Thursday, June 23, 2011

BIG NEWS!!!!!!!

I remember it clear as day, I was in the middle of a brick workout.  I rode on the street towards our house, up the driveway, unclipped my shoe… and the garage door started opening.  “That is odd” I think to myself, “I must have caught my wife just leaving, rather interesting timing.”  I stopped my watch and she came out the door to meet me.  “Hey, how was the ride?” ‘Good” I replied, “Headed out for a quick (40 minute) run now.” She looked at me and uttered two words that will change our lives forever!

“I’m pregnant!” With a huge smile on her face.  I was shocked, sweaty, excited, and my adrenaline started pumping through my veins like I had just won the lottery.  We had been planning/trying/whatever you call it, so it was not unexpected, but to hear the words… it changes everything.  It is for real now.  We celebrated a few minutes, but as any spouse will tell you, hugging after a hard workout isn’t always the most attractive thing!  She had been stalking me on my ride, knowing I would be home soon, so as soon as she saw me, she opened the door to tell me the news! 

She had plans that evening with her sister and obviously wanted to tell me first!  I headed out on my run after a few minutes and had an blazing fast run from the adrenaline rush! 

I could stop the story here, but I realize it would be a pretty short post, so I will add some more to beef it up a bit, hopefully you will find it worth reading.

Trakkers that were in Knoxville, yes we knew at that point.  Mike Moore, sorry we had to give a generic response when you asked if we were considering kids!  “Why yes, we absolutely are considering having kids someday…” We just did not define someday with a date! 

It amazed me how much your mentality shifts and how quickly it happens.  We go from a married couple with only really our lives to worry about, to immediately being concerned for babies health.   At our first appointment, the physician’s assistant who was doing the ultrasound said to us “Here you can see you have a healthy baby with a good heartbeat” A wave of emotion hit.  Holy cow, we did that, that little flashing pixel on the screen, that’s the heart beat of our baby!  Although the measurement was only .43 cm, roughly the size of a sunflower seed, not including the shell!  Technology is pretty cool! We looked at each other and smiled.

I think that moment was broken when we heard the following words “Now I don’t want to scare you guys, but…” Our excitement quickly changed to looks of concern “Ok what is wrong, what did she see?” 

 “You guys have two healthy babies in there!” 

“Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh…… oooooooookkkkkkkkkkkaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy…………” Was the exact response.  Here are my wife and I, shocked by what we just heard.  I will come to find out that I apparently went white as a ghost, but stayed upright!  That is right… you heard it correctly… TWINS!!!! I saw a tweet by teammate Heather(runfastermommy) that cracked me up the other week.

I am all for a good deal, but holy cow… two?!?  Just when you get your mind wrapped around becoming parents and everything that means… you get this curve ball.  As my wife and I said… it is God’s way of saying, “You guys can be planners and try to have control over things as much as you want… but just remember it is My plan” 

I am a numbers guy, no secret there.  You know… 1+1=2 

In this case, I am not thinking that is quite valid logic.  The sum of the products is not the product of the sums.  1+1 != 2

Fast forward to Today.  We are both 100% as close as you can be to accepting adjusting to the thought of twins.  I cannot imagine it any other way!  The last little nugget of info for this post.  They seem to believe the twins are identical! 

We are very excited to begin this journey!


Jeff - DangleTheCarrot June 23, 2011 at 3:29 PM  

How exciting! Congrats!

Kacie Darden June 23, 2011 at 3:44 PM  

HUGE news! Congrats! I can't wait to hear more!!!

Kelly June 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

Yay!! Congrats! I really wanted twins when we got pregnant with our second because I knew my husband only wanted 2 kids and that would be the only way I ever had 3, so I'm super jealous!! Twins rock! (also, my uncles are twins and they are really cool.)

Dianna on Maui June 23, 2011 at 7:27 PM  

That's awesome! Congrats to both of you!!

Colleen June 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM  

AHHHHHHH! Jeff, that's absolutely fantastic news!!! So excited for you and your wife! Congrats!!!

Like we told my sister in law before she had her twins... double the fun and insta-family! :)

treadster June 24, 2011 at 8:14 AM  

Congrats! Now, when's the garage sale?

LittleRachet June 24, 2011 at 8:49 AM  

Wow!!! Huge congrats to you guys!!!

Anonymous June 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM  

SOOOO happy for you!!! Very exciting. You will now be TriDaddy :)

Anonymous June 24, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

congrats! Exciting times for sure!

Running Diva Mom June 25, 2011 at 6:59 PM  

Just found your blog -- looking forward to learning more from ya!

Josh Scobey June 27, 2011 at 11:49 AM  


Mark Vanis June 28, 2011 at 7:00 AM  

Yay! I'm excited... Going to be harder for uncle Mark to spoil two kids at a time, though....

I'll get a second job.

Laura June 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

Congrats!!! :) So exciting. I remember that moment vividly.

A few pieces of advice from 'the other side":
2. Only YOU and YOUR WIFE and YOUR BABIES will know anything about how to get you all the most amount of sleep. Whatever works for you.. go for it and ignore books/people's advice.
3. if anyone starts to tell you or your wife any 'twin pregnancy horror stories' RUN in the other direction. Believe that you will have only the perfect pregnancy.
4. Practice being flexible now.
5. Your wife is even more amazing than you once believed her to be!!!


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