The Twins are Home!!!

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Registered: 12-07-2005
The Twins are Home!!!
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Sat, 08-12-2006 - 7:03pm

Hello everyone,

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!

:) Dana

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Sat, 08-12-2006 - 8:16pm

Hi Dana,

The twins are absolutely gorgeous! Very healthy and handsome boys, congratulations.

Diana

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Registered: 12-04-2005
Sun, 08-13-2006 - 6:24pm
Dana - Big congratulations!! That is so exciting and glad to hear you and the boys are doing well. I am so impressed by how big they are. Keep us posted and good luck with everything.


Rachel

EDD 12/8/06 - twins!






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Registered: 04-26-2005
Mon, 08-14-2006 - 2:06pm

Congratulations!

 

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Registered: 03-27-2006
Tue, 08-15-2006 - 10:03am


Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL twin boys Dana! They have the most beautiful complexions and hair color! And good luck telling them apart, because they do look an awful lot alike! Seeing your boys just makes me wish mine would be here sooner (they aren't expected until mid to late November). I'm glad things are going so wonderfully and I hope and pray they continue to go well for you! Congrats again!

Kadi,
Future mommy to Kason and Kutter

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Tue, 08-15-2006 - 10:05am


I almost forgot, where did you find the "co-sleeper" shown in the pictures?

Kadi

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Registered: 12-07-2005
Tue, 08-15-2006 - 10:18am

My mother bought us the Arms Reach Co-sleeper - I'll have to ask her exactly where she got it from. I know she ordered it through the web, but not necessarily direcly from the company.

http://www.armsreach.com/

It can be set up to attach flush to your bed, as a portacrib or as a playpen. It turns out that our IKEA bed is too low to use the "co-sleeping" feature so we have it set up like a portacrib in our bedroom. The boys' nursery is on the other side of the house and I decided that I'd rather have them in the room with us as I recover from the c-section and they work on their sleeping schedules.

:) Dana

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Registered: 03-27-2006
Tue, 08-15-2006 - 11:22am

Thank you! I actually went back and looked at the places I am registered and found they have the co-sleeper and mini co-sleepers!
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Registered: 03-30-2006
Thu, 08-17-2006 - 5:16pm
Dana, I posted to you on the FYM board, but CONGRATS again!!!
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