Ohmygosh, you ladies!!!
I am sorry it has taken so long... okay, so first of all, the GIRLS are here!
Adele Rose, once known as 'Footsie', born 2.20am, 5/10, 6lb.15oz
Nadia Eliza, once known as 'Head-Head', born 2.26am, 5/10, 7lb.3oz
That's 20 toes, 20 fingers, and over 14 lbs of baby!!
We are so in love with them, of course. They have been keeping us very busy, too
So, here's a summary of what the heck happened to me!
After weeks of trying to induce w/'natural methods', Thursday was the day for castor oil. Started at 9am, but by bedtime nothing besides lots of pooping had happened. Took doses of homeopathic caulaphyllum (excuse spelling) before going to sleep. Woke up at 1:30am (Friday now) in labor... back labor... I let DH sleep for a few hours, but soon he was awake, too, and the contractions were regular and close together by 5:30am. We phoned the midwife, and soon the team was on the way!
I spent some of the morning in the birthing pool, and then throughout the day tried all sorts of positions and showering and more - the whole time, back labor. At around 7:30pm, the MW said I was complete but with a cervical lip. So I started pushing, and we kept trying to move the lip. Maybe it was cleared by 9pm or so. As I continued to push, it was obvious that the baby was not moving down the birth passage as quickly as it should be... at this point we are all suspecting a posterior baby #1. I continued to push until 10:30pm with little progress. At this point, we decided that with a likely posterior baby 1 and yet another to go after that, it would be wise to transfer to the hospital. I was relieved by that decision!!!
---We'll skip the car ride to the hospital part
The entire birth team transferred with us - 5 ladies in all! What stars! Our wonderful OB met us at the hospital. He was convinced that with a little pitocin to help strengthen the contractions, that I'd be able to push Baby 1 out. Well, he was right! And I'm so glad he had the faith in me to allow a vaginal birth to continue. We pushed in the labor room until the baby was almost crowning, and then had to transfer to the operating room, which is standard twin delivery practice.
---We'll skip the shuffle from comfy bed to OR table
Once in the OR, Baby 2 started to decel a bit too much after contractions. Again, the OB kept his cool and didn't call for emergency status. Instead, I rolled onto my left side and continued to push Baby 1. With that shift in position, Baby 2 was a bit happier. Finally Baby 1 was crowning, and out came a very posterior baby
DH and I, who have had our moments of 'maybe they're girls' but have primarily been playing the boy card for 9 months, suddenly looked at me with a big shocked smile and announced that it was a girl!
Baby 2 followed her sister by 6 minutes, b/c I had told the OB that I was okay with either a push delivery or a breech extraction, whichever was best. It ended up being a breech extraction, which was honestly a relief to me to have over with quickly, despite the obvious discomfort of someone reaching into your uterus and positioning and pulling a baby through the birth canal (while another person pushes on the baby parts still in your uterus).
So that's how we welcomed Adele and Nadia!
We spent a day and a half in the hospital and made it home afternoon yesterday, just in time for Mother's Day
I am doing well. My milk is in (can you say huge, hard boobs?!), and I am relearning how to walk little by little
I hope that everyone had a Happy Mother's Day! It will take me some time to catch up with things on here... starting with 2 newborns at once is, um, well, you can probably imagine! I've been itching to come on to MDC but time is on the shorter side. Miss you all!
Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers. They worked.