Thursday, December 31, 2015

On Becoming Mommy and Daddy again: Kylene and Eleanor's Birth Story

At our last appointment with the specialist, both girls were head down. Eleanor had switched back and forth multiple times, but she looked pretty in place. The specialist was very pleased and told us that our girls were his "A +" twins because they'd done so well.

As an aside, I have to admit that every time we went to the specialist, I still got nervous something was going to be wrong. Every time it wasn't. God continually was faithful and I'm sure at times annoyed with me, because I was so afraid something was wrong and not trusting Him that it would be. I know I certainly get annoyed when someone questions my word or integrity. But you know, God was so loving and encouraging every time I worried with His assurance through others and His word that my girls were healthy and okay.

I went to my OB later that week and got checked for the first time. Actually, I saw one of his partners that day. I was dilated half a centimeter. My radar picked up a little bit because like my mom and sister, I'll sit at that for a week, but then usually, it's Game Time shortly thereafter. In fact, that night I had some contractions. I had enough that Brandon and I went to Target to finish getting toiletries for our hospital bags. My feet really started to swell every day in the last week and a half too so I rode one of the mobile wheelchairs. They were swollen that day, plus the contractions. So I didn't feel too bad about this new low.

The next week I tried to rest as much as I could, but towards the end with twins, I slept in about 45 minutes to 1 hour and a half stretches at most. I was incredibly tired, but also ready to meet my girls.

36 weeks came and I went to see my doctor again. The plan had always been to induce on the 20th provided they were in position to do so. The last time we saw the girls, things were in order, but that week I had hurt like I did the time Eleanor switched to head down position. I also was having contractions so I wasn't sure if she was moving positions or if her movements were just that full since they were so big at this point. Since I wasn't sleeping well, it was harder to tell.

We got in there and sure enough she was breech. Not just breech, but straight up and down. My doctor said we could go ahead with the plan, but if they couldn't flip her, we could do breech delivery but that came with potential complications. We were both OUT on that. We'd already had the complicated birth. Plus at that point, she was measuring bigger than Kylene, so we opted for the C-Section. Friday we went through pre-op and it started to sink in that it was real. We told our families so they knew when to be at the hospital and tried to settle in for our last quiet weekend. We also found out that the partner we'd seen the week before would be performing the C-Section.

On Saturday, my parents came over and went shopping. I got out and about as much as I could. Brandon had hurt his back on earlier that day, so the both of us were a pair by Saturday night. But we wanted to enjoy being together just the two of us as much as we could.

After church, we went for Chinese food and then saw Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. I was very pleased with this film and love there is a new girl super hero! My husband was on cloud nine because he had his favorite meal and saw his favorite franchise's new movie. After the film, we headed home and made sure we had everything we needed and that the house was in order. Surprisingly, I slept for about 5-6 hours. Brandon couldn't get comfortable and also he was nervous. This is the exact opposite for how it normally is for us. Normally, I'm the one who tosses and turns.

Six o'clock came and I popped out of bed. I threw on a pair of clean pjs and checked my bag one last time. I also touched up my hair. I wasn't allowed to wear make-up, but I was definitely not going into the OR without my hair done. We listened to Christmas music on the way to the hospital. I swear it might have been the worst selection of Christmas music, I've ever heard in my life. And listen, I love Celine Dion, but she does not need to be singing Feliz Navidad. We finally made it to the hospital and sat there for about ten minutes before we headed inside. We were early. So we prayed over the day and our girls again. Then we headed inside....

1 comment:

Rikki said...

I was a surrogate three years ago and my delivery experience was similar in that one baby (baby B in my case) kept flip flopping positions and in the ended we did a c-section to be on the safe side. I went in for my 37 week appt and my OB was checking me and my water broke, got to the hospital and they did an ultrasound to check position and low and behold baby B who was in position at 36 weeks was transverse. My OB said I could go ahead with our original plan but I was risking having to endure recovery from BOTH types of birth which frankly sounded like h*ll so the mom and I decided a c-section was the way to go. I was terrified because I had never had surgery but it wasn't bad at all!

I hope you are well and enjoying those girls! I have been stalking your twitter and they are just precious. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the birth story.

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