This is probably the more “exciting” portion of the boys’ birth story. As I said, we had no real warning signs that labor was on it’s way when we went for our appointment on Tuesday so greeting our boys was very surreal!
After the epidural, it was simply a sit, wait, and stay monitoring. We had a couple issues with my blood pressure and pulse back and forth (I think that was a combination of the meds. to stop preterm labor and the epidural as well)
At noon, the OB came back in and broke my water. Of course, this was the “first” bag of waters as while the boys are identical, they were in separate membranes, making them mono/di twins. Sure enough, at 12:10pm, I felt an intensity already from the water breaking. We had to shift me throughout this time to keep the epidural flowing evenly. I am not sure at one time it happened but, we did have to have another bolus of the epidural pushed.
We continued to be checked throughout this time and every time we did shift me, the nurses had to sit for a few moments to keep
As there was plenty of shuffling around the room, Lucas was crying immediately and letting those little lungs be heard. It became nerve wracking when suddenly, the anesthesiologist was at the side of my head and started putting monitors on me. I was told that Nathan’s heart was dropping. The OB told me we’d need to “work together for this next set to get him out now” or I would be put under. The thought of being put under and having to wake back up rather than being able to get myself moving was quite a motivation. I closed my eyes and knew I had to focus no matter how much it worked on getting Nathan here.
Sure enough, Steven says, as soon as he had signed the consent to put me under, Nathaniel Gary was born at 4:13pm.
Both boys have been in the NICU since that time but the NICU staff have been amazed with how well they are doing. Lucas has been on room air while Nathan needed some help and received oxygen for the first day. By afternoon on Thursday, he was off oxygen. Both boys have attempted to go to breast. Lucas DID eat at breast but brother Nathan played a bit before falling asleep 😉
Being away from the boys now that I have been discharged is hard. Big sisters Kelsie and Aubrey have been unable to *meet* their brothers due to flu season rules of the hospital. We have been working to come up with the best plan to make sure we get plenty of time with the boys. My post-partum recovery has been well, not very easy and luckily, the NICU nurses have been amazing in making sure our boys are okay.
We are unsure of how long the boys will be in the NICU. Today has been my first full day home and husband has made me take it easy today. My biggest “job” has been focusing on pumping so we can bring plenty of breast milk to the boys. The boys had been placed on photo-therapy last night but we’ve been told their numbers have already gone down and their feeding has been increased to 10ml every three hours.
Thank you to everyone for the thoughts, prayers, gifts, everything. We are very blessed by each and every one of you.