Big Announcement

My outfit details: Sea dress, Valentino sandals, Michele watchKim K.W Lipstick and Pillowtalk Liner by Charlotte Tilbury, YSL Lipgloss #20 Nude Carat

Capri & Cannon’s outfit details: Peek dress (similar style 40% off here and here), Zara top (similar style here), Zara pants (similar style here), Saltwater sandals

Hello everyone! Today caps off what has been an exciting month for our little, and now growing family. We are excited to announce the pending arrival of TWO new members to the Jackson family!!! We could not be more excited and anxious at the same time. Just when I thought I had this whole thing down, I am now recognizing that I have never done two at the same time! It is safe to say that the coming year will be nothing short of an incredible adventure!

The infertility process lasted about 18 months, and I enjoyed sharing some of the details throughout these later stages and connecting with so many amazing women who had been or were in my same shoes. It was a struggle that at one point I was unable to understand but now am all too familiar with, and while we are not out of the woods yet at just 8 weeks, we are all encouraged by what we know. For all those who are interested, below is a short review of the last month’s events.

Just three days after the embryo transfer I took an at-home pregnancy test on a whim, thinking there was a very low probability that anything would show up, but then I saw the faintest of positive line imaginable. I was absolutely shocked! I was so accustomed to seeing a negative result, so I stared at it for the longest time thinking “wow! this one must be broken cuz I have seen so many of these tests and they are not supposed to do this, are they?” Naturally, this led me to take a test every day for a week straight to confirm my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me.

Ten days after my embryo transfer came the blood tests for bulletproof confirmation that things were trending in the right direction. The nurse called with the results and said “…well, your HCG is at 540 so you are definitely pregnant!” The following week was the second test and the first indication that more than one bundle of joy may be on his/her way because my levels were super high up around 10,800! There was a brief panic at the slight possibility of triplets, but my more logical (and math loving) husband of mine was quick to point out the very low probability of that happening. I would have loved all three even if it were the case, but that might have been a little too much joy at one time!

Between my second blood test and seven week ultrasound there was a brief scare. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was doing my makeup when I suddenly started to bleed, not spotting, it was much heavier and lasted several hours. After speaking with my doctors, I was told that there was not much to do other than wait for my seven week ultrasound that at the time was still 10 days away. I’m not sure why we so vividly remember certain events in life, it could be adrenaline or something more, but that Saturday afternoon and then the ultrasound that followed telling me everything was okay are two that I will never forget!

 I am so happy to share this news with you all today! It’s almost as if the more I say it out loud, the more of a reality it all becomes. I will give updates from time to time, but the daily updates will likely come from a growing bump accompanying each of my outfits. This is going to be a great year for the Jackson family!

Photography by Paige Nicolle.

147 Comments

  1. Congratulations to you and your growing family! Not only are you blessed with one but two babies and that is so exciting! I am looking forward to hearing more of your pregnancy update and maternity style! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us!

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  2. How wonderful, double the joy! I’m so happy for your and your family and cant wait to follow you on your journey.

    i would love to read about your pregnancy tips, and generally everything that you want to share about the experience. I’m not in a position to try yet, but will hopefully be in the next couple year so would love to read about it.

    xx Rapunzel

  3. I knew it! you’ve been “mia” and i just knew it!! congratulations!!! I can’t wait for updates and those gorgeous bump pics. And I’m loving the new site!

  4. Congratulations, To you and your family, emily! I have been a long time follower of your blog and know how momentous of an occasion this is for you! Wishing you and your family utmost happiness and joy!

  5. TWINS….WOW!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is such an answer to prayer! Can’t wait to follow along on your journey! p.s. love the pictures!!!

  6. Ah! congratulations to your whole family! i so look forward to all the cuteness that will come, and thank you for letting us be a part of this journey with you!!!

  7. Congratulations! My frozen transfer worked as well- I am 11 weeks! Ivf is such a hard journey. Good joB momma!

  8. Such a blessing! So happy for you & your growing family! will continue to keep you in my prayers! congratulations!

  9. Congratulations! So haPpy and eXcited For you! I know it hasn’t been easy. Good luck with your pregnancy in the coming months. I caNnot wait to find out the their gender And names. God bless!

  10. Congratulations!! I just found out I’m pregnant for the first time two weeks ago – the first trimester is so scary and tough. I’m trying not to worry too much – I can’t imagine how difficult these past months have been for you. I’ll be praying for you!

  11. I’m just so so happy for you- You will be wonderful. I’ve never commented On your blog before (because i like to follow quieTly and creepily, ha!) but i can’t help myself– infertility is so hard and your post made my moRning. Those sweet lucky babies!! 💕

  12. Congratulations! I’ve been praying for you and your family and was so excited to see your instagram post today. I wish you all the best and a safe/healthy pregnancy. I enjoyed following along when you were pregnant with cannon and look forward to your posts this time around.

  13. I almost never comment but I had to take a moment to say congratulations and many blessings to your sweet family. I know, from reading, how badly you all wanted this and I am so excited for you and wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  14. Em,

    I don’t know if I’m tearing up because I’ve been following your blog (and Rach’s) for years and because I read a lot of your blog and social media posts about your journey to fertilization, or because I’m hormonal, lol, but I’m tearing up, Congratulations!! How exciting for you and your family!!

    With Love & Style,
    ♥ Amber
    ALL THE AMBIENCE

  15. Oh my GOODNESS! Congratulations!! TWINS?! So much fun! I nannied for a family with two kiddos (4 &2) That had twins. Four 4 and under is so crazy, but you’ll have Decent spacing in ages.
    I will be 16 weeks with my first baby in a few days and im eSpecially excited to follow your journey.
    Congrats again! Wishing you a healthy pregnancy!

