I’ve been keeping a big secret from you… and it has been SO hard to stay quiet.
You may have noticed that you’ve seen a bit less of me here and on social media in the past few months. I had shared that I was taking a bit of a hiatus but didn’t tell you why.
There’s actually not just one reason… there’s two.
Kevin and I are expecting. AND IT’S TWINS!
I have dreamed of having twins my entire life… and even had twin dolls named Heather and Feather (yup, Feather) when I was a little girl. We are beyond excited to welcome these bundles of joy into the world. They’re due February 29th (Leap Day!) but our doctor suggests that we should plan for their early arrival. The average twin pregnancy only lasts 35-36 weeks vs. the normal 40 weeks.
I’ve felt pretty well and things have been smooth so far although it is considered a high-risk pregnancy. My only major symptom has been exhaustion, and the exhaustion is the reason I haven’t been working as much on the blog or interacting as much on social media.
I’m well into my second trimester now at 20 weeks and thankfully I’m feeling really well! Due to having twins, I’m automatically considered high risk so we’re getting a LOT of extra medical attention. As someone who is a natural worrier, I actually LIKE that I’m considered high risk so that I can have access to more ultrasounds and care.
We have found out the genders of the babies but have not yet been able to tell our closest friends and family so I’m going to hold off on sharing that info publicly until we do.
I’ve been doing LOTS of research on baby gadgets and all the things we’ll need and basically just how we keep them alive once they’re here. It’s all fun and exciting… but a little overwhelming knowing that we’ll be going from zero babies (except our poodle, Jackson) to TWO REAL LIFE HUMAN BABIES IN THIS HOUSE! AHHH!
I will be sharing a few posts in the coming weeks about our fertility journey, what it’s like being plus size and pregnant, etc. I’ll also share a post on WHAT IN THE WORLD TO DO FOR MATERNITY CLOTHES IF YOU’RE OVER A 3X. All caps because the options are so ridiculously limited… but I’m finding ways to make it work.
I promise the blog won’t turn into non-stop pregnancy and mommy content, and I don’t know how much I’ll share here about mom-life on an ongoing basis. That will all depend on what you guys actually want to hear! I always share my real life with you, so I’m sure I’ll talk about it some… but we’ll also keep up the usual topics like plus size fashion, home decor, etc. too.
Please feel free to drop a comment or send an email letting me know if you have any special content requests regarding pregnancy and fertility.
A Note On Infertility
Some of you know, I have mentioned briefly on social media in the past that we were struggling on our fertility journey. I initially had a desire to share my story because infertility can be such a lonely thing; however, I quickly realized I wasn’t emotionally equipped or prepared with enough information to be a resource to others. So, I stopped talking about it publicly.
I still don’t feel equipped to provide infertility advice because everyone’s struggle is so different. I do plan to share our story in hopes to help anyone else going through the infertility journey, especially those of you who are also plus size, feel a little bit less alone. Stay tuned for that.
I will say this… I’ve gone through a lot in my lifetime (as we all have) and infertility is by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever experienced. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, and if you’re currently struggling… I am so sorry. I consistently pray for the women and families awaiting a miracle, and every time I experience a joyful moment in this pregnancy I remember the many, many months we struggled… and I remember you.
I know that sometimes seeing these announcements or happy moments can be difficult when you’re in the midst of a struggle but my hope is that our story can be one of hope for you and not a source of pain.
Plus Size Pregnancy & Fertility Resources
If you’re looking for plus size fertility and/or pregnancy advice and stories from other women, I highly recommend you check out Plus Size Birth. Jen has created an incredible blog and shares resources to guide you through the journey of trying to conceive and pregnancy. She also has a podcast that you might find helpful!
Also, If you’re in the Cincinnati area, I’d be happy to share my fertility specialist’s info. Finding the right medical team was extremely difficult, and once I found my doctor everything changed.
So excited to have you FINALLY in on the secret, and I look forward to any and all advice you may have for me!