Here's what I wrote on another twin board I frequent... Sorry no time to write a "fresh" post for you all!
We're home now, but still no chance yet to type a new story or add more pictures, so I'll just copy what I wrote last night on the September due date thread...
My babies are here... (Aug. 24, 2004)
Unbelievable, eh?? I wanted to post this morning that labor had started, but it came so fast that we had to either leave immediately or ride to the hospital in an ambulance! Babies decided to come today at 37 weeks, 1 day.
I'm in the hospital now, and dh finally went back home and brought me the laptop (I was going crazy!)... but it's dial-up here, and excruciatingly slow. So I will post details after we get home (we're leaving tomorrow early). But here are a few pictures, and the nitty gritty:
Woke up at 3:15 a.m. with a sharp contraction that popped my water and made me run to the bathroom. Mild contractions came very regularly; tried to do some things and let dh rest, but mostly just labored on the toilet. Suddenly, after an hour (thinking I'm in early labor, same feeling as with Nicolas), I'm on the toilet and GRUNTING! For the newbies, this means I've just gone right through transition without knowing it and am fully dilated. PANIC. I rush to wake up dh and we scurry around making calls, gathering what we can... When I suggest the ambulance since I'm getting pushing urges, he freaks out and puts it into high gear. Made the 40 minute trip in 20 minutes. He drops me off and I waddle into the hospital with my friend, who amazingly beat us there. I'm wearing a shirt, soaked pad and undies, have a towel stuffed between my legs, with Matt's robe over it all. No need for pants!!
Triage nurse is pretty lacksadaisical when I tell her I'm ready to push (I'm really not making any noise, and still smiling, etc.); until she checks me... Then she presses the panic call button and barks some orders and people come flying! It was great... Doc hadn't even left yet, because he didn't realize I was at 10 when we called from our house! We get set up in the L/D room I had requested (across the hall from the OR), then wait for doc. I'm sitting, so pushing urge was gone. Doc gets there, I request the squatting bar, I get up off my tush and here come the grunts! Somehow an hour went past before I really got into a real pushing groove... (Doc even decided to check me because I was so calm and wasn't grunting, he doubted the nurse's previous check. But, yep, ready to go!) My doc was the coolest, and was very supportive of my wish to squat to deliver.
I had arrived at the hospital at 5:15 a.m. today, and Baby A was born at 6:33!! McKenna Rose, 18 inches and 5 pounds 12 ounces. Perfect 9/9 Apgars and very pink and cute. Then I squatted to push out Baby B, who (IMO because I remained upright and didn't lie back for the u/s!) had settled perfectly down into the birth canal. !!! William Douglas !!!! =O) was born at 7:04 a.m.; 18 inches and 6 pounds 3 ounces. Apgars 8/9; had some minor breathing concerns and Daddy accompanied him to the NICU for two noninvasive procedures that took ... 10 minutes. I feel so blessed. Then he got to go to the regular nursery for his bath, etc.
Meanwhile, I nursed McKenna while delivering the GIGANTIC mass of placentas. Both babies amazed me at their breastfeeding prowess. We all arrived together in the recovery room at about 9 a.m., and everyone's doing great. Oh, I tore a little, but couldn't feel it. I cannot believe how painless this labor was, and how easily they came out without any misshapen heads or bruising. It's more than I even dreamed to pray for! And yes, I'm OK with not having identical girls. =O) I had been getting a boy/girl feeling for the past couple of weeks... Nicolas came about 11 a.m. and was thrilled.
OK, this was more than the nitty gritty, LOL. Oh, the nurses and docs kept saying they never get to see natural births, especially twins, go this well. All day hospital personnel were coming up to us calling me Super Mom and Hero Mom; its been hilarious. Yay, God!
These babies are just so perfect and beautiful and darn cute. What a fun ride!!! I can't wait to read and post more once I get back home! Happy, painless, safe labor vibes and prayers for fat healthy babies to all of you still waiting!
... and here they are:http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EeAM2TRszcsWzCWA