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I got called on Tuesday to go in for my induction at 7:30 pm. By 9:00, I was hooked up to an oxytocin drip, and was having very mild contractions. At 12:15, my water broke on its own, and THEN things got rolling! At 1:00 the anaesethesiologist (how the hell to you spell that??) arrived. It was a student (who had a supervisor with him) who took THREE tries to get the line in! Holy crap that hurt!!! I was still only about 2 cm at this point. I rested but didn't sleep after that - but at least I felt no pain. I did, however feel a squeezing feeling, that I didn't recognize at 4:30 - the nurse checked and I was fully dilated, and the baby was right there!! So, they rushed me down to the OR ( they do that as a prevention with twins) without even pushing in the room, and my doc met me there.
At 5:00, I started pushing, and at 5:22, on October 19, Brayden Stuart was born. They broke my water for Carter and could see a cord beside his head, so they got the forceps (after a bit of a panic), and yanked him out! Carter John was at 5:34. I wouldn't have torn in they didn't use the forceps, but I also had not enough energy left to push out another baby. Both boys scored VERY high on apgar scare (9,9 for Brayden and 8,9 for Carter) Many nurses told my how lucky I was to have my doctor, as most other docs would have been scared into a c-section. He is so experienced, and knew just what to do in the least invasive way he could.
The first day was a haze - tests, monitoring me and the boys, IV, catheter, visitors who I was too tired to see, and learning how to nurse two babies at once! Both boys had low blood sugar and temperatures, so I had to try to feed them naked, and frequently on the first day.
On the 2nd night, they had a 3 hour crying fit, so I asked the nurses to keep them in the nursery, telling them that I now have 4 kids, and would like some sleep, as I wouldn't be getting any at home! In the middle of the night, they figured out why Carter was so fussy - his weight was getting pretty low. So, the next morning, we started a routine of nursing for 20 minutes, bottle feed 1 ounce of formula, and then pump for 20 minutes to stimulate my milk. What a lot of work! But, it did work. That night my milk did come in, Carter's weight recovered, and they let us come home yesterday.
I do have pictures, and I promise to post them tomorrow!
Wow-they both weighed exactly the same? Cool!
Yay-I am so happy that things went smoothly for you.
Do they look alike? Did they do any tests to determine if they are identical?
They did some kind of test to my babies placentas and determined that mine are NOT identical. I didnt ask for it-it must have been somethign they just normally do. I cant wait to see the pictures!!!
Originally posted by cindymat@Oct 24 2005, 12:26 PM Wow-they both weighed exactly the same?* Cool!
Yay-I am so happy that things went smoothly for you.
Do they look alike?* Did they do any tests to determine if they are identical?
They did some kind of test to my babies placentas and determined that mine are NOT identical.* I didnt ask for it-it must have been somethign they just normally do.* I cant wait to see the pictures!!!
They were 1 gram different, but when converted to pounds, it amounts to the exact same. They look very similar, but not alike. they have sent my placenta off to a pathology lab to do the same test. Apparently they do it automatically, but that it will take weeks to find out.
Mine look more and more alike every day!! Sometimes I look down and dont know who I am feeding. Thank goodness there is still the 1 lbs weight difference so I can tell whose who when I compare them side by side.
I cant wait to see your baby pics!! How are big sisters doing??
Originally posted by cindymat@Oct 25 2005, 07:21 AM Mine look more and more alike every day!!* Sometimes I look down and dont know who I am feeding.* Thank goodness there is still the 1 lbs weight difference so I can tell whose who when I compare them side by side.
I cant wait to see your baby pics!!* How are big sisters doing??
That has happened to me, too! I kept Brayden's hospital band on, so I can reach down and check his ankle to be sure.
Big sisters just love their brothers. I have noticed that they are extra tired, too. We are trying to keep their routines the same, and trying to give them extra attention whenever we can.
The nurses I had after deliver were all surprised, too. I was asked more than once how my incision was - and I said no incision, just stitches from tearing. I think I was treated extra special because of that. I think they imagined how tired I must have been after pushing out two babies! (I was, believe me!)