Monday, December 29, 2014

Babies Birth Story

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. 

Baby boy

Baby girl

 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??!

 Proud grandparents

My two little loves

I still can't believe they are finally here and I couldn't be happier!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nursery and Babies Update--36 Weeks

Well nesting has officially set in! We have been trying to finish unpacking and buying everything else we need for the home and the babies before they come. I know I wont be able to do much to the house once they are here but I can now say we are officially moved in! 

Decorating the babies nursery was so fun. I have been planning this nursery for the past 3 years. I have bough different prints, decor, mobiles and things throughout the years. I bought the dresser on craigslist and painted it. We bought the cribs from IKEA and painted those. Ever since we went on our safari to Uganda I knew I wanted my future baby (or babies!) room to be safari themed. 

I saw this paper mobile at a baby boutique in Lake Tahoe and registered for it on Amazon and got it at my shower! The second mobile is from our trip to Uganda.

 The painting is also from Uganda and the bookshelves are IKEA spice racks!

 I bought these prints throughout the years, so fun!
Now for an update on the babies!
How far along: 36 weeks! My doctor moved my due date up from January 13 to January 5. He says if they are not here by 38 weeks, December 22, that I will be induced. That means my babies are coming before Christmas (LESS THAN TWO WEEKS)! 
Total weight gain: 49 lbs... there's two in there okay!
Maternity clothes: Yes, yes, yes! I don't fit in anything else and maternity clothes are so comfy, some of my maternity clothes are not able to cover my whole belly now.
Stretch marks: I have one or two on my love handles still, only one on my belly
Sleep: Still not fun, waking up at least 5 times a night to pee, sleep is very uncomfortable, hard to turn from side to side.
Best moment of this week: seeing the babies and spending the weekend in Flagstaff with my family
Miss anything: being able to bend over, not having heartburn, sleep!
Movement: Lots! More rolling now then kicks or jabs, space is limited in there!
Food cravings: Still macaroni and cheese haha
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! I've been feeling awesome!
What strangers say: People always ask when I am due and when I tell them it's twins they always freak out, it's so cute/funny. "Do twins run in your family? I hope you have family near by. Are you about to give birth? Good luck!"
Gender: Boy and Girl
Labor signs: Occasional braxton hick
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Wearing a wedding band of my moms
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time, occasionally moody
Looking forward to: My babies being born!! 

Well I had an ultrasound last Thursday and baby girl miraculously went from head down to breech. I do not know how she did that because there is no space in there! I had another ultrasound today and she was still breeched, so looks like a c-section maybe in the future. I had a NST and biophysical ultrasound. In the ultrasound they check that each baby is breathing (chest going up and down), big movements, small movements, and amniotic fluid levels. In the NST (non stress test) they monitor both babies heart rates for 20 minutes. I found out today that I have high blood pressure so my doctor ordered a blood test that I also took today. We will see what happens with those results, these babies could be coming a little bit sooner than planned!

Also, if you want to take a guess at when the babies will be born, weight and length, press the link below:

Baby girl weighed 5lbs 13oz and baby boy weighed 5lbs 11oz, give or take 8oz. Either way very healthy babies! This is the only shot we were able to get (baby girl), less space means less pictures! 

Lauren's 80s birthday party 32.5 weeks

My awesome sisters through me the greatest shower! That will get it's own post later.

35 weeks, yes I am large!!

 The NST

So in love with my babies and cannot wait to meet them!!