Our Hospital Twin Delivery Story

I’ve been thinking of how to write out our story over the last few days and figured I better at least get the ball rolling on it. Not like it’s something I’ll ever forget though!

We arrived to the hospital on Wednesday May 6th at 7 am for our schedule induction. The twins reached 38 weeks that day and it was time for their eviction as they were out of growing room. We got into our birthing room and set our stuff down then waited for a nurse to come get us admitted. While we waited we took a last bump shot for the books. (We had to wear a mask whenever someone was in the room with us or if we left the room.)

Once our nurse got us admitted and my IV started (it took a few tries 😅) we settled in and waited for the doctor to come and get things going. She arrived before 8am and went over the plan for the day and what options were available. She checked to see where I was at, which was the same as 4 weeks prior when I had a preterm labor episode, 4 cm and 70% effaced. We decided to start with Cytotec (a medication to thin out and soften the cervix) to see if that led to any progress. She said she would be back to check me around noon and break my waters then.

In the mean time I got to eat breakfast and go for walks around the room and unit. Also we video chatted family to keep them updated and us entertained.

At noon she checked me and I was at 5 cm and 80% effaced. She also did a membrane sweep at this time (where they push the cervix opening away from the amniotic sac – so painful!) and broke Alexander’s waters (that part wasn’t bad at all). It’s definitely a strange feeling to feel warm liquid pouring out of you every time you move. Fortunately I put in a pad so it at least absorbed that and I wasn’t trailing everywhere. Then we waited and continued video chatting family. I stayed in the room mostly after this and just moved from the bed to the bouncy ball and back.

Contractions started picking up in frequency and intensity to the point where I was literally squirming on the bed and curling my toes. What helped me get through every contraction were tips I had learned from Briget Teyler’s YouTube channel and podcasts. She is a San Francisco based birth doula and provides valuable information for women who are pregnant and new mamas after delivery. Hearing other women’s natural birth stories and knowing that I could get through anything that lasted a minute (something I learned from Beachbody) empowered me to breathe through the surges and get to that sweet relief break in between them.

But by 130pm I was ready for an epidural! If it was one baby I definitely think I would have considered going without one (especially after learning how far along I was) because I was breathing through them okay even with a mask on (and the transition phase [7-10cm] goes the quickest right before delivery I’ve read), but with two babies I knew I definitely wanted one.

I got the epidural placed around 2 pm and it took the anesthesiologist three times to get it. This was a horrible experience because I tried so hard to hold still, the only time I moved was when I breathed heavy through the contractions, and he kept hitting nerves which sent shooting pains down my left hip then up my neck. It made me super nervous the more he messed around back there getting it and I squeezed Andrew’s hand so hard the whole time. My nurse was awesome at reminding me to slow my breathing and rubbing my shoulder to keep me calm. Finally on the third poke (I think, pretty sure I saw more once I looked at my back in the mirror) he got it and injected the medicine which prompted me to throw up my lunch. Fortunately it started to kick in after a few minutes and I felt so much better when it took full effect!

Around 215 pm the doctor checked me again and I was 7 cm and 90% effaced. I couldn’t believe I had made it so far without any pain meds! I tried to rest during this time knowing that the real work was coming up soon.

The doctor came back around 6 pm and checked me again. I was fully dilated and 100% effaced now but didn’t have the urge to push yet. Plus it would be shift change at 7 so she said we needed to wait until I felt the urge to push. She had my epidural lowered so I would feel it as I was only feeling a light pressure down there but nothing overwhelming. This didn’t happen until around 720 when my new nurse came on and introduced herself.

We started doing practice pushes while the doctor checked Alexander’s head position. He was low in there but his head was facing the middle of me so he was sideways. I pushed and pushed in a variety of different positions while the doctor tried to turn him inside so he could move past the pelvic bone.

