It’s so crazy to think that our girls have been here for over three weeks, and have now officially made it past their due date! Since they’re almost one month old (seriously how in the world is that even possible!) I figured that it was about time that I wrote about their birth story. Since I’m notorious for being super late at making our family yearbooks, I have a feeling that it’ll be the same way with the girls baby books, so I might as well use the blog as way to document things now so I can look back on them later! Anyways, onto the girls birth story!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryIf you read my last Bumpdate, then you know that during the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy I got a pretty serious case of PUPPPS or Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy. Basically, starting on your stomach, a rash that almost looks like hives starts to form on your skin that creates an intense itching sensation. For me I didn’t notice that it started on my stomach until later, but basically the entire insides of arms, the tops of my legs down to my knees, my ankles, and my stomach were covered with a hive like rash that itched like crazy. There are a lot of different remedies out there to help with the itching, but for me putting ice packs where I was itching the most definitely helped the most.

At this point in time I was already going to the doctor once a week and in between appointments was when I really started to break out into a rash so the Monday before Halloween I called my doctor and told them what was going on. To be on the safe side my doctor sent me for some blood work to make sure that it wasn’t anything else going on with my body or my liver. At my appointment on Halloween, all of the blood work still hadn’t come back from my tests, so we discussed the options with my doctor. His recommendation was that if we didn’t get the results back that we go on ahead and schedule my c-section for Friday, just to be on the safe side.

We had already talked at previous appointments about scheduling a c-section for me since a twin delivery can be very unpredictable. At our last ultrasound, both girls were both head down and not breached which meant that we could try for a vaginal delivery if we wanted, but sometimes even with both twins head down they can try and fight for who exits first, which means that even if you’ve gone through labor you could still have a c-section. For those reasons, we decided that we’d rather be safe than sorry, and my doctor agreed with us. Plus recovery from a c-section is a lot easier when you haven’t gone through the labor process as well.

That whole week was such a huge waiting game for Chris and I, and I swear my doctor’s office probably got super annoyed with me because I was constantly calling them to see if my results had come in or not. By Wednesday afternoon, the results still hadn’t come in, so my doctor’s office went on ahead and scheduled my c-section for 6:00AM Friday morning. At that point in time, there weren’t a whole lot of time slots available for c-sections, but I was very glad to grab the 6:00AM time slot instead of the 4:00PM time slot since I couldn’t eat after midnight the night before!

I can only imagine what it’s like for moms out there where not knowing when you’re going to go into labor and meet your babies, but it was such a surreal experience to know the exact day and time that you’re going to meet your little ones. While c-sections are a very common surgery and are done everyday in hospitals, it’s still a major surgery, and Chris can totally vouch for me when I say that I was very nervous the night before we went in for our c-section. I think that just the reality of what was going to happen was finally setting in: we were going to have two newborns and be responsible for these two little girls! I knew that we could do it, but it’s still nerve wracking! Also, the whole surgery thing definitely freaked me out! I’ve only had my wisdom teeth taken out, so having to go through everything and the recovery process freaked me out too!

For our c-section we needed to be at the hospital 2 hours before our scheduled time, which meant that we needed to arrive at the hospital at 4:00AM. We also live a good 30-45 minutes away from the hospital so I was planning on waking up at 2:30AM so that I could get a shower in before we needed to head out. I was definitely a little sad that I wasn’t going to get one more morning to sleep in before the girls got here, especially since all the World Series games had been going so late that last week I was pregnant, but I’ve definitely already learned what it’s like to live on a little bit of sleep. Chris and I headed to bed pretty early Thursday night to try and get some sleep before the girls got here, but needless to say the excitement and nerves the night before the big day kept us up way later than what we wanted and the alarm went off way too quickly!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryWe arrived at the hospital super early in the morning, obviously, and had to enter through the emergency room before going up to labor and delivery. I honestly didn’t know what to expect as far as the prep for a c-section, but I definitely didn’t think that there’d be a nurse in the room with us pretty much the whole time!

As soon as we got checked in to the hospital we were taken back to a pre-op room where I was immediately asked to change into a hospital gown and the nurses started taking blood, started up my IV, and started asking questions. It seemed like they asked a lot of the same questions during those two hours, like how far along I was and whether or not this was my first child and c-section and was I sure that I was pregnant with twins because I didn’t look that big! My doctor also stopped by about an hour beforehand and talked to me and Chris about everything which was super nice.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryBefore we knew it, the two hours before our c-section had passed, and it was time to go! I think that probably the most nerve wracking thing during this whole process was having to walk into the OR by myself. They obviously had to get me prepped for surgery and get the sheets up before Chris got in there, but I guess that I never fully realized that he wouldn’t be with me during the beginning stages. Thankfully, the lead nurse for me Liesel, was an absolute God send! I think that she knew that I was nervous and talked me through the whole thing! Plus it helped that she’d been through a c-section herself, so she understood how I was feeling.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryOnce I walked into the OR, I got seated on the operating table and the anesthesiologist gave me the shot in the back to numb me from the waist down. I think that I got an epidural, but I’m honestly not 100% sure. I have to admit that I was super nervous about this part of the procedure because the idea of getting a needle stuck into my spine definitely freaked me out, and all I can remember is thinking to myself, “just don’t move, just don’t move”, so thankfully it was just a quick little pinch and it was over before I knew it. It’s absolutely amazing how quickly that stuff works because it seemed like only a couple of minutes later they were inserting my catheter and I didn’t feel a thing!

It was pretty cold in the OR, plus add in all of my nerves and being naked from the waist down, and I was definitely shaking a little bit. Thankfully the nurses had some warm blankets to cover me up with, and not too long after Chris came in to the OR and sat down right near my head! The anesthesiologist was also right at my head as well, so she was able to talk me through the entire process as well, like when I would feel pressure and stuff like that.

Before we knew it, my doctor had started and I started to feel a little pressure as they started the surgery. It was definitely hard to not concentrate on the pressure and what was probably happening to me during this whole process, but at 6:04AM we heard the first cry from Addison and then all I could focus on was my girls! Chris and I have talked about it since then and we both just started to tear up as soon as we heard Addison and then Isabelle at 6:05AM cry and it was just such a huge relief to know that the girls were ok!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryAfter the girls were delivered, there was a set of NICU nurses that were stationed near my head that took care of the girls and made sure that they were ok and got all of the weights and measurements. Chris was able to walk over to them to see them and take pictures, and I was able to look over at them and see that they were ok. It was so funny because one of the nurses was a redhead and all anybody could say was that our girls had red hair and that redheaded nurse wanted to take them home with her! All I could remember thinking was where in the world is that red hair on my side of the family because I sure don’t have any!

Once the girls were secure and everything they left the OR and went into the recovery room, and Chris along with them. I had a little bit more time in the OR by myself while I think that they delivered both placentas and all the after birth, before they sewed me up and transferred me to a hospital bed to get wheeled into the recovery room.

One of the things that our hospital was super big on was breastfeeding, so skin to skin after birth was a huge priority for them. As soon as I was in the recovery room, they put both of the girls on my chest, and we had some bonding moments. If the crying of the both babies didn’t make this real enough for me, that moment right then definitely did! Both girls tried to breastfeed for a little bit, and then the nurses gave them a little bit of formula since they were both so tiny! Then Chris got to do some skin to skin as well! Right in the middle of his skin to skin session, the girls decided to hold hands, and it was seriously the most precious thing ever!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryThe Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryMy parents drove in from College Station and were able to come see us in the recovery room for a little bit before we got wheeled back into our hospital room for the rest of our stay. It was so awesome to see both of them hold their first grand babies! They hung out with us for a little bit before heading back home. My body decided that the girls needed to make their appearance into this world on the Friday of opening weekend of deer season, so my dad was heading out to the deer lease for the weekend. Needless to say the girls will have to get used to their dad and grandpa and uncles hunting every year around their birthdays!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryThe Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryWe had a few hours with the girls before Chris’s parents stopped by to see their newest grand babies too! The girls happened to be born the day after one of our niece’s birthdays so they were headed to Dallas for the weekend, so they made a quick pit stop in Houston to see the girls. One of the things that I vividly remember about that first day was that the Astros had won the World Series earlier that week, and it just so happened that their welcome home parade was that Friday afternoon. Chris and I watched it together and made sure to tell the girls that it was all for them!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryThe rest of our stay in the hospital was pretty much Chris being a rockstar and changing all their dirty diapers or picking them up and bringing them to me whenever they got fussy, and a constant revolving door or nurses coming in to check on me or the girls. There were a few tests that the girls had to take before they could go home, and thankfully they passed all of them! Addison did have trouble with the car seat test, but she passed her second test with flying colors!

I pretty much was focused on trying to start recovering from my c-section as well. I wasn’t even allowed to get out of bed the first day after the c-section, which means that I had a catheter for a full day. Saturday morning, they removed the catheter bright and early, and I was finally able to stand up and walk to the bathroom with a little help from the nurse.

