Sunday, 19 April 2009

Introducing Austin Spencer and Albert James

Finally five minutes to get this posted... even though I have one on my boob as I type! As it turned out all the gory details aren't nearly so gory after all. I am almost embarrassed to say labour lasted all of an hour and a half... We arrived at the hospital bright and early and then waited around for about 45 minutes until my anesthetist arrived to give me an epidural. I had never had one before (yeah, I was a labour ward hero... no drugs for me thanks... I've had 3 natural births... tough chick extraordinaire!) so I have to tell you I was more than a little skeptical about the whole thing and really didn't want one... but that was more to do with the fear of having the epidural itself than wanting to go drug free. Anyway, both he (the anesthetist) and my doctor were very reassuring and convinced me it was the best course of action because if there was any problems with the second baby there would not be time to put one in then. Hats off to the anesthetist... I reckon it was all over and done in 5 minutes flat and it was far less painful than I had imagined. He only gave me a really low dose too so I could still move about easily. Then my doctor tried to break my waters... well, that wasn't exactly successful. Apparently I have very tough membranes. Whatever that means!! I am not so sure I like the sound of it in any case! LOL ;) So he suggests we start the drip to get my contractions started and hopefully that will also break my waters. By this stage I was thinking, "So here we go down the slippery slope of intervention and interference". Thankfully he was right and my contractions started soon after and my waters did break which was good. I could still feel every contraction (just with the edge of the pain taken off... which helped me stay completely focused and able to concentrate on what I was doing) and they did, as in all my other labours, progressively get stronger and closer... so no unpleasant surprises which was great. I seriously reckon I only had about 10 contractions before Twin 1 arrived. He did need a little help with the suction cap... little wonder he wasn't very deeply engaged, his cord was wrapped around him twice and then his wrist as well. Next was Twin 2's turn... he was sort of lying in a transverse position while his big (little) brother was being born but my midwife was able to push him in the right direction by pushing on my tummy. She held him in that position while my doctor broke the second amniotic sac and was able to get a hold of a foot. Though this little brat wasn't making it easy and kept pulling his foot up and out of reach. So Twin 2 was born breech with very little fuss or bother 7 minutes later with only 4 or 5 more decent pushes . Very nicely if you please! LOL ;) I had a student midwife come to watch which was really good because my midwife was explaining everything to her as it was going on which was really reassuring for me as well. Apparently there are very few breech births these days so she was really grateful to have gotten to see the procedure. My doctor made it look like he delivered breech babies every other day... and I have to tell you I was feeling a bit of a legend when everyone was saying how amazing I was! LOL ;) It was all such a great experience with no panic or worry and I was made to feel completely at ease and confident through the whole thing. Really, I couldn't have asked for a better labour. After all the poking, prodding and Apgar scores were done we had time to ourselves with the two little darlings and I breast fed Twin 1 in the delivery suite. Then when all their statistics were recorded I had a shower and got dressed. They took both the babies up to the nursery (with Dad to keep an eye on them) at that point as Twin 1's blood sugar level was on the low side, only just but they wanted to be sure... thankfully it did improve after only a few breast feeds. They served us lunch while we were still on the labour ward and then we went to be checked into our room. All very civilized indeed! Not that I am complaining but it all still seems just a bit too easy I reckon! Austin Spencer (left) after my Maternal Great Grandfather and one of my brothers: 09/04/09 @ 10:40am; Weight: 2430g (5lb 5oz); Length: 45cm; HC: 33.5cm Albert James (right) named after Aaron's Paternal Grandfather and my other brother: 09/04/09 @ 10:47am; Weight: 2980g (6lb 9oz); Length: 48cm; HC: 35.5cm We came home on the following Monday (Day 5). Even though I said I was going to stay as long as they would have me I got bored and (dare I say it) I actually found myself missing my DH and kids!!! Plus I was getting sick of being woken up for obs and the bed was too hard! It was like bliss sleeping back in my own bed with NO FAT TUMMY!!!! LOL ;) Anyway, so far so good... they are both breast feeding really well and sleeping reasonably well. I am feeling great and getting enough sleep but I don't know if I can say the same for poor DH!!! LOL ;) I'll let you know in a couple of weeks when the happy juice runs out and we are all going insane!!! ;) Thanks so much to everyone for all you lovely thought and wishes... it means a lot to know you are all thinking of us. Oh and Coops if you are reading... Rat Face is on the left... Smeg Head on the right! Trash is exhausted and sleeping soundly as I type... I mean the poor guy has to get his rest after all he has been through!!!! hehehehe LOL ;) Bye for now and love to you and yours...

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

B Day, Nursery, Fat belly and a couple of LOs to share...

Well, after all the vomiting, back ache, leg cramps and indigestion the big day is almost here... FINALLY! I know I am a whinge and I shouldn't wish it away but I am sooooo over this fat belly thing! I am 37 weeks now (which is apparently full term on average for twins anyway) and the ultra sound I had on Monday showed one baby is getting a bit greedy and growing a bit faster than the other so time to get them out. THANK GOD! Twin 1 is head down, bum up and we are booked in tomorrow for an ARM... hopefully it will all go smoothly (and naturally) from there. I am pretty much all organised and we are all getting excited about meeting these two little darlings... though we still haven't completely settled on any names. Any suggestions anyone? Here is the babies' new room. This is the first time I have really been able to decorate a nursery and I am so pleased with how it turned out. Thanks to my lovely sister in-law, Neets, who found a second hand cot which was exactly the as the one I had for DD#2, it is all matching and I LOVE it. DH took these photos of me and my fat belly the other day. He's getting quite clever with the camera I reckon! LOL ;) Last of all here are a couple of random LOs I have done recently... and just for fun. This one is a bit Ali E inspired using Making Memories papers and the divided page protectors from the anthologie baybox album by scrapworks. Some embellies are inside the protectors with the photos and some are attached on the outside giving it all a bit more dimension. I am really loving this style of scrapping at the moment. Well, that's all from me for a little while. I promise to get on and post some photos of the latest editions and all the gory details as soon as I can. ;) Bye for now... and a safe and happy Easter to you and yours.