I started running a fever about an hour in to pushing that caused the babies’ heart rates to rise to the 190s (from the 140s) and they had to quickly start antibiotics and gave me Tylenol. The doctor suspected that it was from an infection in the placenta and amniotic fluid (acute chorioamnionitis) due to her having to constantly try to turn him inside. Plus I was overheated from having to wear a mask the whole time while heavy breathing and pushing.

Andrew was so encouraging and helpful with his words and actions. He would make sure I was drinking water in between contractions, wiping my face with a cold washcloth, and holding my hand while telling me what a good job I was doing. When we were taking breaks and the staff stepped out of the room he’d give me sweet kisses and tried to lighten my mood with jokes. I definitely couldn’t have done it without him!

Approaching the three hour mark I was exhausted and with my epidural lowered I was having more pain with each contraction. I felt so defeated that Alexander hadn’t budged or turned at all the whole time. The doctor said with the persistent fever (after Tylenol and the antibiotics) and rise in the babies’ heart rates she didn’t recommend pushing more than another hour or we could move to a c-section.

I cried a lot and talked it over with Andrew, who was supportive of whatever I wanted to do. I had never had surgery before and was freaking out about that knowing it was considered a major abdominal procedure and the recovery process, not to mention the pain afterwards, was longer and more intense. In the end I decided that a c-section was the best option for me and the babies. If he hadn’t budged yet I wasn’t hopeful that another hour of pushing would change that and I was tired and in pain and just ready for them to be here.

Things moved quickly after that as they got me ready for the OR. They increased my epidural until I was totally numbed up (a huge relief) and had Andrew get changed into surgical gear.

Before I knew it they were rolling my bed into the OR suite and getting me all prepped up. Andrew had to wait out in the hallway but once they had the screen lifted up over my stomach they brought him back to sit next to me and hold my hand.

At 11:11 pm Alexander James was born. They opened the little window in the screen so I could see him when they pulled him out which was really cool. I couldn’t believe that an actual baby came out of me! It took them more than a few minutes to get him out as he was so stuck down in there, and once he was out they took him to his station right away because he needed suction and oxygen to stimulate him crying. By the time he did start crying his sister Audrey Rose was born at 11:12 pm, she came out screaming and I got to see her lifted out as well, and they brought her around the curtain for us to see before they took her to get her measurements. (I wrote about those in their announcement post)

The doctor later told us that Audrey’s water had ruptured as well before they got to it and her umbilical cord was on top of her head, which could have fallen out or been compressed after I delivered Alexander vaginally had it happened that way and I likely would have needed a c-section for her anyways. It definitely validated my decision to have a c-section which made me feel better.

Andrew was able to go be by her until they got her bundled up and brought her to me, then he went to Alexander and brought him over all bundled up.

Once they started to close me up they moved the babies to my recovery area and Andrew went with them. I asked for more anesthesia cause it was starting to wear off (I could feel them poking around in there) and basically dozed until they were done and wheeling me off to recovery.

We got to snuggle with the babies and do skin to skin before trying breastfeeding. It was a wonderful relaxing time after the long day just the four of us. I needed to get more Cytotec due to passing large clots and heavy bleeding but once that slowed and I was cleaned up we moved to a different room for postpartum families.

We notified our families and did a FaceTime with my parents and sister before going to sleep till the morning (like 2 hours – ha!). The whole experience was different than I expected but the end result was so worth it. We have our beautiful babies and they’re happy and healthy.

We were in the hospital for a total of 4 days (3 nights) learning each other and figuring things out. Alexander struggled with jaundice, due to being stuck (he came out with facial bruising) and us having different blood types, and had to go on a BiliLight to get his bilirubin levels down. Plus we had to start supplementing with formula to get him to poop it out, which we were okay with. I struggled with him being put under the light because it meant he was sick and he hated wearing the little eye shield which tore at me. Eventually I got over it but I felt really sad he had to go through that and couldn’t sleep until the nurse offered to watch him for a few hours, which then made me feel awful that he was out of the room away from us. Not a fun night!

