Alex and Brody are here early!
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|Sun, 08-12-2007 - 12:16pm|
We are pleased to announce that Alexander James and Brody Allen insisted on making an early appearance into our world on Friday, August 3rd!! They were only 28 weeks and 1 day, but are very fiesty! Alex was first at 8:37 am and weighed 2 lbs 6 oz; Brody followed at 8:39 am and weighed 2 lbs 10 oz. They are in the NICU, but are doing very well. They never needed a ventilator, but both are on oxygen through nasal cannulas. The have both begun to eat breastmilk so they are getting the best from the Faith Dairy. ;)
Their birth was obviously unexpected. Last Wednesday I was having a little discharge, so DH and I went to the OB to get it checked out. My cervix was measuring just fine on an ultrasound, but a fetal fibronectin (sp?) test showed that there was some fetal fluid outside my cervix. They put me on modified bed rest and asked me to come back a few days later.
The next morning I got up and showered and was checking my email. Out of nowhere, I felt the tiniest little cramp and then a whoosh of fluid...Alex's sac had broken. DH had left that morning to go to work assuming everything would be OK, so I drove myself to the hospital...I have to say it was really bizarre how calm I was. Before I left the house I walked around closing windows...brushing my teeth...pulling together my purse...really weird that I wasn't freaked out.
When I got to the hospital they saw thru ultrasound that Alex's sac was broken, but Brody's was still intact. The babies weren't distressed though and there was no sign of infection. So, they kept me on turbutaline (sp?) and they planned to keep me in the hospital on bedrest for as long as possible.
That night was AGONY...I could not lay on my side because of all the monitors on me and they wouldn't let me sit up too far. So, I THOUGHT that was causing really bad back pain. Turns out I was back laboring the whole night. They couldn't check my cervix because of concerns for infection since Alex's sac was broken, and the contractions I was having were relatively small and were not showing up on the monitors very well. The next morning I went to pee and had a really strong urge to push, so I told my nurse and my OB came in to take a look with a speculum and light. She took one look, saw Alex's butt starting to peak out and right away she was yelling for nurses to get me into the OR. I called DH to come (he'd left the night before because they'd thought I was pretty stable) and they had me under general anesthesia in minutes. The babies were born less than 15 minutes later.
It was such a scary experience...the second my OB said she wanted to deliver the babies right away I was hysterical. I went from being completely fine to delivering my babies within a couple of days! Now they are born and sometimes it's so hard to think that I'm not PG anymore. They're safe in the NICU I guess, but it kills me that they aren't in the best place they could be right now - inside ME. I think I have cried nearly every day...although my babies are doing well, it's so painful to see them with all the tubes and wires and to have them being taken care of most of the time by other women. I have been going to visit everyday and have started Kangaroo Care with them (skin-to-skin contact with them is supposed to be really good). Leaving them there everyday hurts so much.
I will post with more updates later...