Let me introduce to you....Easton Craig and Benjamin Parker
Sweet, sweet boy!
love his lips!
"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them" Psalm139:13-16
Our twelve week appt. with the specialist was everything we wanted. We received nothing but good news. Part of the exciting news that we were given, was that we were most likely having boys! We were elated. Let me just say. We never cared either way what the babies were, as long as they were healthy. Although, just imagine sitting in the room with your husband when you're told that you're having, not one, but two healthy baby boys. I can tell you. Trent was already assembling a ball team in his head...If given the choice we would both have told you that we would love, love, love two stinky little boys. From what I hear, they love their mama's intensely. This was just what I wanted to hear. This appt. was very important because we were there for one main reason, to find the membrane between the babies. Before we saw Dr. S (the peri) we had an ultrasound with a technician so that the two could compare results. Her results were not very helpful for us. She pushed and pushed on my stomach for 10-15 minutes with no luck. She couldn't find the membrane. At this point, I was shaking so terribly that she became concerned. Remember, we weren't given a very high success rate if there was no membrane. We would most likely lose one of our boys.
As Dr. S entered the room the technician said with uncertainty. I think I've found it. After another twenty or so minutes of looking Dr. S confirmed that there was a membrane, but it was only about 1mm. thick. This now put us in a new category. Identical twins. For a little background information. Just because the babies were in the same sac doesn't mean they have to be identical. The thickness of the membrane is what signals rather the babies are identical or not. Trent and I were truly blessed. Even Dr. G told us that identical twins were rare and it was a miracle to be given these boys. Alot of people have fraternal twins that look alot alike, therefore we often think they are identical. Our chances of conceiving identical twins was about 1 in 250. We were shocked! Most babies that have a membrane between them, have one that measures about 3mm. thick! Ours was so thin that it was barely visible, even when the ultrasound was zoomed in to the maximum. We were told that we would probably not be able to tell our own babies apart and would need to paint their toenails to keep them separated. I'll let you guess how Trent reacted to this. I was told I would have to use black or green polish. No red or pink!
After our ultrasound we set up another appt. with the specialist for 16 weeks. At the next ultrasound he would check all four chambers of the boys hearts, and the rest of their organs. We were on cloud nine! God had blessed us more than we could ever imagine. Our babies were both the same size and measured the same length, which is not always the case. Dr. S was surprised at how they were growing exactly the same. The next few weeks went smoothly. I tried not to worry as much because we were now told that the chances of us miscarrying was about 1%. With this news, we were happy, so happy.
"I will praise the LORD God with a song and a thankful heart."