  16. Congratulations! I usually wait for your email, but took a pinterest break at work and saw the big announcement caption! What a tease you are!

    reading this post brought me to tears for you and your family. you seem like such a wonderful mother (and aunt and big sister) and my heart has ached for your fertility struggles this last year! you are incredibly brave and generous to share your story with all of us.

    how exciting god has now blessed you with two!!! i will continue to pray for you and your family and that both these little nuggets and you stay safe these next months. if my calculations are correct it looks like y’al may be having an extra special christmas!! i can’t wait to see them!

    sending you lots of love, hugs, and prayers.

    ps – i am still crying!

  17. Wow!! I got chills when I saw the headline and again when I saw that you’re having twins! Such very happy news for you. Congratulations to you and your family!!

  18. Wow, congratulations!!! I am sure it was a shock but how wonderful that you got so lucky after so many unsuccessful attempts. there is truly nothing worse than finding out you are not pregnant when you are trying so i am overjoyed for you! what a blessing!

  19. So incredibly happy for you, Emily! Children are a blessing, and i look forward to following along As you welcome yoUr PRECIOUS twins. I hope to uave twins Myself one day, so i will be taking nOtes, haha. Blessings To your growing family!

  20. So happy to hear the good news. Have been praying for you! I bet those days between the bleeding and the ultrasound were supposed hard ones. Soo glad everything was ok! Xo

  21. Hi emily! IM so excIteD for you. Twins are so much fun! Double work but Double the joy. The you put one or two embryo during Your transfer?

  22. So incredibly happy to see this news. Thank you for sharing your journey with us as i know it’s not always an easy one. God bless you and your growing family! Congratulations!

  23. Emily, I am so over the moon happy for you and your family. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your struggle with us. its so easy to see how beautiful you and your family are-and assume everything is perfect in your life. when you share your vulnerability with your readers it makes you so much more real. And it makes us able to support you! Thank you for sharing your pain and joy. it makes this all the more exciting for us. YAY!!!!!Feel good! you deserve every happiness.

    xo Jyll

  24. CONGRATULATIONS on your growing family! What a wonderful blessing. wishing you an exciting and happy pregnancy!

  25. Congratulations! I have identical boys! You are in for a crazy, but fun ride. Just FYI, there is a Mormon twin mom Facebook group that I’ve found to be a great resource. It’s super helpful and has great information on it. Good luck with your pregnancy.

  26. CongratAtions!! That is so exciting! Im currently 34 weeks PREGNANT with boy/girl twins and it really is sucH a blessing! You have tWo beautiful children already, and now your family wiLl double with love!!! Being pregnant with twO babies is truly amazing. To feel each baby move, and feel them interact with one another is so unreal! Plus, you quickly learn their different personalitiEs, even in utero!
    I too had a bad bleed early on, mine was at 10 weeks. It ended up being a subchorIonic hemorrhage. Apparently, when people do fertility treatments, his is common. Its kind of like a bRuise from where those Love bugs nestled into your lining.
    Im wIshing you the best of luck with your pregnancy and look forward to all your updates!!

  27. Congratualtions! I wish you a healthy and uneventful pregnancy and birth. Sadly, my twin sons died after they were born at 23 weeks due to my waters breaking at 12 weeks and 20 weeks. They would have been 5 years old this November. x

  28. Im so so so happy for your and your family! Twins!!!!! Say what??? This news seri pUt a smile on my face and i dont even know you in person!! ❤️❤️❤️

  29. Congratulations! I am so so happy for you! 18 months is a long time to be patient – god bless you and your faMily! Twins are exciting – and luckily you have lots of family close by to help! My husband and i have not started trying yet but plan to this year and i have a lot of built of fear about PregnAncy / Getting pregnant. So its super encouraging to Follow you and see your story and stRength. God is good! Thanks again for your blog and sharing your life!

  30. Congratulations! What a wonderful and exciting time for you all. My husband and i wIll be trying ivf Next month after 2 years of trying. Seeing your news gives me so much hope, thanks for Sharing!

  31. COngrats! I have followed your blog for sometime now and am so pleased for you! I am also a mum to Ivf twins who are now nearly tWo so Can relate to what you have been through. I look forward to more updates. X

  32. Aww soooo excited for you guys! We all know how much you’ve wanted this so this is just the best news! Congratulations to you all!

  33. CongradulatioNs! May God bless you and those little babies! Psalms 139 they are fearfully and wonderfully made! Enjoy every moment you are so beautiful!

  34. Sorry i am a little late on your Big news!
    It’s an AMAZING feeling when you get the news that all of what youve gone THROUGH with ivf Has worked!!! A hUge congratulations to you anD your family!
    My husBand and i are expecting our first, which is an ivf baby in 7 weeks!!

  35. Congratulations! My husband and i are two years into our fErtility Journey and it looks like we may be headed towards IVF. I’d love to know of anything you read anything specific on probililty of transfers. Its sounds like your husband did the calculating for you (how wonderful youre having twins) we’re just trying to nail down the number of embryos to transfer and are feeling so lost in this journey. Thank you for sharing your heart abd grownIng family! xo

  36. Hi emily,
    CONGRATULATIONS on your PREGNANCY! truly happy for you and your family.
    I have a question for you regarding infertility. a lot of us mamma wanna-bes struggle to understand ‘infertility’ for those of you that already have (multiple) children. I understand that it’s a struggle and an issue you deal with, and it would be great to get a better understanding of the psychology behind that. especially for those of us out there who are struggling with first-time INFERTILITY and have zero children of our own.
    rather than picking fights about it, let’s talk about it! would love to hear your perspective, and what your thoughts are on the fact that you already have multiple children, while some of us have none.
    Thanks!