Sunday, January 13, 2013

34 Weeks {Delivery!}

So almost two months after the girls have been born am I barely updating this {lazy woman!}. :P Pregnancy brain has not left and I fear it never will LOL. So I want to at least capture what I remember of the delivery and up to time right now.

First off, I can't remember if I've shared this before. Alas, I will do so once more. Happily After Giving Birth. This blog is hilarious; and prior me giving birth I read it {eek scary, I know!}.

I had to include the picture above. This is what I envisioned {with two babes in each arm of course}. Bright eyed and happy; balloons and flowers. Visitors galore. WRONG. This is my labor story....

Tuesday, November 13th.

I went in for a normal NST in the Perinatal department like always. My due date was 10 days away. I was getting quite annoyed by people since they said that I was likely to have a c-section and that I was basically nuts thinking I could deliver vaginally. I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR! It never occurred to me after reading millions of pages upon pages on births and vaginal delivery {even watching a scary water home birth on YouTUBE..that's a no-no, never again!}, that I could have a C-section scheduled if the babies did not come by the 23rd. I thought they would just induce me. So hearing that from the nurses again, annoyed me. Babies were doing quite well on the monitor considering I was stressed {hadn't slept very well the night before and Eric had a group/class project that time so was unable to go with me to the appt}. At this point, I was already on bedrest, mild thank you, but still bedrest. Just driving to my appt and walking to the hospital made me out of breath. Every time my vitals were checked my BP was high {duh, I'm 8.5 months pregnant with twins and up 34 lbs. What do you expect?!} So when the nurse told my my BP was high and that I needed to be monitored in L&D, you could imagine my angst. I was no stranger to L&D, why I had been there quite a few times for monitoring my BP. I was diagnosed with mild preclampsia and had to take steroid shots my 32nd week in just in case the babies came too early. So I was ushered in a wheelchair all the down to L&D. Monitored for a bit and then one of the attending physicians told me I was dilated 3cm {WHAT?!}

Don't you feel those contractions?
Well, yeah.
Are they painful?
Well, yeah!
You're in early stage of labor.

At this point I was in denial. I had contractions before, thank you BH. They just always went away after I got some rest and water. So after a frantic call to Eric and reminding him of all the items that need to be in hospital bag/car {had a gut feeling I should've put the hospital bag in the car when I left that afternoon}, I was unwillingly admitted to L&D.

Of course, still in denial after they admitted me, got me comfy in the L&D private room and talked about my options with delivery. I was 34.3 weeks gestation - all I could think was that these babies weren't ready! I wasn't ready. We weren't ready. What was going on? Side note now that I remember - I hadn't eaten anything that day {I had overslept and just grabbed a yogurt prior my original appointment thinking I would grab a burger after}. Stupid girl LOL. I coerced a nurse on giving me crackers and juice. While the doctor left the room I seized the moment and gobbled them up. I knew that would be my last meal for a very long time: apple juice in a box and graham crackers. Oh! I had some trail mix in my purse that I snuck in, too. :)

So after I called Eric {told him to get himself something to eat and bring all the bags to L&D} - I started making my calls to the parents. Eric's mom had to schedule a flight out since his parents are currently living in New Orleans. I impressed the importance to my parents that they needed to leave Bakersfield as soon as possible. I had no idea when these babies were going to come.

When Eric finally arrived {it was dreadful just waiting and feeling contractions}, we got settled in our room and the rounds of nurses and doctors flooded in. Baby B {Lila} was breech; she had been for the last two weeks. Talk about C-section came up and I told them my birth plan: epidural when needed, no induction if possible and vaginal delivery. They let me know that the doctors in the next 3 shifts {who knew how long we'd be here} were fine with a breech delivery. Thank goodness for that, too. I felt good for awhile - contracts were there but I wasn't moving along as they wanted. Little by little it felt the babies were never going to come {can I just go home now?} Family arrived late that night and no new news occurred. I ended up getting my epidural despite my hesitation since the pain wasn't unbearable at all.

Wednesday, November 14th

Still no babies; they were healthy though and mommy was hungry. I eventually got to 6cm but still not where the doctors wanted me. To top it off, everyone had an extremely hard time monitoring Lila. She wiggled around so much and hid behind Leah that they needed to induce me for the safety of me and the babies. Also, my BP sky rocketed so I was given magnesium sulfate. By this time was exhausted. All I talked about was how I was going to eat a turkey sandwich after delivery LOL.To make a long story somewhat shorter, I was giving pitocin after two attempts to break my water {the third time the doctor was able to break it and I was told that was the most water any of the doctors had ever seen LOL}.I lost 10 lbs right then and there :)

After all that craziness, the epidural wore off. WORE OFF. I beared the pain for quite some time and finally said something. The anesthesiologist {a slighly mad, crazy man I would say} had to give me higher doses 3x since it was wearing off and I felt pain on my right side. Since the epidural wore off and the new doses did nothing, the contractions were intensified by the pitocin and needless to say,  I WANTED TO DIE {you crazy women out there who forgo medical intervention! Crazy you are! LOL}. Eric was a great coach while the contractions become harder and the side effects of the pitocin kicked in {hello body shakes}. The delivery team told us we wouldn't be delivering in my room, that I needed to be taken to the OR just in case it became a vaginal/c-section. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Not only was I pregnant with twins, I had the potential as a first time mom to deliver BOTH vaginal for Baby A and c-section for Baby B.

