I'd been having sporadic contractions that wouldn't get going regularly off and on for a few days. I had an appointment with my doctor first thing on Tuesday morning. When he saw me he said he was surprised I hadn't gone into labor yet. I told him I was ready to have the babies, as pregnancy was very uncomfortable at this point. We went ahead and had an exam done which showed I was already 5 cm. dilated and realized we were closer to having them then I thought. Jeff and I discussed our options and we decided to go to the hospital after lunch where the plan was to have the doctor break my water to help get labor going. We went home had breakfast, puttered around getting things ready to go to the hospital, got supper going in the crockpot, and had lunch. While I was fixing lunch I felt a contraction or two and thought I hope this keeps up and won't have to have my water broken. By the time we headed to the hospital I'd had a few contractions, but they still didn't seem to be getting regulated. After we checked in and they hooked me and the babies up to the monitors we found out the contractions were regularly coming 8-10 minutes apart and I just wasn't feeling all of them. After struggling to get 20 minutes of the twins heart rates, which seemed to take more like 45 minutes because twin B kept kicking the monitor off, I was allowed to get up and go for a walk.
After the walk, we returned and they hooked us up to the monitors again. The contractions were in the 6-10 minute range and I was just starting to feel them a little more. The doctor came in around 6:10 and we decided to head out for another walk to keep things going. We headed out onto the skybridge, which connects the building where we were with the main hospital. Shortly after starting out to walk I had a stronger contraction and stopped for it to finish before I kept walking. Jeff had gone to meet his sister and get something from her that she was bringing him. My mom and Jeff's mom were walking with me. I walked a little farther and then began having a contraction that just didn't seem to want to stop. During this contraction or maybe I should say series of back to back contractions, Jeff and his sister came to where we were. Jeff looked at my face and asked me if we needed a wheelchair. I said, "Yes," but as he started to walk away I said "That's a pushing contraction." Jeff took off running for the Labor and Delivery ward and called for our doctor and a wheelchair. Our doctor heard him and took off running for where I was. I remember looking up and seeing our doctor sprinting as fast as he could up the skybridge with Jeff not too far behind. Following them was the rest of the labor and delivery ward nurses coming in what looked like slow motion. The doctor called for a gurney after he got to me. It was time to push though. One of the first nurses to get to us helped lower me down toward the floor. We thought the baby was going to arrive there, but the gurney arrived and between pushes the doctor, Jeff, and two other people lifted me onto the gurney and Colt was born a few seconds later. They put him up on my belly and he was just precious to look at.
They raced me back to my labor room. Jeff was handed the scissors to cut the cord, which he did for the first time of any of our babies. Then my doctor broke my second bag of water and felt for the position of the baby. The cord had prolapsed and he shoved it back inside while he got ready to help twin B come into the world. I heard him say, "I feel hands and feet," at which point he asked if we were sure we were only having two babies. I told him that we had only ever seen two babies on the sonograms and it would be quite a surprise. If there were still two I told him I hoped one was a girl. I thought maybe he was joking around. He pulled Kade out feet first with the next contraction, five minutes after Colt was born. Then he told the nurse he needed to check to make sure there wasn't another baby. There wasn't ;) WHEW!
We were excited to have our boys born healthy. Usually, twins are delivered in the OR because of the potential for an emergency c-section, but I guess Colt had other plans. Jeff's sister hadn't expected to get to be there for their births, but her timing was perfect and she was very excited to be able to be there, as were both Jeff's mom and my mom. We were the talk of the hospital and the first to have a baby born on the skybridge. Colt was 9# 2 oz. and 19 3/4 inches long and Kade was 8# 6 oz. and 21 inches long.
The twins were born tuesday at 39 weeks 2 days.
Colt was 9 pounds 2 ounces and 19 3/4 inches. Kade was 8 pounds 6 ounces and 21 inches. They arrived healthy and safely and with a bang and a lot of drama. Sometime soon I hope to get the birth story written up for those of you who like to read about births.
I'm still here plugging slowly away at the challenges that Michelle has given us.
Week 21: The Hall Closet/Bathrooms -- I finished washing our winter coats and put them away. The kids helped attempt cleaning the bathrooms. We tried to make sure the counters were extra clean, the toilets were scrubbed, and the floors were swept.
Week 22: The Laundry Room/Mudroom -- I worked on making the shelves in the laundry room more efficient for now. We also got 4 laundry baskets of different colors to help the kids sort their laundry and keep the mess of dirty laundry piles out of the main hallway through the house. We are really liking this system. We bought a pink basket for fancy or special wash clothes, a white basket for white clothes and linens, a green basket for colored clothes, and a blue basket for jeans or heavy duty dark clothes. The people who are assigned to bring the dirty laundry to the laundry room sort it into the correct baskets and I can see at a glance what laundry is needing to be washed and dump it into the washer and move on. Kent also helped by sweeping the laundry room floor.
Week 23: The Linen Closet -- Since I rearranged the linen closet when we did the master bathroom I took the week off from the cleaning challenge.
Week 24: The Porch and Deck -- Kent needed something extra to do, so I had him sweep the front porch, which had collected a lot of grass from some birds that were building a nest. It looked much nicer after he finished.
Week 25: The Yard -- The week this was assigned we didn't do anything in the yard, but I had a few things I've been wanting to do. When my Dad and Mom came my dad mowed and mom and the kids weeded the front flower bed, and Jeff, Mom, and the kids weeded my gardens. I went to Lowe's with Jeff, Dad, and the boys and picked out some marigolds, a tomato plant, and a basil plant. Then Mom and the kids planted them they way I'd been wanting them to be planted.
Week 26: The Storage Room/Attic -- I didn't do anything with these areas as we don't have a designated storage room and the Attic stores the Christmas tree and a wading pool. The week before I did work on finishing the guestroom for my parents arrival.
Since I apparently didn't take many before and after pictures I'll leave you with this cute Quinn face.
Week 27's challenge is Clothes Storage: I definitely have some work to do in this area, but I'm hoping the twins will be born very soon. My mom and I did put clothes into the dresser for the twins yesterday.
We started back to school today. We kicked off our new year with a trip to the library for program with Miniature Therapy Horses. These horses are taken into nursing homes and rehabilitation centers where the residents get to connect with an animal which can have a soothing effect on many people. They can also jog good memories and help people open up and have a better day.
*Pictures taken on my phone. I need to remember to take the camera with me for activities like this.