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#1 of 17 Old 10-10-2006, 11:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We are home! Thanks to everone for the well wishes, it was nice knowing others were thinking of us on Friday. The surgery was picture perfect, and strange as this sounds, very fascinating. The docs were great, and DH was in super daddy mode all weekend. So here's the breakdown:

Kieran Turner (Baby A) born at 1:47pm 6lbs. 10 oz. 20.5 inches long, breech presentation from a wedged position. He came out hollering and had apgars of 9 and 9.

Owen Jeffrey (Baby B) born at 1:49 pm 6lbs. 3oz. 21 inces long, turned head down as soon as his brother was moved and attempted to engage in my pelvis. The doc had to hold him in place while the resident cut A's cord! He was also loud and had apgars of 9 and 9.

Here's the Cute:

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DH was encouraged to join the boys at the warmers as soon as they were out and he got some cute pics. The nurse apologized for me not being allowed to BF in the section room, but the table is too narrow, and the room was really too cold for little babies.

DH was gladly given both babes as soon as they were wrapped and diapered (in our cloth!) and he held them up for me to see. Owen failed the sugar test at 10 minutes, and had to be given a supplement, but I was consulted first, and DH gave it to him. We all went to recovery together and I got to BF immediately. Kieran's sugar crashed at 30 minutes and he was given a supplement by DH since colostrom was not holding him stable.

I was able to go to a room in less than an hour and the babies stayed with me the entire time. The nurses were absolutely thrilled to have a twin mom that kept her own babies exclusively in her room, even overnight, even for lab work, of which there was quite a lot. Both babies had a little jaundice and we were allowed natural phototherapy in the room since it was nice and sunny, so no biliblankets or sun lamps for my boys. It is sad to think that I am in the minority of moms to do this. Especially since the nurses advocate for it and will literally do whatever they have to do to assist a new mom with infant care.

The kiddos are both champion BFers, although Owen would not latch until my milk came in. He let his brother do all of the hard work getting the supply up, and now he is better at latching than Kieran. While both lost weight initially they each gained about 5 oz. yesterday which impressed all of the staff, especially the lactation consultant. Both boys like to sleep at the same time, so I am remarkably well rested for 4 days pp with twins, and I feel VERY lucky indeed. We have begun to dabble in simultaneous nursing, but they don't often cue to feed at the same time. I let them dictate the schedule right now. They cluster feed between 11pm and 2 am and then seem to be good until around 6am! I'll take that thank you!

I am personally having a good recovery. I find it strange to have belly pain, and after pains, but no perineal pain. Not that I am complaining. It is just weird. I am still taking the percoset for the pain, but am weaning to just motrin this week. I was allowed to eat almost right away, and I think that has helped so much, but I won't lie, SATURDAY WAS HELL! I almost passed out twice from pain because I thought I could handle taking 1/2 the recommended dose. I canged my mind and I am now fine. I am allowing myself a lengthy laying in, and I was very grateful for the privacy and quiet of my hospital room. Now that I am home it is a little tougher, but my only job for at least the next week is nursing and healing.

I was given a HUGE compliment this morning. Two of my nurses thanked me for educating them, and validating their own personal beliefs with my parenting style. They loved to see the babes in cloth, exclusively BF and worn around the room in a sling (by DH). They were really impressed with my AP mom friends who came to hold babies so DH could go home during the days to sleep and take care of our dog. They loved to see how calm I was and how relaxed the babies were because of it. They were sad that so many of their moms, especailly the multiples moms refuse to BF, I mean even to try, and mindlessly take any pill given to them without question, and not even really try to care for theor own babies since the nurses are there to do it for them.
It just goes to show, that even a hospital witht the best of intentions cannot change the attitudes and practices of uninformed or unattached parents.

Mama to 4 darlings. A ('03), O and K ('06), A ('09), and wife to M since 2002.
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Oh my gosh Congratulatioan! We are soooo happy for you and your family. How is Ana warming up to her big sister role?
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Welcome home!!! I was thinking about calling you today but don't want to wake up any sleeping babies. Want me to post a meal sign-up to FF? Starting date?

