 2015 at 10:13 am

CONGRATS! I’m so happy for you! You and Colin are going to be amazing parents. I hope the first trimester treated/is treating you well. (I haven’t quite done the math, sorry 🙂 ) We miss you here in Larryville!

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Tracey February 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Hugs. Prayers. Happiness. Love you.

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Madeline February 3, 2015 at 9:52 pm

congrats Natalie!! What amazing news!!

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Sarah Guy February 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

You literally popped into my head just this morning. A friend of mine is trying to regulate a period to start trying to get pregnant, and I was wondering how things were going for you. I’m SO excited for you. And twins are the BEST thing in the whole wide world….trust me! This is amazing news.

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Leah Johnson February 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

Congratulations! Phil and I couldn’t be happier for you guys!

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Lorelei February 6, 2015 at 10:55 am

I’m still doing my happy dance!!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige February 23, 2015 at 6:48 pm

I have tears in my eyes. I’m so happy for you, Natalie <3

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