Once his levels dropped late Saturday evening we were cleared to go home and were so thrilled! We packed everything and everyone up then headed home where we had a celebratory pizza dinner.

That’s everything! It was quite the journey and now we’re in the recovery process as we are settling into a routine here at home and still learning more about each other. I’m loving being a mom and absolutely love watching Andrew be a dad. They are worth everything we went through and I can’t wait to watch them grow up. 💕

What I did and didn’t use in my hospital bag

When I was searching up what to include in my hospital bag for my twin delivery I actually found the ‘what I didn’t use’ posts or YouTube videos more helpful than the pre-hospital ones. It really gave you a good idea of what you actually needed to include. Also I knew that my hospital would be providing some things that I didn’t need to bring.

We ended up being in the hospital for 4 days and 3 nights due to having a c-section, from Wednesday through Saturday evening. Below are the lists of what I packed and I’ll cross off what I didn’t actually use.

For me:

A nursing nightgown for after delivery (I ended up just wearing a hospital gown the whole time. The nightgown I brought was too tight and wasn’t comfortable.)
– A robe to wear also after delivery that would match my kids for pictures (I wore this every day I was there!)
– Loose-fitting underwear and pants (I wore the pants every day after delivery but only wore the underwear on going home day. Otherwise I wore the mesh panties the hospital provided.)
– A few nursing bras and tanks (I wore a nursing bra every day, and still do – ha!, but I didn’t wear the tanks till after I got home.)
– A going home outfit (basically a t-shirt and loose pants) (I wore out what I wore going in to the hospital – loose leggings and a sweatshirt.)
– Hygiene products for me (shampoo & conditioner, body wash & lotions, toothbrush, etc.) (I showered the last three days of being there once I was cleared to do so.)
Hair brush with ties (I didn’t brush my hair once. 😅 But I did have my hair up in a ponytail or bun the whole time.)
– Chapstick & basic make-up (concealer & mascara) (I used the chapstick often but I never did put on make-up.)
– Cell phone and Apple Watch charger (I took my Apple Watch off on the first day when they were starting my IV and never put it back on till I got home.)
– My birth plan (I have a copy of this to the nurse for my chart.)
Thank you cards for the staff (I totally forgot to write these out and we could only remember some of our nurses’ names so I didn’t send I’m any cards.)
My meds and vitamins (They gave me my meds and I didn’t take my vitamins till after I got home again.)

My hospital provided me with pads, mesh underwear, a gown, grippy socks, towels & washcloths, an abdominal binder, a peri bottle, nipple shields, and breast pads. They also included tucks pads which I didn’t need to use.

For my husband:

– About 3 days worth of shirts, underwear, and socks (He used up all of his clothes.)
– Sweatpants (I was roasting and kept the air cool so he wore these a lot, especially at night.)
– Hygiene products (hair/body wash, toothbrush with paste, deodorant, etc.) (He showered every day we were there.)
– Slippers (He wore these every day too.)
– Snacks (lots and lots of snacks…) (Fortunately the hospital let him order food with me so we didn’t need all the snacks we packed.)
– Pillows and a blanket (I used one pillow and he used the other plus the blanket on his rollout bed they provided.)
– Cell phone charger (He used this every day.)
Vitamins (He ended up not packing these at all.)
– His parental leave papers (He filed these once we got the parental affidavit that he needed.)