I’m not going to lie, that first time getting up and moving around was very painful, but the more that I got up and moved around, the less painful it got. The nurses were also really good about constantly checking on my pain levels, and as long as I stayed on top of the pain pills, the pain never really got above a 5 for me. It was also really weird because I definitely could feel a little more pain on my left side, and when I told the nurse that, she said that’s usually caused by how the doctor pulls the baby out and what side he favors. I thought that was pretty interesting!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryChris and I thought that maybe we were starting to get into a little bit of a routine with the girls by the time that Saturday rolled around, but boy were we wrong. I don’t know if it was the fact that the girls didn’t want to watch the Aggies play or what, but that second night in the hospital was the worst night that the girls had to date! They pretty much didn’t go to sleep at all and were pretty much hungry the whole night. I had a little bit of a breakdown because I felt like I wasn’t able to feed them myself, and thankfully a nurse came and talked to me and told me that it was just a phase and not to stress out about it. Then only a couple of days after we got home I read an article that said that usually the second day babies just go berserk and want to eat all the time. It would have been nice to read that before we got to the hospital! Thankfully we survived the second night and before we knew it, it was time for us to head home on Sunday both girls and all!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth StoryMan oh man, this is the longest post in the history of this blog I think, so if you made it to the end, way to go! I probably added way more details than y’all wanted to know about, but I will say that once I found out that I was going to have a c-section I pretty much googled all sorts of blog posts about twin c-section deliveries because I wanted to know what other people had experienced. It helped me a little bit, but also made me a little nervous as well. Anyways, if you want to know any more nitty gritty details, feel free to send me an email! I’ll answer any questions you have! And now that the girls are almost a month old, it’s time for me to get started on their first monthly update post!

Other Pregnancy Posts

Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017
Bumpdate- The First Trimester
Bumpdate- Week 14 Through Week 17
Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21
Bumpdate: Week 22 Through Week 27
Bumpdate: Weeks 28-31
The FINAL Bumpdate: Weeks 33-36
A Twin Girls Baby Shower Weekend
Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

  • ah i love this. and i cannot handle the photo of them holding hands + all photos of those sweet babies together. i cant get enough! glad everything went well and you’re home and how has it been a month?!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • I can’t believe that we’ve been home for so long either! And I’m so glad that we were able to catch them holding hands because they actually haven’t done it that often. It was so adorable and melted our hearts!

  • That last picture of the two of them snuggling..I CAN’T!

  • So cute that they were holding hands! Love that you told them the Astros parade was for them.

    • Haha we totally had to tell them that the parade was for them! And I’m so glad that we were able to capture them holding hands, it was too precious!

  • OMG girl, that picture of the two of them facing each other needs to be in a frame. SO CUTE! And I can’t believe everything happened on schedule like that. I was expecting you to say the doctor was late or something but you really did have everything right on schedule which is awesome! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • I know! Our lives are quickly becoming all about a schedule now with the girls, so it’s kind of funny that it started off that way. The part that surprised me the most was the fact that those two hours pre-op were really all needed! And Chris took that picture of the girls, and I love it so much too! It’s so precious!

  • I’m so happy for you. Not gonna lie, I teared up a little and nobody’s birth story has ever made me do that. I could feel your joy through the writing. Enjoy every second with those angels!!

    • Thank you so much! I’m so glad that I was able to write everything down because I know that I won’t remember all the details later on, and I love that I’ll be able to tell the girls about it! And we’re definitely enjoying having them here with us now, although we definitely wish that we could get a little more sleep 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing your story! I’m glad everything worked out so well with your C-section and delivery. I can’t believe you were able to go home so soon after such a major surgery, but I guess doctors have the procedure and healing process down since it’s so common! Your adorable little girls are just so precious! 🙂

    • I was kind of surprised too, but to be honest, I was totally ready to go home! In the hospital they’re constantly checking on you or the babies, and it was nice to just get home and have your own space. Plus the room was getting pretty crowded with both Chris and I and the two bassinets! And I’m so thankful that the c-section went smoothly too! They do the operation all the time, but it’s still major surgery and scary to think about!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Oh sweet girl, I am soooo glad it went smoothly for you! So much joy and them holding hands and surrounding the time the Astros won the series is so so special! Love the pictures with the proud grandparents too! Just so happy to read this and glad it is behind you and now, all the holiday snuggles!

    • Thank you so much! I’m so thankful that everything went smoothly as well, and I officially got all cleared by my doctor recently too, which I’m so thankful for! That last week before they got here, we were both so focused on the Astros in the World Series, so it was just fitting that the parade was on their birthday!

