Hi Friends! Happy Monday!
As I’ve said before, I am working on getting the blog caught up with some major life events (like my birth stories 😉) and will then probably move on to more current life things. So thanks for bearing with me on this 💕.
I am SO excited to share this post with y’all. Delivering twins was one of the most amazing and life changing things we have ever been through. So thank you for reading and sharing in our joy.
Let’s dive in shall we? 🙃
Other than a short preterm labor scare around 33 weeks, (which landed me 3 weeks bedrest) we were lucky to have a fairly uncomplicated twin pregnancy. Because of the preterm labor scare I was certain I would deliver these girls early. So when it came to my 37 week appointment, I was MORE than ready to meet my girls.
We had been told on a Friday that baby A’s fluid levels we’re getting on the low side and to come back on Monday. If the fluid had dropped any more, we would likely deliver that day [cue crazy anxiety about when these girls were coming]. On top of that, I contracted ALL weekend…Now I will say at this point these were just Braxton Hicks contractions and it wasn’t until my VBAC with my third baby that I knew what REAL contractions were. Being a labor and delivery nurse, I basically know too much about all of this. But you know how we always tell you, “Oh you’ll know when it’s really time.” Yep, I finally proved to myself that is totally RIGHT. (VBAC birth story coming soon).
Baby A (meaning the presenting baby or the one that would be first to be delivered) was breech, and had been for a while. So we knew at this point a vaginal delivery wasn’t an option and we would be having a c-section. Sooo I decided to make myself NPO (no eating or drinking) all day on Monday before our afternoon appointment. You can only imagine how uncomfortable I was at this point with over 12 pounds of baby in me, and 37 weeks is considered full term for twins; so with the fluid level scare I was seriously hoping and praying we would meet them that day!
Here is my 37 week photo from right before the appointment:
Yes my belly went straight OUT. Yes we referred to it as a “torpedo belly” 😂.
We got to the appointment around 4 in the afternoon, did the ultrasound first and it did appear that baby A’s (Adalyn) fluid levels had continued to drop. I anxiously waited for my OB to come in and the first thing she says to me is “Well, had anything to eat today?” I quickly tell her nope! Made myself NPO and got my bags in the car, we are ready! She responds “well let’s go have some babies!” 😄.
I was lucky enough to deliver where I work, so I called in my “dream team” who had all agreed to be there to help bring our angels into the world and we headed over to L&D to be admitted and finally meet our girls!
And here is where the photo overload begins…
I mean L O O K at that belly 😱
All gowned up and ready to go 😬 y’all forgive my swollen face, about a week before the twins were born my face BLEW UP and the swelling is so obvious to me in photos (of course we’re always our own worst critic🙄)…
The hubby in his gear with little idea as to what he was about to witness!
After my spinal was placed. I was lucky that this went very smoothly and I didn’t suffer from nausea or anything. The craziest feeling to have the bottom half of your body almost immediately go numb….
Ready to meet our girls!
My dream team waiting to care for our angels.
We hear the first cry, and Adalyn is here! Pink and perfect and 6 pounds 2 ounces.
And 2 minutes later we hear more cries and Emery is born. Also pink and also perfect and only 2 ounces apart from her sister (6 pounds 4 ounces). Thank you Jesus for two perfect baby girls. ❤️
Daddy’s first kisses with his girls 😍
Our first of many bows! 🎀
Love at first sight for this sweet Daddy.
Reunited and it feels so good.
And my favorite photo: I love seeing them together.
Just waiting to see my girls.
Could he look more proud?? 😍
And Mommy finally gets to see her girls up close.
At this point I think we’re both thinking “Is this even real life?? We really have twin girls!”
I was so incredibly blessed that both of my girls were ROCKSTAR breastfeeders. They both latched on right away and I kept looking down in shock, knowing this doesn’t happen often and being so thankful. I was able to tandem nurse them until 14 months old (well we didn’t do tandem once they got huge 😂).
Skin to skin magic.
Just chilling before our first bath under the warmer.
Let me tell you ’bout my best friend…
Bath time 😆🛁
All snuggled up so fresh and so clean clean
Proud Mama admiring her girls in their first outfit 💕😍.
The twins were just barely too long for all of their preemie outfits but the newborn ones swallowed them 😂.
Post middle of the night nursing session. This became a very frequent and one of my very favorite views.
Ready to take these babies home!
And then it hits us: these angels are really ours, home safe and sound, and we’re beginning the craziest and sleepiest year of our lives.
So if you’ve made it this far, thank you 🙏🏼. I hope y’all have a great rest of your week!
If you have any questions feel free to comment below or email me [firstname.lastname@example.org]. I love to hear from y’all 💕.
Find me on Instagram here: @DeliveringMotherhood if you haven’t already and make sure to grab my free hospital bag checklist at sarahviebrock.com/checklist! Planning to share a fun video on this birth story over on my insta soon ❤️.