Here’s the continuation of my post from two weeks ago. I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.
Rich and I had walked into that ultrasound appointment hoping to hear that our baby was healthy and wanting to know if that baby would be a boy or a girl. We were in such a state of shock by what we were told that we never even thought to ask if the babies were boys or girls. In fact, it would be hours later before we even realized that, as identicals, they would be ALL girls or ALL boys.
Later that night, as we tossed and turned, trying to fall asleep, I saw an image of three little girls dressed in red velvet holiday dresses sitting on my piano bench. It was like a dream. I rolled over and whispered to Rich, “We are going to have girls and that baby is going to be fine. She’s going to be able to walk on her own. I saw her and her legs looked normal. She wasn’t wearing leg braces.”
At my next appointment, the nurse made the comment of, “Well, you know the odds.” It was in regards to a successful outcome of this type of pregnancy. After she left the room, Rich asked me, “What are the odds? Did they ever tell us exactly what the odds are?” I responded with, “No. Don’t ask. I don’t want to know.”
This pregnancy proved to be ripe with complications but thankfully, there was nothing serious enough to endanger the girls. I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem during my first trimester and then I failed both the one hour and three hour screenings for gestational diabetes. There were two nights that I ended up in Labor & Delivery after experiencing too many Braxton Hicks contractions. Thankfully, again, an IV of fluids kept real contractions at bay.
I waddled into the hospital at 35 weeks and 6 days for my scheduled c-section. The girls were delivered without incident and I was able to see Anna and Emily before they were taken to the NICU and the Special Care Nursery. Rich was able to spend time with Allie, which is why the nurses did not bring her down to see me, and to see Anna and Emily in the operating room. Allie and Emily spent two days in the Special Care Nursery for observation and then were released to my room.
The girls never showed any signs of twin-to-twin transfusion in utero. Their birth weights were 5 pounds 3 ounces, 4 pounds 13 ounces and 4 pounds 13 ounces.
Anna’s first surgery occurred within hours of her birth. A neurosurgeon closed her exposed spinal column. A few days later, she underwent another surgery to place a shunt in her brain to drain excess fluid to her abdominal cavity. The shunt required revision surgery a few days later after the doctors determined that it was not functioning properly.
I look at my girls today, more than two years after their birth, and I am still in awe of their being. I find amazement in all that they do and say. They are so much more than I could have ever dreamed of.
Did you experience any complications during your pregnancy? How did you cope/manage with any negatives?