Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Mary Wellwood

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Mary Wellwood 

Where do you currently live?  Maple Grove, 

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

Any issues during your pregnancy? 
I am one lucky momma and had a very blessed issue-free pregnancy!

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant:  When I was about 27 weeks the boys were literally wrestling in my stomach and it looked so crazy from the outside. I told my husband to watch my tummy and after about 45 seconds he said, "I need to be recording this!" It's still my favorite video from my pregnancy!

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self? It's going to be HARD and you WILL be huge by the end... But you will also have TWO miracles that will be 110% worth all of the sleepless nights and discomfort.

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

Baby A's Information:  
Theodore Williams

March 21, 2014 
10:44pm 6 lbs 4 oz  
20 in

Baby B's Information:  
Patrick Jeremiah

March 21, 2014 
10:50pm 7 lbs 1 0oz  
20 in

Are your twins identical? No

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery? The morning I turned 37 wks, I was excited about watching basketball ALL DAY LONG! March Madness is a BIG deal in my family so having 2 TVs set up to watch games all day long was like heaven for me. I was sore from the day before of being at the sports bar for several hours and sitting in their uncomfortable chairs so I decided to go pick up a yoga ball from my parents house to use as my chair for the day. I snapped a quick photo to send to my sister with our Bracket shirts we had made. Mine fit a bit snug. :) So my daughter, Claire, and I ran errands, picked up the ball and headed back home for the day, just in time for the first games of the day. For these 2 particular games, you should know that I dislike ANYTHING Nebraska Huskers (I'm a Creighton fan) and Duke basketball really drives me nuts too. Those 2 teams were both playing... And BAD! Add in my over the top emotions and yoga ball and you have a recipe for going into labor! 

My husband, Mark, came home from work early to watch the Creighton game with me and he walked in to my bouncing up and down on this ball, yelling at the TV and pretty worked up in excitement!! He quickly tweeted, "These basketball games are going to send my wife into labor". Hehe. I was having contractions here and there but nothing too strong for me and nothing consistent... So more basketball it was! Duke and Nebraska BOTH ended up losing within 5 minutes of each other and man oh man was I in a great mood. Up next was my beloved Creighton Bluejays! It was another emotional game and by 1/2 time I had started some pretty good contractions (253pm) so I decided to track them. When Claire woke up from her nap around 345 and I had been having a bit more, I decided to text my sister in law who is a L&D nurse at the hospital I go to and she happened to be working at day. I sent her a screenshot of my contraction times and she said, "Those are your contractions??! Why aren't you here yet?" I had told her they weren't very strong or consistent so I was waiting for that to happen. We chatted back and forth and she finally talked me into coming in just so she could check my progress. 

We left the house at 5:50pm and arrived by 6:25pm (after stopping to grab Claire dinner). I had mentioned to my sister that I was going to get checked and so I may have her come get Claire so we wouldn't have to keep her cooped up in a room, but at this point I still wasn't convinced I was actually in labor. After 10min, my sis in law told me I wasn't going anywhere; I was contracting every 3-4 minutes and I was 4.5cm dilated. So my sister came to get Claire and we were moved into our room. My hospital requires Epidurals for twins so they are prepared for anything (I had never done any meds before so this was new to me). After my epidural (7:45p), they broke Baby A's water and just let me labor. We sat around chatting, texting family and watching basketball... It was so low key that couldn't believe I was actually about to have our Twins! By 9:45, I was an 8, so they were getting Mark and I ready for the OR room where we would deliver. 

Mark and I held hands and said a short prayer... When they finally had us all set and ready to go, they told me to push and about 30seconds later, Theodore was here and Mark cut his cord. After breaking Baby Bs water and putting a monitor on his head, I was ready for him. 6 minutes after his brother, Patrick was born, and I got to cut his cord. After they were cleaned up, they put them both on my chest and life has never been the same!! I was so blessed with an amazing birth story for my little guys. I am thankful for this everyday.

Any NICU time?  If yes, for what reason and how long?  No, and so blessed for this!

Did you have any complications after delivery? No

How long did you stay in the hospital? We had the boys Friday at 10:45 pm and we went home as a family Sunday at 1 pm!! Too fast if you ask me!

Did your twins stay with you or the hospital nursery at night? With us :)

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

1) My BrestFriend nursing pillow!! So Unbelieveably helpful!! Can't picture nursing 2 without this when they are so small. 2) Our own clothes for the boys. They ones we get at our hospital are just the side button shirts and that's no fun for photos... Or keeping them warm :) 3) This isn't really a "physical" thing, but I was very happy we had set out our wishes as far as visitors goes before we delivered. We knew with twins there are so many things that you need to be prepared for and there Double everything to think about! We have big family's and several friends that were all so anxious to meet the twins. We told everyone about a month before that immediate family would only be allowed and no kids (other than Claire). It was nice to have the extra time to rest while at the hospital and not having to juggle 2 babies and visitors for the time we were there.

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:  My favorite moment was when Claire came up to meet the boys! I had missed her so much and seeing her was so exciting! She didn't want to get off my lap (she didn't fit there for awhile). And She was so sweet and kept counting them! "One. two. Two brudders!!"

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be? Breathe. Pray. And buy a big comfy pillow!!! 😊


  1. ❤️ These 👬 twins!
    ❤️ This twin 🏀 momma!

  2. I love this story but had forgotten some parts. You are right! You were blessed with quick delivery, Healthy boys, No issues. And a family full of cute kids!!