The 1 in 4: Our "Things"

2016 was the year of changes in my life. On April 23, I married my husband Eugene. Life was good and things were going great! I found out I was pregnant some time in July. We were ecstatic to be adding to our family. I scheduled my first doctor’s appointment for August 15, 2016.

I joked with my doctor about the possibility of me having twins. He smiles, laughs and says “we will see.” At my September appointment, I had my very first ultrasound. And to all of our surprise...TWINS! I was nervous and excited about all of the possibilities. I knew that my medical issues could cause some problems. My wonderful doctor referred me to the local maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) doctor. I had regular appointments and just hoped and prayed that everything would be okay.

Occasionally, I would hemorrhage, be put on bed rest, then continue with my normal life. In November, I began to have very noticeable round ligament pain. I would lay on the floor and stretch. Sometimes I would have the physical therapist use therapeutic kinesiology (KT) tape on my stomach and back, massage my back or whatever we could do to relieve the discomfort.

On December 16, 2016, I was not feeling the greatest. So I called my husband at work and told him that I need to go to the doctor just in case. I left a message. I was instructed to go to the hospital. Once there, I had a routine ultrasound and other tests. The nurse does a routine check of my cervix. Her facial expression told a story I was not ready for. She said she would be right back; she needed to call my doctor. I got dressed and told my husband how hungry the twins were. The nurse comes back into the room and says that we need to go straight to my doctor’s office. So off we went.

I walked into the office, the receptionist Courtney left the desk to notify them I was there. Dee comes out and brings me directly to the ultrasound room...anoth