You guys. I have been meaning to share this with you for a long time. But you know how it goes.... Anyways, someone recently reached out to me about having twins. She had questions about how my pregnancy went and what labor was like. Did I have a cesarean? C-sections are so common with multiples. I was like, dang. I need to get this story out there, it's one of the most important and exciting days of my life. I didn't actually write this just now, I wrote it about 4 weeks after the boys arrived. Enjoy!
Good Morning! I thought today was a perfect day to update you on why I haven’t posted in a while. Today marks the date of my original due date, 40 weeks… February 1. As noted before, with twins you don’t do 40 weeks – THANK GOD. I measured damn near 45 weeks at 36 weeks. For those of you who have babies, it seems we all appreciate hearing each others birth stories…. For those of you who don’t yet have babies, you will understand the obsession at some point – the process really was as wonderful as everyone says it is.
On Sunday, January 8th, 2017 I woke up around 5:45am with a stomach ache. I soon realized that I was having very small contractions – it wasn’t a stomach ache. The contractions were about 8-10 minutes apart. I laid in bed for an hour and timed them, they were pretty consistent. I finally got up, washed up and put on some cozy clothes. After going downstairs, making some coffee and eating a bowl of cereal I started timing the contractions more closely… And hey, they were getting stronger! After the trip we had already made to the hospital, with no babies arriving, I wanted to be sure this time. I went upstairs to wake Sean up and let him know that I was having contractions and that they had been going on for about an hour and half. He didn’t get out of bed at that moment, but waited until I came back upstairs and told him we needed to go… Typical man! I called the doctor that was on call and let him know about the contractions, he said that we should wait until they were 5 minutes apart for a full hour. I told Sean and we sat around for a few minutes… Then I had another contraction and decided that we couldn’t wait a whole hour, I mean we are at least 30 minutes from the hospital. We packed up and hit the road! I would like to mention that I made sure to bring along the Glam Doll donut that I purchased the night before when we were on Eat Street. SO DELICIOUS.
36 weeks and 4 days pregnant with H&L.
We got to Fairview Southdale a few minutes after 9am, they got me in to a triage room and got me all hooked up with the various cords measuring the boys heartbeats and my contractions. 15 minutes later, my water broke on it’s own. The contractions got really strong at that point and I was dilated to a 3 1/2. They admitted me! The babies were finally coming!!! Sean and I were so excited that we were finally going to meet the little nuggets that had been kicking my ribs and making me pee my pants the past few weeks. We got moved to a labor and delivery room where I anxiously awaited the anesthesiologist – the epidural could not come fast enough at this point. Thankfully, we had a couple of great nurses who made sure that I stayed calm and had everything that I would want or need. After the epidural was administered, I felt like a whole new person. I couldn’t even feel the contractions, it was absolutely magical – I personally recommend this route, then you can actually enjoy your baby’s birthday!
When you can't eat anything with substance but you've had your epidural... Happy to have a popsicle!!
After 7 hours of laboring, I was dilated to 10 centimeters – its was showtime! Although I had been laying in a bed for the past 7 hours, I felt extremely exhausted. I told Sean I wasn’t sure how I could possibly managed to push the twins out. Should I have elected for a C section?! Sean gave me a quick pep talk and told me he knew I could do it, it was only a matter of time before we got to meet the beautiful babes. My doctor had followed my progress all day and came in to deliver the babies, I was very happy to have her! Since a twin pregnancy is considered high risk we were required to deliver in the operating room, along with having an army of nurses, doctors, ultrasound techs and various other hospital workers. Sean got a “bunny suit” from our nurse, Helen, and I couldn’t help but smile – per usual, it was relatively small but he was so excited it didn’t stop him from basically jumping in to it! Then, we got wheeled down to the operating room. The time was now.
Louis Charles and Henry Michael arrived very shortly after we got in the OR. Louie was born at 5:27pm and weighed in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. Hank followed quickly, he arrived at 5:38pm and weighed in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Sean and I were both overjoyed with their arrival and cried tears of happiness. It was SO amazing – we both got to hold a baby and share all of the emotions that we had long awaited.
All in all, we had a great labor and delivery experience. Honestly, I didn’t research too much ahead of time and I’m happy I didn’t – I wanted to do what was best for the babies and myself, and I trusted the doctors and nurses to know what we needed. Sean was a great cheerleader and I know I’m biased, but I think we have the best team!
The brand new babies!!!! (And Sean in his bunny suit!)
Me & my babies. <3
Hank (#2) looking at his brother that he's been next to for 9 months!
Wow, what a beautiful day. It was fun to relive that!!!!