Molly and Brendan are here!
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|Mon, 10-23-2006 - 7:51pm|
Molly and Brendan were born Sunday, 10/15 at 1:20 and 1:21 pm!
I was 35 weeks exactly, and sitting on the couch sunday morning when my water broke. We went to the hospital, but I wasn't having contractions when I got there. Since Molly (A) was breech, we knew we were having a C-section, but they were going to wait a little to get things set up. But about an hour later, the contractions started in. They started giving me terbutaline to slow the contractions a little, because in the meantime, we discovered the NICU in the hospital was full and not accepting anyone else, and both babies had the chance of needing NICU care. This meant we would have to transfer to another hospital for the delivery. The first shot of terbutaline worked, but the contractions came back after about an hour, and the second shot didn't do much. The third shot was useless. By that time, they had decided to take me by helicopter to the hopsital with the open NICU (about a 30 minute drive) and so DH was given mapquest directions and a good luck and I was up and in the air (still having contractions) in minutes.
When I got to the second hospital, there were tons of people: nurses putting in new IVs, doctors and more nurses introducing themselves and asking questions, and more people with consent forms. By this time the contractions were about 4 minutes apart and I was feeling them a lot! DH showed up soon (thank goodness) and about 20 minutes later I was on the operating room table, and out came Molly and Brendan!
Molly weighed 4 lbs, 11oz; 18.25", Brendan weighed 5lbs, 18.5" long. Brendan had some problems breathing and was immediately sent to the NICU (all I got to do was give him a kiss). Molly did great. So Brendan spent a total of 24 hours in the NICU and 24 hours in the Intermediate Care Unit, and then got to room in with us the last 2 days of our stay. Molly was with us the whole time. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see Brendan at all until the morning after he was born, because the NICU was small and there wasn't even room for a wheelchair. I had to wait until I could walk in under my own power.
But now they are 8 days old, Molly has surpassed her birth weight (she's now 4lbs 14oz) and Brendan is 4lbs 11oz, catching up. They're breastfeeing, and AMAZINGLY on the same feeding schedule, and so we have successfully got them feeding in tandem. I'm so glad, because it means that feedings now take about 30-40 minutes total rather than 60-80 minutes.
We are otherwise doing well, and I'm happy to not be pregnant anymore, because I have two beautiful new babies:)