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Congratulations, Its fantastic to hear there are nurses out there that supported you! I had a few that did and some that did not. But when they saw me with my babies and that I BF them and the same time w/ my DH supportive ..I also did get a few compliments almost that they couldn't believe there eyes at how comfortable I was holding, nursing and there weight gain when they did nurse. Keep up the great work mamma!! I know it's a little harder when you get home, but sounds like you have great support. You are truly blessed.
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Congrats! They ar beautiful. Great job Mama!
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I was given a HUGE compliment this morning. Two of my nurses thanked me for educating them, and validating their own personal beliefs with my parenting style. They loved to see the babes in cloth, exclusively BF and worn around the room in a sling (by DH). They were really impressed with my AP mom friends who came to hold babies so DH could go home during the days to sleep and take care of our dog. They loved to see how calm I was and how relaxed the babies were because of it. They were sad that so many of their moms, especailly the multiples moms refuse to BF, I mean even to try, and mindlessly take any pill given to them without question, and not even really try to care for theor own babies since the nurses are there to do it for them.
It just goes to show, that even a hospital witht the best of intentions cannot change the attitudes and practices of uninformed or unattached parents.
Great job, mama! And congratulations on your beautiful babies.

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Congrats your babies are beautiful, and sounds like you're doing a fabulous job
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Congratulations mama! They are beautiful!

It sounds like you are off to a great start. Both with the babes and with your own recovery. I hope all goes well for your family . . . . and remember to take it easy and rest yourself up!
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Congratulations!! I wish all nurses/hospitals were as open & encouraging of these practices as yours, mine most definately was NOT. If I had not been bound & determined to breastfeed, and my mom hadn't been there to advocate for me when I couldn't, there's no way I would've left that hospital breastfeeding twins, sigh.
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Your story is so wonderful. I atrated to cry. i wish it had been that perfect when I had mine but they were early and both ended up in NICU. congrats@!
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Congratulations! Your boys are so sweet and precious. And it sounds like you had about the best possible hospital experience possible with twins. That's awesome!

Betsy, mama to beautiful, strong MZ twins Lillian and Kate, born 11 weeks early on January 10, 2006.
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Congtratulations! hey are beautiful. It is great to hear a good c/s story and that you were still able to be AP and BF and CD in the hospital! Good for you for doing some educating in the hospital, what humble nurses you had to admit it

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Another congrats headed out your way! Serious kudos to the nurses out there!

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Welcome home and congratulations!!

What's "the sugar test" you refer to???
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HUGE Congratulations to you and your family! Your boys are absolutely gorgeous -
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Welcome home and congratulations!!

What's "the sugar test" you refer to???
I had gestational diabetes. When a GD mom delivers they have to do a heel stick and test the baby's sugar too. Sometimes the babies are born with hypoglycemia, and the low blood sugar can cause respiratory distress and other complications. Both of my twins had low blood sugar within an hour of birth. No big deal, except I was on the operating table and couldn't nurse just then. Baby B who crashed first need 1/2 oz. of formula and then bounced back. He maintained his bs levels just by nursing after that. Baby A nursed first, but the colostrom wasn't enough for him and after nursing to his satisfaction the first time his sugar crashed. He was given 1oz of formula and then held steady after that.

With my DD we only had 2 heel sticks. One at ten minutes and again at one hour. She was average both times. With the twins they had hourly sticks the first night because of the initially low readings. We had to make sure they could maintain an average bs level on their own.

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Aww!!! what a wonderful birth story! Thank you for showing that a cesaerean birth can be totally wonderful, and I am thrilled at how AP you were able to be in the hospital!
Congratulations!

Christine, mama to Daniel & Abby, 9 and Patrick, 4. Wife to a rockin' train engineer. Gluten and nightshade-free. Multiple kiddie food sensitivities.

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