We’re Expecting Twins!

Yep, you read that right! We are officially expecting identical twins!

If you’ve been following the Lifestyle section of the blog over the last several months, then you already know about your IVF journey. We’ve been trying for 5 years to start a family and finally we can announce that we are expecting!

Lindsay and Ian hold twins sign

Photos by Hayley Jo Photography. Get the balloon here.

In my post last week, IVF: The Pregnancy Tests, I talked about the pregnancy tests (because there are several with IVF) and left off just before the first ultrasound. So let’s pick it up there today, because as I mentioned last week, it’s been a little nutty around here.

So we went into our first ultrasound knowing I was pregnant and just hoping to get to see a little heartbeat. We know that’s the first hurdle with any pregnancy, so I was dying to see one. As the doctor began the ultrasound, we were able to see the baby. A teeny tiny little baby, but there it was – and it’s heartbeat! Yay!

So the doctor is taking some measurements and we’re all happy and watching things and the next thing you know she says, “Oh! There’s another one!”

Now keep in mind that we transferred just one embryo. We were very intentional in that decision. In fact, just a couple days before this ultrasound, the hubs and I were walking Jessie and he said to me, “Could you imagine if it was twins?”

My response – “That wouldn’t happen. We only transferred one embryo. The chances of it splitting are like 2%. Wouldn’t happen.”

Clearly the joke was on me! And crazily enough, I found it hilarious.

ultrasound photos of twinsPhotos by Hayley Jo Photography.

When the doctor said there were two babies, it’s hard to even describe what went through my head. Total shock. Like, are you sure??? And once I realized it was not a joke, I just started laughing. Uncontrollably. The irony and the shock were too much. I think I might have momentarily lost my mind a bit.

The doctor kept doing her thing while I was laughing and eventually had to ask me to stop laughing because she couldn’t get accurate measurements. At that point, I had to look away from the monitor because every time I saw two of them on there, I just couldn’t stop laughing. I couldn’t believe it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Eventually she let us know that both heartbeats were visible on the monitor at the same time so that I could look. Again, when I saw them both, I just started laughing all over again. I had totally imagined crying when I saw a heartbeat for the first time. This laughing stuff was out of control and had to have been the shock.

So once the doctor was done and I sat up, she proceeded to tell us that she believed the babies were in one amniotic sac and may or may not share a placenta. It would be a high risk pregnancy that could include hospitalization at some point. I’d need to find a high risk OB.

Honestly, none of that sunk it at that moment. I already knew twins were high risk. I knew nothing about amniotic sacs and placentas and what it all meant. I just knew it was twins and my mind couldn’t process anything else. Honestly, I was still holding back laughter.

Lindsay and Ian holding shirts that say worth the waitPhotos by Hayley Jo Photography. Get the onesies here.

When the doctor left the room, the nurse talked to us a little more and made a recommendation on a doctor’s office and suggested we schedule an appointment ASAP because we’d want to meet with the high risk OB. It all still wasn’t sinking in.

The whole rest of the day, we called friends and family and told them the news – that we were having twins. We got lots of “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh” and even some laughter, which naturally I related to. ๐Ÿ™‚ I sat on the couch most of the day totally in shock. I think it hit me so hard because I truly had not even let the possibility of twins enter my mind.

Eventually we called my mom again and while chatting with her, the hubs mentioned that he’d looked up what the doctor was telling us about amniotic sacs and placentas. Apparently the situation we were looking at was called Mono-Mono twins, otherwise known as “MoMo Twins.”

I heard him, but still couldn’t process much. I was very much like, ok, yea. That’s cool.

As the shock started to wear off, I googled. Turns out twins normally have their own amniotic sac and placenta, called Di-Di. In rare cases, you’ll have Mono-Di twins that share a placenta, but have their own amniotic sacs. In even more rare cases (apparently less than 1% of identical twins), you’ll have Mono-Mono twins, which share both an amniotic sac and placenta. Not only is it the most rare situation, it’s also the most high risk and there’s very little information about it to be found online.

