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Wednesday 29 February 2012


Welcome to the Multi-Coloured Blog Swap which has been organised by Trouble Doubled.  Don't forget to check out the other great blogs taking part for some great posts.

This post has been provided by Karen of Tales of a Twin Mum as part of the Multi-Coloured Blog Swap Carnival.

The day our world changed (1 May 2009)

 I lay on the bed and lifted my jumper, hardly daring to breathe.  The sonographer squirted cold gel onto my barely-there bump and swished the scanner in the goo.  Being pregnant had been the best diet I could have imagined; I’d already lost 10lb.  Within two days of conceiving I’d started being sick and hadn’t stopped since.  I tried to distract myself from throwing up by concentrating on the joy of seeing my baby.  At least morning sickness (‘all day sickness’ seemed more appropriate) was supposed to be an indicator of a healthy baby, or that’s what the midwife kept telling me…

‘It’s twins,’ said the sonographer, calmly breaking the silence. ‘There’s no easy way to tell you so I just thought I’d get it straight out.’

She carried on prodding my tummy as though she hadn’t just landed an enormous bombshell.  Matt squeezed my hand tightly and I squeezed it back, not daring to take my eyes off her in case she suddenly burst out laughing to tell us it was a joke.

‘Twins?’ Matt and I asked in shocked unison.  ‘Yes. There’s two babies there, look,’ she said pointing at the screen.  ‘Were you not expecting two?’  ‘Twins?’ we both replied again.   We looked at each other, unable to speak.  Everything felt like it was running in slow motion. My heart felt like it was going to beat right out of my chest. I wanted to scream.  Tears stabbed at my eyes but I tried to hold them in.  The sonographer seemed to be taking it in her stride, as though it happened to her everyday.  Maybe it did, but to us twins was massive. 

We’d been dreaming of one baby for a whole twelve weeks, we’d planned the nursery, looked at prams…but twins changed everything.  It felt like the rug had been pulled out from under us.  What we had been expecting was wonderful; what we now had was the most amazing, precious, spectacular thing we could ever have asked for.  It felt like winning the lottery; better in fact, as we didn’t even know we’d bought a ticket.

Matt and I didn’t look at one another again as our eyes were firmly fixed on the screen, watching our babies bounce in response to the nudge of the scanner.  We were deep in our own thoughts, but joined together through a new bond that was greater than anything we had expected.  It felt like we were sharing something that nobody else had ever experienced.  We gripped hands and counted our blessing as the pictures of our two perfect little beings were printed.

 ‘You’re allowed double the number of scan prints for your money seeing as you’ve got two babies,’ the sonographer told us proudly.

Just one of the perks of expecting more than one.

Thank you Karen, I am so pleased to have hosted your post - it is a lovely story and your babes are gorgeous.


  1. Great post and beautiful babies. x

  2. I remember shaking in shock when the sonographer told us. I think I might have sworn a little too, but he said he'd heared worse. The babies are gorgeous.

  3. A lovely post, the joy of finding out the news of twins comes across so well,
    thank you for sharing this.
    Beautiful photographs too.

    Jan x

  4. What a wonderful read & such beautiful babies xx

  5. A lovely read and coincidentally I have just heard from a friend who is expecting and there is a slim possibility of twins.

  6. Brought a tear to my eye! Such beautiful pictures!

  7. A lovely story :) The date on the post was 2009 does that mean the babies are nearly 3 now? It would be lovely to see what they look like now, if that's possible.

  8. Thanks for the lovely comments everyone, and thanks to Jill for being my blog swap host! And yes, they are almost two and a half now so they don't always look this cute in the midst of the terrible two tantrums! This is a link to how they look now: xx

    1. Thank you for sharing this link, it was lovely to see what they are like now!

  9. What a lovely post! I can't imagine what it must be like to receive happy news like that and you have written about it so beautifully! Such sweet babies.

  10. That must have been the most scary but amazing surprise. The photos are absolutely beautiful. You must be so proud x


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