Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's been a busy summer for the moms in my town

Holy Baby Bumps, Batman!

I guess the slumping economy and record temps have done nothing to dampen the romantic mood in the Seattle suburbs. Of the 17 moms at our preschool class orientation, four are pregnant (and at least two are trying). I know of at least five preggos in my chapter of MOMS Club (out of 39 women). April seems to be the popular due date month. Book your hospital room early, ladies. Last one to schedule her C-section is a rotten egg!

Of course my particular news -- TWINS -- is met with special exclamations.

I can't even count how many times I've been asked, "Do twins run in your family?"

And my canned response, delivered with a smile: "No. We need help to get pregnant. Twins run in our fertility clinic, apparently."

I like to circumvent any tension with a joke. Because I think infertility is FUNNY!

Ha ha ha!


Anyway, in the time I haven't been spending discussing the ridiculous fertility of women living within a 5 mile radius of my house, I've been recovering from our back-to-back Visitor Extravaganza and attempting (mostly unsuccessfully) to run the Fundraising program at our preschool while my co-vice-chair cuddles with her one-day-old newborn son.

And of course, attempting (more successfully, thank goodness) not to barf at any given moment.

Although my to-do list is growing, it seems as if my life has been on hold since that moment I looked at the ultrasound screen and muttered, "It's twins. Oh shit." There is a lot of processing that needs to happen when your life gets flipped upside down like that. A mix of emotions, to be sure -- fear and excitement the most basic and obvious. I imagine this waffling will continue until I bring the babies home, and perhaps for a while after.

I'm sure I'll be posting more about the subject when I'm actually able to form coherent thoughts in my mind. The good news is that although I still lay awake at night and worry, I'm doing about .5% better each day. So from being 100% freaked last Tuesday, I am now only 95.5% freaked out.

In the meantime, I just wanted to thank everyone for their support, the kind comments and emails, and the concern about me and the babies. The spotting comes and goes but overall is extremely light. It's just an annoyance now. My next ultrasound is next Thursday, and I'm doing my best to stay positive. Feeling like complete crap helps a lot with that. I'm surviving, and I hope to shake off the shock and rejoin the world shortly.


Kristina P. said...

Twins run in my husband's family. He thinks it would be awesome to have twins. I will punch him in the face.

Soxy Deb said...

I imagine it would be quite shocking to say the least to find you were pregnant with twins. I don't know how I would have reacted or handled to little ones at the same time.

Twins running in your fertility clinic is a clever and hilarious response. Use it everytime - lol.

Glad to see/hear your doing better. Even if only marginally.

Beautiful Mess said...

I love your response to the twins question! It's perfect!

I can imagine you'd still be in shock and scared, it's big news!

Glad you're starting to feel better and the spotting is subsiding a bit.

Michelle said...

Maybe I just need to move near you. :)

That was a great response about twins running in your fertility clinic. LOL

Red said...

Everyone is preggo Down-Under too. Maybe it is *because* of the slumping economy - nothing else to do but stay home and bonk.

lisawitt said...

OMG, I love the "twins run in my fertility clinic" line...classic! :)

Hoping the spotting goes away and looking forward to next Thursday when you get another look at the babies!

Sarah said...

You always crack me up! I love your response to the twin question. Every time my cousin-in-law's wife gets pregnant she gets pregnant with fraternal twins. Lots of eggs dropping... Yikes! She has two sets now and I say she is the twin expert so if you have any questions about the twin world, I'll get her in touch with you. You will be amazing, and although this sounds horrible, I'm glad you are feeling like crap!!! lol!!! Positive signs...

Nicky said...

"Twins run in our fertility clinic." Heh. You rock!

One of my neighbors had one daughter, and kept fighting with her husband because she wanted one more child and her husband wanted two more. She got pregnant with (identical) twins, and to this day, she shakes her head and wonders how her husband split that egg without her knowing until it was "too late."

Also, she says that for her, the panic wore off in the second trimester, returned in the third trimester, and went away again once they were born. So yeah, give yourself time to keep processing the news.

Stephanie Faris said...

Hey, I'm just glad to hear everything's going okay. And yeah, these days I don't know that too many twins are born because of genetics...seems it all has to do with fertility treatments.

Martha said...

Best Wishes with your U/S. It does take quite an adjustment all the way around. Gee, that's lots of pregnant women in your community.
The boys and I will be right over to watch Bean and clean up the kitchen while you shower. (gee, I really wish we could :o(

Kristi said...

People are still asking me if twins run in my family, and mine are 11 months old. I don't think twin moms will ever be able to avoid this question, annoying as it is. I wonder if the general public realizes that the twin explosion has nothing to do with genes and everything to do with successful fertility treatments.

Good luck at your ultrasound this week!