Alex & Nathan are here!!

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Alex & Nathan are here!!
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Sun, 08-06-2006 - 2:02pm

At 38 weeks 2 days on July 26th, I was finally induced after 12 weeks of bed rest due to preterm labor. Labor and delivery was VERY quick- a total of ~5 hours. I arrived at the hospital at 6am, silently suffered through an administrative fiasco, until induction finally began at 8:45am. From the start I was 2-3 cm dilated. After only ~2 hours, my contractions became so intense that I asked for an epidural. I felt like such a wimp because it was so soon (I think the nurses and my doula thought so too), but I just couldn't take it.

10 minutes after the epidural was administered, I felt MUCH better. When my OB checked at that point, I was already at 8 cm!! I felt somewhat vindicated that there was a reason for the intense pain that happened so quickly :) Everyone was really surprised, and said that normally you progress at about 1 cm per hour with induction...I guess my preterm labor really had me primed.

About 2 hours later, I was 10 cm, and ready to start pushing. 11 minutes later, after about 3-4 sets of 3 pushes, Alex was born at 1:46 pm. My OB was very focused on making sure baby B stayed head down, and reached back up to pull him into the birth canal. Only 1 or 2 sets of pushes this time, and Nathan was born 6 minutes after his brother at 1:52 pm. Apgars were 8, 9 (Alex) and 8, 8 (Nathan). Afterwards, I was very happy to learn that no episiotomy was performed!

Their stats:

Alexander Theodor: 5 lb. 4 oz., 18 in., born 1:46pm 7/26
Nathan Lucas: 5 lb. 10 oz., 18.5, born 1:52pm 7/26

We're all doing well, but things are incredibly busy. I'm recovering well, and I'm pretty mobile at this point. My progress is probably a bit slower than it would have been since I had been on bed rest so long, but honestly I'm doing better than I had thought. My husband has been fantastic and is a tremendous help with everything. He goes back to work this Thursday so I'm a bit worried about being on my own. But we've gotten this far, so I'm sure I'll figure it out!

Good luck to everyone in the rest of your pregnancies!

Karen

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Sun, 08-06-2006 - 8:32pm
They are absolutely adorable and look how alert. Congratulations! Both you and your husband look great.

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Sun, 08-06-2006 - 10:09pm

You guys look great! Thanks for sharing the story. :)



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Mon, 08-07-2006 - 9:11am

Congratulations...your boys are adorable!

 

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Mon, 08-07-2006 - 11:12am

They are adorable!!! Congratulations and I am glad it was a pretty smooth delivery!!!

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Mon, 08-07-2006 - 11:30am

Those pictures are so incredibly adorable. I started tearing up quite a bit. I hope my babies look as happy and healthy as yours. Congrats to you and your Hubbie!!!


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Mon, 08-07-2006 - 4:59pm
Thanks everyone! I am just so grateful they are as healthy as they are. The best advice I have is to follow your doctor's orders...I really thought bedrest was overkill in the beginning...but with PTL at 24 weeks, there could have been a much different outcome. We are thankful every day.
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Tue, 08-08-2006 - 10:31am

Karen, congratulations, and welcome to the world Alex and Nathan. You did a wonderful job, and I am glad you were able to have them vaginally! you go girl!

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Wed, 08-09-2006 - 12:31pm
Karen - Wow, what beautiful babies! Congratulations. You and DH are positively glowing. You give me hope that a vaginal birth will be possible!! Good luck with the recuperation and settling into a routine. I look forward to hearing what that's like. :-)


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Wed, 08-09-2006 - 4:26pm

Congrats again Karen!

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Fri, 08-11-2006 - 8:50pm
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the pic of the 2 of them cuddling is just amazing. great job Karen! Kera

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