Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Misty Martin

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Misty Martin

Where do you currently live?  Richland, PA

How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins? 6 weeks

Any issues during your pregnancy? 
I had PUPPPS after delivering my daughter Eden, It lasted approx. 6 weeks after delivery. Usually, it arrives a few weeks prior, and goes away with delivery. Mine was the opposite. I had the worst rash covering my belly and legs, I could have scratched myself until I bled. It was so uncomfortable. I used every topical cream under the sun, took oatmeal baths, and was on the highest does of steroids I could take while breast feeding. It went away 6 weeks later. Three weeks before the delivery of my twins, I noticed a rash on my belly that was very itchy! My Dr. immediately put me on steroids to take care of it. It worked. Hallelujah!

During the last few weeks of my pregnancy I had sudden chest pain, this pain was horrible. I thought I was having a heart attack, or worse... dying. Oh, the pain- It was without a doubt the worst pain I had ever felt. My dear husband convinced me to go to the E.R. Because I was carrying twins, they were very cautious... I was in the hospital for four days being monitored and giving blood to try to come up with some answers.

I ended up having a hole in my esophagus! Yea, not fun at all. With the help of some medication, and a slight change in diet, I was on my way to being pain free.... until labor began...

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: Telling our two year old daughter that she was going to be a big sister was amazing! Her reaction when we told her that I was going to have TWO babies was priceless. We had so much fun announcing our twin pregnancy! I remember calling my sister and asking her "Are you ready to be an aunt again?!" to which she totally freaked out and exclaimed, "Oh my word, that is so awesome Mis!" After she calmed down a bit I simply said ".....and again?!?" It took her a few seconds to catch on, but when she did she REALLY freaked out! "You are lying, are you serious?  You are lying aren't you?  Twins?  Seriously?  There are two? I bet they are both boys, I can't believe this, this is awesome!" and on and on and on she went! With a reaction like this we simply knew we had to do this to everyone we love! "Are you ready to be a Grandma again?.... and again?" Can you imagine how this went over! I have never seen so much excitement in my life! Even though we told people that we were expecting twins, we did not tell them the gender of babies.

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self?  Get your sleep while you can! Relax, enjoy your pregnancy as much as possible, even with two little wiggle worms growing inside you!

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

Baby A's Information: 
Lakelyn Jade
June 17, 2013
4 lbs 7 oz
17 in

Baby B's Information:  Londyn Jolie
June 17, 2013
5 lbs 5 oz
18 in

Are your twins identical?  Fraternal

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery?  Fathers Day... after enjoying a swim in our pool, I started contracting. They got closer and closer and more painful with every one. We called my Dr, and she told us to get here as soon as possible! Thankfully, they were waiting for me when I got there, so I was able to go right to labor and delivery, bypassing OB Triage. Both babies were breech, so we knew early on that I would be having a C-section, which was ok with me, because I had one three years previously with our daughter Eden, after her heart rate dropped. They hooked me up to the monitors and within 15 minutes my Dr. came in and said "Are you ready to meet some babies?" The surgery went well, I was able to see them, and kiss them before they were whisked off to the NICU. My heart broke when the nurses took them from me. However, I knew they were in great hands.

Any NICU time?  If yes, for what reason and how long?  Baby A, Lakelyn was in the NICU for four days before joining us. She was not able to breathe on her own very well for the first night. They had her on CPAP and a feeding tube.

Baby B, Londyn was in the NICU for three days before joining us, mostly to be monitored with her sister and to learn to eat.

Did you have any complications after delivery? About 6 weeks after delivery, I noticed that my incision was not healing as well as it had with my first surgery. When I went in for a check up, my Dr. noticed that my "dissolvable" stitches had not dissolved like they were suppose to. Which is why I felt all that pulling! After they took them out, I felt 100 times better!

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

What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital?
My Husband- He is and was the most amazing man in the world. He was with me the entire time, holding my hand, encouraging me, and helping any way he could! I love him!
My Camera- Having it there to capture all those precious first moments, like when my baby girl Eden came in to the hospital to meet her baby sisters for the first time... Her precious face said it all when she laid eyes on those sweet baby angels, and I caught it on camera. I am so thankful for this!
THE SNACK CART- It came around at midnight EVERY night, and I was able to choose anything I wanted... from chips to chocolate to ice cream.... Yum! This was a highlight for me!
Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:  Holding my babies in my arms for the first time was absolutely amazing. The tears flowed that night when their daddy and I got to hold them and cuddle their sweet little bodies in our arms.

When Eden arrived at the hospital to see Mommy and Daddy and her new baby sisters was one of my all time favorite moments. I felt intense happiness! Overwhelming love for my family. Having friends and family come to meet the newest members of our family was very special to me as well.

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be?
  Accept help. If it's offered, take it within reason of course!
Get them on a schedule as soon as possible!
Get out! Take those sweet little babies with you and Hubby and go out for dinner! Chances are, they will sleep in their car seats. This won't last long, so do it while you can! ( sleeping in the car seats that is)

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