Having a baby is a huge life event, and caring for a newborn is exhausting, as any parent can confirm. For one mom, her life got even more complicated just 6 weeks after giving birth to her first child.
Eliza Curby and her partner Ben had their first child, Charlie, in January 2016. Then, six weeks later, she found out she was pregnant again. This time with twins. The baby boys, Jack and Wolfe, were born in December 2016. Article continues on the next pages.
How is that even possible?
“I still can’t believe it,” Curby told news.com.au, adding, “We fell pregnant with our first, Charlie, three months after we started dating! Ben had always been super keen to become a father so we were over the moon at the thought of creating our own little family.”
She noted, “I say little as Ben’s idea of a family included two children — very nuclear indeed — I, on the other hand, have always been set on having as many children as I can — nothing excites me more than the thought of walking through our local streets of Mona Vale with my own little clan.”
She joked, “Needless to say the decision was taken out of his hands. I win.”
Curby discovered her second pregnancy while feeling more than the typical level of exhaustion after having Charlie. She explained, “My mum always said it takes six full weeks to come up for air,” adding, “I was exhausted trying to figure out the ins and outs of being a mum, but about a month after having Charlie though I felt really, super exhausted.”
She said, “Everyone told me it was sleep deprivation catching up with me but I was not convinced. I remember looking at Ben and saying ‘I think I’m pregnant.’”
He just laughed
His response was not unlike anyone else’s, she explained: “He just laughed.”
So Curby took a pregnancy test, which was negative. But she still felt like something was going on, explaining that over the next couple of weeks she took four pregnancy test and finally determined she was pregnant again.
She explained going to the doctor and getting an ultrasound, which she noted, “The technician seemed awkward and uncomfortable, before he finally said…‘look it’s early days…but…I think there’s two.’”
Scared, but super excited
Curby confirmed, “And it turns out there was! I was so scared but secretly super excited. I think everyone has a secret desire for identical twins.”
She then turned to Google to help process everything, but said, “I remember looking up ‘three under one’ on Google and getting no results and thinking s**t. So I just lived in a pleasant denial until I was too large to pretend anymore, and man was I large.”
She added, “My poor body hadn’t even had a chance to recover after the first!”
Needless to say, their lives are now very busy. She wrote on her blog Twingenuity:
“No I don’t know what day it is.
No I don’t know which of my identical twins I just fed.
No I probably couldn’t spell my name right now.
But I am here, and I am functioning.