MAKE IT STOP. The anesthesiologist came back to see what he would do about my epidural. There was talk that I had to get it again {are you serious?} or give me lidocaine {sure! Hit me up!} I ended up getting the straight lidocaine {against my nurse's wishes since I could've gone numb from waist down and not feel the contractions}. However, I was determined to deliver vaginally and I knew I needed some calming agent to soothe the contractions so I could concentrate on getting the babies out as soon as possible.
 {My thoughts: oh yay a picture? Yes please, while I am shivering like I am in the arctic and covered with blankets. Oh and sans makeup - the one thing I told myself NOT to forget}.

Whisked away to the OR, on lidocaine, still feeling the contractions, we were ready to deliver. My nurse was amazing, she was so supportive and such a great coach she made the whole experience bearable. We had about 16 people in the OR: doctors, anesthesiologist, nurses, hubby, etc. I was shivering like mad. I was able to push and after 9 attempts {yes, I counted}, Baby A was born!

Leah Belle Bryant
5lbs, 7 oz. 18 inches at 9:56 PM

 After 3 attempts {again, counted!}, Baby B was born!

Lila Rose Bryant
3 lbs, 13 oz, 17 inches at 9:58 PM

33 weeks {later post}

I had these drafts prior me delivering, hence the post date in 2013. While I didn't have anything actually written for week 33, I can at least post pics.

Baby Showers and more {later post}

My time flies by...
  • when you're having fun
  • when you've lost your watch
  • when you're busy
  • when you're having babies
This week officially marks the third trimester. A lot has happened within the past 2-3 weeks since my last post {I literally have to look at my calendar on what I did}.

  1. We only accomplished 2 out of 5 child birth prep classes LOL.
  2. I had a dental appointment and was scolded for not flossing as regularly :/
  3. Eric pointed out the first set of stretch marks {thanks, hubby}.
  4. On 9/27 my work gave me a baby shower at El Torito {pictures below}
  5. Had our last appt with Dr. Pevzner {grrr on him since he went on paternal leave}.
  6. Started an online class at UCI - which is becoming a headache already.
  7. Forgot a joint baby shower for some sisters in the ward...thank you pregnancy brain.
  8. On 10/6 my friends from Bakersfield hosted a baby shower!
  9. Had a regular OB appt yesterday {with new OB} and resulted in having high BP and being admitted to L&D. Fun, huh? More on that later....
  10. And consistently a punching bag for my little monsters :) 
  11. Lastly, had my baby shower in OC on 11/ 3...more pictures below.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

25 Weeks - 27 Weeks

I added a countdown app to my iPhone. 1 MONTH, 28 days, 11 hours 25 minutes, and 11 seconds to my due date. It dawned on me that I'll actually have to deliver these babies {LOL}. Full term for twin pregnancy is 36 weeks...and that 36 week mark is getting close and closer. At the last OB appointment, Dr. Pevzner said we will not go past the 36 week mark {eek}; that if the babies aren't here by 11/23, I will be induced {but I want them to stay in as long as they can to be bigger!}

What is good being already 27 weeks so far is I passed the first major 24 week milestone; if babies are born this early at 24 weeks they still have a viable chance but can spend up to months in NICU. I've read the second milestone is the 27th week {yay we're here!} 90% of babies born in this week survive {am I sounding a bit off talking about this??} The next few weeks are really vital. I'm listening a lot to my body's wants and giving it the nutrition it needs. I had a dental appointment today...yay no cavities, however they want me to floss EVERY day {it's hard since the bleeding gums or pregnancy as arrived awhile ago}. Been really hard for me overall since the early stages of vomiting occurred and I wasn't the best at flossing at 3AM after those lovely visits to the bathroom. Right now it's just been hard to get meals prepared in a healthy manner; Eric is doing really well at being a doting husband/father, but these babies are quite demanding {they get it from him, I swear}.

I've said it before, I feel like a hobbit - I eat ALL the time, second breakfast, 11sies, 2nd dinner, dessert, and the hunger growl at 10PM. I don't feel really it's going anywhere though. All people say to me now is "I can't believe you're having twins, you don't look like you're having twins at all". While at first that was a compliment, now it's down right annoying. Believe me, I want to have the ginormous tummy that is usually a staple item for a twin mommy, but I don't know what to do. The only real food aversion I still have is chicken {yuck}. But let me tell you, I can eat my red meat any day! I don't have issues with fruit, veggies - I know I should be eating more of them and the dessert...well c'mon it's vanilla ice cream. LOL. So I want to jot down my typical day of eating, let me know what your thoughts are and what has helped you in the past, because remember, less than 2 months and these babies are literally out.

