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The birth of Jada Rose and P eyton Lilliah
This story begins long before 11/20/05. It actually begins at 20 weeks when my first real preterm labor episode started. For weeks I had been having lots of pressure. My OB would shurg it off, "your carrying 2 babies, your tiny of course your gonna feel pressure!" I had a cerclage put in, and we had a scary several weeks, between 21 and 28, on bedrest and medication to stop preterm labor. I had weekly appts and at 28 weeks 6 days Jade broke her water!
I was admitted about 4pm that day my cerclage was removed and labor started right away. I was contracting and hard! As soon as i was hooked up to monitors they realised i was in full on labor. At some point my dr checked me and i had dilated to 4cm.
I called my husband, my sisters, my mom... noone knew how long it would be, but by this point i was 6cm dilated and my dr wanted me to go ahead and get the epidural because waiting for the pain to get worse may be too late. (and if they had to do a csection i would have to be knocked out, which I didnt want that, but I diffentally didnt want the epi) so stubborn me, turned it down.
I labored throughout the day, resting, chatting with dh and occasionally my mom & her best friend. My contractions continued but werent as strong as before. I was okay with however long it took. I figured the longer it took, the better for the babies.
About 6pm the dr on call from my OB's office came in. This woman is amazing to me. I have always been "start struck" by her, as she is considered the top maternal fetal specialist in the office. Suffice it to say, I was very happy to see her. I trusted all 3 of the dr's in the practice, had a good relationship with all 3, but this one - well, even the other 2 dr's would tell you that she's the BEST. I couldnt think of anyone id rather have deliver my babies than her.
She checked me and I was 8 cm dilated, but the contractions just werent strong enough. Baby A's head was "right there" but would move up if pushed on. DH talked to the girls at this point, telling them it was time to finally meet us, that they didnt have to wait any longer and everyone was waiting for them.
About 45 minutes late, I felt the urge to push. We waited a few more contractions, to be sure it was real. It was! Things happened very quickly after that. I was checked, ready to go - a full 10cm. The nurse made eye contact with me and said "She's ready!" (in reference to Jada, our baby A, being ready to deliver). I started to cry. She was ready!
I was moved to the operating room, moved to the operating table. Baby A was head down and ready. Baby B (Peyton) was footling breech. The plan was to deliver baby A and then the dr would do a breech extraction of Baby B. The sound of this scared me, but again - i fully trusted my dr.
Once things were ready to go in the operating room the said i could push when i wanted. I immediatley had that urge... 1 contraction with 4 pushes later and Jada Rose was born. It was 2.35am on 11/20/05. She weighed 2 lbs 14 oz and was 16 inches long. The dr handed Jade off to her nicu team and started working on Baby B. They did a quick u/s to see Peytons position and she had turned. They little bugger she was. 3 minutes later, with only a tiny push from me, and Peyton Lilliah was born. It was 2.38am on 11/20/05. She weighed 2 lbs 6 oz and was 16 inches long. After Peyton was born I reached down and touched her precious little head. I couldnt believe how much hair she had (which might I add-neither of them have anymore!)! Then we noticed she was peeing on the dr lol. It was realy funny The dr handed her off to his NICU team and she promptly peed on one of the crew! The dr finished up with me as i watched my babies being taken care of.
The babies were aready to be moved to the NICU and they let me hold Jade for about 30 seconds. Then i held Peyton for about 10 seconds. I couldnt believe how beautiful they both were!! and how *tiny*.
They were moved to the NICu, dh went with them. After the dr wasd done with me i was moved back to my room. DH came in a little bit later with their birth weight/length info and their little hats and a crib card for each baby. At this point it was just a "wait a few hours" game for the Neonatologist to come tell us we could see the babies. DH made a few phone calls to spread the word of the birth of our twins.
About midnight or so the neonatologist came in and told us the babies looked good for being so early. And we could go see them.
My nurse got me up and did the neccesary post partum stuff with me to get me out of the LDR room, had dh take all our stuff to the post partum room, then we were ready to head to the NICU.
I cant even describe how amazing it was to see my little babies. They were so small, but so perfect. We were all about to touch both babies. Even though it wasnt allowed.
They had their ups and downs in the NICU but my girls are healthy and happy now. Jade came home on Janurary 22, 2005 and Peyton followed on Janurary 30, 2005.
Wow...what an amazing story! I can imagine you were pretty worried about them. I can't even imagine. I'm so glad that they are so healthy. Looking at their pics in your siggie, they look so healthy and strong. I would never have guessed that they came so early. Thanks so much for sharing your story!!
Aw, it sounds beautiful! That's wonderful that you had such an incredible doctor, and I must say that's pretty cool that you only had to push about five times between two babies! I'm glad they both did so well for being so early. That had to be so hard to have them in the hospital for so long. I bet you were soooo ready for them to come home!
You exclusively BF, right? Did you have to start out just by pumping and giving EBM? That must have been hard. I could never get much at all when I pumped... I couldn't have done it. Sounds like things were just meant to be with you and your little girls!