The Twins are Home!!!
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|Sat, 08-12-2006 - 7:03pm|
Just wanted to thank you all for your well wishes as I went off to my c-section. The surgery went fine, but I was petrified and started crying once the spinal started to take effect. There is nothing weirder than being awake and feeling yourself become paralyzed... Eric was wonderful through the whole thing. He held my hand and got me to calm down. I didn't cry again until Dr. Gelber pulled the first baby out and he started wailing. Here's the important vital stats:
Colin William, born at 9:32 AM
7 pounds 14 ounces, 20.5 inches
Gavin John, born at 9:33 AM
7 pounds 4 ounces, 20 inches
Both boys were what they call "footling" breech - which means they had their legs extended down towards the exit and could never have turned that far in the pregnancy. The c-section was done 38 weeks and 2 days into my pregnancy and I never had any signs of labor - no contractions, no dilation, no leaking water. My OBs thought I might have actually been able to make it to term, but I'm glad they didn't force that on me. I could barely breathe or move towards the end. I shudder to think how big the boys would have gotten if they'd grown another two weeks. They probably would have been as big as Corbin (who was 9 lbs 14 oz & 20.5 inches at 40 weeks 1 day)!
We could NOT have hoped for better babies. Both boys are completely mellow. They rarely fuss and are easily consoled. There are plenty of times that they will sleep for 4 hours at a stretch. I'm not saying that taking care of two babies is easy, but it's not what I feared it would be. We still don't know whether the boys are identical or fraternal. Dr. Gelber said all their membranes were separate (sacs and placentas). However, we think the boys look an awful lot alike and identicals that divide early can have completely separate membranes. We're waiting to see if they start to look more different as they mature. Hoping to find more features to tell them apart by. We're going to resort to painting toenails in the mean time...
I stayed in the hospital for 4 days. We came home this afternoon with help from Eric's parents. My mother and Corbin were able to spend all day Tuesday and Wednesday with us; Corbin stayed all day Thursday too. Eric has been beyond amazing - he is a doting father and the best husband ever! I didn't think it was possible to love him more than on my wedding day, but after what he's done to make me feel somewhat normal post surgery I have a newfound appreciation for him. The hospital staff, the OBs, and the peds were also all amazingly helpful. I've been successfully breastfeeding both boys which is a full time job! Both boys lost weight as most newborns do, but they had started to regain before we even left. As of just after midnight, Colin was back to 7 lbs 8 oz and Gavin was 6 lbs 13 oz. The pedi said it was really rare for babies to start putting weight back on in the hospital so I must be feeding them right. ::grins::
We have quite a few pictures from the first 4 days online already. Check them out here: http://s42.photobucket.com/albums/e331/danalynn100/Twins/. Gotta run!