Friday, August 21, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Sarah Plum

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Sarah Plum

Where do you currently live?  
Ventura, CA

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

Any issues during your pregnancy? 
I was very lucky to have no complications or issues with my pregnancy except for a little anemia early on.

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: When we announced to our families that we were pregnant! Our daughter was turning two and we had her open her last present which was a big sister book!!!! Everybody proceeded to scream and cheer, but we had snuck the ultrasound in the book, when it fell out and everyone looked at it they could see the two peanuts clear as day:) then the insanity in sued! !!

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self?  I would tell myself to slow down and enjoy being pregnant more. I was so consumed with trying to do all the things that I knew would be more difficult once the twins came. I wanted to spend as much time with my daughter as I could because I was scared I would have no time for her once the babies arrived. I tried to go out more and get house projects done. While I am so thankful for all the quality time I got to have with loved ones, and the memories made, I wish I would have taken a little more time for myself. Even though things have changed, I still find time to do all the things I thought I wouldn't have time for:)

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 38 weeks

Baby A's Information:  
Paisley Lynn

4:20 pm
6.7 lbs 
19 inches

Baby B's Information:  
Abigail Jean

4:26 pm
7.1 lbs 
19 1/2 inches

Are your twins identical? No!

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery?  Thankfully I was able to deliver both of my girls naturally. From the beginning of my pregnancy it seemed everyone assumed I would be having a c-section, including me. Although I wished I could deliver them naturally, as I did my first daughter, I was worried about more complications and I knew c-sections with twins is really common. As I got farther along I became increasingly nervous at the thought of the surgery and the recovery. As I talked to my doctor about my concerns and she told me that if I wanted to do it naturally then she would support me. The twins were head down and transverse, meaning there was a chance baby B could become breach during delivery. This created a new fear of having to deliver one and then have a c-section for the next. As I stressed about my options I finally just decided I would follow my gut and trust in the Lord's plan. My doctor wanted to schedule a c-section for me just in case, and I decided that I wanted to try and be induced before having the c-section. At my weekly appointment my doctor discovered I was 3 cm dilated. When nothing happened over the weekend, I went in to be induced. I had been having small contractions already so they decided to use cervical medication before inducing me. After a couple hours and an epidural, I was fully dilated and I was wheeled into the operating room. A couple pushes later Paisley arrived, they then discovered Abby was coming feet first, after a couple more pushes and a little extra tugging she made her entrance into the world!!!

Any NICU time?  If yes, for what reason and how long?  Thankfully both girls didn't need any NICU time

Did you have any complications after delivery? No complications for me either

How long did you stay in the hospital?
2 nights

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

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

1. I'm glad I had my pillow. It was much more comfy than the hospital ones.
2. Slippers
3. Face cleansing cloths. Those ones you just use and throw away, they kept me feeling fresh and helped wake me up in the middle of the night:)

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:  Probably those first couple hours after delivery. Our daughter came in to meet the girls and we got to spend those special moments as a family of 5!!

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be? 
Don't get too caught up in the negative stories. While I think it is important to be educated and talking to other twin moms is such a blessing, I found myself stressing about so many "what ifs". One twin mom told me to always remember that everyone's story is different and for every scary story there is a happy one.

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