Morning (8-9AM)
Kashi whole wheaties with whole milk
Muffin (usually blueberry or pumpkin spice)

Mid-morning snack (10AM)
Green Machine Smoothie (or some fruit one)

Lunch (11-12PM)
Subway Veggie Sandwich (6" wheat)
Baked Chips or carrots

Mid-afternoon snack (2-3PM)
Popcorn or rice cakes,  or yogurt or another full meal {possible Lean Cuisine}

Dinner (5-6 PM)
Beef Stroganoff or steak/potatoes/veggies or pasta

Dessert (7-8PM)
Vanilla ice cream or Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt

Nighttime Snack (9-10PM)
Yogurt or glass of milk or cereal

Stark raving mad-hungry (5AM)
Whatever I can find!

So, I think I'm eating pretty good - Dr. Pevzner said to eat six, small meals a day. My blood work showed last week that I'm really low on iron so he finally listened to me and prescribed me some iron pills - bummer though since we all know how iron brings on...constipation. I'm watching for this like a hawk, I will NOT let that happen to me again.

Below is a cool comparison of my tummy shots throughout the past weeks. Insane that there are living little rugrats in my belly!
My parents were able to visit last weekend and I had so much fun with them - we went to lunch and had a long shopping spree at Babies R Us {never seen my dad so excited to shop}. So grateful for their love and support. I cried like a big baby when they left though - oh those hormones are so wacky.

This past weekend was pretty crazy. The previous Friday I failed the take home glucose test. Which I'm still peeved about because it was out of my control. After being given incorrect information on how to take the test and then the phlebotomist drawing my blood at least 10 minutes too early, what else did you think was going to happen. My levels were at 138 and I needed 130 to pass. So of course my blood pressure and heart rate were high when the MA took my vitals. UGH. So Saturday I had to re-take the test, but not the take home test, oh no, the 3-4 blood draw, stay at Kaiser for 3 hours and did I forget you to fast for 8 hours before test. Holy moly. Let's just say I won't drink an orange soda again for some time. Luckily I passed those tests and do not have gestational diabetes {apparently this is very common with multiple pregnancies}.  Got me worried for a second because I do like my sweets and there was a time I had a Drumstick every night after dinner...LOL.

We've also been taking the Child Birth Prep Classes that Kaiser offers - 5 week course every Friday night from 6:30 - 9PM {hello, date night!} It's been pretty fun and informational. The dads in the class are super fun - everyone is a first time parent so there is no pressure on the silly questions asked. I really like the breathing techniques part; we spend about 30 minutes going over them and I'm impressed how Eric is jumping into this coaching role so well. I'm planning to deliver naturally {but with an epidural if possible} but it will really be up to Baby A's position in November; if she's breeched we'll have to schedule a C-section for sure. I really do not want to go that route, but again it's out of my hands.

Every time I have an U/S Appt, Dr. Pevzner laughs because I always ask how my weight gain is coming along, how big are the babies, etc. At the last appointment Baby A is still the bigger one of the two, there's about a 22% discrepancy in weight. While we shouldn't be alarmed, we were told that Baby A is definitely the bigger twin {you hear that Baby A? You need to share with sister!} We have another appointment this Friday and hopefully we can go do the 3-D Ultrasound to see what the girls may look like. Oh and the nursery still isn't taken care of...this mama needs to get on it otherwise it'll never happen.

Babies are the size of rutabagas!

How far along? 27 weeks today!
Size of babies: As of week 25: Baby A: 2 lbs, 4 oz, Baby B: 1 lbs, 12oz.
Total weight gain: 25-30 lbs!
Exercise habits: I walk a LOT since I've been assigned a different area for a month or two at work.
Maternity clothes? Yes but quickly growing out of them. Having a hard time justifying buying expensive pants/shirts for less than 2 months of the pregnancy.
Stretch marks? nope..lather up, baby!
Sleep: Lately I've been sleeping later and later...and taking naps right after work.
Best moment this week: They are kicking like crazy, so always being able to feel them move.
Miss Anything? I've had an acidic reaction lately with my taste buds. So I really miss my pineapple, mangos, apple juice.
Movement: Yes! Constantly. I get beat up all day/night. Baby A is very active all day and Baby B is really active at night {thanks, daddy!}
Food cravings: donuts, chocolate {kit kats!} and cake.
Anything making you queasy or sick: still with chicken.
Gender: GIRLS! PINK!!
Labor Signs: No - but I did have some Braxton Hicks symptoms earlier. Just really listening to my body and drinking an obscene amount of water.
Symptoms: hunger, bleeding gums with flossing, back ache, lower belly pains, slight bloating.
Belly Button in or out? UGH so mad - it's like an angel fish kiss right now. Eric thinks it's hilarious. I think it's downright U-G-L-Y.
Wedding rings on or off? On but I can tell they are getting a tiny bit tighter.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: My baby shower from work! It's this Thursday and I'm so excited.
Not looking forward to: Unpacking from the move...STILL 
Goals: To have babies be over 4-5lbs and to not deliver until 37 weeks.

Last week of second trimester! So bittersweet. This has definitely been my favorite one.