I was due on Feb. 22nd, with frat. Boy/girl twins.... but they had other plans.
I Had preterm labor at 27 and 29 weeks, had steroid shots, etc then, then spent the next 60 plus days on bedrest. On Jan. 23rd. I was having contractions for about two days, and we decided to run to the hospital to get checked out . Turned out I was dilated, and effaced and was having contractions every 2-3 mins even though I was thinking they were 10 mins. apart. We had a new doctor, they checked the babies, and they were both head down. About 2 mins. after the ultrasound, Jase (boy) decided to flip and they saw it. So, we had an emergency csection in 30 mins. It was crazy.... a huge crazy confusing event. I wasn't able to get anyone there to be with us, we were kind of just lost.... they rushed me back, forced drugs into my system, pushed antibiotics thru my IV just in case, and it hurt like crazy!!!! Then they did the spinal and within just a few minutes they delivered the twins. Honestly, I've always wondered what people meant by "Traumatic Birth expereinces" But that is exactly what I had. The babies were lifted up for Jason and I to see and then rushed to the NICU, because despite their steriods, they had issues breathing. About 4 hours later, I was out of recovery, they wheeled me to the NICU to see the babies, and then to my room. It was crazy... and today I'm feeling all the emotions I've held in for a week. It's not easy not being able to take care of your kids and not being able to bring them home.
I've never had a csection before, and I've always done natural birth. This birth was so fast, so rushed, so scary, it was something my dh and I had never imagined happening to us. We are still questioning what happened, and wondering why. I had said I'd do whatever needed to be done to keep the babies safe and healthy, but the birth was just a bit much, and I'm left wandering what happened. We are going to be bringing up our concerns to the doctor when I go in two weeks for my check up.
So, they are here.... Miss Josie Marie born Jan. 23rd at 11:40 pm, and Mr. Jase Henry born Jan. 23rd at 11:41. They are both still in the NICU. They are finally off of oxygen. Jase is nursing like a champ, and occasionally has to have a bottle. He is no longer on oxygen and is in an open crib, and is able to maintain his body temp. He does set his alarms off, with Bradys.... so he is there until he can stop having these. Josie on the other hand is still in an incubator. She is finally off oxygen but still has an NG tube for feeds. She has started to nurse, but she's really lazy and falls asleep during feeds and ends up having to be tube fed. She still sets off her alarms, and she is not able to maintain her body temp. So, we have a long way to go with her. They are both adorable and perfect in every way. Jase was 5 lbs 10oz and Josie was 5 lbs 3 oz. Now Jase is 5 lbs 3 oz and Josie is at 4 lbs 11 oz.
So, while they are here, I'm left in a state of shock and confusion. We practice attachment parenting, which you can't do in a NICU. We've had to sit back and just look at our babies. Now that we can hold them, we do our best to hold them and be with them as much as possible. I'm pumping milk and nursing as often as I can. But we do have other kids at home, so we can't be there 24/7, and we can't stay overnight there every night. So, we are relying on the nurses there to respect our parenting wishes. We have had a few crappy nurses who have looked at us like we are crazy, but my husband has set them straight, explained to them we have 3 other children, and we know what we are doing. He's had to explain to one nurse that if she mentioned circumsicion again, he'd call the head of the hosptial and have her fired ;) Needless to say, we are doing our best. The babies are extremely quiet babies, they don't really cry, and they seem to be doing well in the NICU. Which is good, because its so hard for me to leave them.
So, anyways, I'm praying you all have a better birth experience then me....