Autumn and Sienna have arrived!
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|Mon, 10-02-2006 - 10:43pm|
On September 9th Autumn Evelyn joined us at 11:54 pm weighing 5 pounds and 4 oz born vaginally. Sienna Isabella joined us 20 minutes later on September 10th at 12:16 am via emergency c/s weighing 4 pounds 9 oz. They were 35.6 weeks and 36 weeks. I think it is pretty cool they were born on different days, not something that even crossed my mind with having twins. I guess I learned an important twin mom lesson - expect the unexpected! They spent 11 days in special care due to their early arrival. They have been home for almost two weeks now. We are really busy but loving it!! We feel very blessed to have our girls home and healthy after a scary start for Sienna.
I hope I don't scare anyone with my story, I will try to keep it short.....It was a rough labour. I finally gave birth after over 50 hours of labour...I went through three dr. rotations, pitocin, epidurals, more epidurals since the first three didn't work after about an hour each time, laughing gas....pitocin is bad, really bad! I had to be put completely under for Sienna's birth due to her emergency. It turns out that Sienna's cord was not attached to the placenta properly and was somehow embedded in me. She also had larger than normal blood vessles in the cord and if she was born vaginally she may not have made it. I thank god I ended up having my ob deliver (you get the luck of the draw of six ob's at my hospital) since I have complete trust in her. Another dr. may not have been so thorough. I guess this is proof that u/s's don't always give us a full story. Sienna crawled up into my ribs once I was fully dialated. It was as if she was telling us something was wrong. Sienna's heart rate went down after Autumn came out and that sent off warning signals. We were not planning to do a c/s at all since both girls were head down. Once my ob reached up inside to feel where Sienna was she told my hubby to leave and after that things get pretty blurry. I just remember chaos and dr's and nurses coming in from everywhere. The next thing I knew I was in a recovery room. Sienna was not breathing when she came out. She was intubated but decided to breath on her own after only 3 minutes and was scoring an 8 by 10 minutes after birth. Autumn was an 8 at birth. They now have a clean bill of health. The only reason they spent so much time in special care is because they needed to be 37 weeks before they were discharged and had to be able to take full feeds. We went to our first dr. appt. and they both have gained almost a pound over their birth weights!
All things considered, it could have been alot worse. In the end no matter what you have to go through, you do what you have to to get through it, and it is all easy to forget once your babies are in your arms. Then you need to start thinking about more important stuff like feeding and burping and hoping for at least a 30 minute break every three or four hours in between the craziness:) And if your like me you love every minute of it minus the loss of sleep...but hey, I guess we all need to learn to get by on 5 or 6 hours a night sooner or later :)
Good luck to all the twin mommies to be out there!