At our biophysical profile I mentioned to the nurse doing my ultrasound I questioned if my water broke. She recommended we check while in the hospital so they took a swab and 3 minutes later she says "Your water broke you are having these babies today!!!" She called the doctor, found out when I ate last, and started our hospital admission. Ed began the phone calls to all the grandparents to be! About an hour later we were taken to our hospital room and it was at that point I started having some contractions. They were tolerable but as time went on got really close together and much more intense. By 4:30 I was taken to the OR for our c-section while Ed got dressed in scrubs. He was then brought back to me once I had my spinal put in and was placed on the table for surgery. At 5:04 we heard the strong cries of sweet little Alex immediately followed by sweet little Kylie.
Both were babies were taken to isolettes and examined. Ed cut bought umbilical cords and was able to hold Alex almost right away. The staff in the OR was faboulous, one took Eds phone and just started snapping photos like crazy. I did not think I wanted pictures in the OR but once I saw them I was so grateful that they took pictures, including our first family picture:
I have to admit, not having to labor for hours and hours was kinda nice! I don't look tired at all in the picture!! Just wish I'd worn make up that day ;)
Here are some other OR pictures, thought it was cool they took photos of each baby with their weights behind them on the screen. So introducing for the first time ......
|Alexander Joseph 5# 1 oz and 19 inches|
|Kylie Ann 4# 10 oz and 17 1/4 inches|
Because Alex and Kylie were both under 2500 grams, they automatically bought themselves a stay in the special care nursery. There, they were placed in isolettes to control their temperature and started on IV antibiotics until a blood culture came back negative. They had close glucose monitoring and in addition were on a heart monitor and had their oxygen levels monitored. This would become their home for the next 7 days. While Alex and Kylie were being settled in special care under the close eye of Dad, I was in recovery working on my blood pressure which had become quite high as I had developed pre-eclampsia. After about 3 or 4 hours in recovery I was briefly taken to special care nursery to see the Twins again before going to my room for more close monitoring. Here I am in special care getting to actually hold Alex for the first time:
The next 24 hours were rough due to my blood pressure and the medication I was on for it. I didn't get to see the babies again until about 24 hours after their birth. Luckily the babies have an amazing daddy who spend nearly the whole day with them and getting great tips from the nurses in special care.
|Daddy feeding Alex|
|Holding both babies, a difficult challenge when both are on monitors!|
|Getting to feed Alex for the first time|
By the third day things were looking up for all of us. I was more mobile and feeling better. The twins glucose's were stable and they were keeping their temperatures steady on their own so they did not need Isolettes anymore. So they got to start discharge planning (even though that was still 4 days away!). This included passing a hearing test, passing a car seat test, and passing a cardiac test. Daddy tagged along for all of these.
|On their way to car seat testing|
|Alex during his car seat test|
|Kylie in her car seat test.|
|2nd family picture|
By Sunday February 2, my blood pressure was stable on medication so I was discharged. The twins were out of isolettes, had stable glucose's, but still had a few days to go. Alex was still being monitored for dropping his oxygen level when mad. Kylie was being monitored for weight. Leaving them in the hospital that night to go home was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I can't even imagine what it is like for moms who have their babies even younger then ours and are in the NICU for weeks. It is just not right to have to leave your child in the hospital and not be there (even when you know they have the most amazing care and nurses and its in their best interest).
The next few days I spent all day with the babies and Ed came straight over after work. We continued to have family visiting the babies which was so nice. Each day the babies did better and better. And I continued to go more and more camera crazy (sorry babies!)
|Kylie and Alex|
|Holding both babies at the same time, for the first time on the day I was discharged|
|The grandparents after visiting the twins|
|Grammy and Aunt Lesley with Kylie|
|Grandma and Grandpa Aussieker with the twins|
|Daddy holding Alex for the first time without monitors|
|Holding Kylie for the first time without monitors|
|The twins snuggling for the first time out of my belly! Also in their going home outfit|
|Tucked in tight in their carseats|
|Loaded up and ready to go!|