Thursday, January 8, 2009

story time!

Once upon a time, there was this girl named Joanna and she married a dude named M. Well, his name wasn't really "M", but that is besides the point. Anyway, 14 months after they were married, their handsome son was born and 17 months after that, their beautiful daughter came along. Then M left for 15 months. When he came home, Joanna and M decided they wanted to add to their family. 6 weeks later, they found out that Joanna was pregnant. That next week, she went to the doctor and the doctor gave her some frustrating news: there was only a tiny sac, so small infact that he wasn't sure if it was a sac at all. She cried and prayed and anxiously awaited her next appointment.

A week later, M and Joanna packed up the kids and went back to the doctor's office for another ultrasound. And there it was, a beautiful sac, yoke sac and fetal pole. This was amazing news, considering the week before there wasn't much hope. And Joanna was happy and jokingly asked the doctor if there was just one in there. And he said yes. And then 3 seconds later he said, "No, there's 2." And Joanna said "What?" And he said, "There are 2." And she said "What?!" And he said, "There are 2, you are having twins." And she said "WHAT?!" (Well, actually she said something else, but since this is a G rated blog, for the most part, we will just paraphrase what she said.) And then the room started to spin, very fast.

Now Joanna is somewhere around 9 weeks pregnant with twins, sick as a dog and lazy as an old one too. Her pants don't fit, she can't stay awake and cries at the drop of a hat, but she wouldn't change it for the world. The tiny miracles will make their debut sometime this summer and M and Joanna cannot wait. It is going to be an amazing year, people.

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Hey, remember that time I said this about CB's first year?
"I have no idea how we survived. I really, really don't. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and that scares the crap out of me. I don't know what is in our future that we need to be stronger for."

Call me crazy, but I think this just might be the reason we needed to be stronger, and yes, it scares the crap out of me. There is nothing that can prepare you for the moment when you find out that you are carrying two precious lives in your uterus. It is really quite amazing how much your life can change in the course of one innocent ultrasound. Since I found out we are having twins, I have been having a constant conversation with God, praying that the babies are ok and that they both arrive healthy this summer. The shock has pretty much worn off and has started to turn to excitement, but I am still scared. So if you want to pray, meditate, send good vibes and energy or do whatever it is you do, you can do so with us in mind. So far, this pregnancy has been full of surprises and challenges and it is only the beginning.

12 comments:

The Smith Family said...

YAYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad you've traded in your shock for excitement--what an amazing blessing!!!!!!!! Wooohoooooo!!! Hope you feel better soon--T1 is almost over!!! ;)

Hilary said...

Congratulations, JoAnna!!! I really cannot believe you are having twins, but gosh darnit I'm excited for you. I'll definitely keep you in my prayers!

clanelder said...

Congratulations! Congratulations! I'm so thrilled for you! And I'm getting my "troops" on it right now. So take good care of yourself. Cry, eat and do whatever and know that you have lots of support and love for ALLLLLL of you.

Tom Bernice Tommy Nicky Hammond said...

Yesss!!!! Congratulations to you and M! Our prayers are with you:)

John and Francis said...

We are delighted with your news! And, of course, you all (6) are in our prayers. Hope that the worst of the pregnancy symptoms will diminish soon, JoAnna. Much love from your Alaskan family.

Jenn said...

Congratulations!! I will keep praying for your two tiny babes, your two big ones, and you and M. as you embark on this new journey. Jo, you are the toughest girl I know, and if anyone can do this brilliantly, it's you.

Vanessa Merrie said...

I'm 27 weeks along, due in April, and soo glad I'm not in your position with twins! But what a blessing they will be in your life! You seem meant to be a mom, and a good one at that. Congrats! Vanessa

faganface said...

I am soooo excited for you & M and I thought you were messing around on your status on facebook!! I will for sure pray for you and be soooo excited for you too! Soooo are you guys staying in Germany or coming to US still?? Just wondering w/ the babies now?!?!? Love ya girl!!

CassieHumble said...

Wow! Well congratulations. I have a friend who is having twins sometime in the next few weeks. I remember how freaked out she was when she found out too. She has gone back and forth between excited and scared to death. I think she's finally ready. lol I'm sure you will be too by the time they get here. :)

Lanie said...

I have been waiting for you to post this! Congratulations! And we will be praying for you here in Houston!

ginny said...

congrats!

Charmaine said...

Oh. My. God! Congratulations Joanna, I am so incredibly happy for you! You have some amazing challenges ahead of you, but what a terrific adventure to embark upon! Praying for all of you!