Their hearts had to have been beating in unison...
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I recall very clearly the moment I was lying in the ultrasound room...in my mind it is as if it were just yesterday. For all of my checkups during pregnancy, one heartbeat had been heard. Only one. My belly had begun to grow very rapidly and I chalked it all up to having been pregnant before. As I lay there watching the monitor that day trying to pick out the feet and hands of the little one I was carrying I began to notice duplicates of everything she picked up when she roamed around on top of my stomach. It was like there was a party in there and I hadn't been invited. Well, not yet anyway. I looked at the ultrasound tech, took a breath, raised my brow and said,
"are there two babies in there???"
She stopped, looked at me, and said, "yes, didn't you know that?" I cannot imagine the look on my face at that moment but the word "stunned" and "disbelief" and "complete shock" could be descriptive words among many. She said, "wow, I have never been the one to tell anyone that." And with that, she told me that she would have to do some more preparations and she left the room saying she would be back.
All I could do was cry. It was one of those moments where you know your life is forever changed, and it was. I cried for happiness, I cried for fear, I cried because I only had 3 months left to figure this all out. There were so many emotions. Everything doubled. Every happiness, every struggle, every joy and giggle and tear. It has been a blessing in my life. I do not know why I was chosen for this role, for this role doubled, but I am humbled. I am grateful. All the time I am blessed.
Happy 7th birthday, boys. Thank you for all of your gifts, especially the gift of being mine.