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Title: My Babies are here!!
Post by: twins on October 06, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Well,  I didn't quite make it to my cerclage removal or to a scheduled c-section.  My water broke unexpectedly Friday, September 30 at 10:15 pm.  My husband (you should have seen his eyes pop when I told him my water broke - lol) and I went to the hospital where they confirmed that I did indeed break my water - although there really wasn't much question of that as i felt it gushing and soaked any chair I sat in.  They administered some antibiotics as they hoped my body would stall labour for a few days so that I could get to 34 weeks
(i was 33w4d when I delivered).   But the babies had other ideas!  The contractions kept coming stronger and harder - at one point they were 2 minutes apart and so painful!  I have a new respect for women who labour naturally - I was dying.  This went on for about 5 hours.  They asked me if I prefered to labour and attempt a vaginal delivery but I ended up going with my doctors recommendation of a c section.  Although the babies had tolerated the contractions really well and never showed any signs of fetal distress - I just felt the last thing I needed would be to have a placental abruption and end up in an emergency c section and knowing my luck this would have happened!  So I was prepped for surgery where they would also remove the cerclage.  They actually asked me if I wanted to leave the cercalge in for future pregnancies  - I have never heard of leaving in a TVC and thought that was weird and realistically I don't want a stich in my cervix indefintely so I asked them to remove it.  I figure IF I ever decide to do this again I can just have it put in again but next time I would have it placed earlier before it was an emergency situation.

The c section was performed early Saturday morning on October 1st and Mario Alan Giovanni was born at 3:21 am weighing 3 lbs 15 ozs followed by his sister Amelia Henrica Francesca one minute later weighing 4 lbs 5 ozs.  They are tiny but perfect.  Both babies cried when they came out - they showed them to me quickly before they took them away to be assesed.  They got my husband shortly thereafter and he was allowed to see the babies and cut their umbilical cords (they had already cut them in the OR but left them a little longer so he could have a chance to cut them too).  I saw them briefly while I was in the recovery room - they brought them to me and I was able to hold them both for a few minutes before they took them to the special care nursery.  Both babies are doing great - lungs are fully developed and they never requred any supplementl oxygen.  They are out of their incubators and are now sharing a crib in the special care nursery.  Their only issues seems to be feeding because they are small they tire out really easily trying to feed and then need to be tube fed.  Once they are feeding better and putting on weight we should be able to take them home.  The nurse thinks probably by the end of next week!

I am so exhausted - the bed rest coupled with major abdominal surgery has taken alot out of me and I feel it will take several weeks before I feel myself again.  But it was all worth it!  I want to thank all the wonderful and incredibly brave women I have met on this forum who have supported me and offered comfort when I was down.  It was a really difficult journey and it has been nice to share it with people who really and truly understand!

My warmest thoughts to all of you,
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Post by: snjstroble on October 06, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Omg!  Congratulations!  You've been very inspiring over the past several weeks.  I wish you all the best and hope we can stay in touch. 

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Post by: Angela on October 06, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Whoohoo! I am SO happy to hear they are doing well. Time for some eating and growing and they'll be home with you in no time.  :D
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Post by: KayEm on October 06, 2011 at 01:07 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  I am so happy to hear your little ones are doing well, and am sending warm thoughts for a speedy recovery.

Big hugs, mama!
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Post by: MamaOfZee on October 06, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Congratulations!  I'm glad that babies are doing well!
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Post by: Mumtaz on October 06, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Congratulations Twins!!!  What fantastic news.  Glad your little ones are just feeders/growers!!!  Wishing you a speedy recovery and praying that you'll get to take your babies home in no time!  Can't wait to see pics!
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Post by: twinsat44 on October 06, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Congratulations Mama!!!

You did such a fantastic job growing those babies.  I am so happy they are doing well and will be home with you soon.

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Post by: MommaTiff3 on October 06, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Glad to hear that babies are doing well. CONGRATS!
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Post by: Jenamie on October 06, 2011 at 08:39 PM
congrats! keep us updated :)
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Post by: amylynn on October 07, 2011 at 11:04 AM
Congrats! Twins I am so happy the babies are doing well.  And it is so exciting that they will get to come home next week.  Hooray!
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Post by: ABig30 on October 07, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Wow!  Congrats!  All the best to you and your family- you're story brought tears to my eyes as I was so excited and happy for you!
Title: Re: My Babies are here!!
Post by: twins on October 09, 2011 at 09:32 AM
Thank you ladies!  My recovery is slow but I am feeling a little better everyday.  Both babies continue to do well, they are both gaining weight but are still having trouble bottling and continue to take a majority of their feedings by tube.  Once they are consistently bottling and the tube is no longer required they should be able to come home.  I was hoping it may be sometime this week but next tuesday is looking more realistic.  I tried to attach pictures but they were too "big"  and I couldn't.  :(

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Post by: jennwitt on October 14, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Congratulations, Twins!  We chatted in the chat room a few times ;-)  I know you were so worried about their weights - sounds like they are doing wonderfully w/their gestation age and should be home very soon!  I am still waiting over here - thinking it might me any minute ;-)

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Post by: littlefighter on March 14, 2012 at 11:33 PM
     Your story and the success of your babies at 33wks really encourages me!! I'm on bed rest in the hospital because my water broke unexpectedly at 32wks. Baby girl has been a fighter and has continued to stay put so I am now at 33wks 3 days.  I will be induced March 20 unless my labor starts naturally.
     All I want to hear is her cry when she comes into this world and it is really encouraging that at 33wks your twins had fully developed lungs.  That is awesome!!  I am praying that we will have a similar success story.  Thank you so much for sharing!
Title: Re: My Babies are here!!
Post by: twins on March 15, 2012 at 09:36 AM
No problem. They are five and a half months now and perfectly fine! They have caught up weight wise and do not have any developmental delays whatsoever!  One twin spent 12 days in the nice and the other one extra day, they just needed to learn how the suck swallow reflex as it hadn't developed yet and they were tube fed for awhile bu tether than that were great! Good luck to you and I am sure your daughter will be perfect!
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Post by: Lily on March 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM