The biggest shock of 2012 came in April when I found out we were expecting not one, but two babies! I was 13 weeks along at the time and it was my first ultrasound.
Click here to read about my visit to the sonographer and how I broke the news to my husband.
I was pregnant for 37 weeks and 1 day, so technically my babies were considered "full term." A twin (or other multiples) pregnancy is really hard on the body, and most people don't get that. For us there are higher rates of preterm labor, low birth weight, and gestational diabetes, just to name a few of the nerve-wracking problems I worried about every day. I'm so thankful I reached full-term.
Click here to read more about my pregnancy with fraternal twins.
And of course, there was the birth of my twins via c-section. It was my first real surgery ever (not including wisdom teeth), and I was super anxious about the procedure, not to mention becoming a first time mom! The babies were born healthy but smaller than we had anticipated.
Click here to read the birth story of my boy/girl twins.
The "fourth trimester" with the twins was hard. Very, very hard. And I had it really easy: I wasn't working and I was living with my mom which meant I had extra hands to help out and I wasn't responsible for the housekeeping (meaning I didn't feel as guilty neglecting housekeeping) like I would have been if I was in my own home. On the other hand, although EJ was able to be there for the first three weeks of the babies' lives, he had to go back to Scotland to work and set up our new home. So I was minus a husband and plus two babies for about seven weeks.
Motherhood is just now starting to "click" for me. There are still lots of challenges but now that the babies are three months old, we're starting to have more fun. The sleeping is going a little better and so are the feedings. Since getting to Scotland, I haven't taken them out on my own, but when we go out as a family it's been a lot of fun whether we wear them or take them out in the gigantic double stroller. The babies are starting to babble and laugh and move around a little bit, which is so exciting to watch! It's true what they say about childbirth, that you forget how hard it was in the beginning. I remember having difficulty, but the negative memories soften a little bit, more and more each day. I'm just loving my little beans and can't wait to see what 2013 holds for us.