So this post is long overdue. In fact I stopped writing on this blog at about 12 weeks pregnant. I’m not even sure where to start or why I’m even starting in the first place. I guess now that the twins are here and napping more (thank god!) I’m finding I have a little more time. And at 4 months, I’m needing an outlet for everything we’re going through. Plus, documenting everything as they grow seems pretty cool. We’ll see how long this lasts…
Where to begin…I guess I’ll pick up where I left off. 12 weeks pregnant. Everything went smoothly during the pregnancy (mostly). We found out we were having twin boys! As time went on the more I was reassured everything was going to be okay, though I still had my moments of panic as I think most pregnant women do. I did yoga until about 6 months and walked through the park up until around 7 months. Around 8 months everything started to go a little downhill. The boys were growing bigger than most twins and I was putting on a lot of weight (mostly water). I was 75 pounds heavier and starting to have trouble walking. I had severe edema and my blood pressure was spiking beyond the range of normal. But because I lacked the specific amount of protein in my urine they weren’t quite calling it preeclampsia just yet.
I started to make frequent trips to the hospital at this point with either severe pains (from how large I was getting) or high blood pressure and dizziness. Every time, they sent me home with instructions to keep checking my blood pressure at home. I was miserable! After 4 trips to the labor and delivery unit my blood pressure finally spiked to a whopping 160/130 and we made our last trip to the L&D. At 36 weeks and 6 days they decided enough was enough and they were going to take the babies.
At this point we had a choice, try for a vaginal delivery or go with a c-section. A vaginal delivery was safer for me but could put baby b in danger as sometimes the second baby can get caught in the birthing canal. A c-section was safer for babies but put me at risk. We opted for a vaginal delivery just so I could try and experience a somewhat normal delivery with the boys. Truth be told I was scared to death of a c-section. I dilated to 6 immediately after all the fun of inducing but sadly after nearly 24 hours it did not progress from there. I was over it! And I told my doc. same. Within minutes we had 10 people in our room prepping us for a c-section. Sponge bathing me, getting Justin ready, it was probably the scariest, and at the same time, the most exciting moment of our lives. The look of terror and excitement on Justin’s face is probably not a look I’ll ever see again but one I’ll never forget.
Now they say c-sections don’t hurt and maybe in a sense they don’t hurt as in specific localized pain. But the tugging and pulling of my insides as they’re pushing aside organs and pulling out each baby is not exactly a pleasant one. I’d say it hurts for sure. I now have a deep respect for all women who go through this. The fact that I haven’t heard one of my friends complain is amazing! And maybe it was the fact that there was two in there, but I’ll forever complain about my c-section.
When baby A and baby B were finally born they weighed a whopping 6 lbs 6 oz and 8 lbs 11 oz, respectively. We were instant legends of the hospital. And they said had they known baby b was so big they would’ve never gone for a vaginal delivery. Here are the boys:
As you can see baby b is left and baby a right. We’ve named them Jude Michael (A) and Oliver Poe (B). And a few more pics from that special few days after birth
We’re definitely the happiest parents on earth!
Immediately after delivery my oxygen level dropped and I had to have two blood transfusions. One right after and one the next day. Apparently this can be common with a twin c-section. It took a few days for me to get my strength and breath back and there was a time I was afraid to go to sleep thinking I wouldn’t wake back up (I’m a bit dramatic like that sometimes). Aside from that though postpartum recovery was pretty easy. The thing no one tells you is that with a c-section you’re mostly numb so the pain is pretty much non-existent. I’m sure everyone has a different experience but for me, I was up and walking right away. I was out running errands and taking walks with the boys within 2 weeks.
I’ll try to keep this post from running on and on. I could keep going about my experience but I think I will break up our experience into other, shorter posts. Who has time to read all this anyway? The next 8 weeks was probably the hardest of my life. Twins are seriously no joke but more on that some other time. For now I’m off to work off this 4 month post postpartum belly. Until next time here’s a current picture of the boys at 4 months!