The Twins' Birth Story

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The Twins' Birth Story
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Wed, 06-08-2011 - 11:38am
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Juliette and Elia's Birth Story

Short version:

Juliette Didi
4lbs 3oz, 17"
June 5th, 4:42pm

Elia Josephine
4lbs 1oz, 17"
June 5th, 4:42pm

After being hospitalized for three days due to a dilating cervix, contractions, and a minor pre-eclampsia diagnosis, our dr decided we needed an immediate delivery via C-section on Sunday June 5th due to lab results which indicated severe pre-eclampsia, and the fact that Baby B had turned breech and wrangled her feet in front of her sister's head, closest to the cervix, making a vaginal delivery no longer an option. The C-section went well, both girls were pulled out within the same minute and both gave out a healthy cry. Their initial apgars were 9 and 7. Juliette needed no assistance and Elia had breathing tubes for about 8 hours because of the effects of the magnesium sulfate I was on to prevent seizure prior to delivery. Both girls are now in the NICU needing time to get bigger, learn to regulate their temps and learn to feed on their own (Juliette has done some rooting and nippling, but both their sucking reflexes still need work). According to the NICU staff, the girls are doing "great." They're adorable and cuddly and we're doing well with kangaroo time and post C-section bonding. Pictures below...

The (very) Long Version
On Wednesday June 1st we went to our scheduled appointment with the MFM and found out that my cervix was dilated 3cm. Our dr. requested L&D triage see us the next day for an FFN test. Thursday we headed to triage, expecting that we might get a positive result on the FFN which might mean stricter bedrest, maybe steroid shots for the girls lungs. What we got instead was a "funky" lab result which indicated mild preeclampsia and a one way ticket to hospital admissions.
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Wed, 06-08-2011 - 12:34pm
Andi- What a story! I totally know what you mean about that disconnect following the birth--I experienced it with Evan at first too following surgery. Your description of holding your daughters for the first time made me tear up--I'm glad both girls are doing well and hope that their nicu stay is closer to 2 weeks than 4. Congratulations and welcome to the world Juliette and Elia!
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Wed, 06-08-2011 - 12:37pm
Congrats again Andi!!! Sorry about all the craziness with the pre-e but glad you and the girls are recovering well and making the best of it. Hopefully the girls go home sooner rather than later!!!

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Wed, 06-08-2011 - 1:21pm
Oh what a beautiful story, Andi! You totally made me tear up with your description of "meeting" them for the first time in the NICU. I am so so so happy for you x2!! Can't wait to see photos of these sweethearts!

I hope your recovery goes quickly, and the NICU stay is short!

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Wed, 06-08-2011 - 5:09pm
Andi - Congrats again. I hope both girls have a short NICU stay and are home with you as soon as possibly. In the meantime enjoy your time with them and finsih healing.
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Wed, 06-08-2011 - 7:20pm
Thanks for sharing Andi! I seriously was teared up reading about your moments with your daughters! I can't wait to see pics of those beautiful girls! You did a great job baking them and for them to not need assistance shows it! They were just a bit smaller than my twin and I at birth! (we were 4lbs 15oz, and 4lbs 12oz) :-)

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 12:46pm

What a wonderful story Andi!

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 2:33pm
Andi, I found your story to be so moving! You've been through a lot in order to bring these little ladies safely into the world. Although it is totally natural, wipe those guilty feelings away! You've done a wonderful job. I was so touched by your moments of snuggling with Elia and telling Juliette about her family. So sweet! Congratulations! Wishing you a speedy recovery and short NICU experience.
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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 5:35pm

Andi, I just came on because I was wondering about you and your twinnies!

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 10:20pm

That was beautiful Andi.

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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 12:37am
I hope their NICU stay is short! Congrats again and I hope you recovery fast!

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