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Monday, September 15, 2008

Mairead has an Announcement to Make...

And, it's a big one! She is going to be a big sister! She is ready to take on this new responsibility and she is even dressed for it.

And, this announcement is twice as big, because we are expecting identical twins! This picture is our ultrasound from last week-- I am just amazed by it!

We told our families and a few friends already, but we are ready to share our big news with everyone. I am just about 11 weeks and the babies are due on April 8. So far, they look active and healthy on the ultrasounds.

We found out that I was pregnant on the day after Mairead's birthday party, but we wanted to wait to tell everyone until we saw or heard a healthy heartbeat. Boy, were we shocked to see two! We went for an ultrasound at 8 weeks just to check on everything. Normally, doctors don't order ultrasounds so early, but because of Mairead's health issues, they want to be extra careful this time. The technician started to move the wand around and she said, "Are you ready?.... There's two!" I literally yelled, "Shut up!" at her, and she laughed. Dave said something that shall not be repeated on our family friendly site. :)

We are absolutely thrilled, anxious, overwhelmed, blessed, lucky, scared, and just about every other emotion there is. We are just hoping that we come through this pregnancy with two happy and healthy babies.

To answer some questions, no, twins don't run in my family. No, there is no scientific explanation for why identical twins happen. Yes, we will be finding out the gender (November 4, as of now). Yes, we are going to start playing the lottery!

We are so excited to be able to share this news with everyone. We appreciate any support, prayers, and well wishes you might offer-- we will keep you posted on how things are going with our two little miracles... and, of course, with our first miracle who is getting bigger every day! I think she is going to make a great big sister-- don't you?


Terry Family said...

I am so shocked and excited!!!!!!!! Congrats Mairead on your big announcement - you are going to make a wonderful big sister and I know you'll be a big help to your mommy and daddy! I can't wait to know the gender so I can go buy two of something!

we will certainly keep your little bundles of joy in our prayers. Has anyone authored a book - surviving twins - a book of tips on how to care for two at once? I'll take a look.


Joseph "Connor" said...

I love the ultrasound pic! I'm glad you put it up on the site. They look like they're cheering! "YAY TWINS!" Connor says that he'll babysit whenever you want. :) Love you guys!

The Plateniks said...

hehe I was waiting for this blog post! I sent you an email about a triple stroller. TRIPLE? Wow. Of course Mairead will be a great big sister because she will have "KIDS" to play with! In her own house! Can't wait until November 4th...and November in general so I can rub that belly. I can rub it, right?

PS: I saw an advertisement for Freedom Writers on TV the other day, want to watch it with me?

John and Michelle said...

That is so exciting! Wow! I can't believe you guys are having twins. We will keep you in our prayers.