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Old 09-21-2006, 01:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Sorry for taking so long to write this update, its been a little crazy around here as I'm sure you can imagine. I actually wrote this on Sunday, but couldn’t post it b/c the website was down. Then the babies ended up being hospitalized on Monday for jaundice. We finally got out today. The jaundice is gone, but the three of us ended up catching some kind of a cold bug at the hospital.

Well, I guess I'll start from the beginning...

My water started slowly leaking Wednesday night around 9:30pm. I went for a walk and then just layed in bed and relaxed for a while. Then I decided to take a shower and saw that the leaking water started getting more and more bloody, so my doula told me to immediately go to the hospital (I was planning on laboring at home as long as possible). I got to the hospital right around midnight, right as my contractions just started kicking in. By the time I was settled in, my contractions picked up like crazy and were extremely strong. When I first got there, I was only 2cm dilated, by about 1:30 or 2am, I was at 4cm. I was then given epidural and was able to rest up a bit. By 4am I was 7cm, and at 7am I was told that I was ready to start pushing (although I really had no urge to).

I was originally told that I would labor in the regular LDR room, and then when I was close to delivering, I would be transferred to the OR (standard procedure for twins)... well, they didn’t tell me just how close to delivery they would wait before transferring me... They kept me pushing in the LDR room until the first baby's head had crowned (my midwife actually had to fight the OR staff to get me in there at this point as they wanted to wait to transfer me until the first baby's head was 3/4 of the way out!!! NUTS). So yeah, they had me put down my legs, pushed me from LDR room to OR, and then had me "crab crawl" from the LDR bed to the OR table, all while the first baby's head is almost out!!!! I wonder if they'd ever tried doing this??? : My OB showed up just as they finished transferring me to the OR (He wasnt the one on call and was I really bummed b/c I was told that he would not be able to make it, but he did )

Well, about 9hrs after my contractions kicked in, at 8:52am, baby boy was born, weighing in at 7lbs 13oz. He was followed by his baby sister at 9:10am (after the doc did an internal/external version... ouch!!!), who weighed 6lbs 7oz.

Because I was 2 days shy of 37weeks, the babies had to undergo several stupid & unnecessary tests : and I was told that the babies could not be released before 48hrs... well, they were doing so well that we were allowed to go home after less than 36

I ended up calling baby boy Nicholas Gregory (Nick) [Gregory after my grandpa that passed away less than 3wks ago] and baby girl Catherine Claudia (Katie) [Claudia after one of my grandmas]. Both babies are doing a wonderful job nursing, although we did have a bit of a rough patch as my milk didn’t start coming in until the 5th day. Luckily, my sister has been here up until Sunday night and helped me sooo much by supplement-nursing my little munchkins a few times (she is still nursing her 10mo old).

Sounds like the munchkins are starting to wake up again, so I gotta run. If I think of anything else, I'll add it in.
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Hi Hatawa, congratulations! They are so pink and plump! What healthy twins! I'm sorry that parts of your labor were a little difficult, but how nice that they both came out so healthy and you are doing well. It is great that they avoided a cesarean.

I can't imagine how full your hands are this week. You'll have to let us know what it is like to breastfeed two mouths! That always amazes me. Anyway, I'm so happy for you. Get some rest!

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:Congratulations! Iread the thread from your sister and I was so happy for you.
: Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures, the little angels look amazing. God Bless you all
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What gorgeous, healthy looking babies. I love how they snuggle into each other. Congrats again
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Very nice that your sister was able to help you out like that. :

 
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Wow sweetie...they're gorgeous!

Congrats!!!

Have fun transitioning into this new and amazing role...a mommy!

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Natalya,
They are GORGEOUS!!!

Congratulations Mama
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I have to be honest. I have been waiting patiently for pics so I scanned the story to check for links first They are so gorgeous!!! I am glad you and the babies are both doing well!!!
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What gorgeous babies!!!!
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Congratulations!!! They are lovely.

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What gorgeous babies!!!!
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I was originally told that I would labor in the regular LDR room, and then when I was close to delivering, I would be transferred to the OR (standard procedure for twins)... well, they didn’t tell me just how close to delivery they would wait before transferring me... They kept me pushing in the LDR room until the first baby's head had crowned (my midwife actually had to fight the OR staff to get me in there at this point as they wanted to wait to transfer me until the first baby's head was 3/4 of the way out!!! NUTS). So yeah, they had me put down my legs, pushed me from LDR room to OR, and then had me "crab crawl" from the LDR bed to the OR table, all while the first baby's head is almost out!!!!
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You are a Superwoman!!! I would not have thought that physically possible! WTG momma, I am so sorry they put you through that, though!

They are beautiful! Congratulations!!!
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Congrats!! Amazing story! And the babies are so beautiful. As I'm looking at them it makes me want to hold my own baby soon! (34 weeks today)
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oh my gosh, you rock mama!! they are so darn beautiful. i love love LOVE the picture of you holding them on your chest. i love their furry little heads.

congratulations and welcome nick and katie!!

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Your babies are adorable!! Congratulations!!
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The picture of you holding your little ones nearly made me cry. How beautiful the three of you look!

Congratulations once again on the birth of your adorable twins. They're so sweet!

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I am so happy for you. Both babies and mom look beautiful and healthy. Happy babymoon!

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Congrats again!! THey are beautiful! So glad you aer all home safe now
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Beautiful babies! Congratulations! And what wonderful weights! Big, healty babies...yippee for you!

...and wth is up with waiting until you're crowing to transfer you. Sounds like an idea that a man came up with.
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Welcome Nick and Katie!!

Those pics are adorable. The one of the three of you is beautiful!!

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Congratulations!!! They are beautiful! Way to go, Mama!
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CONGRATULATIONS! They are absolutely beautiful. Welcome to motherhood.

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OMGosh!!!! They are sooooooooo cute!! I love their chubby little bodies and all that hair!!! So sweet to see them curled into eachother!

Welcome to motherhood mama!!! You made some amazing little creatures!!
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What beautiful babies! They look so healthy and plump. I love the way they are holding hands in the first pictures, and how they snuggle up together so incredibly sweet!
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Congrats!!!! They are beautiful!!!
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Congrats Mama, they are adorable!
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Many congrats! They are certainly beautiful and quite lucky!
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Thank you so much ladies! I still cant believe that I made these two amazing babies... I am so incredibly in love with them Although this week has been pretty difficult with them being hospitalized for 2 days for jaundice, we are finally getting into the groove of things, and.... we are now 100% tandem nursing... no supplementation at all!!!
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what BEAUTIFUL babies....

congrats!!!!

and way to go on the tandem nursing!!!!!
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Congratulations!!!

Thanks for sharing story and pics with all of us


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