Jessica and I met Tuesday morning at the OB’s office. I had been having some slight cramping and lots of Braxton Hicks over the past week or so but nothing major at all that signaled to me labor was on the way. We were both excited when the nurse asked me to undress for the cervical check!! J Dr. B. checked me and said “well, you’re a good 3cm”. Wow!! I had never been dilated before with my own kids (before going into labor) so this was new for me. She told us to go on over to the hospital to be monitored (we were headed over there anyway for a NST) and see if I was having contractions or not. So after a quick Starbucks run and several phone calls I was hooked up to the monitor to see what was going on. My contractions were all over the place yet I still felt nothing! The nurse “warned” us that lots of women walk around dilated for weeks (I think she could tell we were both pretty excited about the possibility of the babies being born that day). After about 2 hours of lying in bed being monitored, Dr. B. arrived and checked me again. I was 4cm!! I was still in shock because I had yet to have a painful contraction. She told me to walk around some and see if we could get things moving more. So we walked the halls then came back to be checked again. This time my water broke as Dr. B was checking me. So after that I FINALLY started to feel contractions! We did more walking and sitting and around 5pm I got the epidural. J J J Now it was just a matter of time. Somewhere around now my mom showed up to join us in waiting. Around 6:30 Dr. B. checked me again and declared me “fully dilated”. This was it!! We had to go to the operating room (standard procedure for twins), another new experience for me. So as soon as I was declared ready for delivery, people started showing up from everywhere. After about 10 min or so of “prep work”, they said it was time. I had thought that I wouldn’t get too upset but just as they were getting ready to wheel me away I got all teary. We had waited so long (and Jess had an even longer wait) for this moment and it was finally here. Once in the operating room, I was moved to the operating table. There were nurses and doctors all around us and the all looked the same! (at least 13, maybe more…)I looked around for Jess and saw her standing by the door. They gave her a chair at my head and I heard them say they would “work around her”. J I am not sure what time it was but would say probably around 6:55 (because it happened SO FAST) I was told to push. With my first push Dr., B. said “that’s all you can do???” After maybe 3 pushes Allison was born. Jess and I were both crying like crazy!!! The nurse took Alison right away to be examined and then it was time to get Baby B out. Dr. B. had already warned me that she may have to reach in and get her since she was breech. And that’s exactly what she did. I could tell by the look on her face that she was not happy, and I started to get a little concerned. I could feel/see her pulling around in my belly, and then she got the feet out. However, as she reached for a towel, Baby B tried to pull her feet back in and I heard Dr. B say “no, no, no!!!” Then she asked for (or more like yelled for) nitroglycerine-I had no clue what this was or who it was for. A nurse said “open your mouth” so I did. They sprayed it under my tongue and within seconds Rebecca was pulled all the way out. (Apparently I was having a contraction which was preventing Dr. B. from being able to get Rebecca out; the nitro was used to “relax” my uterus enough so that she could get her out). She didn’t cry right away and I could hear Jess saying “why isn’t she crying???” Then she started to cry-what a relief! Alison Jamie was born at 6:57 and weighed 5lb1oz. Rebecca Riley was born at 6:59 and weighed 6lb5oz.
When I read Jessica’s email last Christmas saying how they weren’t sure of the future I just knew-this was something I wanted to do. And it couldn’t have worked out any better. It has been so much fun getting to know Jessica and her family better. I look forward to seeing the twins grow and am so happy to have been a part of this.
(I have not pictures to share because I forgot my camera!!)