By MATTHEW NASH
As the old year came to a close many news outlets scrambled to come up with what they considered the story of the year. The News and Tribune did a countdown that ended with David Camm’s acquittal as the local news story of the year. I understand that this was a big story for many people for many reasons, but it didn’t make my list.
The Boston Marathon bombing, the roll out of the Affordable Care Act or the George Zimmerman trial were all contenders for the United States story of the year. Worldwide the royal baby, the death of Nelson Mandela or the transition of the new Pope would all be at the top of the list. If you take a vote in my household there is another piece of news that turned into the story of the year, and will continue into the beginning of 2014 and beyond.
My story of the year began shortly after the beginning of 2013. My wife and I had discussed the possibility of starting a family but there were certain steps we would have to take before our journey could begin. We had a few different options on the table so we had to talk to some experts to understand those options better.
The first of many doctors appointments that I would attend last year was scheduled for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. As a federal employee my wife would eventually need every leave day that she could save so we scheduled the first step on a day she would already be off. It was a productive meeting where we learned the pros and cons of all of our options and the different time frames we could expect.
We decided to put off our plans for a few months. Amy was scheduled on a business trip for a few weeks in March so it was logical for us to wait a while. It also gave us more time to prepare for what we were getting ourselves into.
The initial projection gave us a 65 percent chance of success in our plans within a 12-month period. We were cautiously optimistic with this statistic as we proceeded with our plan. We also considered what our alternatives might be if we were unsuccessful. It turned out that our worries were for naught. We were able to accomplish our goal within the first month of trying.
It was my plan to try and keep the news a secret for as long as possible, but sometimes plans change. Celebrating Father’s Day with my In-laws we announced to Amy’s family that we would be welcoming a new baby, with the initial due date set for Feb. 18, 2014.
Over the next few weeks we revealed the secret to friends and family who were as excited to hear about the news as the expectant parents. We were on top of the world and the story was only beginning.
Amy and I had known she was expecting for a month when we found out the news that would change the course of our lives forever. On July 3, 2013, before many people in our family even knew we were expecting, the ultra sound tech looked at my wife and said “you’re not going to be the mother of one baby, you are going to be the mother of two.”
My mother has 17 grandchildren. She was excited to hear that she would soon welcome her 18th. She has been through just about everything you can think of as it pertains to pregnancy from her daughter and the wives of her sons. There was one thing that she had not experienced, the birth of twins. I will never forget the excitement that my mother had when we told her she was going to have her 19th grandchild too.
My mother-in-law doesn’t have any grandchildren. Her excitement level had been off the chart since we had made the initial announcement. She was ready to buy things as soon as she found out that she would be a grandma. The night she opened the door to our future nursery to see two cribs, she nearly hyperventilated.
Over the last year we have prepared for the arrival of our twin son and daughter. Amy has had a pretty uneventful pregnancy until just a few weeks ago when we had a slight hiccup and had to spend a night in the hospital. We survived Christmas and New Year’s and have gotten to the point where it could happen just about any time now.
We are just about to the end of this part of our journey. The year 2013 was a huge for my family and will forever be one of the most memorable years of my life. I don’t know what 2014 has in store for us, but rest assured the story is just beginning.
— Matthew Nash can be reached at email@example.com