The babies are here! (Part 2)

When my husband turned around and saw them performing CPR on baby B he began to yell, “Come on baby, breathe!” over and over. At this point I knew it was real but I was so drugged I remained weirdly calm.

Finally, I heard a cry from baby B and my husband relaxed. She was breathing again on her own. The staff let him go over and cut the umbilical cord, then both babies were wrapped up and brought over to me where I was finally able to touch them and look at them closely with my own eyes. They were beautiful.

After taking photos, my husband, babies, and two teams of medical staff left left the room. One baby went to the nursery and the other went to the NICU. It was oddly quiet as my doctor, nurse, and anesthesiologist were the only ones left in the room.

It took about 20 minutes to close me up, then I was wheeled into the recovery room. They never put me out completely so I was conscience the entire time.

To my surprise, they wheeled in both babies to see me! Baby B only spent about 15 minutes in the NICU but once they determined she could breathe on her own and her vitals were stable, they released her. Baby A had low blood sugar so my focus was on her now.

To raise her blood sugar, she needed to eat ASAP. Neither baby latched right away so I gave them my blessing to feed her formula. That did the trick and her levels came back up.

My oxygen levels began to dip at this time so I had to wear one of those lovely tubes in my nose for the next 24 hours.

When the medical deemed me stable, my babies and I were wheeled to the postpartum ward to finish recovering.

After three days in the hospital, we all went home together.

My family is now complete and I am the proud mother of three beautiful girls.

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The babies are here! (Part 2)

The babies are here! (Part 1)

Yesterday, I received a call from the scheduling department of my OB and there was only one spot available this week. That happened to be today at 7:30am which meant I had to be at the hospital at 5:30am.

The regular doors were locked so I needed enter the hospital through the ER. My husband dropped me off at the entrance, I walked inside, and every ER employee jumped up from the desk asking if my water broke, ready to take action. I politely said no and that I was looking for L&D for a scheduled c-section, then received a personal security escort there.

After arriving and signing in, I was taken to pre op to begin the process. They performed one more stress test on the babies, had me change into a hospital gown, fill out paperwork, and set up an IV.

For those of you following because I have Von Willebrand’s Disease, here came the fun part. I knew beforehand that my medication had been ordered and was in the hospital pharmacy. The nurse couldn’t find it in the system so she called the pharmacy. The pharmacist on duty refused to fill the order stating we had to wait for the next pharmacist to begin their shift at 7am to fill the request. For my 7:30am operation. (This is a common occurrence unfortunately.)

During the wait, I had two anesthesia doctors stop by because they don’t understand the disease and decided to order a few more labs. After the labs were ordered, my medication finally arrived and once the head anesthesia doctor read it was human factor, something clicked and he okayed the c-section before the results from the lab came back.

By this time, it was almost 8am.

I walked to the operating room in a gown that barely closed in the back. The room was very bright with an operating table in the middle and two stations set up, one for each baby.

I sat on the table, bent forward with my neck bent to my chest, and awaited my spinal injection. At this moment, my doctor walked in and relieved the nurse that was holding my hand. He tucked me into him and explained the process as it happened. First, the area was numbed, then I felt a little stinging, followed by a strong pinching sensation.

Immediately, I felt a warm sensation in my left leg. Both doctors and two nurses helped lay me down into position on the table. The warm sensation moved into my right leg and both feet. For about three minutes, I could wiggle my toes and then I wasn’t able too any more.

I was sprawled on the table completely naked from the chest down being prepped as employees continued to enter the room. Awkward!

Finally, a sheet was thrown on my lower half and they raised the curtain near my chest, then my husband was allowed into the room.

I felt a little bit of pressure on my stomach so I knew it had began. All of the sudden, I felt a weight and pressure release from my stomach so I knew one baby had come out before it was announced. I was looking at my husband to keep him calm and all of the sudden I heard a baby cry. I immediately placed my hand on the curtain and brought it down so I could see my baby. She was blue and covered in white stuff but she was crying and I was overcome with joy.

She was immediately whisked away to the warming station to be looked at by a team of nurses and NICU members.

While my gaze followed her, I felt another weight and pressure release and knew my second baby had been born. This time, they lowered the curtain immediately and I saw another blue baby, covered in white, and crying out loud. A second team took her to the other warming station.

