Birth story

I wrote most of this post in the hospital. Here’s how it all went down in the wee hours of Monday, March 21…

12am The night before cervix check appointments, I get pretty anxious and tend to stay up late in the hopes that I can tire myself out enough to get to sleep. That’s how it happened that I was reading a magazine in bed at midnight. Hubs was awake, too, and we were reading/chatting in bed.  As I was switching positions,I felt a “pop” or “snap” sensation in my tum, and my first thought was, “Could that be my water breaking?!” I’ve Googled “water breaking” enough times to know a lot of folks describe it that way. My second thought was, “Naaaaaah. Must’ve tweaked a muscle or something as I was shifting in bed.”

But I went to the bathroom to check it out and my undies were wet. Not Niagra Falls by any means, but soaked with clear fluid (no scent, yeah, I checked). I wasn’t feeling any contractions, but I did start to shake with adrenaline immediately. I knew that, at 35w3d, they wouldn’t stop labor and if this was really my water breaking, and we were going to meet the babies!

12:05am I paged my clinic and the OB on call (the awesome Dr. M) rang me back in a few minutes. She said it did indeed sound like my water had broken and to head to triage and they’d page her later if I was in labor. I already had my hospital bag packed, but suddenly simply finding my pants and shoes and locking up the apartment were tough tasks to accomplish—I was so shaky! Now the contrax began. Not the tensed uterus feeling I’d learned to pinpoint from my preterm labor scare, but pretty darn bad period-esq cramps.

12:15am Hubs pulled up with the car and I plopped into the front seat with my bag. En route to triage, the period cramps intensified in a major way. It wasn’t horrible pain, but it was def intense enough that I was doing some deep breathing. The car ride was kind of surreal. It had stormed all day and the streets were wet, dark and empty.

12:45am With no traffic in the middle of the night, we were at the hospital lickety split. We hung out in the triage waiting area for about 10 minutes waiting to be seen and the cramps became seriously awful, consuming my entire body. I was wondering if I should make a bigger deal about them to the triage check-in person, but felt like all preggos must feel like this when they show up in labor: totally uncomfortable and kinda dying with pain. While waiting to be taken into a monitoring room, we made a bet on how dilated I’d be. I guessed 7cm. Hubs guessed 5cm.

1am We get taken into a monitoring room in triage and now the contractions were, like, totally severe. I ask for the first time when I can get the epidural. At this point, I was starting to become concerned that there wasn’t enough urgency with my situation. No one had checked my cervix and I was having a ton of pressure and contractions that absolutely huuuuurt. In retrospect, I should’ve articulated how I was feeling the moment I checked in at triage, but hey, I’ve never been in labor and figured this was the drill. Hubs told the triage nurse that my contractions were coming roughly every 45 seconds or minute and was that cause for concern? “No, she’s fine,” said the nurse. She continued messing around with fetal HR monitors, swabbing to check if there’s amniotic fluid present to see if I really broke my water, etc.

1:15am The triage nurse finally checks my cervix. Her eyes BUG OPEN. She grabs her phone to call for backup: “The twin patient is presenting! Page Dr. M! Prep the OR!” Turns out I’m already 10cm dilated and she can see Baby A’s head in +2 station. AHHH!!! It’s like we’re in a movie all of a sudden, and I’m on the wheeled hospital bed, being rushed to the elevator bank and up to the OR. It was honestly pretty freaky.

1:30am In OR prep, I’m in agony. The contractions are all-consuming and nearly constant. The nurses blow out two veins (you should see my left arm, it’s still black and blue) trying to get an IV in and I’m on the verge of flipping out. [Hubs says the reason they keep fracking up the IV is that I’ve stressed them out so much by continuously asking, “Is it in? Can I get the epidural now?”] They finally get it in and I’m taken into the OR to wait for Dr. M and for an epidural. I probably ask a dozen more times, “Where is the anesthesiologist? I want the epidural!” Hahaha.

