LOVE. It really does conquer all. Cliché, but true.
After two & half years of marriage, and living on the opposite side of the planet from India, we were done traveling like nomads; working and studying in US. We decided to head to the next stage – expanding our family. Exciting and scary at the same time: That’s the best way to sum it up in a sentence.
My friend from college Poonam was visiting America and decided to come over for a week in the summer of 2013, I was delighted and we both started organizing a camping trip with few of our common friends. It was an amazing week; catching up with friends, relaxing and living in tents. Not to mention, hogging all the homemade Thepla’s and Khakhda’s,Gujrati goodies Poonam got from India.
After a fun-filled weekend all my friends returned to their respective destinations across America except Poonam, she was going to stick around for a few more days. Exhausted from all the craziness, I crashed on my bed at home and slept like a baby. It seemed like I was the only one who felt so drained. Next morning I woke up and took the pregnancy test and VOILA !! It was a positive sign! I didn’t know how to react I went outside woke up my husband Maninder and I said “Its positive”. Both of us started screaming and hugging at 6 A.M in the morning. We woke up Poonam and told her the good news, she got excited for exactly a minute and slept off again. Ofcourse she woke up later and claimed ” I knew it !! I knew It !! And gave me several instances when I was too cranky or tired in the past week when she said I’m sure you’re pregnant !! That’s our classic Poonam.
Gradually the pregnancy progressed and we went for our first ultrasound. Now this is the fun part. After filling numerous forms (a lot of paper work in America, seriously it seems like it’s never ending) we went inside the room. While the nurse smeared jelly on my lower abdomen, I was trying to catch a glimpse of the monitor and figure out where the baby is, but I was quite unsuccessful. Anyways the nurse said let me finish up the measurements andI will show you. I nodded in return. Maninder was standing right next to me all this time, his eyes fixed on the monitor, his hand holding my hand, worried and excited at the same time.
The nurse finishes the measurements, turns the monitor towards me and says here “can you see the heartbeat of your baby and look there is another heart” Those were her exact words. I remember very clearly. The first thing that came to my mind was that two hearts are not normal. And then she asked, “Do twins run in your family?”
I said “NO THEY DON’T” with a big grin on my face and my high pitched excitement filled voice.
WE ARE EXPECTING TWINS.
Maninder was speechless.
After that I was constantly blabbering.
Maninder didn’t say a word.
I changed, we went outside the hospital.
He still didn’t say anything and I realized he was in shock.
We looked at each other in the parking lot and smiled & hugged. While my pregnancy was expected, the news of twins was completely unexpected. In the following week, we shared this news with our parents, family and friends. They all screamed TWINS almost in a chorus. The following few days were filled with never ending phone calls and Face time sessions. And that was the beginning of our roller coaster ride.