Saturday, September 29, 2012

34w6d: The Boys Arrive

Get ready for one quick, painless and stress free twin vaginal delivery.

34w5d I had a regular OB appt.   Or so I thought.   Turns out my blood pressure was really high.   So the OB was going to send me to the hospital for monitoring.   She did a quick cervix check before I went.   Without feeling a single contraction I was dilated to 4.  

To the hospital we go.  My blood pressure remained high and there was some protein in my urine.   Still no contractions but when the OB arrived at 10:30pm to check on me I was now dilated to 6cm.   The babies were going to be here the next morning... we had no idea how close were were going to cut it.

I had to get an epi because I was planning on a twin vaginal delivery.   I got one (not bad) and they placed a catheter.   Around 11:15 the OB came back to break my water.   I was already at a 7cm.   She told me  to let the nurse know if I start to feel pressure. 

I did...and it was within 30 minutes.   A quick check and I was 10cm and Twin A was right there.  I was rushed to the OR (twin deliveries vaginal or c-section have to take place there) and I was told no matter what DON'T PUSH til  all the doctors and helpers got there. 

This was the hardest part of the delivery by far.   I wanted to push so so bad.  Every time a contraction came I NEEDED to push.  I BEGGED to push.  And finally 15 minutes?  20 minutes? later, everyone was present and I was given the go ahead.   1 contractions worth of pushes and August ("Gus") Jack was born at 12:39am.   He weighed 5lbs13oz and had apgars of 8 and 9.   I didn't get to see him because I was then forced to focus on getting twin B out. 

My OB guided Twin B's head toward my birth canal and to his birth.   12 minutes later Arthur ("Archie") Joseph was born weighing 6lbs3oz.   His apgars were 9 and 9.

So to sum up, thanks to my awesome OB I vaginally gave birth to my twins WITHOUT a tear.  Felt zero pain (lots of pressure) and went from 7cm to our first twin in roughly an hour.

The boys are doing amazingly well.  As I type this they are sleeping in our little recovery room - ironically the exact same one that we were in after Bea was born.   No NICU time.  No wires.  No tubes.  And there is a chance they'll come home with us in a few days.

I can not believe how lucky I am.   Screw the Station Wagon.   We had to buy a MiniVan!


  1. Beautiful baby boys! Congrats- glad it all went well. You are so lucky to have had that great of a delivery with twins (and no NICU)! I am so happy for you!

  2. CONGRATS!!! Amazing birth story- glad it went so smoothly. Enjoy your sweet boys!

  3. Wow, wow, wow, that is amazing! Archie and Gus are beautiful, way to go mama (and dada :P )! Super happy to hear you had the birth you wished for and should have a nice recovery! Most heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to you all!!!