If one thing is for sure, it’s that life hands up surprises at every turn. Some surprises, however, can be incredibly life-changing. Young couple Eliza and Ben can certainly attest to this.
When the pair met, it was love at first sight. So when Eliza announced she was pregnant just three months later, the two were thrilled, despite the little time they’d so far been together.
Some months later, not even a full year into their relationship, Eliza delivered a healthy baby girl, Charlie. The two were simply delighted. But just days later, Eliza began to feel strange.
The birth of their first child meant the same thing it meant for all new parents: learning the ropes. This is of course no easy feat and Eliza and Ben worked hard to manage their new family. With childbirth also comes new hormonal balances for mothers.
Eliza certainly felt ‘off’ following Charlie’s birth. She was especially tired all the time. At first, she assumed her immense exhaustion was of course simply a result of her new role as a mom. But as time progressed, Eliza’s feelings got stranger and stranger — and yet somehow familiar. Eliza couldn’t shake the uncanny feeling that what she was feeling was, simply put, pregnant.
But naturally, with her firstborn just a few weeks old, she dismissed the idea over and over again. Until one day, she couldn’t. Bewildered, she found herself visiting the drugstore to pick up a pregnancy test — all while still nursing her newborn. Her bewilderment soon turned into utter shock.
The first test showed she was positive and indeed pregnant. It took an additional three tests (four in total!) before Eliza could manage to accept the unlikely fact that she was indeed pregnant. And it gets more astounding. When Ben and Eliza visited the doctor, they discovered that not only was she indeed pregnant — she was carrying twins! It looked like tiny Charlie would soon assume the role of big sister — to two identical twin boys.
Needless to say, the couple was shocked — but they were also excited. Despite their unimaginable surprise and the daunting task of already caring for one small baby, Ben and Eliza plowed through. Eliza did an amazing job and brought her twins to a 36-week term before the young couple welcomed their daughter’s ever so slightly younger brothers into the world.
The twins were named Wolfe and Jack. Their blessed arrival meant the family grew from two to five in less than a year! Needless to say, caring for not one, but three children under the age of one has been a challenge, but Eliza and Ben are champs. Eliza has since started her very own blog, Twingenuity, documenting their hectic but exciting new adventures as a family that saw itself transformed so quickly.