I’ve got a secret…

It's Twins! via www.thenovicechefblog.com

So um, remember when I blamed not posting for a month on buying a new house? Well, I lied. It’s more like I was so exhausted that I couldn’t make myself get into the kitchen!

Jorge and I have been trying to have a baby for a long time. We kept the struggle to ourselves because it’s something that is really weird and uncomfortable to talk about. So after 3 years, we were beyond thrilled to discover we were pregnant the day after Christmas.

Then in January, we found out that it wasn’t just one baby, but TWO. I wish we had a video of us in the ultrasound room finding out it was twins. We were sitting there watching the screen and the ultrasound tech said “Here is one side…and here is the other side.”. We just looked at her like ok, we get it…that’s both sides of the baby. So she said it again…and when we still didn’t get it, she zoomed out to show us that there were TWO little bubbles side by side. I immediately sat up and screamed “IT’S TWINS?!!!” followed by manic laughter. Once Jorge realized what was going on, he started jumping around the room and laughing too.

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(Don’t they look like evil cat eyes or owl eyes here??)

We just couldn’t believe our luck! We hoped and prayed for a baby for so long…and to get blessed with two? Well, we just couldn’t believe our luck. Most people are terrified of twins, we are just so thankful. We know it’s going to be a lot of work, but at least I only have to do pregnancy once!

Speaking of pregnancy, I have had a peach of a time. I honestly can not complain! I completely skipped over morning sickness (which with twins is a serious surprise) and have been lucky to avoid most of the common complaints. The first two months I was extremely tired all the time. Little things like walking the dog or eating lunch would exhaust me. Going from never being a napper, to a two a day napper was quite a change! I felt like I couldn’t get anything done! I have also suffered from awful heartburn, but I will take heartburn over morning sickness every day.

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This is my last ultrasound from a month ago. My family has been calling the babies the Chicken and a Duck since we got this latest ultrasound. We are happy to be going in later this week when they are finally going to look like actual babies! With hands and feet and everything! πŸ™‚

Thank you to all of you for sticking with me when I was out of commission in January. As you can see, I really did have a good reason! I promise not to turn this into a pregnancy/kid blog, but I will be updating some as we go through this process. …Two cribs, double strollers, and triple the crying (two for them and one for me)…but also quadruple the love. Wish us luck as we go from a family of two to a family of four this August!

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137 Responses
  1. Charron

    I have been so busy that I just came across this post! A big congrats to you and your husband on the double blessing! Welcome to the mamahood!

  2. shelly (cookies and cups)

    I am SO SO excited for you and Jorge! Such sweet blessings! Looks like your little chicken might be as tall as his daddy!! xoxoxox

  3. Monica

    Congrats! I hope you manage to skip over the sickness all together, it is not a fun thing. After the first month I had it almost my whole pregnancy :/
    The exhaustion is crazy I felt like I had no idea where my days were going lol
    You’re announcement is completely adorable and the shoes are, as earlier stated, killer.
    Congrats again!!

  4. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Jessica, I am so happy for you! Congrats, friend! I know when we saw each other in Iowa you told me that you were trying and you made it happen – with twins! I am happy through the moon for you!

  5. Eva

    Double the trouble, twice the fun! Enjoy this exciting period in your life that’s about to come up. (And enjoy the quiet nights while you still can πŸ™‚ ). Congrats!

  6. DessertForTwo

    Congrats congrats! I’m so excited for you! Hoooray!!! Two babies, one pregnancy–JACKPOT πŸ™‚ xoxoxox

  7. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

    HUGE congratulations to you!!! Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and two happy and healthy bundles of joy!

  8. Courtney @ BakeMeBetter

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. And twins! That is exciting. Thanks for sharing the ultrasound pictures. πŸ™‚

  9. Annalise @ Completely Delicious

    Huge congrats!! I had no idea you were struggling to get pregnant. I’m so sorry, and I can relate, it took us forever. But I just think all that struggle makes us love and appreciate our precious babies even more. πŸ™‚ So excited for you guys!!

  10. Beth @ bethcakes

    Congratulations! I have always loved reading your blog, and I did notice that you weren’t posting as much as usual and hoped nothing was wrong. I’m so glad it ended up being good news! That’s so wonderful! Good luck with everything!

