Monday, April 27, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Chelsie Wilson

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Chelsie Wilson

Where do you currently live?  Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins8 weeks

Any issues during your pregnancy?  
I had gestational diabetes and eventually a touch of preeclampsia. I feel like gestational diabetes is a hard thing, here you have a pregnant woman who craves nothing but cupcakes and ice cream but is denied exactly that. Being pregnant with twins and taking care of a five month old all while denying your body the one thing it wants, well it's difficult. Also, towards the end of my pregnancy my blood pressure seemed to be an ever inclining roller coaster until I delivered.

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: When I found out I was expecting twins, my eldest son was just 5 months old. When I found out I was expecting again, the thought of twins never even entered my mind (even though my husband and I have them on both sides). We went for my first ultrasound in hopes of finding out the sex of the new baby, but instead found out we were expecting twins. The ultrasound tech said, "Here is your baby." We, of coarse, responded in awe but then she wiggled the wand and said, "And there is your other baby." We about croaked.

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self?  Not to stress about every little thing. I spent my pregnancy worrying myself sick about the different risks that come with having twins. I packed my going home bag with almost nothing but preemie clothes and ended up not using any of them.

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 37 weeks exactly

Baby A's Information:  
Miles Blayne Wilson

December 3, 2013
8:38 am
20 1/2 inches
7 pounds 2 ounces

Baby B's Information:  Rylan Kade Wilson

December 3, 2013
8:39 am
19 inches
5 pounds 14 ounces

Are your twins identical? No

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery?  With my eldest son, I delivered naturally, and had a horrible go of it. My obyn and I decided from the very beginning that I would have a c-section. I was always concerned about the risk for the second twin. My worst fear was delivering baby a vaginally and then having a c-section for baby b. Looking back I 100% feel like it was the right decision for me.

Any NICU time?  If yes, for what reason and how long?  Thank the heavens my twins got to come straight home. My eldest son had spent 5 days in the NICU and I was prepared fore anything.

Did you have any complications after delivery? Other than some trouble with a yeast infection around my incision, I had a fairly smooth recovery.

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

Did your twins stay with you or in the hospital nursery at night? They stayed with us.

What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital? 

I was so thankful to have a bag of quarters for the vending machine on the labor and delivery floor. It was so conveniently in walking distance and you never knew when the hankering for m&ms would hit you. I also loved having my smart phone (and charger) to both kill time in the pre-op stages and to post pictures of my cuties once they arrived. Though I thought I was entirely prepared, I really wish I had brought my boppy pillow. To this day the thought of breastfeeding without it can make me shudder.

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:  I think my absolute favorite moment of my hospital stay was the first time I got to tandem feed my twins. It is a skill I have since lost but I look back on the memory fondly. It was one of those perfect moments where I felt my life was complete, and the look of admiration on my husband's face is one I will never forget.

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be?  Sleep! Sleep while you still can. My twins are 7 months now and I haven't slept through the night in at least that long. During the day if you are faced with a decision of doing something productive or taking a nap: ALWAYS take a nap. Your body needs it. You are creating two perfect little humans (at the same time!) you so deserve it.

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