  • Nadine

    I cant even handle the sweetness of the girls holding hands and that picture of them facing each other with their heads together. So so so so sweet!!!! I am glad that your c-section went well and that you were able to schedule everything out to work for you guys. It is hard to believe after such a major surgery, you are allowed to go home just a few days later right??? I felt so nervous about leaving the hospital. Like who is allowing me to be responsible for this other life now??? And how am I going to walk up the stairs in my house. haha. Cant believe it’s been nearly a month already!

    • I know! Chris was able to capture that picture of them looking at each other, and I’m so glad that they did! It’s so awesome to see that they already have such a special relationship! And I still can’t believe that they let me go home so quickly from the hospital either! Although, I was really ready to go home and be in my own space for a while! I was worried about the stairs too, but thankfully we had already planned on keeping the girls in our room for a while, which is downstairs so that worked out well. And any time I needed something Chris was awesome and able to run upstairs in order to grab it. I still think that it’s so crazy that we’re responsible for these two little babies! It just doesn’t seem real!

  • The girls holding hands!!!! Now that is just too precious. I’m glad that overall labor/delivery was a positive experience for you – I’m sure there’s not a woman in the world who isn’t nervous and/or scared, and you seem to handle it like a champ. The end result is worth it after all!

    • Thank you! I definitely didn’t feel that way at the time, and Chris can vouch for the fact that I was freaking out the whole week before my c-section. But all in all it wasn’t that bad, and the recovery is pretty much over for me now, which is awesome! And I love that picture too! I love that they already have such a special relationship!

  • Aww, this was such a sweet read! I actually felt so entionwl reading it all as I’ve loved following your journey! This will be such a special post to look back in for years to come 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m so glad that I was able to get it written when it was still fresh in my mind because I know that I’m going to want to try and work this into their baby books eventually! It’s been so much fun to document this whole crazy journey!

  • I teared up a little at you hearing their first cries, remembering being there for my sweet niece’s arrival! That pic of the two of them is too sweet! I am glad it went smoothly.

    • It really is so surreal to hear their cries for the first time! That’s so awesome that you were there for your niece’s birth and that you got to share that with your sister and your niece! And I’m so glad that things went smoothly too!

  • You are a rockstar! I had an emergency c-section and one baby.. .I don’t know how you did it with two! Those pictures of your girls are priceless! They are so sweet! I’m glad you are adjusting to motherhood… I can tell you one thing after 4 months… just when you think you’re on a schedule… it changes. xox

    • Haha that’s exactly what everybody keeps on telling me too, that once you think that you have it down, they throw you a curveball! We’ve been really lucky so far that they’ve been at least following the same schedule! And to be honest, I think that having a scheduled c-section helped out a lot because I had it in my mind that it was going to happen. I can’t imagine having an emergency c-section!

  • Biana Perez

    Stop it – I got chills reading that they held hands on Chris during his skin to skin! How absolutely amazing! thank you for sharing everything about the moments leading up to their delivery and then after!! So happy for you! That is certainly an interesting fact about the second day of a babies life!! xo, Biana

    • I know! It was so sweet, and I’m so glad that he got to experience that with the girls! It’s so amazing to think that they already have such a special relationship! And I know that everybody’s experience with surgery and c-sections is different, but if people were getting anxious about it, at least they can read my post and know that it’s normal and that it’s not as bad as their thinking it will be!

  • Oh my goodness, that pic of them holding hands during skin to skin is so precious! After going through an induction, labor, and then needing a c-section I’m super jealous that you had a scheduled one. I had also only ever had my wisdom teeth out, and it was my first major surgery. The nurses and our husbands are rockstars after, and that surreal moment of going home is unparalleled. I can’t believe they’re already almost a month old, enjoy all the newborn snuggles <3

    Green Fashionista

    • I know! It was such a special experience for Chris I know, and I love the fact that they already have such a special relationship with each other! Our husbands really are such rockstars! They wouldn’t even give me the option to get out of bed during the first day, so Chris was responsible for everything related to the girls, except for feeding them. And it for real is so surreal to get home and realize that you’re responsible for this little human being! And I swear the snuggles are the best part!

  • oh my gosh, I love that picture of the two of them holding hands! Instant best friends. I can’t imagine how you felt going to the hospital to meet your two baby girls but from what I know about you, I know that you will be an amazing mom to both of them! Congratulations! More twinning pictures please!!

    • Thank you! I have to admit that most days are reality good but we’ve had some tough days too. I’m just glad that I have Chris to help me out! And the car ride to the hospital was nerve wracking but exciting at the same time! I was so ready to meet them but nervous abut the c-section too! And I promise to post more pictures soon! My goal is rom write their one month update this week!