2am The epidural is placed. SWEET RELIEF! Seriously, it’s like I’m a new person as we wait for Dr. M to get to the hospital. She arrives and checks out my cervix. She says we can start pushing now, but Baby A is sunny-side up and she’s hoping he’ll change position. Also, because I now can’t feel much (yay epidural!), she wants me to chillax for a bit in a special side-lying position to see if he’ll move and face the other direction, and to give me some rest before pushing. I feel like a new person, soooo excited to meet Baby A and Baby B and ready to gather my strength.

230am The nurses have Wilco playing for us on the computer and we’re all just hanging out in the OR. Life is good, haha. At about this point I begin to feel the contractions again (NOTHING like before tho!). Dr. M tells me this is good stuff, it’ll be better for pushing.

3am I’m rested up. Baby A has turned. I get a crash course on how to push/breathe out a baby. We begin with my next contraction.

3:23am Char.les William is born—screaming pink and beautiful. Utter relief as I watch his screaming body being whisked away to the annex room where a team of pediatricians are waiting. Dr. M says Baby B is still head down and that I can begin pushing/breathing again on my next contraction.

3:26am Lucy Elizabeth is born—also screaming, pink and beautiful. Unbelievable relief and joy ensue.

3:30am While Dr. M sews me up (there was some rippage), hubs goes back and forth between the annex room where teams of docs are monitoring the babies, and my bedside, showing me pics of our sweet little things. WE ARE IN LOVE WITH THESE BABIES!!!!!!! I was a celebrity in the hospital for a couple of days with all of the doctors and nurses thanks to whole arriving-at-10cm-dilated-and-presenting-a-head-and-two-babies-born-two-hours-later thing.

The end. The beginning. 🙂



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36 responses to “Birth story

  1. Great birth story, Egg. You are a rock star. I’m so, so proud of you and happy for you and Hubs and those sweet, wonderful babies. What a great family!

    (But I still need more pictures).

  2. awesome! so excited for your new beginning 🙂

  3. Jen

    Yay, great story! I was 6 cm dilatated before getting my epidural, so I can only imagine how bad those contrax were. I thought I was going to die! That is SO awesome they came out so fast and you didn’t have to push forever, as that is no fun :). Yours sounds much more fun. Hehe! Congrats again!

  4. Wow! What an increadibly fast delivery! Those two really were ready to come! I love the description of the nurse who fnally checked you and saw how close you were. Thank goodness you went to the hospital right away! I’m so, so glad that everything went smoothly and that your babies are safe and sound.

  5. charandjesse

    And look at that, you’re already a raging success. Way to go Egg, now love those babies!!! They’re pure magic.

  6. What an amazing story. I’m so impressed that you though your about to give birth contractions were the norm. Oh, don’t want to complain! There’s a baby about to fall out and another on the way! What a crazy journey it’s been since August, huh?

  7. What a great story! I had a feeling that once it was really time that you’d have those babies out in a flash. Yay for you and hubs and your new little bundles!

  8. Wow and Wow. That was quick.

  9. Egg, that is amazing… you are amazing. It’s like how it is in the movies… lightening speed! Congratulations to your perfect family of 4. xoxo

  10. Great birth story! You are my favorite kind of patient, I call it the drive by delivery. I’ve never had that with twins though! Hope you and the hubs are enjoying your time with the babes. Thinking of you!

  11. Lesley

    What a great story! I can’t believe how fast it all went, and how brave you were about the pain, when you were in triage. Isn’t the epidural relief AMAZING? I wanted to kiss the anesthesiologist!

    This picture of C and L is soooo precious. It makes me want twins!!

  12. Wow wow.. So Sorry I missed the first announcement! Congratulations!

  13. mara

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a great birth story! So awesome that you were the celebrity patient 🙂 I am so, so happy for you Egg!!!

    And I love the picture of you and the twinsies!

