Published on November 05, 2015

The Ultrasound

On October 14th, I had my first OB appointment with Dr. Lines at Doran Clinic. For some reason, I went in nervous. Dr. Lines was called away to deliver a baby before we got too far into the appointment. The nurse came in and said that while Dr. Lines stepped out, they wanted to do an ultrasound to check out the baby. “Let’s make sure there’s only one in there!” I joked.
It didn’t take long for the Ultrasound Tech to tell me, “Good thing we checked. There’s two.” Time stood still. Thinking back, it was like a dream. It wasn’t real. I’m pretty sure my first words were, “WHAT!? This is not good.” Followed my multiple “Oh no’s” and a few, “Crap”. The anxiety set in. I apologized for the bad language and not being overly thrilled with the idea of twins. She told me not to worry. “I hear a lot of swearing in here.” I bet she does. I apologized for coming off like a bad mom. I wished my husband was with me. How was I to tell him this? Do I call him? Text him, “Yeah, appointment is over. Baby looks good. By the way, the baby brought a friend.” No, that wouldn’t work.

Mindy's Ultrasound

My Ultrasound showing TWINS!

I felt numb and the expense of four children raced through my head. “How will I fit three car seats in my backseat?” “Three kids in daycare!” “Please don’t let them all need braces!” were just a few of them. After the ultrasound, I snuck back to my room for the appointment, but word had traveled. The nurses were outside the door, with big smiles on their faces. “Wow, are you psychic?” my nurse, Jody asked. Nope, just make ironic statements. Dr. Lines came back and as she came in said, “Wow, every time I walk in here it gets more exciting!” I shot her a glare. She started to tell me about the risks of twins and increased chance of health issues. So I think. Pretty much everything she said sounded like the teacher off the Peanuts Gang.

I came back to work, and my manager and director were both out for meetings. I told my co-worker, Penny, through tears, “I have to go home, I’m having twins!” I don’t think I made a lot of sense at first, but she was very comforting and reassuring that we’ll make it happen, we’ll be great parents, Tessa will be a big helper and love it, and yes, go home.

So I went. The drive back to Boone seemed like an hour. In the meantime, Ryan kept texting, “How did it go?” “Hello?!” “Can you call me?” “What’s going on?” I stalled him with a text that I was on the phone and would call in a minute. Poor guy had no idea the news I was about to deliver. And would he really head to Canada?

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).



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