April 4, 2013

We had a great doctor visit on Monday.  Both babies looked great and we saw their little heartbeats.

I had much more confidence going into this visit than I’ve ever had going into an ultrasound.  But it helped that it was a different place that didn’t hold bad memories for me.  It also helped that I know the babies are not growing inside of me.  I still can’t get over saying the babies.  As in plural.  This is nuts.  The good kind of nuts, though.

I did get nervous once we were in the room and waiting for the doctor.  I was freaked out that the ultrasound machine looked as old as the curtains from the 70s in the room.  That machine was a relic and I really panicked to myself thinking even if everything is fine…what if this dumb machine isn’t powerful enough to show such an early pregnancy?  I kept that to myself and didn’t share with Nicole and Erick so that I wouldn’t make them nervous, too.

Thankfully, the doctor came in and got straight to it.  We immediately saw one of them…and then saw the other one slightly after. I think I literally sighed a sigh of relief. I then started stressing about how they were measuring and started babbling about the CRL.  The doctor said she wanted to show us first and then she’d measure.  Thankfully, they are both measuring on track.  We were there at 6w3d and they measured at 6w4d and 6w2d.

I was disappointed that we couldn’t measure the beats per minute or hear the heartbeat, but the important thing was that we got good news!

It was also great to visit with Nicole and her family.  It was also an interesting experience for me to visit a military base.  We pull into the neighborhood and there’s a sign pointing to all different things…Shooting range…Marine Gym, etc.  I found this amusing in a this-is-not-something-I-see-everyday kind of way.

So, I guess we’re expecting twins! We are 7 weeks tomorrow.

Poor Nicole has been miserable with sickness and nausea.  They are great signs for the babies, but I feel bad that she has to endure this for us.

I pray for these babies every day. I pray for Nicole.  And, I pray for my sanity and spirit.  Even though I’ll always worry in a way that normal parents who are expecting will never know, I think I have been able to push through the fear better than I expected. All things are possible with God! All I can do is get through today and today I’m thankful.

I love this adorable frame that my friend Beth sent to me!

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  • OMG Whitney, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! TWINS!!! That is so exciting 🙂 In my prayers every day!!

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thanks, Mary!

  • Brooke

    I’ve thought of you on so many occasions over the last year and I could not be any happier for you both. I will continue to pray for a healthy pregnancy. Congrats Whitney and Erick.

    • Whitney Anderson

      So good to hear from you, Brooke. Thank you. I, too, have thought of you many times and am still so thankful for what you were willing to do for us. I hope you are doing well.

  • Nan

    Congratulations! How exciting 🙂 Been reading your story for a while now. I am also carrying twins and would love to know where your friend got the frame. Is it custom? Please let me know thanks!

  • Cory

    So happy for you guys! Wow!! Twins!!! ANd you have such a great attitude! Will continue praying.

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thanks, Cory and thanks for praying.

  • so awesome! Congratulations! When I finally got pregnant with my twins after 2 IUI’s and 4 IVF’s I framed their ultrasound picture with the words “Through God all things are possible.” I still have it sitting on my nightstand and I will always keep it there. God is answering your prayers. You are so blessed. Twins are absolutely amazing. I will keep praying and praying for you.

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thanks, Ambyr! I appreciate the prayers.

  • Jodi

    Congrats again, I’m so happy for you and erick! Twins really are amazing, like winning the jackpot for an rpl girl (at least that’s what I thought after 4 mc and now my 9 month boy and girl)

    • Whitney Anderson

      Yep, I feel like I have hit the jackpot for sure! 🙂

  • Congratulations! Such amazing news! 🙂

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Heather

    I am so excited for you!

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thanks, Heather. You’ve been cheering us on for quite a while, so thank you. 🙂

  • Kelly

    Awesome news! I’ve been thinking of you all and praying for the best! Glad to hear the great report!

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thank you!

  • Katie

    I’m so glad that everything is going well! Continuing to keep you, Erick, Nicole, and the babies in my thoughts. xo

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thanks, Katie!

  • Connie

    Oh Whitney, this is such wonderful news!!! Praise the Lord for all He has done! Continuing to pray for the safety of your babies, strength for Nicole and peace for you and Erick.

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thank you, Connie! xo

  • Emily

    Your blog has been so helpful to me–and I’m so glad to come here and see you getting good news!

    • Whitney Anderson

      Thank you, Emily. That’s so nice of you to say. Thanks for taking the time to say hello. 🙂

  • Karen

    I’m wishing with all of my heart that this works out for you and Erick. And I know it’s very hard on Nicole, so I hope she does well, too. You have been through too much but have still managed to be such an intelligent voice for infertility. I’m still waiting and losing hope that my day will ever come, but I want this so badly for you. I’m always scared to check in here… like you, I’m used to nothing but bad news and I just don’t want that to happen again for you. Thinking of you often.

    • Whitney Anderson


      That is so sweet. Thank you so much. I want it for you, too! I hate seeing so many people struggle with this. Best wishes. XO!

  • cindy


  • I just read your article in the paper. I am soo happy for you both!!! Infertility is so very hard to deal with. I am so happy that you are speaking out about it too. I just wanted to say hello. We have dealt with infertility for about 6 years too. We conceived through IVF two years ago and have a adventurous little girl. We tried again in the fall but wasn’t able to conceive again. Now we are at a stand still because of money. If we had it I would start again tomorrow. We also used Reproductive Medicine and Surgery center in Charlottesville with Dr Bateman and Williams. I’m so glad I found your blog. I will be reading more about your journey and BEST WISHES to you!!!!!