Last week, we had an ultrasound that pretty clearly showed ONE gestational sac. The nurse was almost certain that there was one sac. One sac = one baby, right?
Yesterday, we had another ultrasound and we got to see our baby's little heartbeat. It was so cool to see it flickering on the screen. Then... ... we saw another heartbeat. The nurse said "we're all seeing this, right? I'm not just having an eye twitch?" She searched and searched for the second sac (which is so not comfortable, I might add) but couldn't find it. So: one sac. TWO heartbeats. It seems that we may be having identical twins. The one surviving embryo split. That just doesn't happen. (It happens naturally, of course - but for a previously frozen embryo to split into twins is just amazing!)
She was able to measure both babies and they are within 2 days of each other. Baby A's heart rate is 117bpm, but we couldn't measure Baby B's heart rate. So, we'll know more next week when the sacs are bigger. It's possible that they are fraternal and Baby B's sac is just hiding. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, I'm gearing up to be the mother of twins! M has had a perma-grin on his face since the appointment. I'm pretty excited myself. We've both always wanted twins and when we started TTCing, we prayed for twins. We know we're crazy and that we'll never sleep again and we'll be broke for the rest of our lives. But we figure, with both of us having this crazy desire, it must be that God put it there. I have to admit, we were dissapointed last week to learn that there was only one baby. Don't get me wrong, we were thrilled to be pregnant and praised God immensely. But now, we're even more thrilled and praising God more than we knew was possible. The secret desire of my heart is for identical twins - and God has blessed me more than I can ever ask or imagine.
On a less joyful note.... I feel yucky. I'm pretty much nauseous all day. I haven't thrown up yet, and I thank God without ceasing for that. (I HATE throwing up.) But it's hard to be so excited and feel this yucky at the same time. It gets really bad when I haven't eaten, but if I eat too much, I feel sick too. Sucking on peppermint candy does help. We went out after Christmas and bought tons of leftover candycanes just for this pupose. (I was hoping we'd get pregnant and I knew that peppermint usually helps me.) I think I'm getting enough calories for me and both babies in candy canes alone! But, like I said - I haven't been sick enough to throw up so I'm grateful. I need to stop complaining. I'm so blessed to be pregnant!!!!