nak (just one!)
I posted a brief birth announcement over in the July due date club but realized not everyone here was likely to be following it as closely as I've been! But 3.5 weeks ago, at exactly 37 weeks, Katharine Marie and Olivia Jane made their arrival safely into the world!!
(no longer nakking -- both needed feeding and I can't figure out how to type and nurse with two).
Anyway -- I had been having irregular ctxns for about 2-3 weeks before that (ugh) but they finally got regular, 5 minutes apart, on June 16. I was a wreck by then (as you all probably remember vividly from your last weeks pregnant with twins) -- I had a terrible time sleeping, numb hands from carpel tunnel, swelling everywhere, pain everywhere, and worry about Twin B (Olivia) who had not gained any weight/size from an U/S two weeks earlier. My OB had said we would talk induction on that Friday if nothing had happened by then after looking at Twin B again. I was *so* happy they came in their own time (and just in time!)
Hard labor lasted about eight hours and even though a hospital birth, I was SO happy with the nurses, my OB and care throughout. It was kind of a shock to go from the low lights and quiet of the laboring room to the harsh lights and ELEVEN HOSPITAL PEOPLE in the delivery/operating room -- but by then I was pushing and quickly forgot about all the people watching. I started pushing at 12:05 a.m. Friday, June 17, and at 12:28 a.m. Katharine came into the world, head first and screaming. Seven minutes later, Olivia started to come -- feet first and with a fist (my DH said it looked like she was ready to give the world the finger for making her leave when she finally got some room.) Somehow, my OB got her fist tucked back up and out she came, double footling breech. She took about 7-10 seconds to start breathing (longest 10 seconds of my life) but after a bit of oxygen, she let out a lusty cry and has been great since. I am so happy my OB was skilled and experienced with breech and multiple births -- he wasn't at all phased by Olivia's odd positioning and was calm throughout.
Both girls stayed with us in the hospital and came home on Monday, the 20th.
Katharine weighed 6lbs2oz, Olivia was 5lbs7oz. Katharine had a bit of jaundice but it didn't reach serious levels and has gone down slowly, which is good news.They both took to breastfeeding with gusto and are growing and delighting us all the time. They had their first growth spurt this weekend (where nursing every 2.5 hours turned into every 1.5 hours!) but are back on track now (much to the relief of my breasts). We have a checkup tomorrow -- I'm eager to see what they weight and how they've grown -- but it's all gone so much better than I could have dreamed.
I mean -- we're completely tired, our house is a wreck and our dog is neglected. But the work and plans we made pre-babes for our DS (who just turned 3) have been helpful -- lots of special times with his friends, outings with grandparents, some fun plans with me and DH separately, etc. And we are so happy we stocked up on healthy good in our freezer -- because at least we're eating, if little else.
I can't thank you all enough for your encouragement and advice from that first "holy sh*t -- twins" moment and throughout. I don't know how much I'll be posting in the next days and weeks, but I lurk while nursing and am so grateful for this community of mamas. Thanks for everything!