Friday, April 11, 2014

Twin Birth Story: Ashley Mione

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Name: Ashley Mione

Where do you currently live (city/state)?  Mansfield, TX
How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins? 9 weeks

Any issues during your pregnancy? I was diagnosed with placenta previa around 20 weeks and was placed on pelvic rest till delivery.

At my 30 week checkup, I mentioned to my doctor I'd noticed some tightening in my stomach occasionally but it never hurt and only happened randomly. She suggested I leave her office and go to the hospital to be monitored for an hour or so.

While being monitored, I found out I was having contractions two minutes apart! In hopes of stoping them, I was hooked up to an IV and quickly given two bags of fluids. The fluids didn't seem to slow down the contractions. I was then given Procardia, which is traditionally a high blood pressure medication but is also known to help stop/slow down contractions.

The Procardia didn't slow down the contractions nearly as much as the doctors were hoping. My doctor then did an ultrasound to check my cervix and ran a Fetal Fibronectin test. While the Fetal Fibronectin test came back negative, I still stayed overnight at the hospital for monitoring.

Luckily I was able to go home the next morning. I continued to take Procardia each day till delivery and was ordered to modified bed rest by my doctor. I continued with modified bed rest till delivery as well.

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant:  One of the funnier moments was when I was at work.  I needed to fit through a small space to get a box off of a shelf that I had to ship out that day! I couldn't fit and no one else was in our office so my only option was to call my boss's 70-year-old dad to come help me!

Also the looks I would get near the end of the pregnancy were also pretty priceless! People can seriously stare when you're the size of an elephant!

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self? I would tell myself to prepare the nursery sooner rather than later! And don't eat so many cookies. It's a hard habit to break!

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 36 weeks 4 days

Baby A's Information: Keegan Joseph
October 18, 2012
7:54 am
6 lbs 0 oz
20 inches long

Baby B's Information: Harper Noel
October 18, 2012
7:55 am
5 lbs 4 oz
18.5 in long

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery?
C-SectionMy doctor didn't really give me much of a choice other than scheduling a c-section. Once I was diagnosed with placenta previa, the decision to have a c-section was finalized.

Any NICU time? If yes, for what reason and how long? No! I am so thankful to be able to answer this question with a no!

Did you have any complications after delivery?  I don't know that I would say it was a complication but it sure was annoying. My feet, ankles, and calves got VERY swollen! They were swollen to the point that when you touched them it left indentions. Sometimes it even hurt to walk. Other than that, no major complications!

How long did you (the parents) stay in the hospital? 3 nights

Did your twins stay with you or in the hospital nursery at night?  They stayed in my room the first night and then in the nursery the following two nights.

What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital? 
1. My MacBook! My sister was not able to fly in until a few weeks after the twins were born but I was able to at least Skype with her from the hospital room and let her "meet" the babies!
2. Comfy sweatpants - a definite must after a c-section!
3. I wish I would have thought to pack a hair bow for Harper to wear immediately after being born! All the pictures of her during her first 24 hours or so she has the same hat on as Keegan which can be a bit confusing! Not sure why a hair bow wasn't one of the first things I packed!

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:  Besides holding Harper and Keegan for the first time, which still brings me to tears just thinking about it, I would have to say watching Craig become a Dad. He didn't do anything in particular but it was so special to watch him, especially the first night. The babies stayed with us in the room and we didn't sleep a wink. I couldn't even get out of bed yet so Craig was handing me the babies to be fed, trying to help me get the hang of nursing, encouraging me, swaddling the babies, changing their diapers, and helping me with whatever irrational demand I threw his way! I knew before the babies arrived that he was going to be a great Dad but there was something about that first night that was just so special! Watching him take care of me and our babies that night was the most amazing thing!

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be? I would tell them to slow down. If you feel like you're over doing it, you probably are. By taking care of yourself, you are taking care of your babies and that is the most important thing!

Ashley's Personal Blog: Life With The Mione Twins
Ashley's Etsy Shop: SugarBub Designs



(When we decided to start Twin Talk we had no idea the birth stories would flood in from you guys!  We asked some of our local twin mom friends to complete our questionnaire before the official launch, which is why it appears everyone is from DFW!  Beginning next week you'll hear from moms all over the country!)
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