TWINS?

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This picture was taken a day before the pregnancy tests confirmed what I already knew.

When we got pregnant with the babies I knew the day after that I was pregnant.  I have not a clue how but I did, and I told my husband immediately.  Then when it was time for me to take the test we were snowed in.  So after two days of being stuck inside our house, and after the commissary was FINALLY opened, I scrapped the snow off of my car and rushed to buy the tests before I had to go to work.  When I got back I took a test and it was negative… I took the second test and it was negative and then I took a third test and it was POSITIVE!  I was excited/scared and in shock.  This was January of 2014 and the first pregnancy after my corrective surgery on my uterus.  I knew this could be the one… or  in this case the two.

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Because one is never enough.

After finding out about the pregnancy I ended up putting my two weeks at MAC on February 20.  I knew this pregnancy I had to take it easy this time.  Despite how much I tried to be relaxed I had some scares so I became that paranoid patient that called the doctor for every unusual thing.  And then March came along and we went for our ultrasound and as I looked at the monitor I saw two somethings, but I didn’t have the training to know exactly what I was looking at.  Then the doctor said it….. “Looks like were making up for lost time.”  I looked at my husband and his eyes looked full of fear and excitement.  The doctor confirmed, TWINS!  I gathered up my words and the only thing that could come out of my mouth was, a lot of eff words.  I mean a lot of EFF words.  I cried, I laughed so hard I sounded like a maniac.

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“Looks like were making up for lost time.”

The news came as a shock because neither one of us have twins in the family.  You can imagine as we called our family members to inform them of the unusual news, we had very interesting reactions.  We also celebrated with my first craving… Popeyes.  It took us a while to accept that we were pregnant with twins, I even found out that women over 30 and that are taller than average have higher chances of having twins.  Well in my case I fit that profile and God had big plans for us.  We even took advantage that on April 1st (April Fools Day) was our last day of our first trimester so we shared only the above picture on Facebook and the reactions were priceless.

 

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That army life.

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I would say that this picture sums up my whole experience as an army wife, right there on my face.  It was rough and I applaud every woman out there that has experienced this life because it is hard, lonely, infuriating, frightening, and exciting all in one.  I was never able to remember his company, unit, squad, brigade… all of the above.  I was judged by some for my lack of interest in all of this but all I knew was that my husband was much more than just the army.  This was not long term for us and the more involved I was I felt the more stuck I was in a lifestyle that didn’t suit me.  But I stuck it out for the love of my life and I am so happy I did.  We grew stronger and stronger every day, every 14 hour working day.

In our 4 years in the army I…

  1. Moved to North Carolina,
  2. Lived in a motel for months with my new husband with whom I never lived with before,
  3. Got my GED (at 29) after leaving high school in 10th grade,
  4. Got rehired at MAC,
  5. Went to college and figured out I’m a lot smarter than I once thought,
  6. Often waited next to our window thinking that someone was going to knock on our door and tell me my husband was not coming home, while he was deployed,
  7. Had corrective surgery on my uterus because of multiple miscarriages,
  8. Got pregnant with twins,
  9. Found out our daughter had turners syndrome.

It was very challenging for the both of us and it is easy to see why the divorce rate is high in the army.  It was a difficult time for even us, best friends turned husband and wife, but   I met some people that I will never forget.  Some I talk to once in a while, some I never talk to anymore but every single one of them will stay with me for the rest of my life and I pray I was able to make an impact on them as well.