Twins? What twins, I hear you say?
Well, see, that’s the big news! Son No. 2′s partner, the very sweet B, is pregnant – and not content with producing one granchild, is expecting two at once!
This is big news indeed, because B, at one time, feared that she would never managed to maintain a pregnancy due to medical issues. I am just so pleased for them both, and they, of course, are over the moon – also a bit shell-shocked and concerned about how they’re going to manage financially.
I have no helpful advice for them, since I had only one baby at a time. That is difficult enough, let me tell you (just in case you have none of your own). I can’t truly know how different it will be with twins, however much reading I do on the subject.
Anyhow. For the moment, all is well. And since OH and I were invited to go with her for a scan, we now know that the babies are growing normally. At one point, one twin was nearly a week ahead of the other in terms of growth – which from all accounts is pretty normal for twins – but the latest scan shows that she has caught up.
It was a wonderful experience watching the scan. I never had a single one during my pregnancies because in those days they only did them if there was thought to be a problem, so the experience was completely novel, and it was very exciting to see those two little people moving about on the screen. B has given me permission to reproduce a print-out of the scan here, and what you can see is twin one’s head on the left and a slice through the belly of twin two. Well. That’s what they tell me, anyway. You could have told me it was the other way round and I wouldn’t have known any different!
B is about halfway through the pregnancy (since it’s twins and they’re expected to arrive early) so she now feels secure enough for me tell people. She looks great! And the amazing thing is this: before she knew she was expecting, she and Son No. 2 were on the Weight Watcher’s plan and losing really quite impressive amounts of food in a healthy way. And B has managed to maintain her weight while being pregnant, which in real terms means that she has put on only the minimum amount! I’ve never heard of anyone being able to do that before, not and keep the doctors happy, which in this case, they are. And she quit smoking as soon as she knew she was pregnant, so two thumbs up to her. I am just so impressed.
So, yeah. I know this isn’t earth-shattering news for the world at large (women do this all the time, right?), but this is our family, and the twins will be our first grandchildren. And we, along with Son No. 2 and B, are over the moon!