Guess what! We're having...


We had our "big" scan on Friday.

(Read: "ultrasound" if reading from  the US of A.)

You know, 
the big scan
where they spend a long time
checking out all the parts
and making sure there aren't any issues.

I'll be honest,
early on in my pregnancy
I was reading about all of what can go wrong
and was spending a lot of time "praying away"
any possible defects or problems.

One day as I was praying through my list
of deformities and syndromes,
 I felt God tell me to cut it out.

I was replacing the joy of this process 
with the distraction and heaviness of fear.

So ever since then, 
I've had to decide to just relax,
 trust that God knows the recipe for healthy babies
and just enjoy the process.

This big scan also is the appointment
where, depending on the cooperation of your baby,
you can find out their gender.

Tyler & I both felt cheesy doing a "reveal"
so we were just going to play it cool 
and find out together at the ultrasound.

But as I was riding the bus home from work last week,
 I had an idea and Tyler thought it was pretty fun.

After all the real work was done in the scan,
our sweet sonogram tech each told one of us
what one of the babies was (were?)
while the other one closed their eyes and covered their ears.

So we left each knowing what one was,
but not knowing what the other was...
giving us each a little bit of immediate gratification
and a little bit of suspense.



Then we left the hospital, grabbed some lunch, 
headed to the book store
and, separately, choose and bought a book
to give the other one that would tell the full story on our babies.

We had them wrapped in bags 
and headed to Kensington Palace
to unwrap the details of this fairy tale in style.

What came next was perfect.

We grabbed the books out of the bags,
glanced at them
and started to laugh...
we both bought each other the same book!




Alice in Wonderland,
written by Lewis Carroll during his time at Oxford,
as a story for his dean's daughter.

No explanation needed for either of us...
we both knew immediately that
we're having two girls!

For some reason, two girls was the combination
 was the farthest off my radar.

I was sure there would be at least one boy in there...
but apparently, I was wrong,

After about a minute of letting it sink it,
I've been obscenely giddy about what's in store for us.

For some reason,
I feel really capable of taking care of two girls
and feel less intimidated about the months to come...
and with the arrival of two babies on the horizon,
it's nice to have some confidence.

It may not make sense to say it, 
but I just feel good about raising girls.

If you're cozy and up for the full view of our day
(a.k.a. the video we sent to our families to tell the news),
watch the video below!






*all images & content original to Aspiring Kennedy


113 comments:

  1. Congratulations! So so exciting.

    Xo-L
    simplylowcountry.blogspot.com

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  2. eeeep!! so excited for you and your two girls!! i have twin girl cousins and they are the CUTEST :) xo

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  3. I love how you told this story and what a fun way to find out, your daughters will be just as creative as you.

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  4. Omg, congratulations! Twin girls will be so sweet and so much fun. You're kinda making my uterus hurt for a baby, so stop that.

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  5. You guys are the sweetest and most thoughtful couple ever! My heart is pounding with excitement for you!!

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  6. They are going to be the cutest!! Hugest congratulations!!xx

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  7. So cute! Congratulations! I'm tearing up over my coffee

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  8. So excited for y'all!! Love that y'all bought the same book for each other. Congratulations!

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  9. Stop! This video made me cry! You guys are so cute! The girls will LOVE this video someday. It made me miss you like crazy, and miss England too. I'm so excited for you! Get prepared for the clothes!!! Buying girl clothes is so much more fun than buying boy clothes! And, you get to buy 2 sets!!

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    1. Ah B, I cried too...Too true about the cute girls clothes out there - these are going to be some super stylish little misses

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  10. Is your life for real? Are you kidding me with this?

    I literally cried happy tears for you. Not surprising since I'm something of a basket case these days. But still. So so happy for you and your girls. (: eeeeeep!

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  11. love the book and LOVE the creative way of finding out the gender- so fun! i wish you both the best :)

    xo!
    av

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  12. Aaahh this is the cutest thing I have seen in SO LONG!. Congratulations to you both, it's very clear that you will make amazing parents :)

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  13. AH! Oh my gosh, I'm so excited for you! You're living my dream life, you know - handsome husband, fabulous ex-pat life, beautiful twin girls! Congratulations!

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  14. The cuteness of this video is overwhelming, oh my goodness, two little girls! Congrats y'all! That's so exciting! And I literally LOLed when you gave yourself a belly tap in the sonogram room, you are too cute/funny!

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  15. Congratulations!! What a sweet video! You two are adorable and those bambinas will love watching it later!

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  16. Oh my gosh I love this! Y'all are a lovely example of what marriage looks like when you get to be married to your best friend!
    I love you bought the same books. Amazing.

