Birth Story (Twins & Preeclampsia)

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Finally getting around to writing this as I sit pumping in the NICU. I’m going to kind of just get the details out since it’s getting fuzzy. Babies are doing great by the way.

My pregnancy was pretty uneventful. I had a few bleeding scares and a horrible first trimester; but pretty normal after that. No major complaints. 

Around 28 weeks I went in for a routine OB appointment. They found protein in my urine and my blood pressure was high. She told me it looked like I had the start of mild preeclampsia and sent me home with loose bed rest orders and a 24 hour urine collection. 

I went back for a follow up appointment a week later and my blood pressure was still high and my 24 hour urine came back with more protein. My OB immediately sent me over to Labor and Delivery and told me to expect to stay there for the duration of my pregnancy. Cue meltdown. I called my husband at work to let him know what was happening but told him not to rush over that I was going to be there for the long haul. 

The next 4 days were pretty miserable. I had my blood pressure checked every 30 minutes around the clock and the babies were constantly hooked up to monitors. It made it impossible to sleep. I got the steroid shots the first and second day I was there. Things were going pretty well. My blood pressure was under control thanks to some medicine so I expected to fully make it to our goal of 34 weeks. I checked in to the hospital on a Wednesday and the following Saturday morning I got a visit from my grim-faced OB. She said that my labs were bad, they indicated that my liver and kidneys were starting to fail and that we needed to deliver the babies the next day. I called my husband who was already on his way and he called my mom back home in Maryland who immediately hopped on a plane and arrived that evening.

That day they started me on a magnesium IV that made me feel horrible. Tired, dizzy, woozy. They put a catheter in because of this–most painful thing ever…I made them take it back out an hour later and opted for a bed pan.

My C-section was scheduled for 10am the next morning. We got pushed back to 11am because of an emergency. I don’t remember much from the delivery. I remember that the spinal block and the whole procedure were much better and less painful that I was expecting. I also remember thinking that it took longer than I thought it was going to. 

Violet came out first at 11:32am, they held her up across the room for me to see. She had a head full of dark hair! Wyatt came out at 11:33am and they rushed him off pretty quickly. My husband went with both babies to the NICU. Violet had to be intibated and given Suboxen to help her lungs. Both babies were then put on CPAP machines and put under lights to help their livers? Violet weighed 3 lbs 3 oz and Wyatt weighed 2 lbs 12 oz.

  
The rest of the day is completely lost on me. As soon as I got back to my room I started vomiting and going in and out of it. I remember trying so hard to stay awake because I wanted to see the babies but I kept passing out. The next morning I felt much better but was having trouble getting a deep breath. Because of this, they wouldn’t let me see the babies until later that afternoon. I remember being so upset and angry at everyone. 

When I finally got to see them I had such mixed emotions. I felt so much guilt for the condition they were in (even though they were doing really well). I did skin to skin with each of them that day. I still didn’t really know what they looked like because they had CPAPs covering their faces.

  
I was discharged from the hospital 4 days after they were born. Thankfully, my mom stayed in town for another week to drive me back and forth to see them. 

After about a week, both babies were off of their CPAPs, lights, and on room air. Almost 4 weeks in and Violet is weighing a little over 4 lbs and Wyatt is close to the 4 lb mark.

Physically, I feel great most of the time. A week and a half after their birth I was already down 40 lbs from losing all the fluid!

I’ll leave you with some recent pictures of my little loves.

   
    
   

They’re Here

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Planning on writing a longer post later but I wanted to update everyone. Violet and Wyatt were born on 10/4/15 at 11:32 and 11:33am at 30w2d gestation. They are doing great, all things considered. Right now the NICU is keeping an eye on them for breathing, feeding, and temperature regulation. They’re also getting light therapy. Pretty minor, at this point, considering how early they were. The nurses/doctors all tell us that they are doing amazing.

As for me, I’ve had more complications since delivering. I didn’t even get to see the babies until Monday evening. Preeclampsia/Pregnancy Induced Hypertension is apparently no joke. They’ve been concerned about high BP, fluid in my lungs, englarged heart, severe fluid retention in feet and legs. It’s been a mess. Thankfully I’m on the mend and hoping to get discharged on Thursday. My mom flew in and is planning on staying for awhile to help me and take me back and forth to see the babies since I can’t drive for awhile. 

