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!
If 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!
We 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.
Before 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.
Once 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!
After 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!
My 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!
We 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 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!
Chris 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!
Man 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