Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wonder Twin Power, Activate! Form of... GIRLS!
Yes, that's right! Geof and I found out this afternoon that we're having twin GIRLS! We are SOOO excited! According to the doctor, their measurements are excellent, and they are progressing well. We could not ask for better news!
As you can imagine, the Wonder Twins' photographer father was fully equipped with his camera and Blackberry during the ultrasound appointment at Rex Hospital. Geof snapped the shot below right after the technician squirted the jelly stuff on my belly and started to slide the palm-held probe around.
This photo shows me smiling widely as I gaze upon our squirming little ladies! They are so amazing! I can't believe how much they've grown since our last ultrasound! (Shortly after Geof took the picture below, I realized he might continuing snapping away through the entire appointment and miss the phenomenal images on the screen. So, I quietly whispered, "You're missing it." With an "Oh!" he immediately put away the camera and left the photography to the almighty ultrasound machine. I guess you could call it an occupational hazard. :) )
This ultrasound picture shows both babies. Twin B is on top; Twin A is on the bottom. Their heads are at opposite ends. The technician said there was a good amount of "fluid" in their little sacks, so we assume they're not too cramped in there just yet.
Meet Twin A! She is our tiny introvert. At every ultrasound we've ever had, she's always shied away from the camera. Last time, we got a great picture of her back! This time, however, she allowed us to capture a nice profile shot! She does not move around quite as much as her sister. She prefers to stay tucked up in a ball and practice yoga in utero. Her heart rate registers 150 beats per minute. Very healthy!
Meet Twin B! She is our tiny extrovert. She LOVES getting her picture taken (sound like anyone you know?) and is always happy to mug for the camera! Today, she was dancing and twisting and wiggling around. In fact, she was so squirmy that the technician had a hard time getting her heart beat to register. When she finally did, it measured 160 bpm. She is certainly going to be the party animal. Even the technician said, "She'll be the one that says to her sister, 'It's okay do that. Mom and Dad won't care. We'll clean it up, and they'll never know.'" Great.
As if in response to that comment, Twin A wanted to let us know everything would be okay, so she flashed us the "peace sign," which you can see in the photo below. Apparently, she's already channeling her family tree. I'll never forget the first time I met Geof's mom, Linda. As we drove up to the restaurant, she was standing by the door and flashed me a peace sign. Not knowing how to appropriately respond, I waved. Geof said, "She was a hippie," as if to explain the display. I like to think that even though Linda is in heaven, she's sending us a small "sign" to let us know she's watching over the Wonder Twins.
Geof and I decided to celebrate today's big news by going to Babies R' Us on a nursery planning adventure. We're thinking about using chocolate and varied shades of pink on the nursery walls and in the bedding. Geof found a great bed set with butterflies on it. So cute! Never thought he'd be excited about butterflies and pink, did you?
I'm not a huge fan of yellow and green. So, I didn't go baby clothes shopping before we found out the sexes. (I've REALLY been looking forward to baby clothes shopping!) So, tonight, we went. We found the perfect outfits, which I'm holding in the picture below. The purple and white onesy says "My twin did it!" The hot pink one says "Save the drama for your mama!" Hilarious. We bought two of the purple ones. Although we don't plan to dress the girls alike, we couldn't resist getting a "twin set" for them!
I found another outfit I think is perfect for Father's Day! Awwww....
In summary, today was a wonderful day! We were definitely surprised by the news that the Wonder Twins are girls, but that seems to be the theme of this pregnancy. First, we were surprised to learn we were having twins, and after assuming for months that one of the babies would surely be a boy, mother nature proved us wrong! The great part is all these surprises are incredible surprises!
Granted, Geof is understandably nervous about being totally outnumbered in the house. Even Stella the Cat is female! But, he's definitely up for the estrogen challenge! I promised to teach him how to do pigtails and ponytails like a champion stylist and tie hair bows with the best of them. I have a feeling the babies are going to be "Daddy's girls" no matter how lopsided their hairdos may be. :)