  14. After reading this post and your last one, I am in tears. This has been such a crazy roller coaster ride and to think you gave birth vaginally that quickly to twins and got to bring them both home (no NICU), just a miracle! I am so elated for you!! You worked so hard to stay healthy and keep those babies growing and you did it!!! Your babies have one special momma!!

  15. lifebytheday

    Congratulations again…on your miracle labor and those miracle babies!! 🙂

  16. Wow!!! Go you! I cried for my epi at 5 cm and had to have it adjusted twice – you are a superwoman! I’m so excited for you all!!

  17. OMG OMG OMG! I’m late to the party. CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU DID IT!!!

    You are ah-freakin’-mayzing. I can’t believe you made it to 10 with no epi and were ready to drop those babies on the triage floor. What an awesome story!

    Congrats again. Now the real fun begins 🙂

  18. You did it!!

    You worked so hard to keep them in for as long as you did and it seems like all of that hard work was well worth it. I can’t believe they’re here!

    What a great birth story…

  19. I don’t know if it the hormones raging around in my body but wow, your story brought me to tears. So incredible. Twins! Babies! A vaginal birth! You are a champion. I can only hope to follow in your footsteps someday soon. Enjoy your sweet, sweet bliss . 🙂

  20. Esperanza

    Eggggggg! What an insane story! I can’t believe how hard you rocked their birth. And how after all that “one more day, one more day” they didn’t even spend one day in the NICU! Crazy! Congrats!

  21. What an amazing birth story – ideal! – and the perfect new beginning to go with it. Everything you endured over the past month or so – all the worry and care put into keeping your babies safe and inside – sure paid off. You deserved a wonderful beginning to your babies being here and I am so happy that you go it!!!

  22. What an amazing birth story – ideal! – and the perfect new beginning to go with it. Everything you endured over the past month or so – all the worry and care put into keeping your babies safe and inside – sure paid off. You deserved a wonderful beginning to your babies being here and I am so happy that you got it!!!

  23. Aw, this post made me cry! I am so very very happy for you! What an exciting birth story! One that will go down in history at the hospital no doubt…I still can’t get over that you were sitting in my living room a mere 12 hours before it all happened!

  24. siennac

    omg, this all happened so quickly!! only an IF girl would show up at the hospital and think that what she was experiencing was *normal*. i can’t believe, esp given that you’re having twins, that they didn’t do a cervical check first thing!! your story is making me rethink trying a natural birth. dh doesn’t understand why i want to try to give birth without an epidural. hmmm, must think on this. xoxo.

  25. JC

    WOW what an awesome birth story!! You are amazing!!! =)

  26. FCblacksheep

    You gave birth to twins in two hours!!! You’re a rock star Egg. Great story with an incredible ending. Those are some beautiful babes.

  27. AAAHHHHH! This story is so crazy! Didn’t your mom freak you out with stories of how fast she went with you guys? Whaddya know, she was right? Like mother, like daughter, and how.

    Nicely done, my friend. You rock.

    p.s. I love that you were listening to Wilco in the OR.

  28. Amazing (& SHORT!!!!) birth, Egg! I am so happy for you that it went so fast and you got to meet your beautiful babies so quickly!

    P.S. I’m sure you haven’t had much time for blog reading– I wanted to let you know, I’m pregnant again. *surprise!* 🙂

  29. AL

    wow, what an incredible birth story! it is awesome you got to have a vag birth with both babies and there was no NICU time. awesome, awesome, egg!!

  30. Congrats egg! They are here and so cute! You are a rock star 🙂

  31. wow, what a drastically different experience you had from me! i’m so glad everything went quickly and smoothly! getting any sleep? lol

  32. Congratulations!!! These are the BEST days of your life! God Bless you more and more and more…..

  33. I had my twins exactly a month before you at exactly the same weights. What a blessing twins are. It gets a little easier each week.

  34. Thanks for your comments on my blog this week. 🙂

    Congrats on your twins!!!

  35. Wow what a story! I think I got an adrenaline rush just reading it! Haha

    Many congratulations on your two beautiful babies!!

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