The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed my mom, Nancy, in our living room over spring break. She always told stories about how crazy it was having two sets of twins and how shocked she was when she found out about the second set. She laughed at her obvliousness in the room when the technician first told her. She said that in her mind she thought my dad was punking her to get a funny reaction. Even though being so surprised and scared how she was gonna do it, she says it's the best thing to ever happen to her. To this day everyone we talk to is amazed there's two sets of twins in my family and we're 16 months apart!

Clenching Larry’s sweaty fist, Nancy took a deep breath once the cold, thick jelly rubbed along her belly. You’d think she’d be used to the feeling by now.

“Honey take a deep breath, it’s nothing to be scared about,” comforted her husband while trying to hide his own nerves.

“Call your mom to see if Megan and Ryan are doing okay, they aren’t used to me being gone,” requested Nancy.

The ultrasound technician, Jill, squinted at the monitor as she quickly glanced down to Nancy’s stomach.

Hesitantly Nancy questioned, “Is everything okay? Is something wrong?”

Larry abruptly straightened his back and slightly furrowed his brow. With both parents alert, they leaned in to hear whatever Jill had to say.

Comforting the couple, the nurse assured them that their baby would be fine. However, as she triple checked the screen, they doubted her confidence. “Larry, before I have a nervous breakdown please call your mother and ask her how the kids are doing!” demanded the now sweaty and red pregnant mother.

“Oh you have two kids? How old are they?” politely asked Jill trying to spark conversation.

“They are seven months - twins! Megan and Ryan,” Larry proudly stated.

Nancy took a break from her breathing technique to look up and shine a smile at the technician, “Yeah twins and about to add one more - aren’t I going to go crazy…” The clammy, underslept parents glanced at each other and widened their eyes humorously.

“You definitely will go crazy… There isn’t just one baby in here… There’s two.”

Hysterically laughing, the parents applauded Jill. “Haha, okay, reaaaaaal funny - now seriously what do we have here,” Nancy chuckled. Larry squeezed Nancy’s hand, laughing with her.

Turning the monitor to prove herself, Jill showed Larry and Nancy the two healthy babies growing inside Nancy’s stomach. In fact it was really twins - again!

“You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me,” Nancy exclaimed.

Larry holding his head, wiping the sweat beads from his forehead comforted Nancy, “We got this hun, we got this.” even though he himself knew they were in for a ride.

Double Trouble

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Summer 1998
Lower Bucks Hospital

I interviewed my mom, Nancy, in our living room over spring break. She always told stories about how crazy it was having two sets of twins and how shocked she was when she found out about the second set. She laughed at her obvliousness in the room when the technician first told her. She said that in her mind she thought my dad was punking her to get a funny reaction. Even though being so surprised and scared how she was gonna do it, she says it's the best thing to ever happen to her. To this day everyone we talk to is amazed there's two sets of twins in my family and we're 16 months apart!

Tags: pregnant, prank, twins
Decade: 1900s
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Recorded by Megan Lynch on April 27, 2018
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