  11. malikala

    Congratulations!!! I don’t normally post comments much. I just love looking at your awesome blog and trying out your yummy recipes. But I couldn’t help but send you my congratulations. Having struggled myself with getting pregnant with my first daughter (it took us over 3 years too), I know how it feels, from the struggle to the excitement of finding out. Thank you for sharing the great news and thank you for your sharing your talent in the kitchen through this blog. I wish you a happy and healthy rest of your pregnancy πŸ™‚

  12. Christine

    Congrats, and lots of luck to you and your growing family! (no more cake batter martini recipes coming our way for the next 7 months, eh?;p – ok, since you can’t see my actual blog trekking on your site…I got in through the SITS girls where you linked Cake Batter Martinis…but I’ll be fully content with a little baby talk and yummy new recipes!)

  13. Alaina {Fabtastic Eats}

    ahh! what a crazy exciting time this must be for you guys!! Congratulations!! Baby news is always the best news! I’m so happy for you two! I hope the rest of your pregnancy remains easy and healthy! xo

  14. Melissa Dehne

    How exciting for you both! Best wishes for a continued healthy pregnancy. I, for one, wouldn’t mind hearing many updates! I love baby news!

  15. Kelsey

    GIRL!!!! I am so, so, SO beyond happy for y’all! What a wonderful answer to your prayers. I wish nothing but continued blessings for you, Jorge, Duck, and Chicken. HOORAY!!!!

  16. Denise @ Creative Kitchen

    Congratulations!!! TWINS!! That’s awesome! I have identical twin nephews (my brother’s boys) that just turned 3 in October. They are so much fun! πŸ˜‰

  17. Erin R.

    Ha ha ha! Oh, how absolutely incredible! I can just picture you laughing and Jorge capering around the US room after the big reveal. This is the most wonderful thing I have heard all day and it makes me a little weepy. Thanks for showing us your sweet little chicken and duck, and please know that none of us are going anywhere even if you need to rest through your whole pregnancy and cut way back with your posts. Woohoo! So exciting! Your body is constructing TWO BABIES right now! You’re a mother!

  18. Monica

    Congratulations!!! Double the pleasure! And like you totally on board for doing it “once” but with the bonus of two!

  19. Becky

    Congrats!! What a huge blessing, especially after facing fertility issues. Hubby and I are pregnant with our first kiddo after several years of trying and are so excited too. Totally worth the wait! I’ll keep you and your little ones in my prayers – hope all of you stay healthy and happy!

  20. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Congrats!!!! PS the heartburn does not go away! But you are so right, I would rather have that than any morning sickness.

  21. Auntiepatch

    As a twin myself; congrats! Your children will always have someone to play with, have fun with, and cry with. Enjoy them while they are young. They grow up too fast!

  22. Nancy

    Many congratulations and blessings to you and Jorge. I wish you the happiest and healthiest of pregnancies. I have 6 year old twins and the time flies, so cherish every day! The first year, especially, flies by!
    The best advice I received those early days: accept help when it is offered and do your best to get them on a schedule. I remember when we found it was twins, the u/s tech told my husband to sit down, he looked like he was going to pass out.

  23. MarΓ­a

    Having a baby is a blessing, having two is double blessing. I hope they grow healthy and that you both ( you and your husband) have the energy to continue on. I have twin sisters and they have been a blessing in our lives. Having twins in the family is fun and different. May you be blessed and happy. Congratulations!

  24. Noelle

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thanks for sharing the great news w/a super cute story to boot! Much love to you and your family πŸ™‚

  25. Kitty @ The Foodies' Kitchen

    Congratulations! You are double blessed! So much joy! Our best wishes to you and Jorge and the lil’ ones! πŸ˜€

  26. Andrea

    Congratulations! It’s hard to believe that my twins are 18 years old already. Twins are truly a blessing. Welcome to this very special club!!

  27. Diane

    My son and daughter-in-law had the same experience of not being able to conceive and then getting pregnant with twins boys! Yes, a lot of work in the first few years, but it gets easier. They are now five and such good friends and playmates and such a joy to the entire family. You will get asked a zillion times, are they twins? You learn to smile and nod. Congratulations! You will have so much fun with them.

  28. Krystal

    Oh Jessica!!! The moment I saw your IG this morning, I had to come and get the scoop asap!!! Double congrats to you and Jorge!!! What an exciting journey that lies in front if you, New house, fun baby shopping and two adorable kids to love to pieces!!

  29. Jamily

    Congratulations!!! I’m due with boy/girl twins any day now, with an induction scheduled for the 27th (at 37.5 weeks). You’re so fortunate you didn’t get any morning sickness! I was super sick until about 18 weeks. At our first ultrasound I had asked my husband to record the heartbeat and he caught the whole “ITS TWO?!” On video, pretty fantastic moment :). I hope you continue to have a wonderful pregnancy, the stretching is tough (specially with your first pregnancy, this is my second) but it just gets cooler and cooler as time moves towards your due date.

