Guest Post by Sarah Onur Rasul
Blaming an office chair for expecting twins – a strange concept I know. I didn’t believe in the superstitious warnings that came with the desk chair at my new job, but a year and a half later I am a believer!!
A little background…
It all started just over two years ago with an impulsive move to Turkey. My parents (Dad Turkish and Mum Irish) had retired to our home in Fethiye three years previously and, having gone through a messy break-up, I decided that it was now or never to start a new life in the sun.
So, on selling my business I took the plunge and moved over to Turkey – excited to start this new chapter of my life. I took a break to begin with, to figure things out and settle in, but a few months later the time came when I was starting to get bored. What could I do? I asked myself. A friend saw an advert for an admin manager at a local estate agents so I applied, not thinking I had a chance with my background mostly in catering.
A nervous few days later and I heard that I had an interview – my first interview for maybe 10 years! What would they ask? What would I say? What would I wear? All these questions and more whizzed around my brain. The time eventually came and I went in. Luckily they couldn’t have been nicer so I left a little hopeful.
Shortly after I found out the role was mine and agreed to start the following Monday. I soon got into the swing of things, the weeks flew by and as I got to know my new colleagues better, I asked questions about the people that had sat at my desk before me.
“Ooh!”, said my colleague Sam, “be careful of that chair – most of the girls that have sat in it have ended up pregnant!”
“What?!”, I exclaimed not long having become engaged and in the middle of planning the wedding – now was definitely not the right time for a baby!
I sat gingerly on the seat and tried to forget it –all superstition, I didn’t believe it all that rubbish did I? I had heard about a certain checkout in a supermarket where all the girls had all become pregnant but all this was just stuff you read in trashy magazines surely?
Time went on. My fiancé (and then husband) and I have a long-distance relationship. He lives and works in a different country so making babies was not a possibility for the most part anyway! He comes and goes because of work but a few weeks after his last visit, I started to feel a little sick. I thought nothing of it. Then I get a lot sick… uh oh!
Buying a test when your Turkish is limited is difficult. Explaining why you want 5 tests is even more challenging – but I got there in the end – I wanted to be 100% sure I was pregnant!
The drive home from the chemist was agony. To top it off, when I read the instructions it said I had to wait until the next morning for the best result… torture! The night was spent tossing and turning until, at about 4 am, I could wait no longer.
I decided the easiest way to do it was to pee in a cup and put all 5 tests inside. After waiting the longest three minutes of my life, I picked one up, positive…the second…positive,…all of them were… POSITIVE! The chair had worked its magic!
Everyone was delighted; Sam was especially delighted as her chair theory had come true, “Wow that’s early to come up positive” she said. “Maybe its twins?!” (She has twin boys). “Don’t wish that on me”, I exclaimed.
The first scan and the BIG announcement
Six weeks went by and it was time for my first hospital appointment. Things are done differently in Turkey, you have an ultrasound every month. The first scan was a bit of a blur looking back. After a brief chat with the Doctor she told me to pop up on the table and lie down, a squeeze of cold gel later and away we went. A grainy image filled the screen and before I could even decipher what I was looking at, “Ahh… there are two I think”, the doctor said! “WHAT?!!!” “Twins” she replied nonchalantly – Sam and the chair had struck again!
My mum who was with me ran out to tell Dad, “OH MY GOD!” I heard from the waiting room as they started laughing… I started laughing too, if not somewhat hysterically. The doctor looked at us as if we were mad and shrugged her shoulders.
She handed me a tissue and rattled off some questions. I was so shocked I can’t remember a single one. She sent me off for some blood tests and that was it… my first appointment was done.
I wasn’t going to keep a lid on this one!
I finished the blood tests and came out to find both my mum and dad on the phone to my aunties; no way I was going to be able to keep a lid on this one no matter how early it was! One name stood out on who to call first for me –Sam! “YOU COW!” I said when she answered, “YOU JINXED ME!!” Sam laughed hysterically down the phone, “Never?! I don’t believe it!”, she said. “I was only joking!”… “Some joke!”, I laughed.
Twin fear sets in.
My mind was reeling – how could I cope with two babies? It’s twice the cost, even less sleep… this could be a nightmare. And, I hadn’t even told my husband yet, how would he react?
I plucked up the courage to give him a call after all my mum and dad had basically told my whole extended family in the 10 minutes since we had found out – I thought it was only fair.
He took the news better than I ever could have hoped, in fact, better than me! (I just kept repeating “what are we going to do?!?” endlessly…) A few days passed and I slowly came to the realization that two is better than one, – yes twice the cost, twice the trouble BUT double the love!
All is going well so far.
I’m happy to say that I am now 17 weeks and everything is progressing nicely. My husband was delighted when he found out he has two sons on the way and we both can’t wait for our double trouble to begin – even if I do still blame that chair a little 😉
So I wonder who will sit in the chair when I go on maternity leave?…watch out girls, you could well end up expecting triplets!
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