I’ve been getting lots of support through messages and emails sent to me which is always lovely. Curiosity is natural and so I’ve decided to compile a list of the top ten questions I have been asked most often along with my replies.
1. Has the shock worn off yet?
I’m less shocked than I was when I first found out but still finding it very hard to believe it’s real sometimes. I flit between excitement to “Oh my goodness how am I going to do this?!” in an eighth of a second. I wouldn’t have it any other way though and feel completely blessed.
2. Do twins run in your family?
There are no twins on my side but Mike’s dad was a twin and we found out I was pregnant two days after his dad’s funeral so find that a bit of a co-incidence!
3. Did you ever think you’d have/wish for twins?
I always liked the theory of twins but didn’t think I could handle it in practice. Well look how things turned out! We’ll soon be finding out how it goes in real life, God willing. I never expected that we would be blessed with them though.
4. Are they identical?
It seems that they are most likely non-identical.
5. Will you find out the sex of the babies?
No, we like to be surprised at the end.
6. What are you hoping for?
Having had six boys in a row I’m pretty used to sticking to boys now. Plus we don’t expect to have a girl now anyway given our run of boys. I think it would be a complete shock to hear “It’s a girl!” and I really don’t think it’s likely to happen anyway. It would be nice to have a boy/girl mix as the girls are desperately outnumbered and girls clothes are just so pretty, plus we could dress one in pink and one in blue and it’ll make it easier to tell them apart! Two girls would be a complete shock but would also be nice to have, although we have no girl clothes at all. So in short, two boys, two girls or one of each would be fine by us!
7. When is your actual due date?
12th November 2011 but I think that full term for twins is 37 weeks which brings us into October (the 22nd to be precise, a day after my dad’s birthday and two days before mine).
8. Why do you have to have another caesarean?
The last three pregnancies were c-sections, all but the third being emergencies due to fetal distress. I’m considered high risk anyway given the number of children I’ve had, add to that my thalassaemia trait (low iron and higher risk of haemorrage) plus the three previous c-sections and the hospital won’t even consider anything but a c-section now.
9. How will you manage?
By the grace of God and the seat of our pants.
10. What do the other children think?
They are very excited and pregnancy takes far too long for them. The boys want twin boys, but they’ll accept one of them being a girl. They’re not happy at the thought of two girls.
And the bonus question…
11. Will these be these be the last?
We were thinking it would be a nice idea to make them the middle two children.
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