We were set for an induction on 10/27, but apparently these twins could not wait. The daddies flew in on Friday the 16th, we spent a few days together having fun. We had an ultrasound, doctor appointment, and NST monitoring scheduled for Wednesday the 21st. We had a great ultrasound and the daddies loved seeing the babies on the screen. We went in for my appointment with my doctor and my BP was elevated. She asked if I'd had any more swelling then normal, and I said no, she pulled up my pant leg and we noticed that yes, I indeed did have quite a bit of swelling, I just hadn't noticed. She then kicked the daddies out to check how much I was dilated, I was at a 1 almost 2, she decided to strip my membranes and said she was going to be fairly aggressive with it. Holy crap, was that an understatement! Now I was at a 4. She then tells me she is going to send me to L&D for some monitoring, and we were just going to cancel my NST monitoring. She said that I was pre-eclamptic, but had no other symptoms. They did bloodwork and everything came back in the normal ranges. We got over to L&D and I get hooked up and before we were even completely hooked up, someone comes in and says "oh yeah we are admitting her, she's having these babies today" Uh, what????? I found out later that my doc told the dad's they were going to have their babies, to me she just said I was going for monitoring!
And of course my hospital bag was in my car in my driveway, I rode with the daddies, and their bag was at their rental house. LOL. We had lunch plans too. HA.
I got to my labor room about 2:00, my mom was there waiting along with my youngest DS (3 years old), all of our daycare plans for my kids were for the following week and completely useless for this day. I opted for an epidural early on. I am not a fan of labor pains and I take the easy way out. ;-) After a few hours they started Pitocin, because I was stuck at a 5, 80%, and a -1. It seemed even with the pitocin I was still there for a few hours, finally they found that I had scar tissue acting as a band around my cervix from a leep procedure I had done years prior. After they "massaged" that away, we progressed to a 7, and then an hour or so later they checked and I was at a 10. So off to the OR for delivery. They allowed my DH at my head as my support person and both daddies farther back near the wall to see their babies. Baby Girl Charlotte took one push and she was born weighing in at 5lb 12.4oz at 4:01AM Thursday, October 22nd. Baby Boy was breech and came out feet first with 4 pushes weighing in at 5lb 15.6oz at 4:05AM, Thursday, October 22nd. So we had them at 36w4d. (5/6 days earlier then our planned induction)
Both babies are so perfect and beautiful! Both Daddies are totally and completely in love with their new bundles of joy. They are so attentive and worried to do something wrong. In the hospital we had separate rooms, but we spent the majority of the time in each others rooms anyway. I was nursing and pumping in the hospital and since they were considered late-pre term, they also supplemented formula. I helped out each night with the babes as I would nurse first and then they would give them either pumped colostrum or formula.
We stayed in the hospital until Saturday. My BP was up and down the entire stay and swelling still considerable, they did more bloodwork and everything looked good, so I was discharged same day as the twins just a few hours behind them.
We also had the film crew in the hospital, she was allowed to film limited hours, I think just 4 hours of labor and then the next day just an hour in recovery. She was much more respectful of our privacy this time then she had been in the past They (Daddies) had also hired a birth photographer and I really liked him, he did such a great job.
I have spent quite a bit of time with the daddies and twins since being home. Even Saturday after going home, I got home and spent some time with my boys and the film crew came over to film my return home and with final questions/comments. And then I pumped and brought it to the twins and we had dinner together and I was there for a good 4 hours I nursed the babies and hung out with the daddies. Sunday, my family was having our annual Pumpkin Carving (parents are just as involved as kids in my family, there was 8 children and 10 adults there) and the daddies and babies came and spent the afternoon/evening together. Then, this morning I took the milk I had pumped through the evening and spent another almost 4 hours with the daddies hanging out and then helping them feed and change babies and get them ready for their first doctor appointment. Then I spent the rest of today relaxing on the couch at home. My DH took all of this week off of work to help me out and make it so I can spend time with the new family.
All in all we are doing great, the twins are adorable and I love to watch the daddies with them, it re-inforces why I have done this and makes me so happy. I love being able to spend this time with the daddies and watching them with their new bundles.
This Friday one of the Daddies parents are flying in for a week long visit. I have met all of their parents over Skype the last few days, and it is interesting as none of them speak English, and I do not speak French. It will be interesting when the parents get here. :-) We were supposed to attend a baby shower this last Saturday that was being put on by a few of my friends for me, the dads, and babies, but since we were just being discharged after them coming early we postponed to this coming Sunday. So it has been fun making do with the few things they have and waiting for the things they are to receive at the shower.
This is my story. I cannot wait to do it again, it is the most fulfilling thing I think I have ever done (with the exception of my own children's births). My agency told me that our clinic will only allow 6 births and this was my 5th, so I only have one more journey left in my body. One of my IFs is wanting more children, but the other IF is not sure. We decided that we will discuss the possibility of a sibling journey next year when my DH and I travel to Luxembourg for the twins first birthday (or close to the birthday). If at that time they want to do another journey no matter if it is soon or years out, I will wait for them. Otherwise if they decide they do not want a sibling journey, I will have my agency re-list me.