“Mommy, did you choose to make us twins or just sisters?”
“No, sweetie, I didn’t choose.”
“Your body just decided?”
“Yes, my body just decided.”
It was an innocent question posed by my 4-year-old daughter, and it wasn’t until later that I realized I had inadvertently lied to her. I did, in fact, choose whether or not to have twins — it was one of several decisions my husband and I faced over the course of in vitro fertilization, or IVF.
You can read the rest of the story about the unexpected choices we faced over the course of IVF over at the New York Times Motherlode Blog.