How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins? 7 weeks exactly. I went in for my first OB appt at UCLA and an intern did my first ever ultrasound. She finished, left the room, and said she was going to get the doctor. When the doctor came in, she was there for all of 5 seconds and said "so you know there's two, right?" UMMMM. What? I didn't even really know for sure that I was pregnant! Oh, and I was alone during this appointment because Jim's truck broke down on the 405 (the main highway in LA...similar to 95 here in MA).
Any issues during your pregnancy? Let me preface by stating that I didn't believe morning sickness was really a "thing". I mean, I knew people had some nausea, but I honestly felt like it wasn't as bad as people made it sound. Plus, my mom didn't have any sickness with Chrissy and I - so I was expecting smooth sailing. But that, unfortunately, didn't happen for me. Zofran was my best friend. It made me human again for a little while at least. Then came the constipation. Wow - I know, TMI. But really, with the prenatal vitamins and iron supplements and pregnancy alone, the constipation is brutal. Then adding zofran to the mix? Pooping was literally impossible. That was it though. No real problems or diagnosis. And towards the end of my pregnancy I was put on precautionary bed rest due to a few minor contractions. I hated bed rest, because I felt like I had SO much to do and set up and buy and cook and prep. And plus, no position was even remotely comfortable.
Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: I loved people's reactions when I went to stores and walked around my office. "Woah. Are you having TWINS?!?!" Like they had never seen a really pregnant person before. Even my family members were shocked at how big I looked (like my Uncle Dennis). His reaction always made me laugh. My mom took this about a week before I had the boys. We were outside of our place in Alexandria, VA.
Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self? SLEEP! Rest, relax, and pamper yourself as much as possible. Especially now that I am pregnant for a second time. There is no time to relax, barely any time to sleep, and certainly no time to pamper myself. I remember getting weekly pedicures my first pregnancy. I think I've had one this pregnancy so far. And I'm already 28 weeks. Also, I would tell myself to accept help happily and willingly. For some reason, that's hard for me, even now.
May 6, 2014
6 lbs 11 oz
May 6, 2014
5 lbs 5 oz
Any NICU time? If yes, for what reason and how long? Conor didn't go to the NICU at all. Mainly because he was a very good size and he nursed/ate really well. Caden went to the NICU for the whole hospital stay, four days. He needed to maintain his blood sugars and also gain some weight. They were both little troopers, but I felt bad they were separated. I feel like I spent more time with Conor up in our hospital room and Jim spent more time with Caden down in the NICU. Moving around post c-section wasn't the easiest task. To this day, both Jim and I can't rave enough about the NICU nurses and entire staff at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in the Washington, D.C. area. They had so much sincerity and compassion and really helped us out a ton.
The first time holding Caden in the NICU (I held him in my room initially, and the day after he was born he went to the NICU because of his blood sugar levels):
Did you have any complications after delivery? No complications at all. I healed up well, and had a great report at my 6-week post op appointment.
How long did you (the parents) stay in the hospital? Four days. We were discharged Saturday - the day before my first Mother's Day.
Did your twins stay with you or in the hospital nursery at night? Conor stayed in the nursery and Caden stayed in the NICU. I am a huge advocate for hospital nurseries and I'm so disappointed the hospitals in the Massachusetts area are doing away with them for the "mother/baby bonding initiative". Boston Globe article published here. I think the child and mother have a lifetime to bond, and Mom needs a few days of rest and help to recuperate after giving birth.
What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital?
Honestly, I loved having my slippers, my camera/phone, chargers, and my hairbrush. To be able to brush my hair was a big one. I felt refreshed. I didn't shower the entire time I was in the hospital, so brushing my hair felt nice. And of course I can't complain about the awesome pics we got of the boys when they were hours and days old. I also got a toiletry bag as a complimentary gift, so I didn't need to pack many things. A toothbrush is always a good option to have! The hospital stocks you up on pads and mesh underwear, so don't go crazy planning there. In my opinion, minimum is best because you leave the hospital with tons of formula, pacifiers, diapers, and babies! Haha babies (plural) in my case.
Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital: My hands-down best moment was holding them together for the first time, skin-to-skin after Caden was discharged from the NICU. I was only able to hold Conor in my room for so many days. Granted I visited Caden and held him, but then I didn't have Conor while I was with him. So my FAVORITE moment was holding them both at the same time - for the first time, comfortably in my bed. Oh, and another favorite moment was hearing on Saturday that we were ALL getting discharged and going home. That was a relief.