Born November 20, 2009
Gus Kevin - 10:20PM
6lb, 4oz, 191/2 inches
Oliver Ray - 10:29PM
5lb, 14oz, 20 inches
I can't believe it's already been a month since my little miracles were born. Here is their birth story.
I was being treated for PIH for the last month of two of the pregnancy. It's very common with twins and my doctor didn't seem too worried about it. At my 36 week appt my BP was high again, so my doc doubled the dose on my meds. When I went in at 37 weeks my BP was high again. (Somewhere in the 150/100 range.) So this time he changed it to a stronger med and had me come back in 2 days for a BP check. So I went in at 37w,2d and my BP was still elevated about the same. We all sat down and discussed what we thought was the best option. He did an u/s to try to get an idea of the babies positions. They were both head down, but he couldn't exactly tell which way the bodies were laying. We decided it would be best to go ahead and plan to be induced in the morning. My doc was working the clinic that day, but would plan to come back and forth between there and the hospital to check on me.
We arrived about 7:30 AM and they got things rolling. First they actually did an x-ray of my belly to see exactly which way the babies bodies were laying. If the babies bodies weren't positioned the right way, my doc wanted to do a section. The x-ray showed that the bodies were in perfect position for a vaginal delivery. I was given cytotech to begin ripening the cervix. They continued to give small amounts of the cytotech until about 4 PM. At that time, my doc checked me and said I was at about 1-2cm. He stripped my membranes and broke my water. (btw - for anyone who's had this done....OUCH!) Then they began the pitocin drip. By around 5 or 6PM I was at about 3 1/2 and got into the hot tub. I think I really starting dilating fast. I was only in there for about 10-20 minutes and was in a lot of pain. I got out and asked for the epideral. (My doc required me to have one due to the possible complications with a twin delivery.) During the process of getting the epideral, I started to get sick. I threw up on my DH's shoe. Poor guy. Our sweet nurse even cleaned it up for him while he was working on cleaning up my hair.
I continued to be sick for some reason. My doc came back at about 9:45PM and I was fully dilated. It was a mad dash to get me (and all the equipment that accompanied me) down to the operating room. We couldn't fit it all in the elevator. On the way down, my doc laughed and told me not to sneeze! By the time we all got down there and set up it was about 10PM and they told me to start pushing. I had a med student holding onto Baby B from the outside so that he didn't flip on us when Baby A was born. I pushed for 20 minutes before he came out. He came out with this huge head and both Mark and I knew right away that he was going to be a "Gus." Right after Gus was born my doc stuck his hand up and grabbed Oliver and guided him down so he would engage in the birth canal. Gus's big head paved the way so it only took me 9min to push Ollie out since he was a bit smaller.
Both babies were totally healthy and happy. They were able to go immediately to breast even while we were still down in the operating room. I held on tight as they wheeled us all back up to my room. The boys spent the first hour of their lives sucking away! I was SO proud of them. This was due, in large part, to the fact that they were full term.
Our delivery was the best experience of our lives. We enjoyed every minute of it. I had been told SO many horror stories of bad things that can happen with twins. I never would have imagined that I would carry them full term and be able to have such a non-eventful delivery. They are truly our IVF MIRACLES!
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Me 29, DH 31
TTC #1 Since 2/04
IVF #1- March 09
3/30 - 1st Beta 134 (10dp3dt) 4/1 - 2nd Beta 310 (12dp3dt)
4/6 - 3rd beta 2621 (at 4weeks, 6 days)
4/20 First U/S - TWINS!
Twin A = HB 134 Twin B = HB 126
5/5 u/s -Both HB = 167 Looking good!
7/14/09 - TWO BOYS! Two placentas.
8/24/09 - 25 Week U/S. Both babies measuring right on. Baby A sitting breech and Baby B transverse on top of him!
11/20/09 - Proud Mama of fraternal boys.