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  17. Ah, the woman who knows how to do things right... I found this post incredibly moving. And funny! Delighted for you all - babies, included.

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  18. you guys are SO cute. loved the video. congratulations, little girls are so much fun :)

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  19. Awww... I love you guys! That video made me cry! Congratulations - they are going to be the most beautiful baby girls...how very lucky they are to have picked you guys as their parents. xxx

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  20. Y'all are just GLOWING in these videos. It is too precious for words. Congratulations!! So happy for your both.

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  21. Totally not what I expected either but oh my word is that the coolest thing ever. Two sweet little girls to call your own. "Sugar and spice and everything nice!" Congrats Tyler and Lauren! So happy for you. The video is totally awesome. You video making rockstar!

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  22. I am so excited for you guys! Your sweet video made me cry!! Can't wait to see you soon. xo

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  23. So happy for you! A house full of girls - that's going to be fun! :)

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  24. I'm soooo behind on all my blogs so this is FANTASTIC news! Congrats on twin baby girls!!!

    M x

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  25. not what we expected at all! (and by we i mean all four of us). SO excited for you guys! Not gonna lie, totally teared up watching this. I mean, the only problem is its going to be awkward having to name them both megan...but oh well.

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  26. Ah CONGRATS! Should I be embarrassed at how much smiling and awwwing and gasping that just occurred from me? Well I hope not that would be awkward....congrats congrats from Texas!

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  27. These videos are incredible!! It was so sweet to see it unfold. You guys are the cutest. Congrats!!!

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  28. That was adorable- and perfect song!! I love that Tyler's initial reaction was "I'm in trouble!"
    Congrats on healthy girls!!!

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  29. 2 little Aspiring Kennedys! Congrats! And the book idea was adorable.

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  30. As the mom of two girls and the auntie of twin nieces, may I just say that GIRLS ARE AWESOME.

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  31. Yea!! Congrats! I love the Alice in Wonderland surprise. So sweet.

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  32. Congratulations! The book exchange to find out the sex of the twins was so sweet and creative. How funny is it that you picked out the same book. At first glance I saw a pink and blue book so I thought boy & girl. If I ever had twins that would be my dream-two girls!! I'm glad God spoke to you, it's so true that this is a time to be enjoyed. Anything other than joy and anticipation (like fear) is not of God. Hugs, Karla

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  33. So exciting! Congrats! Healthy and happy little girls are such a blessing!

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  34. This is so sweet! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing the video with us!

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  35. So many congrats to you & Tyler on your little girl twinsies!!! It's so perfect that you two bought each other the same book, too! :) :)

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  36. that is just too sweet for words - I teared up reading it (seriously I'm so overly pregnant & emotional these days!).

    Congratulations!
    xo

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  37. haha...fav quote is definitely "I think I'm going to throw up." Love you, Lauren! So excited to meet your little ladies!

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  38. Congratulations on your two baby girls!! I love the way you announced it to each other, and the video was precious. Seriously made me a little teary!

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  39. YAY! That was my prediction!! I watched the whole thing. So sweet, funny, adorable...and yes, I totally teared up (so not like me!!!). It will probably take a few weeks for it to sink in...but, soon you will be day dreaming about life with TWO girls and it will all feel so perfect!
    The "I'm going to throw up" comment was classic!! When our doctor told we were having twins I cried and he asked "is this a good cry or bad cry?" I said "I don't know. This is a I feel very overwhelmed right now and need some time for this to sink in cry!" Ha!

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  40. i love this video.
    so exciting! 2 girls, congrats.

    K

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  41. I am assuming their names will be Karen and Eleanor.

    Ps.... That video made me cry and want twins.

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  42. congratulations!! That is so exciting. You'll be an amazing mother!!

    XO

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  43. Since you're announcement, I've had two dreams.
    First, that I was pregnant with twins. I woke up mildly disappointed :)
    Second, that you were having two girls and that you named them Libby & Ella.

    Congratulations!
    Eat Cake

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  44. PRECIOUS video, Lauren!!! And CONGRATULATIONS : ) It really doesn't matter what their gender is since these babies will be beyond perfect no matter what, but two girls... ah, just seems meant to be. Hooray!

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  45. this video is THE CUTEST. seriously. and congratulations!

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  46. You are both beyond adorable!!! I love the video, but even more, I love that you both bought Alice in Wonderland. Life will be a wonderland for you and those who love you. My blog from yesterday was about my Godchild and her twin sister. They turned 7. It was such fun going through all the photos.
    I wish you all the best, and look forward to whatever you choose to share.

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  47. grant and i didn't find out svea's sex and we were 99.9% sure she was a boy. i literally cannot imagine having a boy now. i think having a girl is the shit. so excited for you.