  • Eeeee they’re holding hands! They are seriously the cutest! I’m so happy everything went as well as it could have done and you’re all safe and home. I can’t imagine how busy you are now but I’m glad you’re managing to find time to write these updates. Oh and I always get the shivers with anaesthetics too – I think it’s quite a common reaction. Don’t quote me on that though #notamedicalprofessional

    • I had heard that too, that there was the potential for me to get the shivers after getting all of the drugs in my system. Thankfully though it didn’t stay too long! And things really are super busy these days, but thankfully Chris will occupy the girls for a while so that I can have a chance to write! I know that it’s gojng to take me a while to get their baby books done, so these blog posts are going to be so helpful for me later on!

  • Jen

    The photo of them holding hands is one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. I can only imagine how surreal it was knowing when you are going to be your baby, I was on pins and needles waiting for E to arrive.

    • I’m such a planner that it was kind of nice to know when exactly the c-section was going to be, but it was also scary because there was no turning back! And I love that picture of them holding hands! They’re instant besties!

  • Like all the girls who have commented, that photo of them holding hands is everything!! OMG!! So precious!! When I had my surgery two years ago (essentially a cesarean), they put me under completely so I kind of thought they would do the same when giving birth! Well, I was wrong! 😉 But I hope you’re recovering smoothly!!

    • I know! It’s probsbiy my favorite picture of them from the hospital! And I would have been terrified if they wanted me to go completely under! I think that they want you awake so you can meet the babies and everything. And I’m recovering really well, it’s just a matter of getting my body back now! My doctor cleared me to drive about a week ago so that’s been amazing!

  • I always love reading birth stories, so thank you for sharing the girl’s story, Ashley! How sweet that they were holding hands. They will have an amazing connection for the rest of their lives! I would have been the same way googling everything I could about c-sections with twins. I really haven’t had surgeries either so I can only imagine how you felt! I can’t believe the girls are almost a month old. Can’t wait for their first month update! Have a great weekend, Ashley!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I’m hoping that I’ll be able to write their one month update this week if they’ll let me! And thank you, I’m glad I’m not the only one that would have been googling nonstop! I’m such a planner that I like to know everything that’s going to happen so I can get myself prepared. And that picture of them holding hands is one of my favorites!

  • Oh my goodness. I had never heard of PUPPS before but it sounds so uncomfortable on top of being very pregnant. Sounds like you made the right decision to have an early C-section to be safe than sorry. Look at all the proud grandparents and of course you and Chris! Congrats again and I hope you’re recovering up from the C-section incision. Love the photo of the girls bundled up facing each other. xo Enjoy the weekend!

    • It really was the worst! The itching actually stuck around for a little bit longer after the girls got here but it wasn’t nearly as intense as when I was pregnant and now it’s officially gone! And the early c-section definitely wasn’t ideal, but it really was better to be safe than sorry! And recovery is going really well and my doctor officially cleared me to drive about a week ago!

  • I hate you. You made me cry. I can’t even imagine the idea of a c-section. I definitely don’t want to be awake for surgery… and I’m terrified of needles, so epidurals? Also the scariest. I’m actually the worst. ANYWAY… sweet babies. I love the picture of them together even if they wouldn’t let you sleep on day two.

    • I’m sorry! If it makes you feel any better I was trying really hard to not cry when I was writing this! And surgery really is so terrifying! I don’t do needles like at all so this whole pregnancy was an experience for me with all the blood draws and especially the epidural. The good thing is that we have something to always compare to and Chris and I always say that if a night was bad at least it wasn’t as bad as the first night!

  • Oh my goodness, the picture of them holding hands!!!

  • Literally teared up at the photo of them holding hands- soooo sweet! It’s so cool when you think of the close bond twins get to have right from birth. I’m so glad you shared this and that your experience went really well and the girls arrived safely. I have a million questions, but I’ll email you in the next couple of weeks so I’m not totally overwhelming. I hope you guys are doing well and you’re continuing to recover well.

    • Yes please email me! I know that there’s a million questions that you have when you’re pregnant and it’s so nice to be able to ask friends and fellow bloggers who have been through similar situations! And at the end of the day the fact that all 3 us are safe is all that really matters, so I was happy that we ended up doing the c-section in the end! And I really do hope that they’ll be really close! If they’re fighting though, I can always show them this picture!

  • that picture of them holding hands. seriously, heart melted. Congrats to you and Chris! they are beautiful!

  • So late to reading this, but it made me so happy! I LOVE the picture of them holding hands and the picture with their faces right next to each other! SO SO cute! <3

    • Well if it makes you feel any better I’m super late on actually responding to comments! That picture of them holding hands is my favorite too and I love that I’ll have something to show them when they’re older and fighting one day! I hope that things are going well for you in the last weeks of your pregnancy!