Friday, April 25, 2008

Dear Twinkies, Part II--The Beginning

Dear Luke and Dear Sam,

So this is how your story begins...in a lab. Without getting too technical, I'll just say that the doctors took a little bit of me and a little bit of Dad and mixed them both together and hoped you would grow.

As you get older, you will realize that this whole procedure involves a lot of money, drugs, needles, and pain. (And a little embarassment, since I was the only patient at the fertility clinic chasing around a wild 4-year-old and his hyper little 2-year-old sis!) You will also learn someday that most babies don't actually start in a lab. (Wait'll you hear that one, you won't believe it!)

Trust me, however, when I say that all this hassle and heartache was worth it once I got the phone call telling me I was expecting you! Remember--I had NEVER been pregnant before and had almost given up hope...and when they told me a few weeks later that there were two of you inside, I almost fell off the table. (You guys have always been full of surprises!)

The pregnancy went smoothly...for the most part. In the beginning, you two were a little particular about foods and smells and I spent a lot of extra mornings (and evenings) in the bathroom. One of you REALLY liked barbecue potato chips, so I ate a lot of those.

As you got bigger and more ready to make your appearance, I felt big and uncomfortable. With your four legs and four arms wiggling around all day I felt like I had an octopus inside me! It seemed like there just wasn't enough room for you two and the air I needed to breathe. My biggest fear was that I would pass out while driving. And though I was supposed to be eating for three, one of you seemed to be squishing my stomach. I never wanted to eat. There was just no room for food. The doctors begged me to gain weight and told me to stop exercising. (This was a first!)


I remember the day I found out you two were both boys. I came home and told Jake he was going to have two little brothers and did he have any good ideas for names? Yes! He did...Batman & Superman. When I suggested maybe we could choose names from the scriptures, he had two more good ones...Laman & Lemuel!

You two were very sweet and cooperative even before you were born. I was very worried that I'd have to go on bedrest...since twins are notorious for arriving early. With no family close by to watch your brother and sister, and your daddy's traveling schedule, I didn't know how I would be able to do it all alone. You must've heard my prayers, though, because you stayed all bundled up tight inside and didn't cause me a moment's trouble.

I was able to stay up and moving throughout the entire pregnancy. And Dad kept up his business traveling right up until the end. In fact, he almost didn't make it to the hospital in time for your arrival.

But that's another letter...

Love, Mom

13 comments:

Shally said...

One of the best things about in vitro is that picture you get of your little ones as embryos!! We keep telling Serae she is the one on the right. :)

Lauren said...

Thank you so much for sharing that beautiful letter with all of us.


My sister (I keep mentioning her to you because she had twins last June) used to say she couldn't eat either because someone was dancing a jig on her stomach :)

Ashlee said...

What a wonderful story! Your children will appreciate the letter when they are older. :0)

Tom & Rachel said...

Very sweet. I love hearing people's stories. And you were very cute pregnant. What an experience twins must have been.

BP buddy Rachel

P.S. I just randomly got an email forwarded from some guy in my ward that was titled, "For the Record." Then I randomly made the connection back to your blog. You are quite the popular blogger! :)

TravelinOma said...

Your kids are all miracle babies. And huge surprises! I remember when we found out you couldn't have any kids. You should send that doctor a family photo! (Better yet, invite him to babysit.)

cyndy said...

Happy Birthday to Sam & Luke!

Christie said...

Our whole family was laughing out loud at Jake's names for the babies. Had to read it out loud and my kids thought it was hilarious. Excellent story. Keep 'em coming.

Lisa-Marie said...

I love this story. I especially love it when I read before I apply mascara. It is beautiful and makes me cry. Keep writing.

And your boy are going to treasure "their story" some day. (Along with their wives, and children and grandchildren...)

Kenny and Linsey said...

What a good use for a blog. These are wonderful.

I cannot imagine being pregnant and not wanting to eat - that would have saved me a lot of gym time after the fact!

Course, I also cannot imagine being pregnant with, delivering or raising twins - you are super x2!!

calibosmom said...

What a great letter-I love writing letters to my kids. I'm so glad those two cute boys found their way to you! Laman and Lemuel had their good points too...

Rochelleht said...

That is AWESOME!!! I can't imagine waiting that long to get pregnant and then having it be twins! What an experience. Love the post!

Stacey said...

What a wonderful story! I chuckled at the Laman and Lemuel. :D

Jill said...

How awesome!!!!!!! Can I please reserve some time with you at BP. I really want to talk about this!!!!!!! I need some input :)
Please! Thanks.

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