Second Trimester!

May 17, 2013

We made it to the second trimester! Someone pinch me! We have officially passed the farthest we’ve ever made it now.

Last week after a great day on Capitol Hill advocating for infertility, we headed to Norfolk to visit Nicole and to attend our big 12-week doctor’s appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist (MFM).  The MFM is sometimes called a perinatologist and is basically a high-risk doctor.  We are seeing him because of the twin pregnancy.  We had a wonderful visit with Nicole and her family and can’t wait to go back again.

Nicole at 12 weeks

The doctor comes into the room with a swish of his white coat. He introduces himself and I immediately like him.

He says, “I love questions. I hope you have lots of them.”

To which, I reply, “Oh yea, I have my Google doc right here.”

He was wonderful.  Very interested and engaged.  He didn’t rush us at all.  I told him about my history and therefore my anxiousness and fear.

Nicole has already seen an OB/GYN and we couldn’t attend that appointment.  They were treating us as “normal” and only scheduling appointments 4 weeks apart, which for me at 8 weeks, was an eternity.  I called to talk to them about it and they just wouldn’t listen to me.  I was quite unimpressed. We ended up going to one of those ultrasound places at 10 weeks, which was great.

However, he said we could come in for an ultrasound whenever we wanted.  Yep, love this guy. We asked if we could only be seen by his practice or if we had to go to him and the OB in tandem.  He said it’s up to us, so I think all three of us, without even having to discuss it, decided the OB was fired.

Then, just to further cement my excitement over finding such a great doctor, he gave us his email and cell phone number and said to call him any time.  He took out his iPhone and asked me to add myself.

We all just really connected with him.  We had a break before our ultrasound, so he suggested we walk next door to the hospital and have lunch there.

I am very happy to say that for this ultrasound, I wasn’t imagining what kind of horrible outcome it could have.  I was happy and excited to see the babies, with a little nervousness thrown in.

Our ultrasound tech was really nice and was very vocal throughout the entire process, explaining exactly what she saw and what she was doing.  Thank goodness, because otherwise, I would have thought something was wrong.

Both babies

One of the babies giving us a thumbs-up and look at that little belly!

The babies looked great and were wiggling all around.  The NT scan was good and everything else that they checked was good.

Such a relief.  Again, someone pinch me!

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  • Amy

    So, so happy for you, Whitney! This is amazingly awesome.

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂

  • Hooray! So excited for you and your husband! The babies look great!

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thank you, Jenn!

  • I was waiting for an update on for your twins, I’m so excited for you all!!! It’s great to see good things happen to people who’ve earned it!

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thank you so much, Kristen!

  • Jodi

    I’ve been waiting for an update too, so happy for you!
    They look great!

    The feeling of you can’t believe its happening doesn’t go away. I still can’t believe it after the 4 mcs and my twins are 11 months now. I went to BRU during lunch at work today and still can’t believe I actually get to buy baby stuff.

    And the feeling of how bad we can feel for the girls that haven’t made it yet is still so sad. I totally get it.


    • Whitney Anderson

      Thanks, Jodi! 🙂 Yea, I’m so thankful for us and so heartbroken for others. 11 months!!!! Email me about a twin FB group if you don’t mind — I created a group with a few twin moms I know to help answer questions and stuff — if you don’t mind!?!? Email is

  • Maribeth

    So happy to hear things are going well!! What a great (but I imagine surreal) feeling! Glad you found a good doctor you trust as well. Can’t wait to hear further updates.

    • Whitney Anderson


      Thank you so much! We’re hoping to go back in several weeks! I wish we were closer to her.

  • Karen

    It just makes me want to cry….tons of happy tears for you both! I understand only too well the hurt and pain and disappointment that led you here and, I’m sure, it’s hard to leave the world of another shoe dropping (what an odd phrase, btw) but with all my heart and all my soul I pray you both finally get what you truly deserve….two beautiful, healthy babies! I also hope and pray that you will stay involved in the infertility fight because you are great at it and your story is an important one for all of us battling the many issues of infertility!

    • Whitney Anderson

      Karen, Thank you so much. Oh yes, I will always remain an infertility advocate! Having babies will only make me more passionate about it. 🙂

  • Ela

    Wow Whitney… that’s all I got to say. I took the time to read some of your
    posts today and get to know you better (since we didn’t had too much time for socializing on Advocacy day) and I am simply amazed. You are truly an inspirations to many. Good bless you and your family and wish you the very best of luck!!! Looking forward to see you again on 2014 Advocacy day!!!

  • Brooke

    I’m in tears reading this and seeing these beautiful ultrasound pictures and your beautiful pregnant surrogate. I wish things had been different for us but I believe you are right where you should be. I am just so happy for you Whitney. So happy.

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thank you, Brooke! ♥

  • Kristin Justus Burke

    Whitney, I am SO happy for you and Erick. I’ve experienced the pain of loss, but not nearly to the extent you have. I am so happy for you all, after seeing the years you’ve been wanting a baby.