Please, please, can I join in too?!
Seems like every few months I start thinking I need to have some contact with other twin mommas, so here I am, seeking support and love and understanding, as only those in the know can give!
We are blessed with six children: Emily 12, Jacob 10, Simon 6, Gabriel 4, Aniela & Veronica 1 (just a couple of weeks ago, can't believe it).
Twins were a complete surprise since I didn't need an ultrasound and chose to forgoe extras. Went into labor and things were different this time than the others. My water broke during the night, experience was telling me we were a long way off still, but Bradley training (both as birthmom and as coach) told me I was in transition.....went to hospital and was already fully dilated! Pushed once when I was ready and doc saw her butt, told me to push and not stop pushing until she was all the way out.....so I did and there she was! 7lbs 10oz. Placenta delivered, Veronica nursing..........thought I had some really horrendous afterbirth pains, pushed baby away, retreated into self again.......nobody caught on that I was going back into transition! I was scared but couldn't articulate that fear and the pushing sensation I had to anyone in the room.......couldn't figure out what there was to be pushing!
Finally gave in to it and the nurse thought she'd just check and see what was going on.......OMG! She starts screaming, throwing people out of the room, wheeling me back to delivery and yelling for my doc! Doc looks and says there's another one, butt first again, so push until it's out, don't stop! So I did.
4 pushes, 2 girls, butt first and perfect.......no squishy heads!!!
Aniela was 7lbs 3oz.
That explained a few things about the pregnancy!
My doctor said it was a good thing we didn't know about two babies, since I would have been miserable with all the monitoring, and the hospital would never have agreed to try to deliver them vaginally. Seemed like the whole ob/gyn staff came to see us and rejoice in the "less is more" of our surprise delivery!
We're still nursing, everyone sleeps in our wall-to-wall-bedroom! We homeschool (unschool), cloth diaper, follow a vegan diet.
It's been one heckuva year.......I broke my leg when the girls were a couple of months old, so I'm still slow and weak......oh yeah, and overweight :-(
I'm tired and wish I could figure out how to get a little more and better sleep at night. The demands are so great. My older ones help a lot and my husband is very supportive and involved, but it just seems like my very life is sucked out of me sometimes! They wake up so much at night still!
On a brighter note, we were doing some gardening this weekend and they joined me! Veronica just crawled right in and started pushing the dirt around and pulling weeds. Aniela delighted in watching the ladybugs and worms I picked up for her, and she laughed when I gave her some chamomile to taste.
They were FILTHY, and I was happy at getting my flower beds worked on!
Gotta go nurse the babes!