  30. Rachel Cooks

    I am so happy for you guys! Such exciting news. Can’t wait for more updates. πŸ™‚ hope you continue to feel well!

  31. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen

    SO happy for you! I love reading your blog and from the sounds of it your twins will be spoiled with the best food ever!!

  32. Crystal d.

    Congratulations!!!! Soooo happy for you and Jorge!! What a blessing! Can’t wait to hear how your pregnancy goes and to finally meet your little bundles of joy!

  33. Sues

    HUGE congrats!! My sister is also currently pregnant with twins (and is definitely not as lucky as you with the morning/all day sickness!) and I’m so excited to be an aunt to two little boys. Can’t wait to follow along on your blog, too!! πŸ™‚

  34. Dianna

    I literally just brought my work to a screeching halt to hop over to the blog & read your post once I saw your Instagram! I’m so very excited for you! I have loved following your blogging/food journey for the past few years & look forward to continuing to read your adventures in parenthood…. I just know you will have some laughs to share! Best wishes for a continued happy, healthy pregnancy! xo

  35. Amy @ Fearless Homemaker

    Oh Jessica, I am SO SO SO freakin’ happy for y’all. You are in for such fun – babies are fantastic. =) Sending much love to y’all from Nashville!

  36. Jen @ BeantownBaker.com

    Congrats!! That’s so exciting for you guys. Glad to hear you have had a relatively smooth pregnancy so far.

  37. Judy

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you! Babies are such a blessing and totally worth the exhaustion and heartburn! Please do post pics!

  38. Cookbook Queen

    So so over the moon for you Jessica!! You guys will be such loving and fun parents!! These babies are blessed to have YOU!!

  39. Leila @ The Milk Truck

    OMG!!!!! TWINS!!!! Congratulations! Congratulations! (One for each!) that is such exciting news. Now you’ll get to do some family-friendly recipes πŸ™‚

  40. Vickie

    What a wonderful gift you have been given. We have twin granddaughters and it has been wonderful. So happy for you and your new adventure.

  41. Melissa @ Bless this Mess

    LOVE!!! I”m so excited for you both. And that is one fine excuse for taking a break! Can’t wait until you find out the genders of these cute cure babies!

  42. Sandra

    Congratulation!!! ThatΒ΄s such an exiting news… We are going thru the same process i Hope the same happy ending. Take care the 4 of you…

  43. Jill Hartley

    So I will admit… I teared up reading this and I don’t even know you, but follow your blog πŸ™‚ We have a ten week old so I remember finding out just like it was a yesterday. It’s a wild, amazing, crazy of a blessing ride but worth every single minute!! Blessings to you both!

  44. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Wow, what wonderful news!!!!! Trying for a long time can be a hard and lonely process. So happy for you!

  45. Marjory Betchkal

    AWESOME, I knew before I even read it, Just the title was the giveaway. I am SO very happy for you. That is wonderful. Your children are going to be beautiful just like you. Thanks for sharing.

  46. Stephanie

    OMGOMGOMG!!! I am beyond thrilled for you two!!! As one first-time momma-to-be to another, welcome to the club πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear more about your journey and all the updates!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

  47. Mary@SiftingFocus

    Jessica, congratulations to you and your husband. I’m sure you are beside yourselves with joy. Looking forward to following along this journey with you. Keep us updated!

  48. ErinsFoodFiles

    I am SOOOO excited for you guys!! I can’t imagine life with twins, but I know if anyone can do it, you can! Congratulations guys!

  49. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Wow! That is so wonderful and truly such a blessing! I’m a twin and you guys are going to have fun!! Congrats!

  50. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    Oh my gosh, SOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!! This post had me in tears and smiles πŸ™‚ Congratulations!!

  51. Mimi @ Culinary Couture

    Oh my goodness! You know, when I saw your tweet today about wanting somebody to make you fried chicken, bacon collard greens, and banana pudding, I was going to reply and ask if you were having pregnancy cravings! But then I thought about it and didn’t want to put you on the spot like that. Congratulations though! I guess I was right? I am so happy for you!

  52. Jen C

    Congrats! We’re expecting twins due early July. You’re luckier than me- I’m 20 weeks and still throwing up! πŸ™ But we’ve got a healthy daughter and son in there and though it’s terrifying, we couldn’t be more excited. We were shocked too- I wish we had video!

  53. Courtney

    Aww…what a great announcement! Such a blessing. So much work, so much love! I hope you have a healthy next few months and a happy ever after…

  54. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    Yay congrats on the double winnings! And I love that you rocked killer shoes for that announcement.

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