Okay, so TD and I have processed this a bit more and I can honestly say I'm abso-frickin'-lutely overjoyed. Insta-family. One epidural, one delivery, straight to menopause as far as I'm concerned. I'd never conceived of myself having more than two kiddos at all, so this is GREAT! TD has been tearing up for the past 24 hours and is so happy.
So, here's a bit more about the situation (in case you're interested) - the twinlings seem to be fraternal (thank you Uncle Clomid - although there's a chance they could be early split identicals) - they have separate everything (placentas, etc.), so that reduces the risk significantly. ALTHOUGH, upon talking to my mother-in-law yesterday, she informed us that TD has two cousins (brothers) who both have sets of twins. Ahem. Never knew that little tidbit.
The big thing now is that they need to cook thoroughly, so I might be on bedrest at the end of the summer (as though I wouldn't be laying around listless already). Rebel Lettriste just had 38 1/2 week full term twins (you're my new hero, lady!), so I have a goal! Dr. Canadienne (new name for our baby doc who is from Quebec originally) said that all looks fantastic and that if I can hold out past 35 weeks, she'd be very pleased. I'm at 12 right now.
Here's how it went and how we're apparently the furthest along parents to find out they're having twins in the history of the very large, modern OB-GYN practice we go to:
(*Darkened room, MW lays prone on the table, TD hovers nearby, we squint at the screen*)
Ultrasound tech: (*making conversation as she boots the computer thingy up*) So, how far along are you?
MW: 12 weeks today!
UT: Cool! Almost through the first trimester - quite an accomplishment.
MW: Yep - whoa! Is that blob the baby??
UT: Uh-huh - two strong heartbeats...lemme see if I can get a better picture...
MW: Exsqueeze me? Two?
UT: Yep. One. Two.
MW & TD: (*in unison*) WHAT??!!
UT: You do know there's two in there, right?
MW: No, there's not. Look again.
UT: No need, see for yourself...Baby A and Baby B.
(*MW & TD squint harder and see one manatee twitch and then a second manatee twitch!!*)
MW: Holy shit. Babe, how are you??
TD: (*mouth open*) F*ck.
UT: (*shaking with silent mirth*) I've never had anyone going into their 2nd trimester not knowing there were two - didn't you have really bad morning sickness?
MW: I never had morning sickness. What the hell - shouldn't someone have caught this? Babe, are you okay?
TD: (*voice muffled from putting his head between his knees*) We have to think of more names...
MW: I have to finish my book, like NOW.
So, that was it - we have pics of Uno and Dos (handily labeled b/c I can't tell which end is up) and news spread like wildfire throughout the practice. Apparently, no one ever did a check on the quantity of the hormone in my blood, they just confirmed what the 75 home preg tests we'd done indicated: we were pregnant. We only heard one heartbeat on the doppler and didn't think to look for a second one!
These are the good things about having twins:
1) The diaper period will be over for both our kids at the same time. Sweet.
2) All of my twin friends say the bond between twin siblings is amazing and fun - no toddler getting jealous about the new baby, etc.
3) We have nothing to compare it to, so it won't be twice the work. It'll just be the work.
4) I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of it. It's 8:30AM and I'm already wanting mac and cheese...
My most immediate concern is getting this book manuscript revised and OUT - the Egg will shove off again next month!!! I have the fall semester as maternity leave and then the fall of my 5th year as research leave - I'll teach 2 classes in the spring semester on autopilot. I believe I will get no research done in AY 2010-2011. Maybe I'm wrong, but if my book is under contract before the aliens emerge, then I'll feel damn secure.