Where to start? I had a c-section scheduled for 38 weeks which was Wednesday May 4, 2016. Very rarely do twins make it that far so I was fully preparing to go into labor earlier. Around 28 weeks, I started to go to the doctor’s twice a week for ‘NST’ scans, and during that first one, I actually had to go into labor and delivery because the contractions were so close together (ah – scary!). Luckily they slowed down and I was able to go home, and obviously they didn’t come that early.
As I got closer to 38 weeks I was sure to have my bags packed and ready to go with each Dr appointment I went to. I was certain that it would happen early, that is until I made it to the week of the scheduled c-section. Troy took off Monday and Tuesday so we could take advantage of those last couple of days to enjoy breakfast together, have dinner and do some errands. On Monday, we had a very ordinary and calm day. We went to breakfast, test drove a car, took a cat nap and even made plans for the following day to do some patio furniture shopping and have dinner at the Old Pro (where we first met). We were certain at this point we’d make it to Wednesday and have the twins at Redwood City Kaiser as planned. We had a delicious dinner and I somehow ate A LOT despite the lack of room in my belly. Ravioli, chicken, sourdough bread and milk. Pretty sure it was also followed by some ice cream (hey, it helped with the heartburn!). 8:00 rolled around and I was EXHAUSTED and decided to go to sleep early. Troy stayed up to walk the dog and fold some laundry. Around 10:00, I woke up to go to the bathroom (something I had to do a lot towards the end of my pregnancy), and Troy came into bed with me when I was done. As I sat down in bed, I suddenly felt like I peed my pants. But wait a minute, I just peed! I wasn’t in pain but I knew something was up. I had Troy check to see if he thought it was pee (gross I know!) And sure enough, it wasn’t pee and it wasn’t stopping (although it definitely wasn’t a gush like I’d seen in movies). Yup – my water broke! We decided to call labor and delivery like they had instructed us to do, and much to our surprise, we found out there were no beds available in Redwood City! Ahh! Redwood City Kaiser was SO nice and new, where we had toured, close to our parents, I mean, that was the plan! Troy even asked the nurse (who we later would find out was my high school friend’s mom – ha!) if we could just wait until the morning in the event something opened up. She pretty much laughed at his request- I was pregnant with twins, my water broke, there would be no waiting. It was off to San Francisco for us. We were told we had a little bit of time (since I wasn’t in pain or having contractions close together) so I was able to take a quick shower and we finished getting all of our stuff together. I’ll never forget those feelings. We were excited, nervous, surprised. The next time we came home we would have our little babies with us! One funny thing to note is that we had no idea what to do about the “water” which doesn’t just stop. So I put on a long cotton skirt and had a towel in between my legs like a sumo wrestler – ha!
We made our way through San Francisco around 1 in the morning and we may or may not have ran a few red lights, woops! Troy pulled up and helped me walk to the ER and check in while he parked the car. I walked up to L&D (despite being offered a wheelchair) and the nerves and excitement we felt were UNREAL. Troy met me in the triage room where I got in a robe and they hooked me up to be monitored. Our nurse was incredible. Sweetest thing ever who helped us try to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. We were greeted by one of the OBs who asked us if we wanted to attempt a vaginal delivery (since it looked like Braxton who was head down was closest to my cervix) and we told her we wanted to stay with the plan. She asked us a few more questions and after learning that I had had a giant dinner not too long before, we were told we’d be waiting a bit as the anesthesiologists prefer that you wait at least 8 hours before eating, and there were 2 other sets of twins being delivered before us (crazy!).
We moved from the triage room to the pre/post op room to rest and wait. We weren’t sure if it’d be 1 hour or 4 hours and were told to try to sleep since we wouldn’t be getting much rest for a while. Ha! Easier said than done! I was SOOO excited and nervous, there was no way I could possibly sleep! We met our anesthesiologist who was SO nice and gave us the run down of what to expect. Eventually around 4am, it was time for me to walk over to the OR and get things started. Ahhh! I went in first to get my spinal tap and get prepared on the table. Walking into the room was so surreal. Seeing the table, the instruments – seriously the weirdest feeling ever. I hopped up onto the table and had to arch my back in order to get the spinal to be numbed for the surgery. I was SO nervous and wishing Troy was in the room with me. Luckily, the nurse and OB were in there to hold my hand and they were so sweet. It was over before I knew it and soon my legs started to feel tingly and numb. I then laid on the table and they got things ready. It’s pretty normal to get a little nauseous from the anesthesia (and from nerves!) so I was put on some oxygen which helped a ton. Troy was right by my side once things were ready to get started and I had the most calm and reassuring anesthesiologist to help guide me.
Luckily, I couldn’t feel a thing other than a little pressure (which P.S. is super creepy and weird. They do these tests and tell you that you ‘shouldn’t’ feel anything. Umm…I sure hope not!). As they cut me open and started to pull the babies out, I was guided to take slow deep breaths (probably to help with my nerves) and was told when I would be expected to feel some ‘tugging’ or pressure. Troy held my hand and comforted me the whole time. We somewhat expected Braxton to be first as earlier we were told he was closest to my cervix, but then we heard “here she is!”. Brylie entered the world at 4:51 am and it was the most magical feeling! Side note – she came out with her little legs folded up from being squished and breech for so long, so it was really good that we opted for the c-section because even if they were able to flip her, there was no way she would have made it out any other way. Reminder that mother’s intuition is strong!
It took a minute for her Brylie’s cries to start (which scared dad, but is apparently totally normal for c-section babies) and Troy and the anesthesiologist described her to me as they cleaned her up. “She has hair! She’s perfect!. One of the best moments of my entire life. The tears just started streaming down my face. 2 minutes later came Braxton who was quickly joined with his sister. After Troy cut their umbilical cords (game time decision!) my sweet little babies were swaddled up and brought to me for skin to skin while the doctors stitched me up and put everything back together. Brylie, my beautiful little 6lb 19 inch girl was first. Oh that feeling of finally having her in my arms. It was nothing short of perfection. “Here she is” said Troy “our daughter”. The tears of joy just flowed uncontrollably. So many dreams and prayers for these little babies and they were finally here. And then I got to hold Braxton, my 6lb 11ounce, 19 inch perfect son. So much joy and love filled my heart. More than I ever new possible.
The first moment I saw my sweet Brylie girl
May 3, 2016. A day that changed my life forever. The day I finally became a mama.
My brother surprised us and was waiting at the hospital after we called family and told them it was all going down. We weren’t expecting to find him in the triage room post OR! Someone was excited to finally be an uncle!
Daddy and his littles
My dad and mom
My mom and stepmom
Love the look on my dad’s face as he stares at his new granddaughter
GG and her newest grandson
Troy’s sister (Aunt Cass!) even flew out for the day to meet her niece and nephew
Two of my closest friends made a hospital visit to meet the little ones
Crazy to think they were swimming in their newborn clothes at one point!
I will never forget how cautious we made that drive home. They are here!!