It was Wednesday September 13th, 2017. I was exactly 34 weeks pregnant with our twin boys, and although we were all hoping to make it a little further in this pregnancy God and my little boys had a different plan. They were coming! The doctors were concerned about Baby A’s size and fluid levels and thought it best to get things rolling, I was also already 2cm dilated, and was induced that morning.
I will spare you all the gory details of my delivery as it was quite gruesome. Things happened very quickly, too quickly for drugs. I had my water broken with Baby A at around 2:30pm and little Hunter entered the world by natural delivery at 4:58pm. Hunter weighed 3 pounds 14 ounces (which was a wonderful surprise to us all- as he was the one we were concerned about) and 16 3/4 inches long. I was overwhelmed when they showed him to me, although I new I was not done as there was still one more baby! Little Baby B had a more challenging delivery as he ended up sideways in my belly and they were unable to turn him which meant an emergency c-section. I had to be put to sleep and I did know that Baby B was in distress with a low pulse before I was put under. The next thing I remember was waking up in the recovery room and the first thing I asked was “Is baby B ok?” He was! Little Harrison was born at 5:13pm weighing 4 pounds 2 ounces, and 17 1/4 inches long. He was a little fighter! Joel went with the babies to the NICU and Hunter was fine, they were worried Harrison (due to his traumatic entrance into the world) was going to need oxygen but he didn’t he fought through it and both boys have been breathing on their own! Pictured below Hunter Daniel and Harrison Bradley!
Finally, I was alert enough to see my babies! The nurse wheeled me into the NICU, where both babies will be living for the time being. They were PERFECT! My heart was just melting, there were no words to express the amount of love I had for these boys, or the amount of thankfulness that they were ok! I have always wanted to be a mom, and at that moment I finally felt like my life finally had purpose, and these boys have given me the most precious gift ever to be their mom! Pictured below the first time I got to hold my boys!
Surviving the NICU is not easy. We are basically taking everything one day at a time. At this point there is very little we can do for our boys, besides love them. Days are long and hard, but we have a wonderful support system, and fantastic nurses to get us through! Right now both boys are being tube fed every 3 hours. We hope and pray that they will gain weight quickly so our stay in the NICU will not be too long. We have been told by the nurses and their doctor to use their due date of October 25th as a guide. We pray they will gain quickly, and that their breathing and heart rates will remain as steady as they have been and continue to strengthen every day!
We are already learning things about our boys and it has only been one week! Hunter loves to be cozy, the tighter he is all swaddled up the better. He does not like having is diaper changed and we think this is because he has to get all uncovered! Harrison is the opposite although he likes to be covered he would rather have an arm out and usually wiggles out of his swaddle! Harrison is already making noises and funny faces and he likes to touch his face. Pictured below are both of the boys exactly one week old! We can’t believe how much they have changed already! (Harrison is in the blue hat, Hunter in green)