This has been an incredible journey and it is hard to believe that it is coming to a marvelous conclusion. Friday we had our final scheduled ultrasound, as I write this we are 12 days from meeting the Peters twins. Friday they each grew a 1/2 lb and their heartbeats were between 135-145. The biggest change came when Dr. Khoury came in the room and told Erin and I that both babies were head down and in the shoots ready to come out. Since we first started this process Erin and I were planning a c-section but now with this new information a natural birth maybe in the cards. We have an appointment with Erin’s OB on Tuesday and we will find out more information then. This new information has thrown us a bit of a curve ball but we will get through it like we do everything else, as a team.
We still do not know the gender, which is a tribute to my wife for not finding out. As I told her the other day, we have become exponentially more interesting since we didn’t find out the gender.
We feel incredibly blessed to be living in the Cleveland area and access to one of the greatest hospitals in the country. Our experience with this whole process from the start has been amazing and it is because of the Clinics outstanding nurses and doctors. From our first meeting with Dr. Tan and all of the nurses we encountered with the IVF process to Dr. Khoury and the nurses in Avon and Fairview we could not have been happier with the service we have received. Every ultrasound technician, and we saw a ton of them, was very patient and kind and answered all of our questions as best they could. We will not use another hospital system other than the clinic as long as we live in Northeast Ohio. We feel very fortunate to have this resource at our disposal.
We are excited to meet these little nuggets in twelve days no matter how they arrive. The best thing these babies are going to have going for them is that they are going to be born in the greatest country in the world. From day one these guys (no not a hint at gender) will have opportunities that others around the world only dream of having. In America, and Erin and I will drill this into their little minds from day one, hard work is rewarded. You can be whatever you want but it is not going to be handed to you, you have to work for it. LeBron James said when he came back to Cleveland to play for the Cavs, “Nothing is given, everything is earned”. That is not just a nice saying to sell t-shirts but is 100% true. Hard work always wins!
As always thank you for being a part of this journey with us and reading the updates. Erin and I truly feel blessed to know we have so much love and support coming our way. We love each and everyone of you guys, and hope that this journey has been as enjoyable for you as it has been for us. Thank you and the next time you hear from me you will find out names and gender. The wait is almost over!!!
This weekend was all about the twins. Friday we had an ultrasound and again we got great results. The babies are growing rapidly but at the same rate which is ideal. Dr. Khoury is the high-risk doctor that we see every other week, and we love him. He works at either Avon or Fairview and we will go to whichever hospital he is at. He is one of the smartest people that I have ever encountered and he makes Erin and I feel at ease when he walks in and says, “Everything looks great”. He likes that they are progressing so well but he says what is most important is their gestational age and that getting them to 36 weeks is the most important thing. The babies have been within two ounces of each other every time we go in to get an update and since the beginning Baby A was always in the lead but this week Baby B took the lead in the weight department weighing in at 5lb 2oz and Baby A was 5lbs even. Which places them at the 97th and 95th percentile for single babies. Erin currently has over 10lbs of babies in her belly, she, of course, blames me because I was a 10lb baby weighing in at 10lb 12oz. My Mother was a trooper!
Yesterday my awesome neighbors threw me a diaper party/brewery crawl and it was a great time. There were about 16 of my closest friends including neighbors and my dad, brother, brother-in-law, and father-in-law. We went to Masthead, Noble Beast, and Collison Bend, on a sidenote Cleveland has some of the best breweries I’ve ever been too. Anyway, the diaper party was put together by one of my neighbors who thought why should the wives have all the fun, so he put yesterday together. I live in the greatest most generous neighborhood in the world. I was amazed at how many people took time out of their busy lives to come and celebrate the pending birth of our twins. Looking back and knowing how busy people are with their kid’s activities it is overwhelming to think that so many guys think so much of us that they came to celebrate. I always told Erin if you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be living in a development, with a dog, and expecting twins I would have told you that you are crazy! Here we are 27 days out!
Finally to wrap up this week’s update. The world is made up of some great people, you just have to look around to find them. People tell me that I am overly optimistic but I feel that if you peel back the layers there is genuine good in everyone. We have to get past the evening news and all of the horror stories out there and find the good in the world. I am going to tell you a story because it lit up my world on Friday. One of my toughest students came in on Friday morning looks at me and says, “Hey Mr. Peters, I got something for you”. The student reached into his bag and pulled out a chocolate apple that said #1 Teacher. I almost cried, him and I have been partners all year and we have also had our battles but for him to think of me meant a lot. There is good in everyone we just have to keep fighting the good fight.
