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Old 01-29-2004, 02:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Went in for my 35-week checkup the morning of December 24. Found out
I was about 2 cm. dilated and 60% effaced. I had been on bedrest until
about two weeks previous, so had a lot of errands that hadn't been
run. Eric and I did a few of them on the way home while Mom was home
with Meg. Ian, Tony, Mikki, and Andrew showed up shortly for Christmas
shortly after Eric and I got home, and we spent the afternoon hanging
out, talking, messing around, enjoying each other for the first visit
in a long time. I kept wondering on and off that day if I was leaking
amniotic fluid since that's how my labor with Meg had started, and I felt
wetter than usual. Got up to go to the bathroom around 8:30 pm and had
a big burst of fluid, so then I was sure. I sat on the toilet and
slammed the wall with my fist and screamed profanities b/c I was upset
that it was so early (only 35 weeks 2 days). Started crying, told Eric,
told the family, called my OB who told me to get in. We were pretty
concerned about the risk of cord prolapse since Patrick was presenting
foot-first, so we rushed. I was glad to hear that my own OB (in a
practice of three) was the one on call that night. I was quickly
checked in and then it took a very nerve-wracking 2-1/2 hours to do all
the surgical prep stuff. Asked me a ton of questions, signed releases,
Eric changed into scrubs, blah, blah, etc. I had plenty of time to get
more and more nervous since this was my first Cesarean, my first
epidural, etc. Finally wheeled into the operating room around 10:30 pm.
Epidural administered, probably the most unpleasant part of the whole
experience. Fortunately, I was allowed to hold onto Eric while it was
done, which undoubtedly helped a lot. Eric then sat by my head while
they cut me open. Neither of us could see anything b/c of the draping.
I felt only the slightest tugging sensations. They told him when to
stand up to take pictures, which didn't turn out very well due to the
poor angle he was at, but that's all they would allow. Patrick was born
at 10:54 pm and Catherine at 10:55 pm. Eric made sure I still wanted
him to go with the babies instead of staying with me, which I did. They
were taken into an adjacent room since the operating room didn't have
enough space for all the people and equipment for two babies. Eric came
back briefly to tell me their weights (4 lb. 7 oz. and 4 lb. 8 oz.) I
was so depressed at that point b/c my babies were so small and I coudn't
hold them and they had to be taken to the NICU while I was sewn up. I
got to look at them really briefly, but Catherine's breathing was rapid
and shallow so they were in a hurry to get her moving. The stitching
felt like it took forever with me there in the OR and Eric and my babies
up in intensive care. Then they wheeled me to recovery just after mid-
night. I chatted with the nurse there and tried to be upbeat. I asked
for Patrick since he was quickly sent to the regular nursery, but I was
told I couldn't see him until I had spent two hours in recovery!
Eric came down to update me and went quickly back to Catherine (who
received Erythromycin despite our having declined it, grrr). I was
really antsy and bored in recovery, wide awake, etc. I asked the nurse
what I had to do to have a pump ready in my postpartum room since the
babies were going to be too small to nurse, and that wonderful woman
had one waiting for me, all set up to use, by the time I got up there.
I looked around and then asked for a magazine to read to try to take my
eyes off the really really slow-moving clock on the wall across from me,
and she went in search of something. Came back with some Parenting drivel,
which I willingly browsed. Next time Eric came down he went to the car
to get my novel. I was later told I was the first person they ever had
ask for something to read in recovery, which really surprised me!

Catherine was blessedly out of the NICU by the time I was sent upstairs
around 2 am so I was then able to hold and try (unsuccessfully) to
nurse my babies...and my life as a twin mom began! We were in the hospital
four days, my recovery was easy and fast, and the babies came home with
us on December 28! (Nice side note: the whole visiting family brought
Christmas dinner and gifts to our hospital room the next day).

Analisa, Mama to Meg 12/12/01, Patrick 12/24/03, Catherine 12/24/03, Ben 2/26/06
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Old 01-29-2004, 03:33 PM
 
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Hi! First, your babies are so cute! I read your post and there were alot of things that I could relate to. I have twin boys who are 17 months old and they were born by C-section. They were born at 36 weeks and one day. Neither of the boys were head down so I pretty much knew I was going to have a section. I felt guilty for a long time that they were kinda small. My oldest, Matthew was only 4 15 and Ryan was 5 9 but they were healthy and I thanked God for that, even if they were so tiny. Having twins are so much fun!
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Congratulations, Mama! You rec'd an early holiday surprise!

I hope things are still going well with the adjustment!
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What a Blessed event!

Congratulations again Analisa, your story is wonderful, your babies are beautful

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Old 01-30-2004, 08:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, mamas!

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That picture in your siggy is so beautiful!

I have a twin sister and she has twin boys! Thanks for sharing
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Thanks, Missgrl!

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Wow, I am so proud of you! They are so wonderful and I am so happy for you.
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Old 02-01-2004, 09:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, Jacq.

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I've been wanting to read this for a long time but just now have a second!
Thank you for posting your story...and youa re right...the epidural IS the worst part!

The babes are beautiful...all 3 of them!

Single Mom to 2 amazing little men. T(7) and B(5)
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Thanks, Megan!

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Oooohh! The babies are soooo cute. How are they doing now?
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Old 03-01-2004, 01:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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thanks - they are having a really hard time due to reflux & no one is sleeping much. but! after many struggles they are super bfers!

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Great to hear they are great nursers, but sorry to hear about the reflux. I'm sure it's twice as hard when you have two little ones hurting!
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