I'm so glad the kiddos are doing well (they are adorable!!!) and I hope you feel better soon!!
I am so glad you are home AM! Your babes are beautiful. More prayers for your healing and for breastfeeding for you.
and dd born 11/21/10 - our T21 SuperBaby
Climbergirl, that's intense. I've been reading stories of women diagnosed with PPCM and one thing that seems to be universal is that their health care providers just didn't listen to them. I was very very lucky in that respect.
I took a shower this morning and it knocked me out for 2 hours. :/ But, my BP is waaaaay down and so is my resting pulse-- it was flitting around 100-115 in the hospital-- and I had been getting a little more milk pumped this morning, but the last time not so much. :( A good family friend is coming over to give the babies a bath for me because they're getting kind of whiffy. And my husband has the next 4 1/2 weeks off. I have a cardiologist appointment sometime in the next week or so and another echocardiogram in 3-4 weeks.
We have an excellent team of LCs in the hospital and they really went to bat for me. I am the local LLL leader, LOL! I actually have already had to ask 2 people to call the leader the next town over because I can't even deal with helping calls right now. And I only feel a little bit guilty about it. I was in touch with Jack Newman and Thomas Hale about the meds and breastfeeding issue as well.
I will definitely want to chat with you a little down the road. My "baby" sister has been a Godsend through all this as well. I feel like I've been stuck reassuring some of the grown-ups in my life and it's just exhausting. I hope that doesn't sound too ungracious, but it's just hard to feel like I have to be patting other people on the head and helping them feel better right now when I'm having such a difficult time wrapping my own brain around it all. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. But I'm so thankful for all the love and prayers and support and for my sweet little babies who are next to me holding hands!
Hey, I am a local LLL leader as well :) My experience with Aiden made me want to help other women in hard situations. That is good you have been in touch with Newman and Hale. Don't feel bad about having to send people to another leader!!! Seriously. You need to take care of yourself and the other leaders can handle the calls. I have pretty much told my co-leaders that I am "out" on maternity leave. Since all 3 co-leaders are IBCLC now, I even have them on-call to come over and help ME out if needed :) You need to add that to you voicemail message so you don't have to deal with actually talking to people.
Yeah, there was a lot of reassuring others. My mom would get so mad at me that I had no info on what was going on. Yeah, I know, I was frustrated as well, so getting mad at me is not going to help. I was telling her everything I knew and my doc would come in for 10 minutes a DAY and basically say that I could not leave and avoid all my questions. My FIL was finally able to get some info, but that was because my FIL has the MD behind his name as well. Grrr....
Funny how those "baby" sisters can be the best support! That is so sweet they are holding hands. One day, they will support each other like our siblings supported us!
The knitted hats were from MDC's own Shantimama! And the colorway is Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. They wore them a lot of the time they were in the hospital and it made me smile every time I saw them.
I just keep coming back to this thread to see the pictures - that pic of them holding hands makes me want twins!! They are so cute and precious and....well, there really aren't words to describe them!!! Keep them close mama, and take good care of yourself!
Definitely a Harry Potter allusion. :D Matthew's is as well. Well, his middle name, Gideon is. Molly Prewitt Weasley's twin brothers were Gideon and Fabian. Fabian was off the table, but we managed to work in Gideon. Molly's actual name is "Mary Beatrice". The middle name is my husband's grandmother, who is actually not doing well. I was really hoping we would be able to take the three hour trip to Lancaster some time in the near future so she could see the babies before she passes, but I don't know if that will happen. And Mary is in honor of the Mother of God, because after we lost two babies last year, I prayed and promised if we had a girl we would name her after Mary. I know God doesn't actually work that way, but I figured I should stick to my end of the bargain anyway, just in case.
I am so glad that you are home, and okay! The babies are just beautiful! Look at that hair!
I posted my birth story and more pictures here:
Those are beautiful names. I remember Gideon and Fabian from the books as people who had fought the good fight. I think it's lovely to bring that into a middle name and have a cool name with a story behind it, and a story they can share when they are old enough.
I read your birth story as well. What a long, strange, scary journey. Thank you for sharing.
I came searching to see how you were doing to see that you are home!!! How wonderful to hear that. Congrats on your babies!!!
Sending healing vibes and great first nursing sessions with your babies~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I posted in your story thread, but I'll post here as well.
CONGRATS!!!!!!! I am soooooo happy to see that so far you are doing amazing, all things considered!!! I'm also happy that if ANYONE can get twins totally on the boob after that kind of craziness, it's YOU!
I also think the HP references are just AWESOME!!! hehehe.
Oh, and your babies are GORGEOUS. Seriously. Beautiful things.
- Emy . Single mom to DS Ezra (15.12.05), Thames (reincarnated 18.04.08) and DD Allora (11.02.11) and Hoppy
Congratulations, your babies are sooo cute!
My heart goes out to you over the breastfeeding issues. I have been having my own set of downward spiral when it comes to breastfeeding my twins and my dh told me something the other night when I was feeling really down about it that I thought might encourage you. He reminded me that I am always talking to other mom's about breastfeeding and that my goal is to become a LLL leader and that I could, if I wanted to, look at all the problems I have been having with breastfeeding as opportunities to know how to help other women in the future that I may have not been able to understand at emotional level before.
It sure doesn't help completely, but it did make me feel better and I hope that maybe it helped you as well. You did and are doing a GREAT job Annettemarie.
and yes, I blog.
Read everything and so glad you are home and babies are good! What an amazing experience, very scary I am sure but a blessing too!
Me and my wonderful husband serve God. Blessed with twin girls 2/11/11. <3