Babies Are Here!

So I was bored on Saturday, and decided to have some babies to spice things up!  OK, not really.

At my OB appointment on Wednesday my BP was going up just a little, so we did a 24 hr urine for protein.  OB’s office called me Friday afternoon and I had a fair amount of protein in my urine, so got admitted on Friday night for monitoring babies, running some bloodwork, that sort of thing.  BP was still fine, and I felt fine.  Babies looked great on their NSTs.  Labs weren’t terrible, so I figured we’d see how I was in the morning.  By the next morning, my labs were slightly worse (liver and platelets.)  So my OB’s newest associate, who’s all of three months out of residency, has to try to convince me that yes, we need to have these babies ASAP.  I’m of course still in “keep babies in and get them to grow” mode after all the bedrest weeks, and don’t know this lady from Adam, and of course my BPs are still really good, so I’m balking a bit at this (I mean, how bad are the labs really?) but ultimately she talked with my OB, and we all agreed the thing to do was to deliver.  (Baby B was still breech, and after a long discussion with my OB a few weeks ago, and reading up on breech second twins and all that, I was ultimately more comfortable with a c/s.)

Had a c/s on Saturday afternoon at 2:30, babies were born at 2:41 and 2:43.  My mother (who I wanted for my support person) barely made it (she lives three hours away,) but I had a sweet nurse who drug her feet juuuust a bit to make sure mom was there.  🙂  Babies were/are absolutely perfect, cried immediately, never needed intubated (or even any oxygen.)  They went straight to NICU, obviously, but did beautifully.  Couldn’t ask for better given their age.

The 24 hours after they were born was a blur, with labs every few hours and being on magnesium sulfate (which makes you feel really stupid and tired and have the dryest eyes/mouth in the world) and I did get to see the babies briefly on the day they were born (once in the OR, then a few minutes each down in NICU – they took me down on the cart before we went to my room) and for a bit longer the next day (even got to hold them.) 

My blood pressures started really going up after delivery, and I felt pretty lousy for a couple of days.  Turns out, in retrospect, that the meds I was on to prevent contractions were probably controlling my BP, too, so once I was off of them after delivery, my BP went pretty haywire, and was truly into the early stages of HELLP as my labs continued to get worse, along with a side of near-kidney failure.  Nasty stuff.  That all started to turn around at about two days after delivery, and I’ve really done well since.  Got to go home late on Wednesday, and of course am sore and tired and all that, but feeling much more myself. 

The scary thing of it all was that I felt absolutely fine (I mean, big and pregnant, but nothing new) when I went into the hospital, and if we hadn’t delivered within a few days, it would have really hurt all three of us.  As it was, baby B had slowed on her growth curve a little bit, probably due to the beginnings of the preeclampsia.  Definitely dodged a bullet, and thank heaven for good prenatal care.    

Babies are in NICU, obviously, but are just needing help with staying warm, nutrition, that sort of thing.  No oxygen/respiratory help, and just a little caffeine to keep them in a good breathing pattern.  Still on tube feeds along with IV feedings, and I’m pumping, so they’re getting 100% breastmilk right now, and that’s going great.  I get to hold them once a day at least, and that’s absolutely wonderful.  

So…introducing Chloe and Emma!  (Chloe is A/Watson, Emma is B/Crick.)  They were 3 lb 13 oz and 3 lb 10 oz respectively.

Riding to NICU in the isolette
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40 Comments on “Babies Are Here!”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Congratulations!!! Sorry about the HELLP scare, and yes, thank heavens for good prenatal care. Can’t wait to see pics! What lovely names, too.

  2. BeThisWay Says:

    Congrats. They’re lovely. I wish you a speedy recovery and that your girls get to come home soon.

  3. chris Says:

    yay yay yay! congrats on the arrival of your two bundles! glad that all is ok with you now, and that the babies are doing so well. welcome to the craziness of being a twin mom!! i am so happy for you! oh hey, what were the kids’ weights?

  4. Krista Says:

    Congrats! I love the names you chose. Chloe was on my short list as well. Can’t see the pics yet but I’m sure they’re just gorgeous. So glad everything turned out okay. Take care of yourself.

  5. Jade Says:

    Hurray, congrats on the arrival of your two little angels and thank goodness for a safe delivery.

  6. kim Says:

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats…..Sorry things were scary for a bit but glad to hear all is going well…Can’t wait to see photos!

  7. Erin Says:

    YAY!!! That’s so exciting. Congrats! Can’t wait for the pictures!!

  8. Elaine Says:

    Congratulations! Glad everyone is doing well!

  9. Christina Says:

    WOW. Wowie Wow WOW!! Congratulations!!! Love the names, can’t wait to match them to faces! So glad you didn’t go into preeclampsia and that the babies are doing so well!!