More updates later. Thank you all so much for thinking of us during this rough time. I never imagined they would be born this early and don’t feel prepared at all.

Babies Coming Tomorrow

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Just wanted to give a super quick update while I can. 

My labs came back pretty bad this morning and they’re worried about my kidneys and liver failing. They aren’t going to let us hold out any longer. C-section is scheduled for 10am tomorrow.  

Please continue to prayer for my precious babies. They will know be 30w2d.

Update: Admitted to Hospital

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Thanks everyone for your well wishes and thoughts! Unfortunately, I’m still finding myself in the hospital until the babies come.

I went to see my OB this morning and my blood pressure was in the 160s and my 24 hour urine came back with protein. She sent me straight to L&D and told me to expect to be there until the babies come.

So far I’ve gotten an IV, NSTs, and 1 steroid shot. My labs came back ok besides the urine so I’m starting another 24 hour urine collection. If this one comes back bad again I think they are going to be talking about delivering the babies in days. I’m terrified of this and praying they can hold out for a couple weeks more. 

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Mild Pre-Eclampsia 

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Just why?! I thought we were home free after all the nastiness of the first trimester. Everything has been going great.

I went in for a routine OB check up last Wednesday and all of a sudden I have high blood pressure (145/100) and protein in my urine. Hands and feet still swollen but I figured that was just normal “hey you’re pregnant with twins and you live in Texas” swelling. 

My OB kept going back and forth on being super serious and then joking so I couldn’t get a good read on how serious it is. We were supposed to be scheduling my C-section for 37 weeks but she wouldn’t even do that, she was adamant that I wouldn’t be making it that long but didn’t give any more details.

 I’m 29 weeks and 2 days today. I’m terrified. I, naively, never even thought of the babies coming this early or having a NICU stay. I also am desperate to stay out of the hospital. The thought of leaving my furbabies for weeks is enough to induce a meltdown. 

I left on Wednesday with instructions for moderate bedrest (basically house arrest), a 24 hour urine collection kit, weekly appointments with my OB, and a follow up with my MFM on Monday. Other than that I’ve been trying to drink as much water as possible and avoiding as much sodium as possible.

If anyone has had a similar situation please share…I’m feeling so helpless.

And I’m Back! Please Forgive Me!

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You guys, I’m the absolute worst and I know it. Completely fell off the face of the earth for months. I wanted to let you all know that I’m alive and very much still pregnant! Also, I’m very committed to coming back. Even though I hadn’t been writing my own story I’ve still been following all of you every day! I was so happy to see all the new announcements and those of you that are getting so close to the end!

The last 5 months have been filled with the most joy I could ever imagine and absolutely terrifying moments when I was sure it was all ending (more on that another time).

I’m planning on doing a lengthy update later but here’s where we’re at currently:

  • 20 weeks 4 days pregnant with boy/girl TWINS!
  • This Friday is my last day of work. Part of why I’ve been so absent, work has been crazy stressful. So thankful to be able to call it quits and get some relaxing in.
  • The nursery is under way! Can’t wait to show some pictures soon.

  
I promise to update again soon. Thinking of you all ❤

Terrible Blogger

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Thats me! I’m so sorry you guys. My head has just not been in a blogging place. I still feel shocked, overwhelmed, in disbelief, and crazy worried!

I had my first beta this past Wednesday at 7dp5dt. It was 73.

Today’s at 9dp5dt was 230. Which they said was really good since they were hoping for at least 140. 

I’m going back next Wednesday when it will be 14dp5dt and then I’ll have my first ultrasound the following Monday around 5.5 weeks. 

Joe and I are cautiously excited. We are telling our parents this weekend. I know it seems so early but they know that we went through IVF and are dying to know. They think we’re not finding out until next week! 

I think telling them is making me more nervous about the whole situation. I also had the most terrifying dream last night that involved the M-word. Maybe that’s what has me more on edge.

In spite of my absent entries I’ve still been following along and thinking about you all! Hope everyone is doing great!