In early 2008, Brian and I were very happy in our relationship. We were dating and I was living with him part time. In June 08 I got really sick, and was getting sicker. It was extreme and it never crossed anyone's mind that I could be pregnant, especially since I was on the pill (never missing any). After I started losing weight from not being able to eat at all and always throwing up we finally went to the doctor. Even the doctor never even questioned if I could be pregnant or not and wanted to do some blood work for other problems he thought it could be. I was over 10 weeks along when I found out I was pregnant. Due date was February 9, 2009.
The day before Thanksgiving I was transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Center/Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. Every day, twice a day, I was connected to the NST monitors, they would show contractions that were close together, I would be given medication to slow them down at least 30min apart. And they would be close together again 8-12hrs later. The whole time I wouldn't feel but a very very small handful of contractions, and the ones I did feel never hurt.
On Dec 19th (at 32 weeks) my sister stayed the night with me in the hospital. There was a second bed in the room but I never had a roommate, and they nurses let Brian or anyone else sleep in it as long as they didn't need it. I started to get a little sore directly on my hip bones, I assumed it was just from all the bed rest. After a while it felt well enough so I could get some sleep. When I woke up in the morning it was hurting again so I hoped in the shower. It was at that point when I was like "hey, I think I am finally feeling contractions". So I let the nurse know and she hooked me up to the monitors. And of course, like always, I was having contractions. I was giving medication, they didn't slow down enough so I needed more, which wasn't uncommon, but they still didn't slow down enough. I believe I was given more medication while waiting for the doctor. He checked and said I was dilated to 4-5cm and that they were not going to be able to stop my contractions anymore, it just wasn't working. They moved me into a delivery room and gave me an epidural even though I still wasn't in pain but they require it when delivering twins. It was around that time (3pm) when Andrew,who was coming to pick up Kaitlyn, called Brian for me. Andrew told him he needs to get to the hospital right away because I was in labor. Then I got on the phone with him trying to tell him that I did just get an epidural but was going to be pushing anytime soon so even though he needed to leave work and come, he didn't need to freak out or drive crazy. His work is 2-1/2 to 3 hours away from the hospital. He got there in around 2hrs I think and even ran through the parking lot, hospital, and into the room. At that point several other family members had already arrived and we were all just laughing and Brian, panting and freaking out. Truly it was very sweet that he was so worried.
Lots of family and friends were there just waiting for the delivery. Everyone ended up staying up really late, thinking it was going to happen any minute. Most people were sleeping in the waiting room or in their cars waiting to hear something. Brian came back into my room around 3am to finally get some sleep in the chair next to me. Around 4am the nurses woke me up saying they lost the heartbeat for Baby A (just means she moved) and needed to find it again.. but first they checked my dilation... I was at 10cm and her head was right there. That's why the heartbeat wasn't being picked up, she was too far down. I told Brian "Wake up baby, its time". He went to wake everyone up and tell them while they prepared to wheel me to the OR. I left my room at 4:10am. The OR seemed scary and made me more nervous. They had an ultrasound in there to check the babies' positions. Baby A was head down ready to go, Baby B was head down but facing my back when he should be facing forward. The doctor broke my water at 4:28am and told me to push. I was pushing as hard as I could but I was so numb from the epidural I could tell if I was actually pushing or not, it was very hard to do. Baby A, Rhiannon Carol, was born at 4:46am weighing 3lb 14oz and 15-3/4in long. After the placenta came out (later to fall on the floor - haha Pearl Jam), the doctor had to physically turn Baby B around. I gave one more push and Baby B, Konnor Charles, was born at 4:52am weighing 4lb 1oz and 16in long. Both of them were pretty much immediately handed off through a window to a team of doctors and nurses in the next room. Brian didn't get to cut any cords nor did we get to even see them until they wheeled me out of the OR. I was in the hallway and they opened the other door and just held up the babies for us to "see" then wheeled me back to my room. I was back in there by 5:10am.
