First of all, I feel like I have to keep saying thanks to all of you. It’s probably the hormones, but I’m feeling extra grateful for my online community. I may or may not have cried reading all of your sweet comments last week. Thank you for taking the time to write them. Thanks for your questions. Thanks for your e-mails and your kind words and your sweet thoughts and prayers for our little growing family.
I’m still amazed that people read this little ol’ blog, and to feel all of your excitement for us and even to have many of you interested in seeing more bump photos — well, let’s just say you sure know how to make a preggo gal feel good. Thanks times a million. I love y’all!
And below are answers to all the questions I’ve received:
How far along are you?
12 weeks today! Yep, I announced a little early because I started showing at around 8 weeks, and we live in a very small community. Either someone would have known I was pregnant or started a rumor about how I’ve been eating one too many cheeseburgers at the Club. Both of which would have been true. 😉
The picture below was taken at 11 weeks, so we can all pretty much guess how I’m going to look at 30+ haha. Bring on the pain!
How have you been feeling?
I’m much better than I was! Growing two humans is hard! My biggest symptom has been fatigue – just flat out exhausted, can’t cook/can’t blog/can’t think fatigue, which isn’t good when you run an online business in addition to working 40 hours a week. I’m feeling much better now, and I’m starting to get a lot of my energy back as I’m getting closer to the sweet victory of the second trimester. I’ve had mostly night sickness too, just throwing up right before bed a few times a week, which I guess is preferable to throwing up all day. I feel like it could have been a lot worse, and I think it’s almost over!
Are you excited? Nervous?
Good question! I’m all of those things, but the biggest emotion that has really seized me from the beginning is fear. I’m a realist, and I like to at least have some knowledge of what’s going to happen to me, my body, and my life. So, I’m not going to lie, reading about the first few weeks with twins has made me very nervous, but at the same time, seeing them wiggling around on ultrasound has made me very, very excited. It’s really a whole range of emotions that I feel, and I pretty much cry at least once a day about how happy I am or about how scared I am. It’s really a toss-up, haha. Ah, the joys of pregnancy.
Will you be in Grenada for the birth or NY? Does the timing work okay for when you two will be moving around and between school/jobs?
I will actually be in Louisiana, our home state, with both of our families when these bambinos decide to grace us with their presence. We’ve planned for the past two years to be in Louisiana from January – May 2014. This is when the hubs will be in between years 2 and 3 of medical school and has to take a really important board exam. So, it made sense to try to time our pregnancy to have a baby then because the hubs will be off after he takes his test in March, and we can be surrounded by the people we love. Luckily, we were able to time it perfectly, and the only thing now is to keep our fingers and toes crossed that these babies don’t come too early or even worse, on the actual day of his board exam (which actually happened to a friend of mine!)
Is there something in the water in Grenada? There’s another blogger who lives there who is also pregnant with twins…
Ha probably! That would explain a lot!
Will you be going home to the U.S. sooner than December?
Yes! My days in Grenada are numbered. I’m actually heading back to the States next week for good. It’s so completely bittersweet, but I know it’s the right thing for us. When I found out I was pregnant, I planned on staying here until December, but when we found out it was twins, we both felt that I should go home.
Are you planning to work while you’re pregnant?
Yes. I’m still finalizing some last minute details with my current job, but it’s possible I will still be able to do some aspects of my job remotely from the States until my contract is up in December. Nothing has been set in stone yet, though. Then, starting in January, I will give full time blogging a try, just as I always intended even before I planned on having these kids.
*Update: I now work from home while making an income blogging. I was able to turn my blogging into a business after taking a blogging course. You can read how I did it here.
So you’ll be living in the US while hubby is still in Grenada or will you go back after they’re born? Or will he be done?
We’ll be apart for about 6-7 weeks while he finishes his last semester on the island. Then, he’ll come back to the States, study for his board exam, we’ll have these kids, and then around mid-April, we find out where we’re supposed to move to next, and we’ll go there together in May. But, the Grenada part of our journey is over this year! Crazy, but true!
Is moving to NY out of the question now?
Ah, kind of. We are still weighing the options. Basically, for those who don’t know, my husband completes two years of medical school in Grenada and two in the U.S. where he will do hospital rotations. We do not get to pick where we want to go for those rotations; we can only list a preference. Our options are Michigan, New Jersey, and New York. All along, we’ve been stoked about moving to Brooklyn, but now we’re looking at the other two options from an affordability standpoint. We’ll definitely keep you updated on where we’ll end up!
You must be out of blog post ideas. Is that why you had twins? 😉
Very funny! I always say it’s tough to come up with so many topics every week, so I just decided to do this crazy thing and have twins. You know how it goes. 😉
Are you taking time off for maternity leave?
Well, since I will be a full-time blogger when they are born, I will likely do a self-imposed maternity leave. I’ve already talked to a few people about managing my blog, and I think it’s going to work out just fine. I’m going to write a lot of posts ahead of time, write my freelance posts ahead of time, and sweetly ask my blog friends if they feel like guest posting during that time. (Any takers?!) So, I’m hoping to have the blog run without too much intervention from me for about 2-3 months so we can get used to being parents and get ready for our move that will be happening in May.
Is the birth going to be expensive or do you have insurance?
We got new insurance this year, and it’s pretty decent. Our max out of pocket is $4,000, so we should be okay. I started a savings account for the delivery and initial upfront costs. I made it a $10,000 goal, but I feel like I even need more than that. As you can see from the image below, we are doing pretty well saving aggressively for it right now, and I think we’ll have enough by the time they come. We also have a $3,000 emergency fund that’s there if we need it, but hopefully, we won’t have to use it. You know I’ll keep you updated on how we’re going to save/afford these twins as we go!
How did you tell your husband and your family?
Well, the hubs was right there with me when I took a pregnancy test. 🙂 It was a lazy Saturday afternoon, and I was feeling some symptoms but didn’t know if it was all in my head. He said to go ahead and take one, and we both agreed that we didn’t need to make a video or anything since it would probably be negative (it was quite early to be testing.) But, we were wrong, and we were sooooo excited. I will never forget the day as long as I live!! Later we realized that we got a positive result so early because of the twins, which meant my HCG levels were higher because of it! I immediately called my mom and told her because I just couldn’t wait (and she told my dad), and then we told the hubs’ parents as soon as we got off the phone with them. We made them keep our secret for a very long time, and they did a good job! It wasn’t until a few weeks later that we told them we were having twins, and we got all that on video. I’ll have to make a montage and show it to you later.
Have you picked out names?
We definitely have names that we like. We have a ton of girl names that we like, but we’re having trouble finding boy names. So, if you have suggestions, please put them in the comments below! We’ll probably keep their names to ourselves and not on the blog (womp womp!) But, the hubs has been anonymous on here for 3.5 years, and I think it’s only fair that the beans are too until they can say how they feel about having their names splashed about the interwebs. I can say that we like classic, strong, Southern names, and I’ll leave it at that! 🙂
So, I think that’s it! Once again, thanks for your interest in our growing family and all the love sent our way. We so appreciate it!! And, if I forgot anything, feel free to just ask! 🙂