Lindsay and Ian with twins balloon bannerPhotos by Hayley Jo Photography.

What I did find was that because of the sharing of the amniotic sac and placenta, the twins are at risk of two things. The first is twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, where one twin basically gets more nutrition, blood supply, etc than the other. It can result in one baby growing better than the other and can even result in the death of one baby. The other risk, which is actually the greater concern, is umbilical cord entanglement. Because they are in the same sac, as they begin to move around, their cords will wrap around one another. While it isn’t always an issue, it can create a situation where blood supply, etc, gets cut off and again, can result in death.

It took several weeks and various doctors appointments before I really understood what it all meant and how it meant this pregnancy would play out. Plus, I wanted to hear from my doctor, not the internet.

I was able to get an appointment with my high risk OB a couple weeks later. Because of our unique situation, we “graduated” from our IVF clinic more quickly than usual, at 7 weeks. Once I started seeing my OB, answers started rolling in.

Here’s the gist. Because of the high risk situation, once I hit 24 weeks (I’m at 12 weeks on Sunday, so 24 weeks will be mid-November), I will become an inpatient at the hospital. They will monitor the babies several times a day to make sure heartbeats are ok. If at some point the cord entanglement creates an issue with one or both heartbeats, they will do an emergency c-section. So once I go into the hospital at 24 weeks, the babies could be born at any time, depending on how things go. If all goes smoothly and there’s no issues from entanglement, we could go all the way to 32-34 weeks before delivering the babies. They wouldn’t be allowed to go any further than 34 weeks. The risk becomes too high.

So. I’m going into the hospital in November and will hopefully be there for about 2 1/2 months. The intention is to prevent complications before they become an issue. Once the babies are born (they will be preemies for sure, it’s just a matter of how preemie), they will spend some time in the NICU. Again, the amount of time depends on when they make their appearance.

ultrasound picture of twins held by Lindsay & IanPhotos by Hayley Jo Photography.

To say this information has all been a little overwhelming is a bit of an understatement. It’s A LOT to take in. I am trying to prepare myself for not being able to be in the kitchen for an extended period of time, as I’ll be hospitalized and then I’ll have babies in the NICU. The preparation for basically being “away from the office” is overwhelming and something I have to take day by day. This blog is my full time job and it’s an important part of our household income.

Plus, we will basically have the next 3 months to prepare ourselves and our home for bringing home two babies. SO MUCH TO DO! I am normally such a planner and enjoy the process of things. This is all going to be a challenge, but again – day by day.

On the plus side though, my doctor is awesome! Despite this being an unusual pregnancy and very high risk, he’s actually delivered two sets of these kind of twins in just the last 4 years, which is awesome. He knows all about them and seems super prepared to handle it, which makes me feel better and more confident.

So if you’ve noticed changes around the blog lately – like posting less often per week and slower response time with comments and emails – it’s because there’s SO MUCH TO DO! I literally never have enough time each day to do all the things I want to get done. And I’m so tired and haven’t really felt all that well. Food and I aren’t exactly besties right now and sleep constantly alludes me. So I’m doing my best, but bear with me if I seem out of sorts. I am! ๐Ÿ™‚

All that said, aside from the craziness of it all and how overwhelming it can seem, we are truly SO excited! All of this news was a shock, but now that the shock has worn off, we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome TWO babies! We already love them so much and can’t wait to meet then whenever they decide to join us. We are so incredibly thankful for these babies. We had no idea was God had in store for us all this time, and still don’t entirely know what to expect, but we are so thankful and can’t wait to see it all play out. These babies are a huge blessing and we can’t wait to be their parents.

So definitely stay tuned! This journey is just beginning! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lindsay and Ian celebrating that twins are worth the waitPhotos by Hayley Jo Photography.

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269 Comments
  1. Kim

    Congratulations from a fellow veteran of the fertility wars! Mine is heading off to his freshman year of college tomorrow. You have such a lovely, thrilling road ahead!