Have a great week everyone hopefully March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb and we can all hit the golf course soon.
When you read this we will be under 5 weeks from delivery and Erin will be 31 weeks pregnant. Last Friday afternoon we went to the ultrasound and everything was great again. The twins are measuring at 95 and 87 percentile respectively with regards to weight. Baby A is measuring at 3 lbs 14 oz and Baby B is weighing in at 3 lbs 12 oz. That is a lot of babies, as the technician informed us they do the percentages as if they were single babies! Whoa! The babies heartbeats, my favorite part of the ultrasound, by the way, were both in the mid 140 to 150 range. They showed us the kidneys, spine, heart, legs, feet, hands, and arms and of course their brains. I’m going to fill them with plenty of information in the years to come.
My wife, Erin is a trooper! She is getting bigger every day as the babies keep growing, which is great that they keep growing and at the same pace, but they are sucking the life out of her. She is constantly tired and hungry, but she never complains. She is the best and understands that she has to go through this so that we can get the greatest gifts of our lives at the end. I have a deep respect for women in the first place, but after watching what Erin’s body is going through my respect level for her is off the chart. Watching her work every day, and she is damn good at her job, and also battle through the hunger and tiredness from this pregnancy. Don’t worry babe it will be over soon and it will be well worth it!
Today I gave a talk about my military experience to the eighth-grade class as a part of a career day at school. The Marine Staff Seargent that was supposed to speak got the flu so they called me in from the bullpen. I was stoked to be able to talk about my military experience and especially the time I spent in Iraq. I loved my experience and as I told the students today it was truly a life-changing experience for me. I hope at least one of the students that listened to me today considers the military as a post-graduation option and they get as much out of their experience as I did.
This past Thursday was Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day means love and not just love for your significant other but love for everyone. This world could use more love. Love helps unite and enables us to not be afraid to lend a helping hand to someone who needs it. You never know how much it will mean to someone if you tell them good morning or just share a smile with that person. You never know what others are dealing with and what a kind gesture may change their mindset. Be kind to one another you never know what one kind word or act can change.
Love you guys, can not wait for these next five weeks to fly by and then we can start our journey with our two new additions. This week be kind to everyone, remember you don’t have to like everyone but you should love everyone. Have a great week, next Friday the 22nd we go back for another ultrasound. Thank you for your love and support.
On Friday we went to another ultrasound, at this point, I have no idea how many we’ve been too. Every ultrasound I get a little bit nervous the night before because you just never know what is going on in there. I usually wake up early and send a few emails and keep my self busy with some house chores till time to go to the doctor’s office. When the technician starts I have no clue as to what she is looking at but my favorite part of the scan is when we hear the heartbeat, that is when I can first relax. The other things after that are gravy until they tell us the size and the twins are within 2 oz. of each other, which is great. Apparently, baby A is in the 95th percentile and baby B is in the 84th percentile as far as height and weight go. This time we got to see their faces and I might be biased but they are some good looking kids! As we wind down to the delivery date each ultrasound is looking more and more like actual people and it is an awesome feeling! As my father-in-law, Mark said, “Most of the time you send me those pictures I can’t tell what I’m looking at, but these look like little people!”
Friday we also continued to get the nursery ready, I broke down the bed in there and took it downstairs, vacuumed and cleaned the carpet and now it is ready for the crib and dresser delivery this Friday, February 1st. Is it amazing to anyone else that it is February already, it feels like we just celebrated the New Year! February is the shortest month of the year and then we are into March, that is when the babies arrive. I did find out some great news today the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament are that weekend and as Erin said, “At least we will have something to watch on TV while we are at the hospital.” That was Erin that said that not me, I would not dream of saying that for fear of repercussions! I am really glad we are thinking on the same plane though.
My wife is a trooper she had a stuffed up nose on Friday that turned into a sinus infection on Saturday and on Sunday she finally called the doctor who called her in a prescription. She is feeling better now but was she feeling miserable on Saturday and I was away at our conference middle school wrestling match, which we did awesome at by the way. I hate sinus infections and I couldn’t imagine having one at 27 weeks pregnant. She hardly complains at all. Here is to hoping she feels better and can finish the pregnancy strong.
Hope everyone has a great week, we love you guys and want to thank everyone for their support of the Peters twins. We know they will have the best life ever because of the people they are surrounded by. It takes a village to raise a child and we feel they will be surrounded by the greatest family and friends any two kids could have. Thank you and God Bless.