Friday, July 10, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Laurel

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Where do you currently live?  Bentonville, AR

How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins6 weeks

Any issues during your pregnancy?  When I was almost 33 weeks pregnant, I went into pre-term labor and ended up being med-flighted to a hospital over 200 miles away. Once I got there, they ended up being able to stop my labor. I stayed in the hospital for over week before they let me go home. Then I was on modified bedrest for the next month until I ideveloped preeclampsia and had a c-section.

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: One of the most memorable moments during my pregnancy was when we had our first ultrasound and the doctor got a funny smile on his face and told us we were having twins. Since we were on fertility drugs my husband had a moment of panic and said, "Make sure there's not three!"

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self?  Enjoy more quality time with my husband because it gets a lot harder to find the time once the babies come. Also, get all my projects done earlier in the pregnancy since I ended up on bedrest at the end.

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 37 weeks, 4 days

Baby A's Information:  
Eden Leslie

September 21st, 2013
3:28 AM
5 lbs
18 in

Baby B's Information:  Lydia Eliza

September 21st, 2013
3:32 AM
7 lbs 6 oz
19 in

Are your twins identical? No.

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery?  C-Section. In the beginning I was against having a -section. Baby A was head down for most of the pregnancy but Baby B kept flipping between breech and transverse. As time went on and we weighed the options, my husband and I and the doctor felt the c-section was really the best option for us. We schedule the c-section for 38 weeks but the girls ended up coming a few days before that.

Any NICU time?  If yes, for what reason and how long?  I'm so grateful to say no! After pre-term labor and preelampsia I feel very fortunate that both babies arrived safe and sound.

Did you have any complications after delivery? Yes. I was pretty sick from the medications and threw up several times. When I wasn't puking, I was completely out of it. I don't remember much about the entire first day after the girls were born! Also, my blood pressure had shot up with the preelampsia and wouldn't come down on it's own. I ended up having to take blood pressure medication for several weeks after delivery.

How long did you (the parents) stay in the hospital? 4 days

Did your twins stay with you or in the hospital nursery at night? Nursery! We needed some sleep!

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

1. My husband
2. My mom
3. My tablet

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:  I don't remember a whole lot about the hospital because I was exhausted and totally out of it from the medication but one of my favorite things I remember was going on our first family "walk." The nurses were on me to make sure I got out of bed and walked around to help with the recovery process, so my husband and I walked up and down the halls pushing our girls in their little hospital bassinet. They just laid there next to one another so peacefully and I couldn't believe they were mine!

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be? Say yes when someone offers to help and don't be afraid to ask for help. I had a really hard time doing that but I also know when someone brought us dinner, folded the laundry, or just held a baby it made a world of difference.

Laurel's Blog: A Series of Fortunate Events

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