Name: Kelly S.
Where do you currently live? Royal Oak, MI
How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins? About 7 weeks
Any issues during your pregnancy? I was borderline gestational diabetes so I needed to monitor my diet, and in the last week or so my doctor put me on home bed rest because it was too difficult to drive into work.
Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: One of the greatest parts of being pregnant with twins is sharing the news with family and friends. It's a two part announcement, one is sharing the news that you are expecting; the second is the fact that there are two babies! Reactions from our family and friends were totally priceless.
Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self? I wish I would have rested more as opposed to trying to fill my schedule with social outings and chores around the house. Sleep is so very precious to me now.
How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 37 weeks, 2 days
Baby A's Information: Evelyn Grace
January 26, 2014
5 lbs 4 oz
Baby B's Information: Jack David
January 26, 2014
6 lbs 5 oz
Did you have a c-section or natural delivery? I went into the hospital on a Saturday afternoon with strong contractions. I had been contracting the entire month of January but this day was different. I was monitored for about two hours in the triage but I was not progressing, I was already dilated to 2 cm. I was in tears at the hospital thinking I was going to have to go home and wait this out. My doctor put me on therapeutic rest overnight in the hospital. The morphine made me so sick, I would move an inch in bed and I would get sick. About 2:30 a.m. I was up using the bathroom and I started leaking. When I got back to my bed I got sick again and I was certain my water had broken. Within minutes I was wheeled in for my c-section.
Any NICU time? If yes, for what reason and how long? No NICU time
How long did you (the parents) stay in the hospital? 3 days
Did your twins stay with you or in the hospital nursery at night? Nursery
What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital?
1. My own clothes, it was so nice to be able to rest in my own clothes.
2. Nursing bras/tanks. It was great to still feel comfortable while nursing, which is such a huge adjustment.
3. My own toiletries and some make-up. After you deliver the last thing you care about is how you look, but after one day of being in the hospital it is great to freshen up, especially if you have a lot of visitors
Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital: My favorite moment was during the time I was in recovery. It was our first few moments as a family and when I was able to really see my brand new babies. Something amazing had just happened and I could hardly believe they were here.
If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be? I have two pieces of advice, I threw every idea I had about parenting and pregnancy out the door when I found out I was having twins. I knew I needed to be relaxed and just take everything one step at a time. Anything that is causing you stress or if you feel pressure about one particular thing, just let it go now. You are going to be a momma to twins, that is a victory in and of itself. My second piece of advice is to remember that this is an amazing gift from God. It will be hard, people love to remind you of that, but carrying twins is a blessing and you will figure it out. 6 weeks was my turning point, they started sleeping better at night and I just felt like I had a handle on things. It does get easier!