At this time, my husband was up and watching both babies. I could tell new drugs were being pumped into me as I began to feel a dizzy sensation. I watched as both babies were being taken care of. On one side, a team had my husband distracted as they offered to take his photo as he cut the umbilical cord of baby A. On the other side, a team was quietly performing CPR on Baby B. All I could do was watch helplessly from the table.

The babies are here! (Part 1)

35 weeks – the babies will be here next week. Eeeek!

I have been having regular non stress tests twice a week for the past few weeks and the babies have both been well.

At my 34 week check up with my regular OB, they scheduled me for a c-section on July 11 (two weeks away). Although I’m not crazy about a c-section, I understand it is necessary because the bigger baby is breech and it’s safer for both babies.

Today, I saw my high risk doctor and was informed the babies need to come out next week instead. Baby B is measuring in the 8th percentile which is under the 10th percentile they would like to see in the 35th week.

Imagine my surprise when my regular OB called soon after to say he could take the babies out today! Today? What?! I’m not prepared although I should be.

My husband and I talked about it and weighed the options. After talking to our OB again and asking his recommendation, we are opting to wait until next week so we can be better prepared in lining up child care for our 2 year old. Now we won’t know the date until Monday when the coordinator calls us.

Next week. Eeeeeeeek!

Guess I better pack a bag for myself and my 2 year old.

Here are the stats on the babies:

Baby A is measuring 5 pounds 9 ounces, putting her in the 27th percentile. Her heartbeat is 132 and her fluid measurement is 5.9.

Baby B is measuring 4 pounds 15 ounces, putting her in the 8th percentile. Her heartbeat is 152 and her fluid measurement is 5.8.

As for me, I have contractions on and off but nothing worth going to the hospital (yet). My stomach is covered in stretch marks, it’s uncomfortable to move in general, my inner thighs ache, I waddle everywhere, feel the babies move all the time, am tired, have insomnia, swollen ankles, and not much of an appetite.

35 weeks – the babies will be here next week. Eeeek!

32 week check up

The 32 week check up began with a non stress test. This time I didn’t eat before going and they seemed to be more active.

I saw the doctor after the test for a growth scan. Both babies seem to be growing on track and look healthy.

Here are the stats:

Baby A is measuring 4 lbs. 8 oz., her heartbeat is 134, and the fluid around her is measuring 3.3.

Baby B is measuring 3lbs. 15 oz., her heartbeat is 133, and the fluid around her is measuring 5.3.

This is the first time the fluid is measuring greater around Baby B than Baby A, but I’m assuming it’s just the pocket they found. Since both babies are currently spooning on the right side of my abdomen, it was hard to know who was who during the scan.

As for me, I am definitely feeling the effects of pregnancy and sometimes I wonder how I am going to make it five weeks. My symptoms include braxton hicks, off and on sciatica nerve pain, fatigue, insomnia, waddling, light headed feeling combined with dizziness, swollen ankles, lack of appetite, and no ability to pick up anything below my knees.

32 week check up

Nonstress Tests

NR NST

Since my 30 week appointment, I’ve had several non stress test appointments.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “During a nonstress test a baby’s heart rate is monitored to see how it responds to the baby’s movements. The term nonstress refers to the fact that nothing is done to place stress on the fetus during the test … The goal of a nonstress test is to provide useful information about your baby’s oxygen supply by checking his or her heart rate and how it responds to your baby’s movement. The test might indicate the need for further monitoring, testing, treatment or delivery to prevent fetal death.”

If you’ve never had one, here’s what it involves for twins.

First, I start with a mini ultrasound to check:

  • the position of each baby and find their hearts for monitoring
  • note their heart rates
  • check for practice breathing
  • measure the fluid of each sac

After the ultrasound, I sit in a reclining chair with my feet up and my belly tilting one way or the other depending on the position of the babies. Two straps used to place the monitors are placed behind me, then two pillows are placed on either side of me to keep me in position comfortably without using any effort on my part. Next, the nurses place monitors under the straps over each of the baby’s hearts and a third one randomly on my belly to monitor contractions. Last, but not least, they will take my blood pressure sometime during the appointment.

