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Adventures of Pregnancy-Carlyn’s Journey XXIII

Submitted by on October 22, 2010 – 6:00 AM4 Comments
Adventures of Pregnancy-Carlyn’s Journey  XXIII

So, today I am 25 weeks pregnant. Over the past 15 weeks since my last blog, things have been pure bliss in the Duncan household.

We found out that we are having a sweet little boy, and a precious little girl. Perfect…right?!?! We have decided on their names (Tripp Halen, and Ella Harper). We have purchased the furniture and picked out fabric. We have registered everywhere, and we’ve already had one shower. I can honestly say that I am in mommy heaven.

Just the other night, I was watching Rob as he put together the changing table for the twins, and my heart smiled. I thought about the six year journey it took to get here, and honestly, I can say all the heartache and waiting has been well worth it.  We are finally living in that moment of happiness we’ve waited so long for. The great part is that I know I have so many more of those moments coming. As I sit and reflect for this blog, I think about how thankful I am to be so thankful. I think about how so many people get deprived of enjoying something so simple, and I thank God for choosing me to be the one who gets to truly appreciate every little thing. Every day when I feel my two little ones kicking, turning, and doing only God knows what in my tummy, I feel an indescribable joy. It makes me want to pray more fervently for my girls who are still on the long infertility journey.

So, let’s talk about the fun stuff – the ins and outs of my pregnancy. I have shared with you all of the details of this journey, and it is my pleasure to give you all the details of this dream that has come true.

The first few weeks were very interesting. I guess the one word to sum it up would be fatigue. I literally would wake up in my bed and move quickly to the couch. (Finding out that I was pregnant the first week of my summer vacation was perfect!)  Luckily, I had absolutely no morning sickness. I like to think that having no morning sickness was God’s little gift for, ya know, the past six years. I was also very hormonal. I don’t mean just crying at Hallmark commercials hormonal. I mean certifiably crazy hormonal. Let me give you an illustration. My sweet Rob was very concerned that I was not eating as well as I should, so he would call sometime in the morning and ask what I wanted for lunch. I was so thankful that he brought me food, but as soon as I would realize that I had to sit up and eat it, I would cry like a big baby. Poor Rob didn’t know what to do. I was just that tired, and my sweet babies were sucking every ounce of energy I had.  This went on until I was nine weeks. I would lift my head to eat, and then I would sleep most of the rest of the day. People tell you that this will happen, but I don’t think that you can truly understand it until you’ve actually experienced it yourself.  I still have to say that if I would have had the morning sickness on top of the fatigue, things would have been much worse.

I remember waking up the day before my week 10 mark and feeling in my soul that something was different. I did not have the urge to run to the couch and fall back asleep. I started looking around and noticing that the laundry needed to be done. I saw the dishes in the sink. For the first time in weeks, I cared that the house was not in order. Rob had been straightening up the best he could, but it wasn’t like I would do it. Believe me, at the time of fatigue, I couldn’t care less what the house looked like. If it didn’t involve sleeping, bathing, or eating, it wasn’t on my to do list. I started cleaning and doing what I would normally do pre-pregnancy. I decided that since my husband had been so understanding and sweet while I was in my “fog,” I would do something special for him. I cooked one of his favorite meals, and to top it all off, I made him his favorite dessert. I was so proud of myself.  When Rob walked through the door, I was resting on the couch. (I had had a very productive day, and I deserved a little rest.) However, Rob did not know what his little wife had been up to.

He slowly walked in. Rather curiously he looked around and said, “Who is here? Did my mom come over to cook dinner?”

“Well no!!!” I said “I am feeling much better today!”

I know that poor boy didn’t think that day would ever come. From then on, I felt a little better each day.

It was around week 14 when I really started sporting a baby bump. I have to say that I am a proud owner of my bump. I have celebrated every inch of it, and I love it. I think Rob started appreciating my bump one particular night. I was taking a bath when Rob came in to tell me something. I was all lounged back, letting my baby bump just all hang out. Rob’s eyes got big, and he said, “Wow Car, you look like one of those buoys bobbing in the ocean!” Some people would have been offended by their husbands making such a statement. I wore it like a badge of honor. You have to admit, it was a pretty funny observation!

So those are a couple of my pregnancy experiences. I have absolutely loved being pregnant so far. I can’t wait to share with you my experiences during the few months we have left until little Tripp and Ella Harper are here! God is still doing miracles! We are proof!

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  • Dear Carlyn,

    What a wonderful blog! I am so thrilled for you, Robbie, and your entire family! Not only has the Journey taken an amazing turn, but God has given you TWO miracles. You’re so right when you say you’re living proof…I am crying tears of joy this morning and admiring your gorgeous picture. The first thing Matt said was, “Look at Carlyn, she looks so happy!” As always, thank you for sharing your Journey with the rest of the world. Your an inspiration to everyone in all that you do.

    Lots and lots of love,

  • Ellie Duncan says:

    Shedding tears of joy–can’t wait. You and Robbie will be fantastic parents! Ronnie and I are here for you every step of the way.

    Luv Ya!

  • Angie Wright says:


    You look absolutely amazing!! I enjoy reading every.single.word of your blog!! You are truly inspirational!! I love you so much and can.not.wait to meet those sweet little babies!!!

    Love you lots,
    Angie Wright

  • Carlyn says:

    Thanks guys! We love you all and couldn’t be happier!!!