Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Jennifer Ducs

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Jennifer Ducs

Where do you currently live?  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins8 weeks, 3 days

Any issues during your pregnancy?  
My doctor called my pregnancy a "dream pregnancy," up until my 36 week check-up. My husband and I went in for my routine appointment and we were going to finalize the date for my c-section (both babes were bum down), but when I arrived my blood pressure was on the high side so my doctor asked us to follow her to the hospital so she could run some tests. Five hours later in the hospital my blood pressure had gone back down to the normal range, so she let us go home and said she would call us if my blood test results came back with anything. Two days later, my doctor called at 7 am telling us my creatinine levels were too high and essentially my kidneys were starting to fail! So we rushed in and had our babies a few hours later!

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: Being pregnant the second time around was almost identical to my first pregnancy, although I was much larger and more exhausted from chasing around a toddler all day! But I remember my son and I went to Target one day when I was about 7 months along and this four year old girl behind me in line came up to me and said "WOAH that's a HUGE belly" and proceeded to touch my belly. She definitely summed up exactly how I was feeling! Kids say the darndest things don't they?

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self?  Spend as much quality time with your children and spouse as possible. Although I am a stay at home mom and get to spend every waking minute with my toddler, I never imagined how much time I would feel like I'm losing with him and my husband while I am nursing two newborns. And the more alone time you spend with your spouse, the stronger your relationship will be, which will help you get through those exhausting first few weeks and nighttime feedings.

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 
36 weeks and 5 days

Baby A's Information:  
Holden James
April 3, 2014 
12:19 pm
5 lbs 9 oz
20.5 in

Baby B's Information:  Parker John
April 3, 2014
12:21 pm
5 lbs 9 oz
20.5 in

Are your twins identical? No

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery?  I had my second c-section because at the last moment baby A decided he would move to be head down like his brother!

Any NICU time?  If yes, for what reason and how long?  Holden spent 48 hours in NICU because he was grunting for a few hours after birth and they were concerned he had an infection in his lungs. Turns out he stopped grunting around 7pm that night but the bacterial cultures test they were running takes a full 48 hours to run, so he had to stay in NICU for the two full days.
Did you have any complications after delivery? No complications, just a very sore incision because a 22 month old doesn't quite understand that jumping on mommy hurts!

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

Did your twins stay with you or the hospital nursery at night? Parker was with us and Holden joined us after 48 hours.

What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital? 
1. Slippers and a robe. When you are walking back and forth between your hospital room and NICU it's definitely a life savor to just easily put on slippers and go see your child. No fussing with sandals or shoes.
2. Snacks! Although my husband always went out and brought me food, I was always starving in the middle of the night everytime I pumped or nursed! I couldn't get enough granola bars!
3. The Velcro Swaddles. Even though they were tiny newborns, my boys were little hodinis who could get out of the nurses Swaddles! Having the Velcro ones contain their little arms helped me to sleep and made it easier when I was changing their diapers at night. Our hospitals in Calgary do not allow your spouse to sleep over, so anything to make me job easier after surgery was great!

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:  I think my favorite moment was when the nurse wheeled in Holden to our hospital room! We didn't know what the results of his bacterial cultures test was and we didn't think he would be joining us that quickly! So when they wheeled him in and we had both our boys we were so happy, and scared at the same time!

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be?  Honestly, savor the time you are pregnant, what is the likelihood you will be pregnant with twins again? It is one of the only times you will have two little people inside you. I know they keep you up kicking your bladder all night long, but the fact that your body can hold in two at once is just so unbelievable! Enjoy it!

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