For the babies:

– Cute going home outfits in both newborn (his & hers) and preemie sizes (his & hers) (We used these on going home day but they were too big for the preemie outfits.)
– A swaddle and hat/bow set for each for their first pictures that match my robe (his & hers) (We used the swaddles at times as blankets and more for pictures at home.)
A mitten set for each in case their nails are really sharp already plus an emory board to file (We never used these cause they were swaddled you the whole time.)
– Baby blankets for the ride home (It was 40 degrees F when we left so we definitely used these.)
A letter board so we can announce their names and statistics in pictures (I felt weird trying to pose pictures of them with it so I ended up not using it. I’ll use it in other ways at home.)
Their baby books for hand and foot prints (his & hers) (They had taken cute little foot prints on their information cards and on a card stock to make the word ‘LOVE’ with the feet forming the O – so cute!)
– Boppy feeding pillow (I used this almost every time I was out of bed feeding them.)
– Car seats already installed in my car (We used these, obviously.)

It didn’t feel like we used a lot of our own stuff but looking at these lists I guess we did! I felt super prepared and ready for whatever type of delivery we ended up having.

Did you find that you overpacked or underpacked for your hospital delivery? Let me know in the comments below!

They are here! Welcoming Alexander and Audrey!

Our beautiful twin babies have arrived! They made their appearance on May 6th via c-section.

Alexander James was born at 11:11pm weighing in at 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

Audrey Rose was born at 11:12pm weighing in at 5 pounds 14 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

I’m planning to write out their whole birth story in another post but for now I just wanted something to document that they are here now.

We’re so in love with them already and couldn’t be more thrilled to snuggle and love on them.

Alexander and Audrey,

Mommy and Daddy love you both so much and count ourselves lucky to be your parents! We look forward to watching you grow and learn and can’t wait to see what our futures hold in store. 🥰

Love, your mom and dad 💕

10 Pregnancy Self-Care Ideas

In this time of slowing down while on maternity leave and stuck inside due to the virus, I’ve been trying to find things to help keep me relaxed and happy. I’m a person that tends to get down when confined, especially if the weather is not great enough to enjoy – the winter blues. Here in Northern Michigan the weather in March and April is hit or miss. Some days are beautiful and sunny and 60 degrees while the next day it could be 30 degrees and snowy. You just don’t know what you’re going to get in the spring months!

To try and combat the seasonal blues and frustrations with confinement, I’ve been practicing more self-care and personal development. In a previous post I talked about habits that I’m trying to build and some are more catered to being pregnant right now. Here are a few ideas to make pregnancy feel extra enjoyable no matter what trimester you’re in.

  • Take a bath – this has been my top favorite self-care task to take a few times a week. I stocked up on some Epsom salt with lavender essential oils and with that, a great smelling candle lit, and a good book, it makes for a very relaxing time.
  • Paint your nails – obviously as the belly gets bigger the toes are out of reach but instead focus on your fingernails. Having painted nails just leaves one feeling cleaned up and fancy. In normal times a mani-pedi would definitely be called for but being in quarantine gives you a chance to use all those polishes you’ve bought and don’t use!
  • Lotion up – A good smelling lotion can make you feel like a new person. After I take my bath or shower I apply Belli Elasticity Belly Oil liberally to help with dry skin but to also smell good and just feel relaxed. This is the perfect time to do a little massage and really loosen up tight muscles or achy spots. I’ve found this helps especially with my restless legs at night time. In the mornings I apply Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion for extra stretch mark protection.
  • Listen to a podcast – to me podcasts are one of the top forms of self-development and self-care there could be as it helps with growth and perspective. I only listen to two pregnancy related podcasts called The Pregnancy Podcast (a source for evidence-based information about pregnancy symptoms, complications, options for birth, and more) and Built to Birth (a podcast by a Californa-based doula who interviews and shares women’s empowering birth stories).
  • Get outside – fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for your state of mind. I always feel so much better after I sit out on my deck for a little bit with a cup of tea or a book to read. The weather hasn’t cooperated as much for this one lately but on the days it does I take full advantage of it!
  • Move your body – even if it’s just a walk around your block or some stretches in your living room, moving your limbs loosens you up and just overall can make you feel less achy and improve your mind set. Being on maternity leave now I try to stretch every day and sit on the exercise ball to help my hips out.
  • Improve your sleep – one of the best things I’ve purchased for this pregnancy was my body pillow. It’s shaped like a C so I can snuggle up in to it or have it cradle behind me and it has been a game changer for comfort, especially as my belly has gotten bigger because it can provide support for it.
  • Drink lots of water – this one is definitely overstated but it’s true. Drinking lots of water is both good for you to stay hydrated and to build up the baby’s amniotic fluid. I’ve been super thirsty this pregnancy, probably cause I have two babies’ fluid to build up, and I can chug down ice cold water like it’s about to run out.
  • Keep a pregnancy journal – as soon as I found out I was pregnant I went on to Amazon and bought this pregnancy journal to start documenting everything. Of course at the time I didn’t know there were two babies in there so there is only one journal (they’ll just have to share it when they’re older) but between writing down my thoughts and feelings and starting this blog, it’s been so fun to go back and read our journey together.
  • Spend time with your significant other – this one is easy to do being in quarantine but I’ve found that spending some quality time with my husband helps to improve my mood and allows us to bond over our babies while they’re in my belly. If this is your first pregnancy, like it is for me, enjoy the alone time together!