  2. Alison

    Congratulations to you both Lindsay!!! I’m sooooo excited for you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ This brings a smile to my face knowing your prayers have been answered!!

  3. Huma

    Congratulations!!! I couldn’t be more happy for you guys!!! From the bottom of my heart i wish nothing but the best of health and luck with your amazing journey!!!

  4. Jan Miller

    That is such wonderful news! Congratulations to both of you. God is in control and His timing is best and His plan is best for us, even though we don’t always see it at the time. Looking forward to updates on your progress! May God bless you through this journey!

  5. Donna Moresea

    Congratulations. Will keep you in my prayers and pray for “2” healthy babies. I make many of your recipes and totally understand your need to concentrate on more important things than being in the kitchen. Rest and following the doctor’s orders is most important. Excited to follow this beautiful journey with you!

  6. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    Lindsay, I was JUST praying for you this morning! And then I open my computer and this is the first email I see!! I’m so, so, so, so, so, so happy for you. Please, kick your feet up. We’re all just do excited to hear about your journey!

  7. Aunt J

    Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! You said it was nutty and have not disappointed us. Fastening my seat belt and looking forward to enjoying the ride with you.

  8. Vivian Hash

    Congratulations on this wonderful news! Every time I bake one of your recipes I think about you and the difficult journey you have been on in trying to have a baby. ย I have prayed for you and your husband and so to read this news this morning literally brought tears to my eyes. I cannot express how happy I am for you both. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. I wish you the most wonderful and uneventful filled pregnancy and pray that you all remain happy and healthy. May God continue to bless your little family ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Dana

    I couldn’t help getting choked up sharing your good news! So happy for you. God amazes me all the time…He is so good. Congratulations on your double blessing!

  10. Brittany

    Aww!! I am so so so happy for you and your hubby!! Definitely double the blessings and double the love!! I will keep you in my prayers! God is in control and His ways are perfect!! Just continue to trust in Him and everything will work together for good and exactly according to His plan.ย 

    And we understand your break from the kitchen and will all be here when you get back!! Your health and babies health are the most important!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ruth

    Wow! Congratulations Lindsay! I am so, so pleased for you. You more than deserve this, and your prayers have indeed been answered (doubly so!). Take very good care of yourself, and enjoy every minute, because it goes so very fast. I know that you will make a fantastic Mom. I have learnt so much from your blog (and I can finally decorate a cake thanks to you!). God bless.

  12. Robyn Bellinger

    Congratulations! You are in for the most wonderful ride of your life. My Twins (MO/MO) turned 17 on Monday 8/14. My OBGYN had delivered babies for 35 years and mine were his first set of Mono/Mono twins. We associated a high risk specialist and with both doctors and the grace of God, I made it to 34 weeks. Both boys weighed exactly 5lbs and spent 21 days in the NICU. The best advice is to stay calm and don’t stress about “what if”. I made myself crazy reading every worse case scenario. Enjoy your pregnancy and get all the rest you can! Babies are beautiful blessings and I’m so very happy for you and your husband. Best wishes and keep those updates coming!

  13. Jill

    Such great news! I have been following your journey for the past several years and am soooo happy for you and the hubs!

  14. Holly N @ Spend With Pennies

    Congratulations Lindsay and Ian! I couldn’t be more thrilled for both of you and absolutely can’t wait to meet your little ones!

  15. Tina

    OMG I am so happy for you two, congratulations. I myself am a twin (not identical) and know from stories I’ve heard about me and my sister that it may be double the bad things, like dirty diapers, but it’s also double the love! Best wishes and prayers for you and the babies!!

    1. Lindsay

      Absolutely! We’ve been told by friends with twins that it can be tough, but it’s also the best thing ever. We can’t wait! Thanks Tina!

