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December 29th, 2013, 01:42 PM
JulieMc's Avatar Loving my babies. :)
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It's been awhile since I've posted in here, but I had the twins on Dec. 4 via c-section. I was bummed I had to have a c-section, but found the experience was not nearly as bad as I had expected, in fact it wasn't that bad at all. Baby A was vertex and Baby B was transverse, so I didn't have a choice. They were 36 weeks exactly when born, apgars were 8 and 9 for both. Kevin was 7lbs6oz and 20in., and Colleen was 6lbs even and 19 in. They were born at 4:42 and 4:44pm. My midwife attended the c/s as the first assist which was nice, and she said she was honored that we named the baby after her (her name is Colleen). The most painful/scary part of the whole thing was actually getting the spinal.....I lost track of how many times they stuck me and after the third time I was just hunched over crying and praying it would be over soon. Apparently I have a bony spine and a slight curve, which makes it difficult and explains why with my son when I got an epi, it only worked on one side of my body.

C/s went smooth. My doc played motown music during, which I like. Haha. I puked a few times due to the Morphine they put in. I don't think they thought I was going to throw up because I had to be pretty insistant...they pushed Zofran through the IV a few times and I still threw up. I did not have to go into a "recovery" room after, which I was surprised by. They just wheeled me back to my regular room and dh and the babies came right along with me. I felt like poo til the Morphine wore off, and then I felt not so bad. I declined narcotics and only took 600mg of Motrin every 6 hours. It wasn't really that painful. Oh, and I had a terrible cold at the time and sinus infection. I was coughing up my lungs and my nose was just full of crap constantly.....but even that did not really bother my incision. I wore the belly binder in the hospital because it gave me a little support.

Babies did awesome. Kevin had low blood sugar the 2nd day, so they made me supplement with formula a few times after it still wouldn't go up when I fed him. I blame the low blood sugar on the nurses the night before insisting that I not bother him and let him sleep instead of waking him...he is a good sleeper and was sleeping 4+ hour stretches even then...so I think that caused it to get low. A few supplementations and he was good and hasn't had anything else since then. I am breastfeeding both twins and its going great. I can't imagine feeding them bottles...omg...I might lose my mind. I just hate the mixing of formula and cleaning the bottles and all that...ugh. Oh, Colleen was slightly jaundiced in the hospital, but below 10..so she never needed treatment and it resolved itself in a couple days.

I stayed 3 nights and begged to be let go after that....everyone kept telling me they usually have you stay 4 nights but I think since I was only on Motrin and was feeling good..and they were incredibly busy, they honored my wishes and let me go home...woo hoo. It was so much better being home, being able to sleep.

The babies have been so great since coming home. We don't really have a schedule...I feed them when they are hungry...sometimes its both at the same time, sometimes not. They sleep a ton, so I'm still able to get stuff done around here. At night they are great...sleep 4+ hour stretches and only wake to eat and immediately pass out and go back to sleep. They sleep in the same crib, snuggled right up next to eachother...its so cute...if there is space beween them, then they wake up..so we put them right together and that always calms them.

I broke the rules and started driving again at 10 days post-c/s because I was getting stir crazy. Didn't hurt at all and I haven't looked back since. I've been pretty active and have taken all 4 kids out shopping, etc. I get crazy looks but it really hasn't been that bad. My older kids - 3 and 4 - have been great and really like having new babies....seems to have matured them a bit too. Instead of being lunatics at the store, they'll help me now.

They had their 3 week checkup on Friday. Kevin is 8lbs even now and 21 inches, and Colleen was 6lbs 8oz and 19.5 inches. They unfortunately got my cold, but not NEARLY as bad as I had it...thank goodness for BFing because I think they got some protection from that, since I'd already had it.

My 6 week checkup is more like at 7 weeks and I'm already itching to do more things, like exercise. But I'm nervous about screwing something up so I'm behaving for now. I can't promise the entire 6 weeks, but I'll try as long as I can. I've lifted my daughter though (3 yr old), and that hasnt caused any problems.

I really love having twins. We want to have more kids and secretly I'd like to have twins again (lol), though perhaps I will change my mind when they are older and more mobile. I think that is when this might get a little tougher. DH wants to have more kids too. I'm thinking its probably not even possible to try again til 6 months because I don't get AF til then when BFing. But it will probably be more like a year til we actually try (before that NTNP). Im worried about that though. The miscarriages and problems conceiving after our 2nd really caught us by surprise since we'd never had issues before. I'm not sure what to expect this time, or how to handle it...do I go back to an RE when we're ready, or do we try again for 6 months - year til I ask for help (if needed)? How's that work?

Anyways...I do lurk and read your stories, but don't always have time to respond. I really hope everyone gets their BFPs and babies in their arms soon.

Here's the babies at their 3 week checkup:

And 2 days old when we were still at the hospital:


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December 29th, 2013, 02:02 PM
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Aw, they are so cute! Congrats. Did you use fertility drugs to conceive them? I'm on Femara right now and it would be my dream to get twins!

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December 29th, 2013, 05:25 PM
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Oh I'm so happy to see such a great update! huge congrats honey. Thanks so much for sharing your pics and story!
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December 29th, 2013, 05:53 PM
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They are absolutely adorable!! Congrats!!
Forever missing our angel, 6/7/13.

10/19/14 - DE IVF, Transferred two 8-cell embies (3dt)
10/28/14 - 1st Beta = 70 at 9dp3dt
10/30/14 - 2nd Beta = 163 at 11dp3dt
11/5/14 - 3rd Beta = 1300 at 17dp3dt
11/17/14 - U/S - Twins, both with flickers of heartbeats!
11/25/14 - One twin stopped growing and lost their hb. :'( The other measures perfectly, hb: 157.
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December 29th, 2013, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by tiffany&co. View Post
Aw, they are so cute! Congrats. Did you use fertility drugs to conceive them? I'm on Femara right now and it would be my dream to get twins!
Yep...I had two kids then after that unexplained recurrent miscarriages followed by problems getting pregnant at all. We never figured out what caused the issues, but tried 3 rounds of clomid and two of femara without success, before I insisted we move on to the more potent stuff. First round of follistim and ovidrel was a success! Because we don't know what the issue was I'm really hoping not to have problems again..I suspect it was something hormonal though and if I need MA to conceive again in the future I'll request to skip right to injectables

lots of people have success with femara, and I hope you do.

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December 30th, 2013, 08:57 AM
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So happy for you Julie - They are adorable. Thanks for the update - LOVE seeing these updates!!!!
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December 30th, 2013, 11:02 AM
jes81878's Avatar Jennifer
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Beautiful babies!!
Jennifer 34 (tubal factor and lost my left tube from ectopic)
Andres 34 (perfect SA)
My Son 10
My Son 13
Husband no bio/children (but the best father ever to my two boys)
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December 30th, 2013, 12:22 PM
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noni terre lurking here: many congrats and blessing to you! your post was lovely and i think their names are wonderful. they look so healthy and strong!!! our twin grandson were born at 32 weeks and were tiny (4, 4.12) so your children look huge to me!!
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December 30th, 2013, 12:42 PM
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Congrats Julie! So happy to see they are doing so well!

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