So, today marks the thirty-fifth week in this pregnancy of mine, and it seems like an appropriate time to write a little post about the whole endeavor. A lot of women have asked me if being pregnant with twins is very different from carrying one baby, or just what it is like in general. The truth is that it is a lot like being pregnant with one, just more. It is as though you read one manuscript about pregnancy, and then the same thing was re-submitted to you in all caps with reckless use of exclamation points. The content is familiar, but somehow the tone has escalated.
My stretch marks, which once looked like a tasteful flame decal on an El Camino, have now out-done the most over-embellished jacked-up monster truck around. We just aren’t proceeding in moderation any more. When the babies move, I can start feeling downright motion sick. And I should mention that the babies love to move. It usually seems like they wake each other up. One will start moving, that little stretchy feeling, and after a little bit, the other will suddenly kick violently. I think it must be funny to have someone poke you in the eye while you are still in the womb. But speaking of poking, when I wake up in the mornings, the babies seem to be just firing up a Jane Fonda workout video, and I have to sit up in bed, prop pillows behind my back, and devote my attention to pushing very busy feet out of my ribs.
The other day marked a real turning point for me – time for emergency measures. As I stood in the dressing room at Ross, I called out to my Mom, “These sweatpants aren’t even maternity, they are too tight in the rear, and I am going to buy them and wear them every day until I deliver these children.” She insisted on me buying three pairs, since I really will be wearing them every day, and to be truthful I am sure they will be a postpartum staple too.
It is pretty funny and unknown to think about labor, because I just can’t imagine exactly what will happen. Luckily, I know a good way to find out. I tell myself that it will probably be like delivering a twelve pound, 42″ baby. That doesn’t sound too bad.
We are looking forward to meeting these little people, looking forward to moving out of pregnancy and into this next stage, no matter how funny it will be. It is a very sweet privilege to be having twins, and one that you just can’t help but see as being one of those truly hilarious things God loves to do for us.
14 thoughts on “Double Time”
I got such a chuckle out of reading this blog post! I can relate to some of it being myself the mother of twins. My little guys are now 2 1/2. It is quite an adventure huh? It sounds like you are doing well in the pregnancy. 35 weeks…that is great! I will continue to pray for you and for the babies. Life is going to get even more exciting believe me! But it is an oh so sweet kind of exciting! Just enjoy it!
Oh Lizzie Jank, I just love your sweet disposition and sense of humor in your present doubly blessed state! You are doing a good work – may God continue to bless His people through you as you adorn the gospel.
We likewise are blessed by your joyful witness and will be praying for the delivery. May the Lord bless you and your family, all six of you. 🙂
Joe and Jen
I love this post! So funny. Tasteful flames? Hee hee.
Your thankful attitude is apparent – thanks for being an example to us all, even if we aren’t in the same situation.
Hey, if you need Fuzzi Bunz for those babies, let me know! 🙂 I see many diapers in your future…
I am 34 and 1/2 weeks pregnant- only one little bundle though. You’re in my thoughts- our Lord is good!
You’ve got the right sense of humor to have twins!
I really enjoy reading your posts, but I must say that you find the weirdest things comforting. 12lb 42″? lol
I really did have a 12 lb., 4 oz. and 24 in. baby and it really wasn’t all that bad! ( Well, ALL labor is bad but that was one of my easier ones.)
Keep your sense of humor and enjoy those babies! =)
Thanks for the insights! I’ve wondered about that myself (Ben and I are both up genetically for doubleminters). We’ll be praying for your comfort and for the baby’s safe arrival. Blessings!
I’m so glad to hear of someone being GLAD to have twins! As one myself for 36 years, it’s a heck of a lot of fun. Congrats to you!
I love the Turkish saying to pregnant women, which translates as: “May you be delivered with just one shout.” In your case let it be two shouts.
May they be safely delivered! I’ve heard, from hearsay, that the second one is easier to deliver. 😉 The first will certainly be a good distraction.
I’ve enjoyed reading your posts about your twin pregnancy! 🙂 Our twin girls will be 4 on December 22. Being pregnant with twins was so exciting – but the blessings of seeing them change and grow outside the womb is even more thrilling! May you and your family realize the “double blessings” again and again as you watch your covenant treasures change and grow into little people.
Really good and really interesting post. I expect (and other readers maybe :)) new useful posts from you!
Good luck and successes in blogging!