And then there were SIX …..

Okay, so it’s been a while again …

I have been wanting to get on and post something for a while now, but finding the time to sit and have the energy has been difficult. I’ve got a secret you see … I’ve had a hard time getting on here, well, because life has thrown me for a loop. It’s a good loop, but a very big one … or two!

So, ready for it? My fun, frugal gluten free family of four is turning into SIX! If you must, take a moment and read that again…

Yes, we are having twins … TWINS! After a lot of repeating the word twins in my head, it has finally sunk in and become a reality. And, well, the exponential rate of growth I am experiencing also brings it into reality!

So, let’s start from the beginning. We found out in early January we were pregnant, but didn’t know there was more than one in there until our 12 week ultrasound when we saw it on the screen!  I have been feeling really excellent, but was so exhausted for the first 3 months, that I thought something was wrong. Well, I mean, I kept thinking, it has been five years since I last did this, so maybe my body is just getting old and tired! We were totally blown out of the water to see not one, but two on the ultrasound screen. Thinking back, that totally explains my complete and utter exhaustion during the first trimester. Now, at 20 weeks, I’m back to having a little pep in my step and feeling excellent. I know I am fortunate to not be one of those women who get sick with each pregnancy and are miserable the entire 9 months. I’ve never had that with either of my previous pregnancies and this twin pregnancy is no exception. I have to say that I feel even better with this pregnancy than with the other two. I’ve learned a lot about my own body in the last 5 years and staying healthy, fit and active is a priority in my life. I have come to realize that being gluten free isn’t a choice anymore for me, it’s a necessity. I feel better than I ever have in my entire adult life and I know that taking a step backwards and feeling crappy is not an option. Adding two more little people to our gluten free family is exciting, don’t get me wrong. But, it’s also terrifying. I mean, come on, having two babies at once is a huge challenge. When I think back to my other two and all the dietary issues we had with them, I wonder what these two will be like. Knowing what I know now, I’m pretty confident that things will be okay. But, there’s always that lingering what if in the back of my mind. What if they don’t sleep? What if they cry all the time like the boy did? What if they are up, wide awake all night, just like the girl was? You see the struggle going on in my little brain? But then I bring it back to … being gluten free, dairy free and soy free has changed my life and I’m pretty confident that all the issues I dealt with the boy and the girl would have been alleviated if I had suspected gluten intolerance/allergies/celiac disease sooner. All I can do is hope that things will be better this time around. And, it’s starting off pretty good. Like I said, this is by far the best pregnancy that I’ve had so far (and to be honest, the other two weren’t bad!). I have learned that taking care of my body physically, mentally and emotionally is key to living a life that is full of life.

People have asked me if I will keep these two gluten free, dairy free and soy free as well. And, my answer is yes, absolutely. It’s just our way of life and seeing my kids happy, healthy and full of life, makes it all worth it. But, I’m keeping my options open and who knows what the future will bring for these two.

So, there you go. Secret’s out. How will this change my blogging life? I hope not too much, but reality is, it just might. I still hope to share my recipes with you and my stories as well. I believe knowledge is key and like I’ve said from the beginning, if I can help just one little person unlock their door, like my two little beans have, then this is all worth it.

Sending lots of gluten free love,

Jenny

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