If I've learned anything in the past 7 months or so, it has been to roll with the punches and expect the unexpected. I'm the kind of person who likes to know what is going to happen, who likes to plan out her life and make sure things go exactly according to my plans. That whole concept has been thrown out the window. On a superficial level our kitchen remodel was a good example of that. Nothing went according to plan, but in the end, we still came away with the kitchen we had envisioned and quite a story to share with anyone who would listen.
Obviously being pregnant is a new set of experiences on almost a daily basis. Our first hill on the rollercoaster was finding out we were having twins. So exciting, but so scary at the same time. One of the hardest things for me has been all of the changes my body is going through. Not knowing how big my belly is going to get, expecting every day to look in the mirror and see stretch marks or something else I don't want to discover, not knowing what to wear half the time because even my maternity stuff is getting too small. And now that I'm getting close to 7 months along, the reality is setting in that we are going to have two baby boys to take care of and all of the responsibility that goes alone with being parents.
I'm grateful for this experience because it has helped me grow and step outside of my comfort zone. I'm OK with wearing the same three outfits to work each week and I'm OK with letting Dan take over some of the household chores that for some stupid reason I thought no one could do but me. I'm even OK with the limitations the pregnancy has put on my ability to do everyday things going out of town to spend the whole day shopping at the mall. I just can't do those things right now and while it can be frustrating I wouldn't change it. Being pregnant makes you grateful for the smallest things in life, like a husband who will help you put on your socks and shoes and give you the extra shove you need to get out of the car.
My parents came over last night and they both finally got to feel the babies kick. The looks on their faces were priceless. That's what this whole journey is all about...family and the love that we share with each other. I can't begin to imagine the amount of love that I'm going to feel for these two boys. I can't wait for the day they arrive so Dan and I can finally experience it.