Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Kelly Rash

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Kelly Rash

Where do you currently live?  Frisco, TX

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

Any issues during your pregnancy?  I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum throughout the first half of my pregnancy putting me on at-home bedrest, and shortly after that passed I ended up having an incompetent cervix for the remainder of my pregnancy, putting me on at-home bedrest again so the boys wouldn't come early.

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: The most memorable/funny moment would definitely have to be the day we found out we were having twins. Everyone had guessed we were pregnant with twins since they were due within my family, but I was convinced there was just one little baby in there and so was my husband, Charles. When we went in for our very first ultrasound I was telling my doctor about everyone's predictions we were having twins and I couldn't wait to see if there was just one in there so I could prove everyone wrong. It was right then that I was proven wrong! The first thing we saw on the screen were two perfect little sacs and I knew right away what I was seeing and so did Charles. I couldn't stop laughing and was overcome with excitement and joy. My husband, on the other hand, was white as a sheet and could only muster up the question: "Can you make sure there aren't three in there?"

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self?  I would tell myself to enjoy my pregnancy more and not be so freaked out about everything I ate, drank, or put on my body. I was constantly running to Google to check different things which ultimately just left me worrisome. I wish I had relaxed a little bit more and trusted my body.

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 37 weeks, 1 day

Baby A's Information:  
Liam Elijah

April 2, 2014
3:49 pm
5 lb 12 oz
19 1/2 in

Baby B's Information:  Noah Benjamin

April 2, 2014
3:58 pm
5 lb 8 oz
19 1/2 in

Are your twins identical? Nope!

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery?  I luckily was able to have a natural delivery! I was open to having a c-section if that was the safest thing for my babies, but was really hoping to deliver them naturally. Baby B had been transverse most of my pregnancy so we weren't sure what to expect going into delivery, but on the big day they both were head down and things went so smoothly for me, which I was thankful for.

Any NICU time?  If yes, for what reason and how long?  Thankfully, no! Considering I had an incompetent cervix and there were many scares of the boys coming early, the fact they came via induction and with no NICU time was such a blessing.

Did you have any complications after delivery? Nope!

How long did you stay in the hospital? 2 nights

Did your twins stay with you or in the hospital nursery at night? They were with me for half of the night, and then would go into the nursery for a few hours so I could catch up on sleep since I hadn't gotten much leading up to delivery.

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

1. I am so glad I had my friend Amber, who is a professional photographer, there to capture photos of the birth and our first moments as a family of four.
2. I wish I had brought a notebook or something to capture all of the little details from that day on paper before I forgot it all. By the time I went to sit down at home to do it, I was having trouble remember it all or gathering my thoughts. At the hospital I had moments to myself or nurses and family nearby to help me with the boys, giving me time to write it all down if I wanted. Not to mention, it was all so fresh in my mind.
3. I am so glad I brought our digital camera to capture our own photos and video clips of their first days of life. I ended up getting to make a little video for us to forever cherish always.

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:  My favorite moment was holding them both for the very first time. To finally have gotten to that moment after everything we had gone through to get there, between conception to carry them to term, it was amazing to have them in my arms and be able to give them kisses. I was completely infatuated with them.  

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be? Don't stress, both in your pregnancy as well as afterward. There will be countless moments after they are born where you will feel overwhelmed with having two crying babies who need to be changed and fed, burped or simply held, and it can sometimes be a little stressful. But don't let those moments get the best of you. Just know that you are doing your very best and those babies will be just fine waiting those extra few minutes while you change their sibling or get bottles ready for feedings. And don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it as you get into the swing of things.

Kelly's Blog: Kelly + The Mister