Ty! We got to take Erin home yesterday at lunch. Then, around 9pm, we went back to the hospital to bring some milk for James. He was sleeping under the UV light for his jaundice. We have to call today and see what the neonatologist says about if he can go home or not today. If not, we'll go back and visit him. It's just awful having to leave a baby in the NICU.
Last night Erin slept for 5 1/2 hours and I had to wake her up so that she'd eat. I only got 2 hours of sleep because it was our first night home, and I was overly nervous and watched her sleep.View Thread
On Wednesday, June 27th, I had my scheduled c-section at 37 weeks. Erin Elizabeth and James Donald were born at 11:40 and 11:41 am. Erin weighed 4 lbs 12 oz and James weighed 7 lbs 2 oz. No one was expecting for him to be that much bigger than she is.
Because of his latest growth spurt, James has lungs that are at 37 weeks trying to breathe for his 40- week-sized body. Both babies have been in the NICU since Wednesday. Erin spent the day with us in the hospital room, but her brother is still in the NICU 24/7. He's totally off the oxygen now and the neonatologist let him start eating formula today. He's so happy to eat because he's a big boy!
Erin is a very happy baby girl. She is very tiny, but she's not fussy. She eats as much formula as her brother does. I've been pumping colostrum for the nurses to mix with the formula. They tell me that my milk should come within a few days.
Erin and I might be discharged tomorrow, but James will probably have to stay for a few days at most. He's breathing much better, but the doctor is pretty cautious.
My husband and I have been so blessed. I'm having a lot of pain from the c-section, but whenever I look at the babies, I know that it was worth it.View Thread
We had already decided to do a c-section early on, but Baby A is breech. There's not enough room left for her to flip, anyway. They've been in the same positions for weeks, only having enough room to kick and stretch. Baby B is head-down, transverse.
My doctor is going to tape up my belly so that he can do a small bikini-cut. Then, he's going to use stitches instead of staples and use some extra butterfly closures. He said that everything looks great for Wednesday. I even had a consult with the anesthesiologist last week and talked to her about my previous spinal epidural during my surgery last year. Since I did so well with it, I'm not nearly as scared of this one. The thought of having a needle in my back is pretty scary to me, LOL!!!
I'm sorry you're feeling so miserable. I'm right there with you in that department. A lot of people keep saying that once I meet my babies, I'll forget all about the pain and want another one. Ummm. NO!!! I think that refers to the way that lots of women forget the pain of a vaginal birth. I am never going to forget IVF high bp being hospitalized for weeks!!!
Emerson Noah is such a cool name. I know you're dying to meet him!View Thread
s/c: My blood pressure spiked again yesterday so I went into the hospital to get it checked out. Dr. J was on-call and they monitored the babies. By then, my Labetalol had brought my BP down to 110/60. She said that everything on the ultrasound looked great and that had I been having a serious emergency, I would have had dizziness, swelling, vision problems, etc. Then she said that I did the right thing by coming in. It never hurts to check it out. I got to go home 4 hours later.
Other: We went to my parents' house last night for a bbq/pool party. It was called "Mary and Jamie's Last Weekend Without Kids"!!! I stayed in the recliner while everyone helped cook, then I got into the pool and floated around. It felt pretty good to get the weight off of my swollen ankles.
Next appt: I go to the doctor on Monday for some blood work and maybe have to go Tuesday for pre-op stuff. Wednesday at 7:30am is the c-section!!! We are literally dying of anticipation to meet our babies.View Thread
I'll be 37 weeks on Wednesday. When I first came into the hospital for the 5th time, 2 weeks ago, my doctor thought I could go any day. He admitted to me on Thursday that he was shocked that my bloodwork was normal and that the babies were doing perfectly, with no signs of pre-term labor.
My grandmother carried my dad and his twin sister for 40 weeks. They were a surprise back in 1952. She thought she was having 1 baby and ended up with twins that were over 8 lbs each!!! They're going to have to drag out my babies, kicking and screaming.
As far as the bed rest. I'm really close to banning my best friend from my house until the babies are born. She's over-mothering me to the point that it is stressing me out and making my blood pressure go up. We went to eat dinner at my Dad's house tonight and he was fussing for me to sit down, also. I had to explain to him that I have to get up to go to the bathroom, and that the doctor is letting me get up to have meals at the table. I'm monitoring my blood pressure several times a day and taking my meds. I'm not cooking, cleaning, or doing any excessive walking.
I may have to kill my family for being too over-protective, LOL!!! At least my husband is relaxed around me. He even let me get up to get my own drink from the fridge!!!
I'm really glad to be home from the hospital for these last 5 days before the babies come. My recliner isn't the most comfortable place to sleep, but it beats the hospital bed. That thing was killing my back. I also get to play with my dogs while I'm at home. Petting them lowers my blood pressure.
We're going back to my Dad's tomorrow where I get to use the really nice recliner. I slept in it for 3 hours this afternoon. The rest of the family is going to go swimming, but it tires me out too much to go. At least there will be people there to make dinner for me. Last weekend before the babies come!!!View Thread