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  48. You guys are so creative, this video just brightened my day! Your little girls are so blessed to have such amazing parents! I can't imagine how special this video will be to them one day :)

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  49. WOW - so wonderfully exciting! And your idea was absolutely brilliant and adorable!

    YAY for girls :)

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  50. You and Tyler are so cute! I can't lie...this video might have given me a little bit of baby fever!

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  51. reading this post made me realize that I was hoping you guys were having one of each. I can't explain why, but for some reason I was just assuming there would be a little Lauren and a little Tyler blessing the earth in a few months...oh well. two little girls will be so adorable! just promise you won't make them too match-y.

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  52. LBK, you are going to be a perfect girl mommy!!! the Kisers prepared you well. I know that Jenna would be willing to offer any encouragement/advice/insight if needed...her girls are nearly 4 months now. Im so happy for yall!!!
    love you

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  53. This is so awesome that I had to come out of my normal lurking only status to leave a comment! Congrats!!

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  54. I love this! I own every version of Alice in Wonderland you could imagine, being an Alice is pretty awesome :) I HIGHLY suggest that name as a possibility for one of the peanuts in there. You two are adorable, I can't imagine how exciting this is. Enjoy!!!

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  55. Awesome!!! Congratulations! You are going to love having two little girls! I absolutely love being the mom of two girls. They are fabulous!

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  56. Yay Yay Yay Yay Yay!!!!!! As the Aunt of fraternal twin girlies, I am so excited for you! You're going to have such an amazing time buying and enjoying all sorts of girly items, lots of tiny dresses and bows! ♥ Congratulations!!

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  57. Oh my goodness, congratulations! This was the sweetest post/video combo ever!

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  58. AHHHHHHH! I love this post so much! 2 girls!! Congratulations!

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  59. What wonderful and exciting news!! Congrats to the two of you!

    ~ Bev

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  60. Yay!!! So excited for y'all! How Stinkin cute is it that y'all bought the same book?! I can't wait to watch the video (feeding Cade and brother takes his eating time seriously!)! I looooove having two of the same sex because I just think it is even better watching their interaction together knowing that they will always be besties! I'm sure you understand having sisters :) and well, it's probably obvious, but I CANNOT wait to see all the adorable outfits you'll have them in! Congrats again!

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  61. Aww! Congrats! I definitely cried. Loved the video!

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  62. And the award for Making Mr. Bazaar Tear Up Whilst Reading Blogs On Monday goes to....


    LBK.

    Congratulations, friend! Wonderful news for you both. x

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  63. I am so excited for you! I LOVED your reveal. So sweet! Congratulations on having two girls!

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  64. that was quote possibly the cutest video ever... so excited for you guys. those girls are going to be so loved and so lucky to have each other. congratulations!!! let the naming begin!

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  65. Ahhhh! Congratulations you guys! I love that you both picked Alice - the girls will have so much fun growing up with such magical stories(in such a magical city!)... Oh, my, they are lucky little ones! This is all so exciting, thank you two so much for letting us all share in your joy and excitement!

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  66. "I've had to decide to just relax, trust that God knows the recipe for healthy babies
    and just enjoy the process." I love that!

    Also, congrats! Girls are wonderful and cute and snuggly!

    And, I love your idea for the reveal! Too cute. Just too cute.

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  67. I'm sooooo happy for you!!and for your lucky girls!!!!!
    andof course, congratulations!!!!

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  68. Congratulations on two little girls! I love how you each bought a book to reveal the sexes of the babies, such a sweet and clever idea. It's respectably sweet that you both bought the same book!

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  69. this is actually the cutest thing i've ever read! so, so sweet. for some reason, i was predicting you guys would have a boy and a girl or two boys as well, but i am so thrilled for you guys!!! i've always been partial to baby girls :) i grew up with a only a sister and let me tell you... it is the most special relationship in the world. i am so excited to see what's next in this journey of yours!!! :)

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  70. okay, I'm a long time reader and don't know either of you guys -- but I just sat here alone at my house midday, and cried like a little baby!! that is the sweetest thing i've ever seen!!
    and I LOLed so hard when your husband thought he needed to stop for a picture at the beginning!
    you guys need to definitely do your nursery Alice in Wonderland themed now (Lord knows I've had it dreamt up in my head for years for my future girl as it's my most favorite childhood book) but with yall both buying the same -- it's a sign!!

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  71. Congrats! Loved the video! I waited 20 minutes here in Africa for it to load, but it was worth it! Xo

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  72. How amazing! And definitely the best gender reveal to date! :) You guys are great. Congratulations!!

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  73. This just made my day! So happy and excited for you both! Thanks for letting us all share in the joy!