During the test, the babies need to be awake and need to have at least two movements during 15 minutes. If they’re sleeping, the nurses won’t get the results they need.

Do my babies cooperate every time? Not a chance.

So what do they do? To wake up the babies, several tactics are used.

  • First, I’m asked to eat before I come in. This hasn’t proved effective and I might actually try not eating for the next appointment to see if it keeps them awake.
  • Second, I’m asked to drink cold water super fast while in the recliner. This has been more effective than eating for sure.
  • Third, the nurses will use a buzzer near the heads of the babies. Basically, it’s a handheld, loud, noise maker and the babies do not like it. However, it is is effective in waking them up.

My appointments last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours, depending on whether or not the babies cooperate. For me, I find these appointments relaxing since I am able to see my babies, hear their heartbeats, and basically told to do nothing but relax for 15-20 minutes.

 

Nonstress Tests

30 week appointment

I went in for my 30 week appointment with my OB and things are starting get real around here.

If my body decides to go into pre-term labor, I am supposed to go straight the hospital. If it’s under 34 weeks, they will do everything they can to stop labor, however, this also means I should plan on staying there until it’s time to deliver the babies. If that was today, that would mean four weeks in the hospital. Crossing my fingers this doesn’t happen. If it’s after 34 weeks, they won’t do much to slow down the process. Crazy to think they could be here in four weeks!

The babies are looking good at this point, however, they are both breech. I asked what my chances are of having a vaginal delivery and right now they aren’t looking good. Even if both babies turn head down, there’s always a chance the first one could come out vaginally but the second one would need an emergency c-section due to complications from sharing a placenta. Personally, I would like to deliver vaginally because the recovery process will be much quicker for me, however, I don’t know if I’m ready to jeopardize the safety of either baby for my comfort. If a c-section is needed, I’d rather have a planned one over an emergency one so I’m trying hard to come to terms with this decision ahead of time.

It’s also time to register with the hospital I’m planning to deliver at. I am planning to sign up for a NICU tour as well so that I’m familiar with everything in the event they decide to come early. Again, I’m crossing my fingers this doesn’t happen, but I am the type of person that hopes for the best and plans for the worst.

The baby  heart rates were 147 and 149.

I am feeling super pregnant these days. My clothing choices are rapidly dwindling due to the size of my stomach. I’m tired a lot, frustrated I can’t eat what I want when I want anymore, feel lightheaded from time to time, swollen ankles, and I’m sure a few more symptoms I’m forgetting to list. On the flip side, I feel the babies moving a lot these days. When they decide to flip or kick my bladder it’s a bit uncomfortable, but for the most part I enjoy feeling them since it means they’re doing well.

30 week appointment

29 weeks and counting

Baby A is on top, Baby B is on the bottom. They’re already copying each other.

I saw my MFM today (high risk doctor) and they’re currently both breech. Both of their heads are hanging out under the right side of my rib cage and they’re kicking my bladder. Up until now, they’ve either both been head down or one head down and the other breech. Luckily, they still have time to turn.

During the ultrasound, I mentioned that I didn’t really feel the babies where my placenta is so the doctor measured the depth for me. It’s more than 4 inches deep where the placenta is located compared to two inches deep where it’s not located.

After the ultrasound, I began the first of many Non Stress Tests (NST). Basically, this means they put two straps around my belly. One strap holds the monitors for the babies heart rates and the other strap holds a monitor to measure contractions. I’ve been instructed to eat before coming in and to bring cold water to drink during the appointments from here on out. They want the babies awake and active. I’ve been scheduled for once a week NST appointments until I reach 32 weeks, then I’ll be going twice a week.

Stats from today’s appointment:

Baby A is measuring 3 pounds, 6 ounces and her fluid level is 5.15.

Baby B is measuring 3 pounds exactly and her fluid level is 3.89.

Unfortunately, the wrong due date was put in so the weeks and percentages were incorrect. However, according to the doctor they’re right on track.

I’ve been instructed to do kick counts twice a day and need to count 10 kicks per baby within a two hour period. They would like me to do it after eating, but it involves laying down and who has that kind of time with a two year old while working full time? Crossing my fingers the babies cooperate and make it a quick process every time!

29 weeks and counting