Wednesday, November 26, 2008


So, ummm, yeah!

We are adjusting to having twins.  And yes, I do know it's still  early and all that stuff, but things are looking great and there's no reason to think otherwise, so I'm thinking that come July 1, we'll be the proud and sleep deprived parents of twins.  

Oh. My. God(dess).

As my mom and dad said, it's one thing to think you're having twins and quite another to know it.  So Dave and I decided also when we were both wide awake on Monday night around 2 am.  

We are obviously really excited, but there are issues.  Like, neither of our current cars can hold two rear facing infant car seats, much less two rear facing infant car seats, a 5 year old in a booster seat and a dog.  That problem was actually resolved fairly quickly by at least identifying that the 2004 Honda Odyssey (ahem, minivan) is holding up very well for a used car and is very reasonably priced on Car Max.  

We also need to get moving on this remodel.  The timing and the financial situation are actually really good right now if 1) we can figure out the best financing option and 2) find a contractor willing to let us buy some of our own material at a cheaper price and do some of the work ourselves.  And we also have to find a place to live for a couple of months since they will be adding a second story and our house won't have a roof.  Yikes.  

And then, what is most concerning to me, is making sure I do not go into preterm labor.  I've had friends who have had months of preterm labor and bedrest and premature twins and friends who kicked booty and, although were majorly uncomfortable, had very healthy babies.  I'm wanting to be like option #2.  I've already ordered a few books and am surfing the web and the med journals for info.  Basically, my preliminary conclusions are that 1) I need to gain a substantial amount of protein based weight to help my uterus grow and 2) I need to take some serious calcium supplements.  I know that freaking out about pretern labor may seem a wee bit early, but what I'm seeing is that the recommendations are a 20 lb weight gain by 22 weeks.  And at 7 weeks, considering I've lost a few pounds, it seems like I ought to be paying attention to what I'm eating.  

In any case, HOLY COW, I'm still   a bit freaked out!  We're excited!  Yes, we are!!  But there are  a few things to do before we give birth.  And this doesn't even include the two research papers, book chapter, and the NSF grant I want to get out before I give birth.

But as my new guru Oprah says, you can only do one thing at a time.  So don't freak yourself out about how many things you need to do.  You can only take one step at a time.  While you're running, screaming down the street.    


Piratewench said...

That's right mister sister! Welcome to the world of the mommy missile. I have learned to LOVE my Honda Odyssey. It's a 2005, touring model with ALL the bells and wistles and trust me, you will need them ALL!! LOL!!

And Craigslist is my #1 resource for great baby gear at fabulous prices!!!

Hit me up some time in the future for advice about which things you will NEED two of and which you can get by with one. I wanted someone to give me the lowdown on that when I was trying to decide myself.

Beware what you wish for, you just might get it!!! Bwah-ha-ha (evil, knowing laugh)!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, it's a wonderful journey you're headed on! As a mom of 7 month old twin boys born healthy and with no NICU time at 6lbs7oz and 6lbs11oz good assvice I got from my MFM doctor was protein, protein, protein. He recommended 3 100% whey (no added vitamins) protein shakes a day in addition to diet alone. It was the one piece of info I didn't find in any of the expecting multiples books (they recommend lots of protein but weren't quite as specific on ways to get it) so for what it's worth I thought I'd pass it on.

Jenn said...

Congratulations! times two!

I'd recommend the book by Dr. Barbara Luke (recognized expert on multiples) called "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads"

My RE has done some work with her, and recommended that particular book to me when he told me I was having twins.

"Twinstuff" (dot com) is a popular site for multiples - lots of good conversations there!

Congratulations and good luck!!

Carroll said...

Happy Thanksgiving to the Mother Thing household! In addition to Craig's list, I wholeheartedly recommend you hook up with your local Freecycle group (Google it -- there's definitely one near you!) Baby items are among the things most frequently on offer among those groups of fabulous eco-conscious folks. No sense *buy*ing extras of things you will only need for a few months when someone else is in the process of tossing theirs.

Twins. Wow!

Brian said...

The minivan cometh. Don't worry. Many people before you made the switch to minivan when their twins came, and their coolness has not suffered one bit. Or at least that's what I tell myself everyday.

OneTiredEma said...

We have a 2006 Odyssey. Love it. (Even with 2 kids--but, you know, carpool w/4.)

Y'all will do great. Hope you're still feeling tip top (as much as possible).

Evelin said...

We don't have one, but I do covet the Honda minivan. My sister with *one* child has one.

Congratulations on the twins!! I'm very jealous, if anybody deserves to be happily healthily pregnant it is you!!!