Well… I’m going to make myself sit down and write this finally lol. The twins are a month old now, and I just flat out can’t believe it’s flown by so fast. But here we go… Leith & Anisa’s birth story 🙂
*I probably should include a trigger warning here before I start*
We planned to have another out of hospital birth… I knew from the beginning that there’s a chance it may not go that way, but that was the plan. We saw the same midwife we had with our older boys (well one of, the other was going to be here too though and we saw her at one of the visits). I tried to make backup plans in case we needed to transfer, but had a hard time doing so… We did talk about it during appointments though.
Most of the pregnancy was pretty uneventful. It flew by… even at the end. I won’t lie and say it was easy… It was my hardest pregnancy. It wasn’t horrible either though… Babies and I were healthy… There were plenty of days that I was doing great… some were harder and I needed a lot of help on those days.
Towards the end two things happened… One, Anisa stayed breech.. The other was my iron and platelets dropped really low.
The first wasn’t a major problem. She was baby A, but being out of hospital meant I still had a good chance of a natural birth.. We discussed adding in a third midwife with a lot of breech (and twin!) experience, and they talked to her when my 38 week scan showed they were still breech.
The second had to change though… So we worked hard on getting those numbers up.
When we started coming up on 40 weeks (and getting excited because it looked like we might actually make it that far) we decided to go in for another scan because Leith kept moving around on us and no one was sure what position he was in. I had an appointment w/ the midwife the morning before (that Monday), had my blood drawn again, and then went in for that scan that afternoon. We were laughing at that first appointment because I was walking normally and felt great (that changed daily the last two or three weeks). Second appointment was weird… Noone agreed on positions and a dr was called in… she pointed out where they were finally and said I needed to discuss plans with the midwife.
We went to run errands after that and got a call on the way home saying the official report said differently than what she’d told me… We were all confused by that, but I was alone back there and no way to say for sure… So officially at that point Leith was now baby A and transverse by my cervix. We made plans for me to see a chiropractor asap and then go in again in a few days with the midwife present.
Obviously I was stressed at this point…
I went to bed that night though, with plans of making calls the next morning and all that.. and woke up at 3 in the morning to a pop. My water broke… On my freaking due date.
Called the midwife… Got up and took my last weekly picture – I’d made it to 40 I was getting that picture lol. She headed over here to see if she could see what positions they were in and called to find out my lab results. She was pretty sure Anisa was still A and felt butt and feet, but either way… My iron levels were just under what we could safely birth out of hospital with.
So plans were made to go in…
We decided that I would go in with her first, while Jason stayed here with the kids until his dad got here to watch them. That way we could get all the admittance stuff over with… At that point I was a little nervous going in… I knew with their positions it would be a csection, which I was scared to death of… but I knew I needed to go in and was excited about the babies.
Got there and into L&D to be checked… They did a scan, and babies were exactly in the positions I was told (not how they were in the report). Someone started to check my cervix and was telling me that due to baby A being breech I had no choice but c-section… Again I already knew that’d be the case in hospital, but that was the part I remember feeling “off” about it… I remember thinking if my iron hadn’t been too low I wouldn’t need one… but before I could even really finish that thought I heard her say that Anisa’s cord prolapsed.
I think someone explained that we were going to the OR right then, I think my midwife told me she was letting Jas know… Everything is fuzzy at this point. I know they did rush me in. The only thing I remember about the trip in was it being uncomfortable since she had to hold the cord in… and then the iv’s starting and the oxygen mask. I remember being terrified. And then nothing.
I woke up about 4 or 5 hours later…
From what I’ve been told (if I can work all this out lol) Jas got there just in time to meet our babies right after. They wiped them off and brought them out to him. They got a really cute picture of him from then too. Apparently they had trouble with my bleeding after and then my bp shot up and I ended up with preeclampsia… so on top of waking up to babies, I also woke up to a transfusion and the magnesium stuff.
After that things were actually pretty great.
This was the same hospital I had Kalila in… so if you’ve read that one, you can understand some fears I had about that… but no, they were great. Everyone was very supportive and nice. There was a lot of excitement over the babies sizes, how far I’d carried them, and how well they were nursing. My MIL came in and stayed so that they wouldn’t have to go to the nursery that night (Jas had to come home with the kids that first night). I just had a huge amount of help/support… and I’m extremely thankful for that and for everyone that was there and involved.
Recovery… I guess I’ve been pretty lucky there too, but it still sucks compared to after the others. I still have to laugh that despite us not planning to have any more, the first thing I remember saying was asking if everything was done so that I could VBAC if we did.
And a month later the babies are still doing great…
As for official stats… they were born at 5:11 and 5:12… Anisa was 7lbs 3oz, 19.5 in and Leith was 7lbs 14oz, 20.5 in.
Can’t end this without pictures 🙂
It wont let me caption correctly, so.. The first two are the pictures I mentioned above from the morning they were born. Third is the first picture I was able to take.. Fourth is of my wonderful midwife with them at our 2 week checkup. The carseat picture was taken a bit before that, and is just one of my favourites lol. Kids one is obvious, finally got one with them all… Babywearing one was when we went out the weekend before last… and then the pics I got when they turned a month old..