Monday, February 28, 2011

Same Sex Fraternal Twins

Arica and I went in for her second official ultrasound today. It is a common misconception that this ultrasound is for determining the sex of the baby. Although I will reveal that momentarily, it is not the reason any physician prescribes this scan. The ultrasound's function is actually to find about a million different anatomical blurbs on the screen to help the doctor determine how the babies are doing. Among those things are the cerebellum, stomach, kidneys, chambers of the heart, and a bunch of ABCs whose meanings I am not privy too.

On that note I am very happy to say that the doctors exact words on how things looked was, "Perfect." The twins are measuring within three days of the expected due date. Their weights are 11 and 12 ounces which is within the desired range for weight difference. Everything is cooking well which is the most important thing.

Of course I have never had a single person text, Facebook, tweet, or dial up the phone and ask me how the babies kidneys looked. The only queries I have fielded for weeks now have involved the sex of the babies.

But before I get to that let's talk a brief bit about identical and fraternal twins. Our twins have separate placentas. Although there is no one hundred percent guarantee this most likely means that we will be having fraternal twins. The odds of them being identical at this point are extremely low.

Finally, we come to the private parts. Today there was only one type of private parts shown on that black and white screen. And those parts were girl parts.

We are expecting two little girls!!!

I am really excited, but altogether lost. I have a brother and a son. I don't know anything about girls. Ask my wife.

I will certainly be making gun jokes for years to come, but that is not the true sentiment of the day. Today I am in awe that God has chosen to bless Arica and me with two beautiful baby girls. I promise to do everything in my power to be the best Dad that I can for these two angels. I will learn to like pink. I will learn to play with dolls. I will learn to love ribbons, bows, dresses, and closets full of shoes.

As I understand the father/daughter relationship I probably won't have any power to resist anyway.


Sheila said...

You will do FINE!!!! And just for the record - I am a girl....I like to a fan of shopping and frilly things!!! You NEVER know what God will send your way! :)

Brandy@YDK said...

awwww congrats on 2 very healthy "perfect" baby girls.

seashore subjects said...

You are so right about "no power to resist." Somehow baby girls just wrap their fathers around their fingers. I've seen it happen at my house twice!

Congratulations on two blessings to add to the blessings you already have!

Jen said...

I am so glad that the babies are healthy and every thing is great.

And 2 girls, awesome!!!


Old School/New School Mom said...

Mazel Tov! Congratulations on your girls! That is so awesome! I had a brother growing up, and (though I am a woman) I was scared to have a daughter. But I can tell you, from my limited experience so far, that having a daughter is fun! I already have the urge to dress her up in cute outfits and I am SO not a girly girl!

Tom said...

Congratulations to you both! You'll be very happy, I know; little girls have a way of melting a daddy's heart like nothing else. And I know Braden is going to be a great, protective, caring older brother.

Eric said...


I honestly would have said DUDE with whatever the results would have been. But I actually teared up when I read both girls.

I know you're all Arkansas and stuff, but ninja swords word well for intimidation.

And it's never too early to teach Braden submission moves and pressure points for the defending of his sisters.

Congrats to you all my friend.

Jill said...

CONGRATS! Girls are great!! I have 5 cousins (all boys) who didn't grow up with sisters. And, as fate would have it, they all had all girls! And they've done great with them. I'm sure you'll love having two "daddy's girls."

Can't wait to see their progress like we have with Braden!

Mike said...

Congratulations!!! Looking forward to following your journey.

Tim Riley said...

Two at once is going to be wild regardless of gender. As the Father of two amazing daughters, let me just say, having girls will make you a better man than you ever imagined.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Wow, that is so awesome. You are one lucky man Otter.


SurprisedMom said...

I knew you were having girls (read it on your FB), but I'm thrilled for you and Arica! Girls are wonderful and the father/daughter relationship is one of the most powerful I've seen. My girls STILL welcome their father when he gets home with a hug and kiss and they are in their late teens. I'm glad the pregnancy is going well and the babies are perfect. Those little girls will have great parents and a fantastic older brother.

Katherine said...

OMG! I am SO behind. How did I miss this. Girls! Congratulations. I am so happy to hear they are both healthy.

PJ Mullen said...

I know I said congrats on FB and this is really late, shocker I know. But you'll love having little girls. Mine is awesome. And I totally support Eric's suggestion of Ninja swords.