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22 years old, three beautiful kids (Andree)

October 6, 2009

My story starts about four years ago, when I met the man of my life. Shortly after dating we decided to get married, and start a family of our own. We were wed in August 2006, and then in November 2006 found out that we were expecting a baby! I didn’t gain much weight up until the 6th or 7th month of the pregnancy — it seems like I got massive overnight! I gained a total of 50lbs, and had a very large, pointy belly, and ended up giving birth to a healthy 8lb 8oz baby girl at 42 weeks gestation. My stomach looked pretty bad for a long time, I used to call it my jello-filled fanny pack…. hehe Because I had such a large belly my bellybutton obviously popped out, and never went back in. I guess I am at fault for not working out and whatnot, so my stomach never looked very good after that. Then a year later we decided that we were ready for another baby, and found out in October that we were actually expecting identical twins! To be honest I was very upset upon learning that, I mean, it’s scary when you start thinking about all the complications, risks, etc, that come with bearing twins. I knew I was going to get very large, and be in a lot of physical pain. It was a long and strenuous pregnancy, having to travel twice a month to a specialist, one hour drive from home, one hour drive back home. They had to closely monitor me for gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and twin-twin transfusion. I had a lot of pain just about everywhere –I grew incredibly large, larger than I ever imagined…. at around 32 weeks gestation I measured 48″ around! The doctors wanted me to make it to 37 weeks gestation, but at 35 weeks I learned from an ultrasound that there was a 17% discordance between the twins, twin A being about 2lb smaller than twin B (twin A also being breech). So the next week, at 36 weeks gestation, I went to my regular obstetrician to schedule a c-section, and at 11:30am that morning I found out I was having a c-section at 6:00pm that night. Everything went very well, although I was completely stressed out, insecure, having all the fears in the world. At 6:05pm our baby boy Jesse was born, followed by his brother Jeffrey at 6:07pm. Jesse (twin A) weighed 6lbs 0oz, and Jeffrey (twin B) weighed 6lb 1oz. It turns out that the ultrasound technician who had performed the ultrasound at week 35 was in training, and didn’t measure things quite right, making us believe that our babies were sick. We are happy that our family is complete, having a girl and two boys. I am hating my postpartum body more than ever now, I have so much excess skin, stretch marks, you name it I have it. And some poor lady at the grocery store asked me when I was due, to then be informed that I’d had twins one month earlier….. hehe I have been a big fan of girdles and shape forming underwear since the birth of our first child. I’m unhappy with the way I look. But I tell myself that all this doesn’t matter. That my body is what has given me all these beautiful babies.

Name : Andree
Age : 22
Pregnancies : 2
Births : 3
Age of kids : 2 year old daughter, and two 3 month old sons.

Picture #1 : Nine days before giving birth to my first child
Picture #2 : A year and a half after giving birth to my first child, and right about when I got pregnant with our twins
Picture #3 : The morning of my c-section for our twins, at 36 weeks gestation
Picture #4 : A week after our twin boys were born by c-section
Picture #5 : My beautiful two year old daughter
Picture #6 : Our adorable three month old twin boys

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8 Responses to “22 years old, three beautiful kids (Andree)”

  1. taiyo Says:
    October 6th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I think you’re beautiful. Congrats on the twins. I’m currently 16 weeks pregnant, and am apparently “measuring large” and the twin suggestion has come up but has not been confirmed. I’m a bit freaked out, but I think it is unlikely. I guess we’ll see! Good luck with your beautiful babies.

  2. eringremlin Says:
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:11 am

    WOW- three kids in 2 years. I’d say you work out PLENTY wrangling little ones every day!
    Be easy on yourself, and take some time to heal. You obviously bounced back well after your daughter, and you will after the boys, too.

    PS- I think you have an awesome prego belly. I love the shape, like a perfect egg. Love it!!

  3. Sierra Says:
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:46 am

    You are absolutely beautiful and don’t be hard on yourself at all you carried your twins to 36weeks and they were each 6lbs a piece. I too was 22 (am now 23) with a 2 yr old little boy born may ’07 and twins girls born may ’09 4 days before their brothers birthday! I was exactly like you scared and not exactly happy about twins at first bc of complications and what not but now that they are here i wouldnt change anything for the world. Its incredible everything that our bodies go through in order to bring new life into the world and you were right with your last statement our bodies are what gives us our beautiful children! You are an inspiration to all thank you soo much for sharing!!

  4. Emily Says:
    October 7th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    You AND your three little ones are gorgeous!!! :)

  5. Sarah Says:
    October 10th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Wow! You make GORGEOUS children! And I know what you mean there. Trading stretch marks and beautiful kids for no stretch marks and no kids… there’s no comparison. Every stretch mark is worth being a parent. Absolutely! Wouldn’t trade it for the world. :)

  6. Two Makes Four Says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I carried my twins two weeks longer and they barely weighed as much as yours. In other words, YOU ARE AWESOME! Don’t underestimate the serious work you did carrying twins that long. Many people can’t!

    For the record, my waist about about 28″ before the pregnancy, and 50″ at the end. I totally feel your pain. It’s a size that most people don’t see. Ever.

    My twins are 11 months old and my stomach is still a mess, even with regular exercise and plenty of stomach work and consultation. I think that working with “twin skin” is something beyond the norm that most people can’t comprehend. Ever. Having twins is awesome — but having twins is not the same as having a singleton, in ANY respect.

    So give yourself props for what you’ve done! You’ve done an incredible job!

  7. Anna Says:
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    you are goreous and so are your children. I totally understand how you feel, Im three years older than you, but I think it is hard to go from one young body to a larger stretched and seemingly older body in a very short time. You will feel back to normal soon. good luck and congratulations on your beautiful family!

  8. Ashley Says:
    September 28th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Hey im 22 and have twins just found out im pregnant again could use your guidance. -ashley
    ashleytark@yahoo.com

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