Those are my top 10 pregnancy self care ideas that I’ve been implementing during my pregnancy. Hopefully they’ll help give you some ideas of things to do for yourself during this quarantine time and practicing social distancing.

What is your favorite pregnancy self-care task to do? Let me know in the comments!

Week 37

How far along: 37 weeks (last full week of pregnancy!) We’re getting induced on Wednesday morning (week 38 day) May 6th.

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: +0 pounds (32 lbs so far)

New symptoms: I’ve been getting some sharp pains in my breasts, guessing that’s the milk coming in. Overall I’m just feeling uncomfortable and am ready for them to be here! My pelvis is so sore, mostly pelvic girdle pain from baby boy’s head sitting right there plus 13 pounds of baby weight applying pressure, and walking is difficult but sitting on the exercise ball helps with this.

Queasy or sick: Just reflux at night time which if it’s still going on when I wake up I’ll feel nauseous. This did cause me to throw up once earlier this week. I keep a stash of Tums close by!

Cravings: Back to salty things, mostly cheese and fried pickles – yum!

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Getting anxious about their arrival so it takes me a while to shut my mind off after I get back in bed from the bathroom. Still getting about 7-8 hours a night though!

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Mostly leggings, a tank top, and sweatshirt.

Stretch marks: just the ones around my belly button. I’m applying either the oil or lotion twice a day.

Belly button in or out: still in but very shallow

Miss anything: being able to walk or go up/down the stairs without being so short of breath and achy

Movement: Mostly rolls from both of them and hiccups. They’re still head down and now they’re facing each other so most of the rolls are across the middle of my belly. It’s fun to watch and feel! I can’t believe that they won’t be in there anymore soon. 😦

Week 36

How far along: 36 weeks (9 months) they’re officially full term now!

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: -2 pounds (32 lbs so far)

New symptoms: Lots of pelvic pressure and pelvic girdle pain this week. The babies are sitting low still and I’m sure they’re the culprits of the discomfort. Also getting lots of shooting pain in my groin whenever they move their arms around and hit a nerve.

Queasy or sick: Just reflux at night time.

Cravings: Still milk and cookies 🙂

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Better, surprisingly. Even though I’m up every 1.5-2 hours to reposition I’ve been getting about 7-8 hours of sleep every night. I’m enjoying it while I can!

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Mostly leggings, a tank top, and sweatshirt.

Stretch marks: just the ones around my belly button. I’m applying either the oil or lotion twice a day.

Belly button in or out: still in but very shallow

Miss anything: being able to walk or go up/down the stairs without being so short of breath

Movement: Mostly rolls and the occasional hiccup from Baby Boy and mostly hiccups and the occasional roll from Baby Girl. I’m enjoying the movements in my belly while they’re still in there.

