we are having identical girls!!
From the very beginning of this pregnancy I have had a SUPER strong feeling that this baby was a girl, and an earlier ultrasound gave us reason to suspect that these two might be girls, so finding out that we're having two girls was just as we had hoped and imagined. But the identical part? We had an ultrasound specifically to confirm that the babies were di/di (meaning each had their own placenta) which means that almost always, the babies are fraternal.
But at the end of our ultrasound, the sonographer just casually asked, "And who told you these babies are di/di?" What followed were phone calls to the radiology center that performed our other ultrasound, a consultation with the head radiologist, and the revelation that our babies are in fact sharing a placenta, evidence that they are definitely identical. Woo hoo! These girls seem to get a hoot out of these little surprises they keep giving us.
We told our families this weekend with strawberry cake, and we all feel just as happy as baby Grace looks in that last picture. There is something so magical about identical babies! I seriously have no idea how we will keep track of them, and Ben is already sure that at some point we will mistakenly switch them (hey, if it happens an even number of times, we're good as new). The girls claim this is "just as we hoped," since now each of them can have a matching baby (how to explain that newborn twins aren't exactly like new babydolls from the store? no clue). And Hugo is beaming from the knowledge that he will continue to be the one special boy. Which he does so well, but also means he sometimes tries to rough house with my leg out of lack of boys to play with. This kid needs a nice male cousin to wrestle with (hint hint, sister who makes very cute babies).
So, did anyone guess right?