“And I see two healthy heartbeats.” Of all of the words I had hoped or feared coming from the ultrasound technician’s mouth that was certainly unexpected. Also unexpected was my husband, Jason’s seemingly non-reaction. It wasn’t until the “twins” word was used that he had the appropriate look of shock. I soon learned, that he thought the two healthy heartbeats were from me and our one, solitary baby.
While what I actually said was “WHAT?” in my mind, the line “Now you have two” from a very early Friends episode.
It is something I still say to myself when the reality of this still new life sinks in.
Now that I am thirteen months in with these guys, I think that the idea that there are two individual people here becomes increasingly importantly to remember. With so many months focusing on one pregnancy and talking about “the twins” it can be surprising when they often seem so different, as they should as two different people. While it can be frustrating when one is content to take a long nap while the other seems to have decided to stop sleeping all together, or while one is so hungry while the other is on some kind of odd baby diet, it is also so cool to see two fun personalities emerging, while their unique bond grows even stronger.