I was 15 weeks pregnant and about to receive my first ultrasound. The sonographer lubed up my belly, rolled the equipment around on it, and then said, “Honey, is this your first ultrasound?” I said, “Yes, ma’am.” She said, “Well, I’ve got something to tell you… you see those two heartbeats?” I stared at the screen and then shouted, “Oh my God, what’s wrong?!”
Not even for two seconds did the possibility of twins cross my mind. I thought my child had a heart malformation. She said, “Nothing’s wrong! You’re carrying twins!” All I could do was laugh but I was in a state of complete shock. I was ill-prepared for even one child, and now I’ve been told I’m having two!
That pregnancy was a scary ride to say the least. I had pre-eclampsia at 33 weeks and intrauterine growth syndrome. The girls were born via C-section at 35 weeks after being on bed rest in the hospital for two weeks. The worst part of it was that I was a single parent. Ironically, I was married, but let’s just say, for lack of better wording, the stars did not align in mine and my ex-husband’s favor. A year after my twin girls were born, his parental rights were terminated and I was granted a divorce.
During my pregnancy, I met my current husband, Kevin. He has been mine and my daughters’ saving grace. He legally adopted the girls two years after they were born, but he made it known that they were his long before that.
I was raised in Mississippi, only about 30 minutes away from Memphis, so basically I’ve been here my entire life. Kevin and I have been together almost five years and married for almost three. By most accounts, we are opposites in nature. There are couch potatoes and then there’s me… the bed potato. I could lay in bed all day long with my phone in my hand and never be bored. My favorite show is Teen Mom and it pains me to say that. Every so often, I get a wild hair and decide I want to do something fun, but my idea of fun consists of dinner, movies, & shopping sprees at Target. My husband is quite the opposite of me. He can’t be still and always needs a project. He loves all things outdoors, motorcycles, trucks, four-wheelers, kayaking, going to the shooting range, fixing anything and everything, and of course me! We do share one thing in common though; we are both extremely messy and disorganized. It makes for a rather interesting (or maybe terrifying) home life but somehow, we make it through the chaos.
Our little girls are polar opposites as well. Aisley is outgoing but she’s content just lounging and watching TV with Mom. Adleigh is shy and reserved to strangers but will open up on her own terms. She’s a daddy’s girl and prefers to be outside with him. The girls look nothing alike. Aisley sports blonde hair and blue eyes, and Adleigh has brown hair and brown eyes. They fight like cats and dogs, but they’ll team up on you in a hot minute. They are a perfect mixture of silly and sassy little girls.
I’m currently in the process of growing our third child, and he or she will be here in May of 2016!
We also have fur babies. We are die-hard dog lovers, and I have a sweet spot for pit bulls. We own two pit-mixes named Boomer and Java. I plan to own many more whether my husband gives me the stamp of approval or not.
My friends would describe me as loyal, honest, and really goofy. I went to school for two years to be a nurse, was accepted into the program, and then bailed. I decided people’s lives should not be my responsibility, as I am quite the klutz. A friend of mine got me into the apartment industry and I’ve been with the same company for almost six years. I don’t know that it’s something I want to do for the rest of my life, but I’m still really not sure what I want to be when I “grow up.”
My favorite pastime is writing. I’m not the most well-spoken individual nor am I outgoing, but I can really open up when I write. And that’s the magic of it—being able to truly be yourself and let go of all your raw emotion.