Monday, August 25, 2014

Twin Birth Story: Michelle Hunter

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Michelle Hunter

Where do you currently live?
Ennis, TX

How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins 19 weeks!
Any issues during your pregnancy?
I was not put on strict bed rest but sternly told to take it easy and stop working by week 36. A couple of days before my scheduled c-section I was having contractions and was sent to the hospital triage to be monitored. After a couple of nerve-wracking hours we were sent home and I was told to rest, rest, rest!

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: 
My husband and I were very shocked and excited to find out we were pregnant and were just warming up to calling ourselves parents. Like normal, we went to the OB/GYN at 19 weeks to find out the gender of our sweet little baby. We were so excited and I was for sure I was having a boy as my husband's family is full of boys! When the Ultrasound Tech started the Ultrasound she immediately pulled back, stopped the ultrasound, turned the lights back on and left the office for a minute. When she came back she started the ultrasound again and quietly told us that we were having twins! I nearly fell off the ultrasound table and cried in shock and my husband had the most priceless look on his face. Needless to say we were the talk of the OB/GYN office that day.

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self? SLOW DOWN! I feel like I was always trying to do things for myself when help was offered while I was pregnant. I really took for granted all of the relax time I could have had. Cleaning, washing, and cooking can wait! Also I wish my husband and I would have gone on more date nights!

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 38 weeks, 3 days

Baby A's Information: 
Hallie Lee
September 9, 2013
12:30 pm
5.3 lbs
21 in

Baby B's Information: Emma Jay
September 9, 2013
12:31 pm
4.3 lbs
19 in 
  Are your twins identical? Yes

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery?  My doctor insisted I have a scheduled c-section and although I was nervous at the though of it, I am really glad we followed his lead. I honestly cannot imagine going through labor with two babies inside of me. Props to all of the mamas who do it!

Any NICU time? If yes, for what reason and how long?  Yes. Baby B, Emma, was in the NICU for 9 days total for eating issues due to low birth weight. Although the NICU is not the most comforting place, the nurses really help you deal with so many things you experience after birth. My husband and I also developed such a strong bond during that time!

Did you have any complications after delivery? No complications, thankfully!

How long did you (the parents) stay in the hospital? 
5 days

Did your twins stay with you or in the hospital nursery at night?
Baby A, Hallie, stayed in the room with us while Baby B, Emma, was down the hall in the NICU.

What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital?  
1. Comfy night gowns saved my life as I was healing from my C-section surgery.
2. The Bumbo Nursing Pillow came in handy for not only getting the hang of breastfeeding but also was used as a pillow while sleeping straight up in the hospital bed. Those pillows are so versatile!
3. A camera! I look back at hospital pictures of all of us on a daily basis and am so glad we captured so many priceless moments!  
Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:
While Baby B, Emma, was in the NICU we got word one day that she was going to be able to come home. This was honestly the best news my husband and I had received the whole time we were in the hospital. Our girls had yet to be reunited since the womb and we would all be at home finally as a family of four. My heart felt so whole again!

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be?
Get as much help as you can during pregnancy and after. Sometimes I felt myself wanting to do things on my own and really, without a village of people around, I really do not know how my husband and I made it through the first couple of sleepless months!

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