  10. Bree Says:


    Can’t remember how I came to follow your story, but I’ve been rooting for all three of you. I look forward to your witty reports about motherhood, and am so glad that everyone’s doing well!

  11. Congratulations!

    I had signed up for your twitter updates and when I got a few undecipherable ones (weird, random characters), I wondered if that meant that the babies were coming. So glad to find out everyone made it through safely.

  12. nycphoenix Says:

    Congratulations g00gle reader had your pic and they are gorgeous!

  13. vee Says:

    Big congratulations!! So glad your babies got here safely and are doing so well. Hope you’re recovering after the HELLP and the surgery. They’re beautiful (I can see the pics through bloglines).

  14. Lawmommy Says:

    Congratulations! And welcome Chloe and Emma!

  15. Lawmommy Says:

    Oh, and FYI, your Twitter was posting in Russian or some sort of undecipherable text.

  16. Dianna Says:

    Congratulations!! I’ve been anxiously watching the hospital boards and worrying about you. Thank goodness you’re okay and home now. I know you’re bound to be tired and busy watching those girls grow so PLEASE email me and I will be more than happy to drop by with food and such.

    Can’t wait to see their little faces!

  17. Jean Says:

    Welcome babies!!!!! The girls are beautiful, and I am glad to hear you are doing well.

  18. Amy Says:

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see their sweet faces 🙂

  19. Blondie Says:

    Congratulations!! And welcome to Chloe & Emma!

  20. Hooray and welcome Rosies 1 and 2!! 😀 I am glad all three of you are well (especially you after the HELLP fun) and can’t wait to see more pics of the gorgeous girls!

  21. Katie Says:

    Congrats to you on your two beautiful, healthy girls! Whoo hoo! I have a 10 YO Emma myself, so I’m partial. Anyway, hope you feel better by the day, and I look forward to hearing how it’s all going!

  22. Sharon Says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful daughters. So glad all is well.

  23. Kelly Says:

    Congratulations!! Words cannot express how happy I am for you and your new family. I have followed your story for a long time now and I am so excited for you. You are blessed. Many continued blessings for you and your girls!!

  24. Calliope Says:

    oh wow! They are here!!!!
    What an adventure you had, but I am so glad that you are all doing well now.
    Welcome to the world, Baby Girls!

  25. Kristine Says:

    Congrats!!! Hope everyone is getting plenty of rest.
    The girls are adorable!!!

  26. knittermama Says:

    Congratulations! Welcome sweet baby girls! They are beautiful.

  27. Dora Says:

    Wow, so beautiful! Internet hugs and kisses to all of you!

  28. Florida Fan Says:

    Congratulations! I found your blog a month or two ago and have been following your fantastic progress. You and your sweet angels have been in my thoughts and prayers and I am so excited all is well. Take care and keep us all posted!

  29. Jude Says:

    Congratulations! They are GORGEOUS!

  30. gypsygrrl Says:

    oooh your girls are soooooo pretty! as i was reading, when you mentioned liver + platelets i was oddly tickled i knew that HELLP symptoms were showing (my maternal-newborn nursing final is monday *ahem* i am a dork)

    what i really am here to say is: congratulations, mama! good job on growing those beautiful little babies!!!


  31. Bri Says:

    Congratulations! So glad they are safely here. Wonderful news!

  32. Michell Says:

    Congratulations Mom. I had wondered when you didn’t post again. Sorry you had to deal with the HELLP and all that but glad you are all doing well.

  33. Jillian Says:

    Hurray! Best of luck to all of you these first few weeks!! 😀

  34. Natasha Says:

    Oh my god they are gorgeous!!!! Good job Mom! I am so unbelievably happy for you!!!! Welcome Chloe and Emma!!! I love their names!

  35. kristi Says:

    Congratulations! I was wondering if you had had them since you hadn’t posted in awhile. They are just gorgeous and I am so happy to read that they’re doing well. Take care of yourself too, mom!

  36. j Says:

    Congratulations MOMMY!!! Your girls are lovely and I am THRILLED to hear that all three of you are doing well!!

  37. Sugar & Ice Says:

    Congratulations!! They are beautiful!

  38. mrsfox Says:

    *squeals* Congrats Mommy!!!!!!!! Those girls are so adorable and I love the new names you picked for them. I’m surprised you have time to post all these blogs too. Hope you’re all doing well. ^_^

  39. Nicki Says:

    Oh my gosh I totally lost your feed in my bloglines somehow and just started thinking “Hrm – shouldn’t she be due soon?!?” LOL when I read your comment on my blog. I can’t belive you had the babies a MONTh ago! Geez. CONGRATS! They are just beautiful, they have beautiful names too. How are you feeling? Ok going to catch up one post at a time.

  40. rainbowmom Says:

    CRAP! I took a blogging hiatus for a few weeks and missed it! Okay…going to catch up!


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