Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Twin Boys Have Arrived

October 6, 2011 - I woke up with intense contractions at 4 am - but after 2 hours they had stopped being so strong. (never fully went away)
So I kept an eye on them and kept track of them never very strong or consistent but often enough - called my doctor and they had me come in at noon for a NST - they measured consistent contractions every 3 to 6 minutes. After checking further I was dialated to a 2.

Doctor told me that I was in early active labor - he suggested I go home and when they get more painful or my water breaks to go to the hospital.

Home I go - - - to labor on - here is me at 35 weeks and 5 days - big as a house - (at least as big as my cupboards)

Finally at 3:00 I call my husband and tell him to come home - contractions getting close and stronger - ready to go - We get to the hospital and are checked in by 4pm -

It is time - I am now up to a 3 - plugged in and hooked up - babies are active and happy - I am contracting along. At 7pm I get the epidural - shortly there after they break my water - things are moving nicely - then I stall. Contractions disappear - they tell me that if it doesn't pick up they will give me pitocin at 1 am. At midnight I make a comment that I can feel the contractions in spite of my epidural. (I am feeling them in my lower back) They check me and the 1st baby is starting to crown - yikes!  My doctor is called to get there - while we wait they start setting up everything. It is push time - 1 big push and Sean is born at 12:56 a.m. at 6lbs 3 oz 19 inches long.  Now my second baby has consistently been breech - my doctor is going to do a breech extraction -

He goes in to break the second bag of waters to see how the baby goes in the birth canal - not good - it is an arm and a leg. . .

He pushes back the arm and goes looking for the other leg - and gets the  umbilical cord - now the panic sets in - he yells at the nurses to get the heartbeat monitor back on the baby - he goes in up to his elbow with one arm and directing with the other arm on the outside of my belly to get him out. . . They get him lined up and there is pushing by me and pulling by the doctor - Nicholas is out - 1:00 a.m. 6lbs even and 18.5 inches long. He isn't breathing - I am in a flood of tears - my baby. They resusitate him - and get him on oxygen. The bruising on his legs is excessive but other than that - he is fine! I didn't get to hold him until almost 6:30 am when I could walk down to the nursery - but he is fine and healthy -

Relief - -

My babies are here and everyone is healthy - Nicholas had to be on oxygen for about 5 hours - and because they were four weeks early we had to supplement feed them because they had no fat stores. But everything else is fine! We went home right away - and just over a week later - everything is still perfect!

I am so happy and excited to get the chaos of two babies underway - it is quite the ordeal just to go somewhere - so that is my challenge right now. With cold weather coming on - trips are going to be few and far between until their weights are up and they have better temperature control. That is okay for me. . .