After going back to the room with family and friends waiting in there, I was feeling great. Had lots of energy actually, but I was having a hard time trying to eat and had a little nausea just because everything was settling back in my body. Brian ended up telling the nurse so she got some nausea medication to put in my IV. She says "this might make you a little drowsy". As she is still putting it into my IV, I pass out cold. A few hours later they wake me to use the bathroom and get moved into a new room. I was really weak and wanted to go to sleep while going to the bathroom. Another few hours later I woke up myself and needed to use the bathroom. My aunt helped me since I was still very tired and weak. When I stood up from the toilet I said that I felt a little dizzy and lightheaded and just sat back down. Apparently the moment I sat down, I fainted. It was a good thing my aunt was there because I just fell forward into her. She called the nurses in, and thats when I woke up. I was like "hey!!" thinking they opened the door while I was going to the bathroom, I didn't even realize what happened. Because of all that, we didn't get to see the babies until 8pm I believe. Poor Brian waited all that time for me to wake up to go see the babies.
They were both very healthy and spend some time in the NICU. Konnor was on oxygen for the first 24hrs just to dry out his lungs due to some fluid. So we didn't get to hold him the first day but was able to the next day. The only other stuff they had to deal with while in the NICU was jaundice, server diaper rash, nippling a bottle, and growing. When they were exactly one month old, I got to hold both of them together for the first time. Rhiannon was always doing better than Konnor with her bottle feedings so we thought for sure she would be home first, usually females have shorter NICU stays anyways. But out of nowhere Konnor did really well and go to come home after 42 days (exactly 6 weeks old). He weighed 6lb 14oz and was 19in long when he came home, on Superbowl Sunday. The very next day, Rhiannon completely refused to eat. It took a very long time before the doctor agreed to let her go home with the NG feeding tube still in. That was after 71 days (10 weeks and 1day old) weighing 9lb and 20-1/2in long. The very next morning she pulled her tube out and I had to replace it especially since a nurse was coming to the house to make sure everything was good - so I was even more nervous about putting it in wrong and not being able to get it in at all. But everything was fine. She even took 2, yes 2, bottles that morning. I left the tube in for about 3 days "just in case" but the whole time she was eating again just fine. We knew that whole time she just needed to be home with her twin brother and family that love her.
LMP - Last Menstrual Period
Conceived on or around this date
First "signs" of morning sickness
Blood test (for something else) showed positive pregnancy
Told Brian he was going to be a father
1st prenatal appt. at the clinic
Started 2nd trimester
2nd prenatal appt. - heard heartbeat - measured at 19wks?
1st ultrasound - found out we're expecting fraternal twins!
Baby A: Girl (Rhiannon Carol) 6oz healthy
Baby B: Boy (Konnor Charles) 5oz healthy
3rd prenatal appt. - clinic can't help me with twins
Brian and I both felt 1st actual kick (Rhiannon)
Baby A: Girl (Rhiannon Carol) 11oz healthy
Baby B: Boy (Konnor Charles) 11oz healthy transverse pos.
Baby A: Girl (Rhiannon Carol) 1lb 5oz healthy
Baby B: Boy (Konnor Charles) 1lb 6oz healthy
Baby A: Girl (Rhiannon Carol) 2lb 1oz healthy (stomach?)
Baby B: Boy (Konnor Charles) 2lb 6oz healthy
1st Non-Stress Test
Baby A: Girl (Rhiannon Carol) healthy & active
Baby B: Boy (Konnor Charles) healthy & active transverse
4th prenatal appt. - 1st with new doctor (White)
Everything looks good - Baby B: Boy (Konnor Charles) breech
In short, I to have contractions on 11/25/08, at 29weeks pregnant. I was transferred to another hospital... I ended up staying there for exactly 4weeks having contractions the entire time. Until finally they couldn't control them anymore. Rhiannon Carol and Konnor Charles were born on Sunday 21 December 2008 at 32wks 6days making them just over 7weeks early.