A Little Hiatus…and Baby(s) Make FOUR!

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As many of you may have noticed, I’ve taken a little hiatus from posting on the Picklee blog for the last few months…as it does sometimes, life just seemed to get in the way.  Since I’ve come to know many of our readers so well, I feel like I can safely share a bit of personal info on here 🙂

The Foreword…

Since our wedding in October 2013, Brett & I have been in full baby-making-mode!  I always assumed that as soon as I decided I wanted to get pregnant, it would just happen.  Not true.  This past July (2014), after 9 months of trying, Brett and I finally learned that we were expecting!  I’ll never forget the way I felt when I saw those two beautiful pink lines appear, and of course my ear piercing scream that could have been heard a mile away!  I told Brett immediately and we cried and hugged for what seemed like hours.  We started going to ultrasounds at 6 weeks and watched in excitement as our baby developed.  The excitement, however, came to a screeching halt when I was about 10.5 weeks pregnant.  We had taken a new blood test (Panorama) that screens developing babies for genetic abnormalities; the test alerted us that our baby would have Turner Syndrome, a rare “fluke” condition occurring only in females in which they are missing a chromosome.  The fact was that 99% of these babies would never live past birth.  Sadly, this was the case for our baby.  We miscarried our baby girl at around 10 weeks.  The miscarriage process was beyond devastating for Brett & I, but we tried to lean on the hope that we would soon be blessed with a new, healthy baby.  I thank God for the support of my amazing husband & family; without them, healing would have been near impossible.

The Current…

After the miscarriage I became so focused on having a baby that it practically consumed my life (including my work on the blog!).  I wish I could have just relaxed as everyone says to do, but that’s just so hard to do after a loss.  I started using every (natural) method imaginable to help conceive…if you told me standing on my head while rubbing my belly would help, I’d be doing it!  Finally, after what felt like a lifetime, I learned I was pregnant again on December 3, 2014!  Once again, seeing those two pink lines nearly knocked me out.  I ran around the house screaming, crying, and repeating “oh my gosh” about 1,000 times.  I was speechless, scared, and excited all at once.  Now the question was, how to tell Brett?! Brett and I had just finished making these adorable marshmallow snowmen ornaments for our tree…

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As I glanced over at the snowmen hanging happily on our tree, the perfect reveal came to mind.  I quickly whipped together a baby snowman using miniature marshmallows I had in the cabinet; hands nervously shaking the entire snowman-making-process…

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When Brett walked in the door from work, I grabbed his hand and led him to the spot on the tree where I had the family of snowmen hanging…he looked at it and said “oh, that’s cute, so whats for lunch?”  He didn’t get it!  I screamed “I’m pregnant, Brett!”  I watched as his jaw dropped to the floor.  We hugged, we cried, we danced.  It was magical.

Two weeks & about 100 positive pregnancy tests later, we found ourselves waiting anxiously on the ultrasound table while the technician searched to confirm my pregnancy…I watched as she squinted her eyes and tilted her head to one side, then she glanced at me with a puzzled look on her face…I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest…she asked “do twins run in your family”?  I jumped up to look at the screen and saw two perfect little black circles…I was pregnant with TWINS!  I nearly hyperventilated along with Brett, who was absolutely speechless!  I was beyond excited, I felt EXTRA blessed!  Brett’s first words to the technician (when he could finally speak again) were, “there’s definitely just two, no more right?!  She confirmed that we were absolutely pregnant with twins, and there were no other babies hiding in there =)  After the initial 30 seconds of shock, both Brett and I were over the moon excited…we felt so LUCKY to have two beautiful babies on the way!

I’m now 14 weeks pregnant with a due date in August!  We’ve had 5 wonderful ultrasounds that reveal nothing but healthy heartbeats & two adorable bouncing babies…the most beautiful site I’ve ever seen =)  We officially announced our pregnancy a couple weeks ago…here’s a peak at our twin announcement photos (all taken by Brett, using a tripod =) )…

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I hope you’ll enjoy following this new journey on Picklee!  I’m super excited to start sharing fun baby updates & of course our DIY nursery projects!  Stay tuned =)

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21 responses to “A Little Hiatus…and Baby(s) Make FOUR!

  1. Congratulations on your pregnancy. I understand what you have gone through as my sister also had a number of miscarriages and a stillborn. Praying that you are blessed with bundles of joy.

  2. Congratulations! We were surprised with our twins who were #4 &#5 in our family. Thinking our young son who was the quiet middle child of two bossy sisters needed hopdfully a little brother. During an ultrasound to reassess my due date because of my tummy size, we were thrilled and surprised to find out he was getting a little brother but the package included another sister too. Like you, I was over the moon and my husband was speechless. I wish you the best. Rest when they say rest because once they arrive, life is very busy.

  3. Congratulations! We have 2 sets of twin grandchildren and it is so much fun. They will always have a playmate and a best friend forever.
    Can’t wait to see pictures.
    Sharon

  4. I will pray for your family every Wednesday at 11 am as that is the time I found out about your joy. I pray the joy continues and in August the world will change when two beautiful gifts arrive. Be well in all ways,

  5. Our family is very happy for you. It is going to be a great year with the new babies in our life’s. We are all ready for it. The family isn’t getting smaller we are getting bigger! Bring us healthy happy babies!

  6. Congrats! Thanks for sharing your heartache and blessings both we are there for you in both good and bad times thats what our crafting community does for one another.

  7. so happy for you and the future grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Its the greatest thing in the world to have more family. There is never too many people to love.

  8. I read your message and was sorry to hear about your daughter. My daughter was born with Turner’s Syndrome, 40 years ago and yet she was not diagnosed until she was 10, it is rare and I’m hoping people reading your post will Google and read up on Turner’s as it is not well known.Luckily my daughter is great. Blessings to you and your husband on your twins.

    1. Thank you, and you’re right, very little is known about Turner’s. It’s a complicated condition as most babies won’t live past birth, but the ones that do seem to live perfectly normal lives (thankfully in your case =) ).

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