I am the mother of one precocious preschooler, a set of adorable twins and the wearer of many hats-- mommy, wife, belly dancer, teacher, library student and writer. With all that on my plate, occasionally, I have time for a workout. You can also find a few more of my witty asides at Lifestyles of the Destitute and Obscure

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Unexpected fertility with twins

The master family plan was to have kid #1 after being married a year or so, then have kid #2 about two and a half to three years later and then quit.  Two was enough—any more than that and we, the parents, would be outnumbered.

Then life happened.
We were married and then waited about three hours to, unintentionally, start our family.  We don’t call her an ‘accident’, just a bit of a surprise.  Due to life circumstances, it took us a few years to finally decide it was time to round out the family with a second child.  I had the IUD taken out in September, had one full period as suggested by my nurse practitioner and then we started ‘practicing’.

But apparently we didn’t need to ‘practice’, because by November, I was definitely pregnant.  Practicing, apparently is for amateurs—we’re pros. Not only that, we were reproductive over-achievers.  I’m pregnant with twins.  And these aren’t the genetic kind of twins– there are no twins anywhere in either of our families.

I understand that many women battle with infertility and the frustration of trying month after month, only to be disappointed to discover they’ve gotten their periods—again.  I don’t mean to belittle these women’s struggle and I’m sure that many of them long for my kind of fertility.   But it’s a little unnerving to know that I can become pregnant so easily, and so thoroughly.

After these lil’ twins are born, we’ll need to take some drastic measures.  I’ve had enough surprises to last me the rest of my life.  Though I hope to enjoy all three of my ‘surprises’ well into old age.

To enjoy this story from the beginning, check out
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And for more on fighting the winter colds and flus going around, try:
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How to Stay Healthy and Avoid Germs
What to Do: Cold and Flu
Natural Cold Remedies for Sick Mamas
Cures for the Stomach Flu by Shannon Breuner Nelson

Photo entitled, quite humorously, ‘Sperm Attack’ by Jscreationzs



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  1. Andrea 01/09/2012 at 8:01 pm

    So much for our plans! Looking forward to sharing the big joy.

  2. Allison Randall 01/06/2012 at 5:08 pm

    Oh, Rachael! That’s sooo mean! But funny now. 🙂 I’m so glad my doctor waited until she knew for sure, and could show the ultrasound. It was earth-shattering news, for sure.

  3. Rachael 01/06/2012 at 11:04 am

    Big congrats! On my last pregnancy my dr. intentionally said during the ultrasound “well there’s one baby . . . annnnnd . . .” and I was having a heart attack. And then he said “annnnd — there’s one baby!”