My blood pressure had been high for a week leading up to the babies birth. I went in Tuesday for another blood pressure check and my blood pressure was quite a bit higher than the day before. Dr Nelson said I would be going in today. I called Nathan after the appointment and told him today is the day! He came home and we packed our bags and were at the hospital by 5:00 PM. They started me on Cervidil that night. We were able to get a little sleep, but not much, we were too excited! I kept throwing up throughout the night, that wasn't fun. That morning I was dilated to a 3. They took the Cervidil out and I got my epidural. I continued to dilate very slowly. By the evening I began to feel more and more contractions and the anesthesiologist kept having to "top off" my epidural about every hour. At midnight the resident came and checked me again, I was only at a 8. With how slowly I was progressing and all the contractions I could feel I was just about done. The resident asked if we wanted to continue to aim for vaginal or go with c section. Nathan and I talked after the resident left and I told him I was leaning towards a c section. With the rate I was going at I couldn't go through this for another 2-3 hours. Shortly after the resident left my doctor came into check me. He told me I was at a 9.5 and I would be pushing in 15 minutes! I was so happy that we were going to be able to do a vaginal delivery. We started pushing in my labor and delivery room for about 20 minutes and we were about to see the head. Then they made me stop pushing and switch rooms and beds... I was quite frustrated because I was having the urge to push and I was feeling major pressure down there! We had to move to the operating room just in case baby B need to be emergency c section (standard protocol for twins). It took about 20 minutes to switch rooms and get everything ready. Nathan had to wear a bunny suit. There were about 15 people in the operating room, doctor, resident, nurses, NICU team. Finally after everything was situated I was able to push again. Baby boys head would come out 3 then go back in 2, come out 3 go back in 2, so we had to vaccum him out. I thought it was going to be a vaccum with a on/off button but it was more of a plunger. I pushed for another 20 minutes and baby boy was born! They put him on my chest for a minute then took him away. Now was baby girls turn, who was breeched. My doctor ultrasound me and try to flip her manually from the outside on my belly. She wasn't moving, she said she was too high up in my ribs. The resident then did the breech extraction. She went in (elbow deep!!) and grabbed baby girls feet and I continued to push and baby girl was born! Having her be born breech was extremely painful, I was yelling at that point. But everyone was healthy so I was happy. Sadly, I tore all the way... While they were stitching me up I kept telling them I could feel everything! They gave me some more lidocaine and I told them I could still feel everything. My doctor told the anesthesiologist to knock me out and within moments I was knocked out cold. After stitching me up, 45 minutes later, I woke up still in the operating room with Nathan holding our babies. Nathan was such a great support throughout all this, he was so encouraging and helpful. I couldn't have done it without him.
My nurse Jennica, she was THE BEST.
James Bryan and Natalie Stella
James is Nathan's dads name and also Nathan's middle name. Bryan is my grandpas name who passed away this year.
Natalie is my middle name. Stella is Nathan's "second moms" name in Chicago.
James Bryan 5lbs 10oz 19.5 inches
Natalie Stella 6lbs 1oz 19 inches
I love these pictures of them. James was quite alert and would make the funniest faces looking around. Natalie didn't open her eyes much, she hated the bright lights, but when she did open her eyes she was just too cute!
The best dad. We were both so exhausted, running on almost no sleep for 3 nights. Nathan posing as the heisman :)
A family of 4! Think I have enough bracelets??!
My two little loves
I still can't believe they are finally here and I couldn't be happier!