Please welcome Davis and Audrey!
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|Fri, 11-10-2006 - 10:26pm|
I am happy to announce the births of Davis Robert and Audrey Larkin on Thursday, November 2! Davis was born at 1:01pm and weighed 4lbs 8oz, 18 inches long and Audrey came next at 1:02pm, weighing 5lbs 11oz, 19 inches long. I was one day short of week 35 when they were born. They have been on room air since birth and are both currently in the Level II NICU for “feeding and growing” – other than being premature they have no other major health problems that we’re aware of, they just need some time to learn how to eat. They receive a varying number of feeds via nasal tube right now. I am pumping round the clock (every 2-3 hours) and bringing EBM to the NICU and have managed a few sessions of breastfeeding. Audrey will most likely come home first as Davis is having a harder time maintaining his weight.
Here’s their birth story - Wednesday night, around 9pm, I started having lower cramping, which radiated into lower back pain. I laid down for about an hour, but it was persistent so we decided to call the doctor, who recommended we head for the hospital. Good thing, because my water broke about 30 minutes after we arrived! After 9 weeks on bedrest and the terbutaline pump, it finally all became real that these babies were coming. I labored through most of the night with the help of some IV pain medication and around 6am decided it was time for the epidural – I was about 6cm dilated at that point and the contractions were lasting longer and longer. I was nervous about the procedure, but it went smoothly and like many people say, I didn’t feel a thing. Things were considerably less painful after that and I was fully dilated by about 10am – time to start pushing!
I pushed and pushed for 2 hours and Davis never progressed beyond 1+ station, so despite my best efforts, I ended up having a c-section. At the time I was disappointed and scared (or at least what I remember), but after a few days I realized that it didn’t matter one way or the other how they came out. They are healthy and that’s all that really matters. My recovery has been fairly smooth and my biggest complaint is actually swollen extremities, not pain, due to all the IV fluid.
We are visiting the NICU every day, which makes things hectic, but I’ll try to update you