Friday, November 27, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Michelle Stalzkowski

Name: Michelle Stalzkowski

Where do you currently live?  Berea, Ohio

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

Any issues during your pregnancy? Sciatica, I couldn't walk more than a few feet without my legs going numb! Nothing else too out of the ordinary!

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: 
Finding out I was pregnant with twins- before even seeing the Dr. I thought something was wrong- I felt awful, freezing cold all of the time, almost lethargic, it was awful. I insisted to the Dr. that if she wasn't going to see me any sooner- I wanted a ultrasound. I made my husband go with me in case the news wasn't good. As soon as it started- the tech asked my husband to sit down- his face, the poor guys, was scared to death and in the moment i just knew there were 2 in there:) She turned the screen to show us our 2 little miracles... my husband looked at me in shock and said "I think I will sell the Harley, we are going to need a minivan, and once they are born i am getting snipped!"- I will never forget it!

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 37w 1d

Baby A's Information: Cole Patrick 
July 9, 2012
6 lb 6oz
19 1/2 in

Baby B's Information: Mason Michael
July 9, 2012
10:22 om
6 lb 15 oz
20 in

Are your twins identical? No

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery? ONE OF EACH!!
The short version- went into labor with both babies head down, declined a C Section because I did not want unnecessary surgery (and we had a 3 yr old at home and I was hoping vaginal birth and quick recovery). 11 Hours later- pushed Cole out with no issues! I was so relieved, as I started to get ready to push for Mason- the ultrasound showed he had flipped and was feet first!! Doctors we able to flip him back (horrifically painful) and I pushed and pushed , his heart rate dropped and I had to have an emergency C Section. He spent 3 days in "constant care" in incubator in nursery for breathing struggles, but came home with us! 

Did you have any complications after delivery? Nothing out of the ordinary!

How long did you stay in the hospital? 
4 days

Did your twins stay with you or the hospital nursery at night? Hospital Nursery

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

1. So glad I had comfy maternity pjs!
2. Super glad my parents helped out with my daughter so that my husband could stay with me the first night!
3. Wish I would hadn't been so stubborn about taking pain meds! 

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital: Packing the twins to come home! Mason was out of "constant care" and for the first time we were all together!

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be? Listen to your body! Find a Dr. you trust!