Sunday, August 28, 2011

our big news

The twins are here!  They were born last Wednesday morning at 3:21 a.m. via c-section.  They were at 34 weeks and 1 day.  Both are in the NICU, but they are both doing well for their gestational age.  To fill you all in, here's how the labor/delivery went down...

I had an appointment last Friday, and there were no signs of labor on either the ultrasound or the cervical check--everyone thought we were still weeks away. I was uncomfortable over the weekend, but nothing very different from what I've been feeling for weeks now. On Sunday, I began worrying about baby girl, thinking she wasn't moving as much as normal. This feeling continued, so on Tuesday I called in and went for an ultrasound. Again, everything looked perfect. Tuesday night I had a board meeting, and towards the end of the meeting around 7:45 I had two really strong contractions. I didn't feel anything else, though, and thought nothing about it. In fact, on my way out of the meeting, I kept telling people to expect the babies in about two weeks.

A and I walked the dogs around 8:15, then we opened and began playing with our new video baby monitors. A had the light off in the nursery and was making faces into the monitor, and I was downstairs checking to see how well it worked. We were laughing, joking around, but when I started back up the stairs I only made it to the third one. Suddenly, my water broke, just like on a movie...it was shocking! I called up to A, "Honey, my water just broke," and he thought I was joking. When he looked over the railing and saw me standing in a puddle he realized this was the real deal, and he immediately began freaking out. Neither of us had packed, so we began throwing stuff together. I finally got A calmed down, we got enough together to get us through the day, and off we went. Luckily, my doctor was on call, so he met us at the hospital.

In triage they quickly confirmed that my water had broken, and the doctor said we'd be doing a c-section within the hour. I wasn't contracting yet, so I was still pretty calm. I was upset that the babies were coming earlier than expected, but I knew there was nothing we could do. Unfortunately two emergencies came in, pushing us back, and I began having strong contractions around 1:00 a.m. We were finally wheeled to the OR at 3:00, and at 3:21 a.m. on August 24th we heard the most beautiful sound--our two babies crying. I saw them very quickly in the OR, and A got to hold them each for about 30 seconds, then they were whisked to the nursery. A and our families got to watch them being evaluated and stabilized, but I was stuck in my room recovering. Finally, 6 hours later, my babies were wheeled in to meet me. It was bittersweet--they were the most precious things ever, but they were in isolettes and I couldn't hold them.

The babies headed to the NICU across the street, and I was taken to postpartum. A and the families got to go visit in the NICU, but again I had to wait. This was truly excruciating. I was hearing about my babies from everyone else, when I should have been the first to know them. Finally, around 3:00 p.m., I got to visit the NICU and touch our son and daughter. Since then, A and I have been visiting as much as possible and soaking up every second with our babies.

As of now, baby boy is on nasal oxygen. He is receiving my milk via tube to his stomach, and is digesting better and better. We really hope his breathing improves soon, as we need to get him more stable so we can start working towards other goals. A and I have both gotten to hold him (inside his pouch) a few times, and we cherish those special moments.

Baby girl is on a respirator and is on medication to close a valve that failed to close after birth. Once she is off the medicine, she will hopefully begin eating via tube. We have gotten to change her diaper, but have not yet gotten to hold her, which is breaking my heart. I am aching to have her in my arms!

Although it's terribly difficult to not have them here, we know they are in the best hands right now. We are incredibly thankful for all the wonderful doctors and nurses there. We will keep you all as updated as we have time to, and we beg you to continue to pray for the twins' health and development.

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!! I'll be keeping you and your babies in my thoughts and prayers.

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  2. congratulations to you, they are gorgeous. I am hoping that they continue to thrive and find themselves in your arms and in your home very, very soon.

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  3. Oh my gosh!! They look great! They look really big and healthy, especially for twins. I'm so happy for you. How are you doing recovering from your c-section? Much love <3 <3

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  4. Congrats! I'm sure it's hard to be away from them in the beginning, but hopefully they'll improve quickly so you can take them home where they belong :) Hope you're recovering well too!

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  5. Congratulations!!! They're perfect. :)

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  6. what wonderful news. congratulations and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers in hopes that you will recover quickly and be able to all be together soon.

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  7. I'm so happy for you! Your babies are beautiful and I will pray that you get to hold them and take them home soon!

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  8. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and A! Will continue to keep you and your twins in my thoughts, as they get stronger and pass more milestones, and soon will come home with you.

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  9. Oh my gosh! Congrats mommy! That is both wonderful news and stressful news at the same time. I would feel exactly the same!

    I wish the best for you and the twins and pray they get stronger every day.

    MissC

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  10. Congrats hun!! They are beautiful :)

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  11. How exciting-congratulations! They are beautiful!!!!!

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