To celebrate the babies reaching full term I decided to do a fun little photo session in my backyard to showcase my growing bump since my maternity pictures. I got the idea from my mom and sister and am glad I did it. It was fun!

What is in my hospital bag?

After watching sooooooo many YouTubes on this topic and doing endless research on Pinterest for packing lists it almost feels cliche to me to write out about this topic. However I still find it fun to know what other people have packed and actually used in their bags so I wanted to write about it anyways. 🙂

I started out by making a comprehensive list of what I needed for me, for my hubby, and for the babies. If you know me, you know I’m a list maker and a planner so of course I had to write it out in my Erin Condren planner. I planned all this out knowing that due to COVID-19 going around my husband will have to stay at the hospital with me the entire time and expecting a minimum of a 2 night stay if I have a vaginal delivery, 3 nights if we have a c-section (what my OB told me to plan for).

I’ve linked the items that I bought in preparation.

For me I included a lot (in my new bag) since I’m going to need the most items, such as:
– A nursing nightgown for after delivery
– A robe to wear also after delivery that would match my kids for pictures
– Loose-fitting underwear and pants
– A few nursing bras and tanks
– A going home outfit (basically a t-shirt and loose pants)
– Hygiene products for me (shampoo & conditioner, body wash & lotions, toothbrush, etc.)
– Hair brush with ties
– Chapstick & basic make-up (concealer & mascara)
– Cell phone and Apple Watch charger
– My birth plan
– Thank you cards for the staff
– My meds and vitamins

For my husband I kept it simple cause he doesn’t really need much:
– About 3 days worth of shirts, underwear, and socks
– Sweatpants
– Hygiene products (hair/body wash, toothbrush with paste, deodorant, etc.)
– Slippers
– Snacks (lots and lots of snacks…)
– Pillows and a blanket
– Cell phone charger
– Vitamins
– His parental leave papers

For the babies, they also don’t need much so I kept it basic:
– Cute going home outfits in both newborn (his & hers) and preemie sizes (his & hers)
– A swaddle and hat/bow set for each for their first pictures that match my robe (his & hers)
– A mitten set for each in case their nails are really sharp already plus an emory board to file
– Baby blankets for the ride home
– A letter board so we can announce their names and statistics in pictures
– Their baby books for hand and foot prints (his & hers)
– Boppy feeding pillow
– Car seats already installed in my car

That’s about it!! It seemed like a lot when I first wrote it all down but when I got to packing it really wasn’t. Granted my husband will disagree because it’s two large duffle bags plus all the pillows and blanket to carry – ha! But having all of that stuff makes me feel really prepared that I won’t miss or forget anything so I don’t feel too bad about him carrying it all.

Anyways that wraps up this post. I plan to do a ‘what did and didn’t I use’ post after delivery to do a comparison, just for fun. What did you pack in your hospital bag for birth? Did you find that you used all you packed or want to include something you didn’t? Let me know in the comments below!

Week 35

How far along: 35 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: +2 pounds (34 lbs so far)

New symptoms: Since my hospital stay last week I’ve been feeling a lot more pelvic pressure, especially on my pubic bone, and just overall achiness around my belly. Braxton Hicks contractions that are a bit more intense and frequent. I’ve even started to time some when they’ve lasted a while but so far they’ve dwindled down in their own.

Queasy or sick: With the acid reflux I’ve been feeling a bit more nauseous when it flares up so I have to keep reminding myself that no matter how hungry I am to have small meals.

Cravings: I’ve been craving milk a lot lately. Over the last few years I’ve never been a huge milk drinker but I’m easily going through a gallon a week.

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Restless and way more challenging to get comfortable. Plus I’m up to pee every 1-2 hours still. My maternity pillow helps but my belly just feels really heavy all the time.

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Basically whatever actually fits right now.

Stretch marks: just the ones around my belly button. I’m applying either the oil or lotion twice a day.

