Sunday, August 24, 2008

"Hmmmm, I think you're having twins"

My husband Mike and I began dating in September of 2002 but had met several years prior to that since he was a friend of the family. We actually got together in a weird circumstance... he needed a date to a work function and was willing to pay me to go- unless I had a good time. Well the rest is history and we were married on April 16th, 2005.

We had said from the get go that we would have a baby. We had talked it over and we agreed that we wanted 1 child and we would be able to give that child all of our love and attention and we would never have to worry about being outnumbered, no arguing etc. Immediately after our wedding we began trying to get pregnant. I started charting right away to get an idea of when the best time to conceive would be and after about 6 months of charting and no pregnancy I had a feeling something was wrong. My Dr told me that it was all in my head and that I didn't need any testing now and that if in 5 years I still wasn't pregnant than she would start testing on me. I switched Dr's ASAP.

I decided to go to my PCP and after a few appointments with her she felt I needed to use clomid and wasn't comfortable prescribing it so with a bit of research we found a new OB I was comfortable seeing and she highly recomended so I made an appointment with them for the following week. After the first appointment and going over all my medical records we started with clomid right away. The first month was an anovulatory cycle however during the second month I got a postive OPK and my Dr had me come in for a follicle scan. As he's looking at my ovaries he tells me that I could have twins- he sees 2 big eggs. I joke around that if I get pregnant with twins, I will give one to him. He laughed and then told me it was just a slight possibility and that one egg was bigger than the other and he thought the smaller egg was just supporting the bigger one.

Well wouldn't you know 13 days later I got a postive pregnancy test.
When I was 8 weeks, 5 days pregnant we went in for an ultrasound and I will NEVER forget the look on my Dr's face when he was doing the scan. His face was all scrunched up and I immediately thought something was wrong and that is when he said, "Hmmm, I think you're having twins". I thought he was joking...he was not! LOL.

I had a very easy pregnancy up until about 31 weeks when I was diagnosed with borderline toxemia and was taken out of work. I was put on modified bedrest... at a growth scan at 33 weeks, 5 days my Dr was concerned that he would need to deliver the babies b/c Nathan was showing a decrease in amniotic fluid. I started seeing a high risk specialist the next day and she said that she would just do some additional monitoring twice a week and then if anything changed we would induce me immediately. Well the twins had plans of their own- 2 days later my water broke! I labored for 19 hours and the when my Dr finally came in and checked me he said, "I feel a head... I think you're almost ready to push." and then he said, "Uh oh". No one wants to hear those words after laboring for 19 hours. He then told me it wasn't Nathan's water that broke, it was Morgan's and she was footling breech and her foot was stuck in the birth canal with Nathan's head and I needed an emergency c-section. They were born within 45 minutes.
Nathan was born on Friday, April 27th, 2007 at 6:56am at 4lbs, 3oz and 17 inches long. Morgan was also born at 6:56am weighing 3lbs, 15oz and was 16 inches long. They were born at 34 weeks, 2 days. They both needed assistance breathing at first- Morgan was on the vent for 24 hours and Nathan for 6 days followed by CPAP for a few more. After that they were both feeders and growers. Morgan came home after 24 days in the NICU and Nathan came home 10 days later.

Our twins are now 16 months old and they are awesome! You would NEVER know that they were preemies. I love watching them interact with each other and the best sound in the world is the sound of them laughing together. It melts my heart each time they interact and show compassion for one another. In retrospect when the Dr said, "Hmmmm, I think you're having twins" and I couldn't believe it I could no longer imagine life any other way!

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