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  74. Congrats! So exciting and what a cute way to do the reveal :)

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  75. Y'all are freaking precious!!! Congrats on two healthy baby girls!

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  76. Oh my goodness!!! I know I don't even know you, but this made me squeal!! So excited for you both and with you and your girls lots of health in the coming months.

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  77. Sweetest video ever! Congratulations!!

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  78. Congratulations! Such a fantastic idea :)

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  79. So cute! Congrats to you both!

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  80. Aww congrats!! SUCH a sweet way to find out...I was telling my husband and seriously started to tear up! #sap

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  81. This was seriously the most adorable thing ever and two girls...just so perfect. It's beautiful to see two people so just beaming with happiness- so very happy for you!!!!

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  82. congratulations!!!!!!! so cool that you guys chose the same book.

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  83. so i'm sobbing now. soooooo stinkin' excited for the girl twinkies. and now I have an excuse to buy girl clothes!! (:

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  84. congratulations!!! completely teared up reading this. i am so excited for you both! xox

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  85. The cutest thing I have ever seen! So precious and full of excitement!!

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  86. Oh my gosh, I was so giddy throughout the entire video!

    Congratulations on 2 girls!

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  87. You guys are the cutest things I've ever seen...and I'm totally sitting at work like a big bawl baby...choked up for you!! Tyler looks like he's going to puke at the end...hilarious!!! And how can I like you even more now after hearing your voice?! #weird

    Bring that bump to Big D so I can meet you three girls!!!! xoxo

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  88. Too stinkin' adorable. You definitely have an affinity for making some tear-y vids.

    -Heather

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  89. Love that you picked the same book. Ya'll will have so much fun! (and now, everyone will be waiting to hear the names!) :-P So happy for all four of you!

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  90. Seriously, you guys are too friggin cute!! Congratulations. Blogland is so excited! :)

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  91. so very excited for you all!
    2 girls is so much fun!

    xo the egg out west.

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  92. Congratulations! LOVE the idea of the books. Sooo excited for you!

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  93. awesome....and yes, Tyler is right, he is in trouble!
    So excited for y'all!
    pve

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  94. yay! two baby girls :)

    this is so very sweet!

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  95. oh my gosh - this post was so much fun!! i found myself so nervous too - and then so excited! congrats on the two little girls!! :)

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  96. yay yay! i got tears when i watched your video! girls are the best and you get to have two!! and um. amazing that yall got each other the same book. LOVE those time in life when you're like "omg we are so married." CONGRATS!

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  97. This is so cute! What a great idea...I might be biased but having s girl is the best...2 will be that much more fun:)

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  98. This is sooo cute. I'll probably have to steal the video idea!

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  99. I am happy for you!!
    Congrats, big job!

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  100. Okay I had no idea that you were pregnant (1), I had to backtrack on your blog and (2) So excited that you are having twins! And two girls! Amazing! I know three other friends pregnant with twins - all having two girls! Crazy! Haha. Enjoy your pregnancy! My daughter Mila is almost 2 years old - it goes fast and I just found out I'm pregnant again! :)

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  101. well, THAT ladies and gentleman, made me BAWL (I'm preggo with my 2nd girl) and I think that post was the coolest thing I've read in quite sometime. You two are adorable. CONGRATS! xo Shelli from a' la mode blog in TN

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  102. my husband and I are expecting twins in march/april as well! We did the corny cake cutting gender reveal party a few weeks ago. Loved your video. We have our video posted on our blog as well if you'd like to see!
    -Ashley Rimini
    www.recentlyrimini.blogspot.com

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  103. I just got around to actually watching your video and I LOVE it! It was such a great idea and so well put together! The book idea was awesome too... these are going to be great keepsakes for you all.

    Congrats again! 2 girls! An adventure awaits you...

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  104. Congrats & hello. I'm a mommy to 2 1/2 year old fraternal twin girls. The hardest but most rewarding experience is before you. My favorite quote these days is "the days drag on but the years fly by". Trust your instincts and take one day at a time. May God bless your miracles.

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  105. Oh my! This truly was the cutest thing and the most creative way to tell each other. You're totally meant for each other with choosing the same book :) Hehe. Congratulations! Twin girls will be a ton of fun...lots of bows and cute clothes and joy :) xoxo

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  106. that is such a cute way to reveal to eachother! congratulations!!

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  107. what a cute way to reveal to eachother! congratulations!

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  108. This is an awesome post!; definitely one of the cutest things I've seen around blog land. Congratulations!!

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  109. I just came across your blog and watched your video. As a pregnant lady with a baby due TODAY (where are you baby??) I actually cried watching your lovely video. So beautiful. And as a (sort of) book blogger, I love how you revealed the genders to each other. So sweet!

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