Mama Tank (dunktank) wrote in twin_pregnancy,
Mama Tank

Birth Announcement

I had my twins via planned c/s on June 15th. Here are the details:

Baby A: Megan, born 8:05am, 5lb 5oz 18"
Baby B: Lindsey, born 8:06am, 5lb 11.5oz, 19.25"

I became very disenchanted with the idea of doing a vaginal delivery when I was told that Baby B was quite a bit bigger than Baby A. She was also breech (Baby A was vertex). We scheduled the c/s based on this information. I was told that I could back out if Baby B went vertex. I did not seriously entertain the possibility that she would do this. The morning of my c/s, we found that she was, indeed, vertex. The doctor kindly told me that we could cancel the whole thing and shoot for an induction, but the induction might not happen that day. For some reason, the idea of backing out at that point did not appeal to me. The thought of backing out AND being induced at a later date, when I had no signs of labor whatsoever at 37w6d, was especially not appealing to me. So I went ahead with the c/s.

I've decided that having a c/s sucks. I got this horrible spinal, then a sheet was placed in front of me, my arms were pinned down, and I waited. Soon I heard a baby crying. I thought, that's my baby, ok? Feel something! But it does not come. The first thing I said was, "Is it a girl?" [sidebar: That is what we believed, but my mom had me all paranoid that she might be a boy. Long story, won't bore you with it.] They brought her to me and stuck her in my face, supposedly so I could kiss her, but I was not feeling it. My husband was jubilant, practically skipping on air and videotaping everything he could. The people in the OR said she was beautiful. I thought, "whatever, you say that to every baby." Baby B came seconds later, and again, I only wanted to make sure she was a girl. Mostly I felt ridiculous and powerless. This was supposed to be a joyous moment, but I was not joyous at all.

Pictures were taken, video was shot, and soon I was wheeled into recovery. I felt utterly bland. I wanted my babies already (at least I had that much presence of mind), but I also wanted antihistamine, and lots of it. My face was itching like a mean motherfucker. They gave me a dose, and I asked for another. When I asked for a third, they switched me to benadryl. Benadryl lasted me about 3 hours and I was allowed to have it once every 4. The first 24 hours after birth, all I could think about was benadryl. I could not stop touching and rubbing and scratching my face. It was madness. I also wanted to cry very badly. I also shook.

Recovery in the hospital was fairly grueling. We were interrupted approximately every hour by either a doctor, a nurse, nurse's assistant, or someone who wanted my menu for the next meal. When our sleep was not being interrupted by any of these people, we were tending to our newborns. Looking back, I really think we should have used the hospital nursery so we could have gotten some sleep. More than anything, that was the necessary ingredient to making it through that first week.

Now, our lives are falling into a rhythm with our twins. Every so often, the rhythm interrupts just to remind us how challenging this is going to be, but overall, we are overjoyed by these girls. They are beyond precious, beautiful and special.

Day after birth - Megan is on the left

20 days old - Megan still on the left

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i had the itchy face thing after i had both my csections. it sucks!
It was easily the most horrible of the unexpected side effects. I could cope with not getting out of bed, because nobody expected me to. The itchy face was beyond bothersome and uncomfortable.
I had a run-in with a nurse who told me I could not have antihistamine when I was scratching my face off at 4:00am following my surgery. She was just being dumb and inexperienced. We made sure to speak our mind about her to the people doing the hospital surveys.
I'm so sorry you had such a disappointing experience. It was utterly impossible to get any sleep at the hospital for me too, maybe 10-20 minutes at a time. It made it very hard to cope when we came home so depleted.
Oh my gosh... look at your lovely babies!!! They are SOOOOOOOO beautiful, Congrats!!!!

I had c/s as well, emergency @ 33 weeks due to my (breech) son trying to kick his way out and causing a "mild" abruption. I feel ya on the general suckiness of the whole thing. I was shaking uncontrollably, and also felt very little when I heard those cries... other than grateful to be hearing them. After my 12 hours of required recovery, they couldn't keep me away from them, or out of the NICU, for the whole next month.

Every now and then I regret the initial numbness I had... but overall, I'm also grateful I didn't have a long and painful delivery either.

Best of luck with your gorgeous girls!! They will be keeping you super busy!! :) Mine will be 1 in < 2months. It goes by SO FAST
Omg thank you so much :')

I am with you about being relieved not to have a long & painful delivery. I hear too often about laboring for hourssss and THEN having the C.
Your babies ARE gorgeous, like whoa! :)

I had an awful c/s too. No itching, but I had a reaction to the anesthesia and blacked out during the birth and don't remember it at all, and then I had blood clots and almost needed a transfusion and didn't get to meet my twins until five hours after they were born. The whole thing sucked for me. I willed myself off the pain meds and ate a ton so I'd poop and they let me go home a day early, thank goodness. I was so ready to be outta there. I felt like we'd all had such a rough go that getting my girls home was all I wanted.

And once I did, I felt like you. We got into a groove and life was all-around amazing. Twins are the best.
OMG thank you! :') :')

Sorry to hear about your sucky c/s experience, but you are one tough cookie for getting yourself out of there a day early.

Speaking of food, I had difficulty choking it down in the hospital from being so exhausted, sore, and sleep-deprived, and not to mention, caring for newborn twins is absolutely mad in the first several days. My poor husband was eating all my leftovers and the staff started leaving an extra tray for him. So the day we left, he asked one of the attendants if we would get lunch before they let us go, and god forbid but he seemed happy about this news, so the nurse snarked something about him being excited about hospital food. I wanted to say Hey Bitch, it must be nice to bring your lunch to work everyday while we're stuck in this cave, but we get hungry too, and we're too fucking busy to do the five star meals, so why don't you suck it?? LOL.. everyone that made the mistake of giving me attitude became the subject of my rage!!
Congratulations, they're precious! I'm sorry you had such a rough c-section though.