  16. Jennifer Williamson

    Hello Lindsay,
    I bought your book a few months ago and love receiving you emails.
    We had over nine years of waiting to have children. It was not possible for us to conceive naturally. After a couple of goes of ICSI treatments (a slightly more involved form of IVF), several miscarriages and heartache later, we gave birth to twins. Nowhere near as complicated as we have girl/boy twins but I was hospitalised several times and bled continually for weeks. It was so scary but a few weeks earlier than planned, Miss Ellie and Jack were born in 1992. We then miraculously went on to have another daughter without any medical intervention. Twins were far easier – you don’t have time to think, you just have to get on with things. Sleep can be a bit of a problem but you will get into a routine that suits you soon enough, The important thing is what suits YOU BOTH, not what others say or books suggest. We chose to have evening to ourselves and put them to bed by 7pm, which meant we were up early every morning. We didn’t bath them every night as that would have taken too long. We took them lots of places – yes you have a fair bit of packing with you but we were determined not to be like several friends/family members and give up living because we had two children. We all flew to the USA when they were 10 months old. Back then, several of your stores offered multiplicity discounts! The benefits well outway the drawbacks. Yes it’s more expensive but it is easier for you- less choice when it comes to strollers/prams/etc. I would have been over-whelmed with choosing if it had just been for one child. They will always have a play buddy. They learn to share from day one. You become an even better planner and organiser and you are blessed beyond your wildest dreams. I was far more stressed after the birth of our singleton as I had more time to worry. You don’t have time to worry about the small stuff and I think that’s far healthier. I give occasional talks to expectant parents of twins. I never had that when I was expecting but to be able to answer their questions, no matter how little, is a great privilege. It is also a wonderful feeling seeing their faces change and relax afterwards as most parents to be, especially the dads, come in looking shocked. My husband’s reaction was cartoon like with a pound sign and dollar sign in each eye! Good luck. You can update the blog from hospital only if you feel up to it and you’ll be amazed what you can still do with two babies in tow! I would definitely recommend a beanbag to sit them both in and you can pull them through to whatever room you are in the house. Plus it is better for their backs than a bouncy chair and you only have to buy one, not two! Apologies for this being so long but I get excited when anyone is expecting multiples

    1. Lindsay

      We actually did ICSI with our IVF as well. Thanks so much for all the advice, Jennifer! Definitely helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚ We are fortunate to have some friends just down the road who has twins a few years ago and it’s been great to be able to reach out to them too. Yay for twins!

  17. Vicki in Birmingham

    Congratulations!!! Prayers for you and the babies…praying for a safe and uneventful pregnancy, a safe delivery and happy, healthy babies!

  18. Teija

    Tears again – I’m so happy for you guys! Another wonderful beginning to a Friday!! God bless the four of you on a healthy journey. Like some other readers said, we’ll miss you but take care of yourself (I know you definitely know this!) and we WILL be here when you “get back”….We look forward to updates! Hugs!!

  19. Brooke

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. Take care of yourself and getting ready for a really FULL house. November will be here before you know it! We will all understand and be here when you can reach out to us through your posts. ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. jacklyn

    i have just made a prayer for you Lindsay. May those babies hide in the shadow of the Almighty where there is no complication. Psalm 91:1

  21. victoria breen

    Congrats, Lindsay! What a wonderful blessing. As a mother of five, I have some advice…………put your feet up as much as you can during the day and work will always wait! Prioritize, and bask in your glory!!!!!!!!! I always wanted twins,myself! Take care of yourself!

  22. Shari Giarrap

    Awesome!!! Congratulations!!! What a wonderful feeling. Take it one day at a time and feel each day to the best and write it all down. If you don’t. It’s hard to remember because you are going through so much. Enjoy!!!

  23. Amanda Nolt

    Congratulations! I have twin boys that are twin to twin transfusion survivors!! They where born at 29 weeks, little but mighty ๐Ÿ™‚ ! They are 7 now. God is good! Prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy for you and the babies!

    1. Lindsay

      That’s so great to hear! Glad they are doing well! I’m sure it was scary! God is so good! Thanks Amanda! ๐Ÿ™‚

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