Belly button in or out: still in but shallow, I don’t think it’s every going to fully pop out!

Miss anything: I miss not peeing so frequently, not having reflux all the time, and being overall less achy everywhere.

Movement: Lots of rolls and hiccups with the occasional kick. They’re running out of room in there to move a ton but after last weeks’ scare I’m grateful to feel them moving often.

Our Twin Nursery

Our nursery is ready for the twinnies! We’ve had it mostly put together for at least 3 weeks now but I finally tidied it up and put the finishing touches on it. 🙂

A panoramic view of the whole nursery

I knew from the beginning I wanted to have a cloud, star, moon theme we just didn’t know the colors. When we first found out it was twins we started out with the neutral yellow and green colors then it melded to a mint green and lavender purple when we found out it was a boy and a girl.

I love how it turned out. Simple yet colorful! I didn’t realize how tricky it would be to try and style a boy & girl room.

Well… what do you think?? Let me know down in the comments!!

Week 34

How far along: 34 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: + 2 pounds (32 lbs so far)

New symptoms: Lots of pelvic pressure and pelvic girdle pain this week as the babies get bigger. With baby boy so low in my hips he hits my bladder and cervix a lot so I’ll get the odd shooting twinge down there whenever he’s awake and moving.

I tried out that 8 Sheep Organics lotion for my restless legs and while it smells amazing and makes my skin super soft I feel like it only works half the time or so. Oh well. I’m going to keep using it because feeling restless is no fun!

Queasy or sick: None this week.

Cravings: Still loving all the sweet stuff, especially cookies and ice cream.

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Restless and way more challenging to get comfortable. Plus I’m up to pee every 1-2 hours.

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Basically whatever actually fits right now.

Stretch marks: nothing new since last week – have the cluster around my belly button which I’m applying my belly oil more liberally now. I have a basketball belly now and it seems that I grow forward like 2 inches every week!

Belly button in or out: still in but shallow

Miss anything: being less achy in my belly and pelvis and doing normal things that we would be doing if COVID-19 wasn’t running around. The first thing that we’re gonna do when this is all over is go out to eat together.

Movement: Lots of rolls and hiccups with the occasional kick. They’re running out of room in there to move a ton.

We did have another scare this week and we thought we were going to be having these babies! I started out Thursday morning with having some contractions and they seemed to pick up speed and intensity quickly to where I was feeling them like every 2-5 minutes. I called my OB office and they were able to get me in to be checked out. Turns out I was starting to dilate more and was at 2 cm with 60% effacement. So they sent me to the hospital to be observed further.

After getting a steroid shot for the babies to help improve their lungs they kept me on the monitor for 2 hours and the contractions were still present and frequent, they checked me again and I was 4 cm dilated, 70% effaced, and baby boy’s head was moving down further in my pelvis. It seemed like things were happening and they wanted to keep us overnight to see how everything went.

We got admitted and set up in a room and then it was just a waiting game. I was connected to the monitors continuously until bedtime when the contractions did seem to spread out further to 10-12 minutes apart. I was too wound up to get much sleep however and when they started to feel a bit stronger around midnight I wondered if everything would pick back up again but they didn’t. The contractions tapered off in frequency and intensity after an hour and I slept off and on for about 4 hours.

By morning we were still at the 4 cm dilated and 70% effaced but baby boy’s head had moved back up a bit. I also was only having like 1 contraction every hour or so and with that they decided to send us home after a second steroid shot. It almost felt like defeat that we had made some progress and were excited to meet them, however we both knew that they still needed some more time to grow and it really is what’s best for our little babes.

Our goal now is to try and keep them in for 2 more weeks when they’ll be full term and see how things go from there. I’ve officially started my maternity leave and am not fully on bed rest but have been instructed to take it easy and keep my feet up whenever possible. Andrew also started some time off work to help me around the house and be here in the event that our babies are ready to be here. Hopefully we’ll be writing our 35 week update next!