They’re here! Introducing Hadley Paige and Kayleigh Grammar, the latest and greatest loves of my life.
After carrying past full term to 38 weeks and 2 days, I was finally induced on Tuesday, May 20th. It was a fast and furious labor. Here’s how it all went down:
7AM: Admitted to Labor & Delivery – Still only dilated 3cm and experiencing some minor contractions. No real changes for the past few weeks, except that my cervix was, according to my doctor, “ripe and ready”.
8:30AM: Doctor broke my water – Contractions increased, but nothing too intense yet.
9AM: First small dose of Petocin administered: Contractions almost immediately intensify and frequency shortens.
10:30AM: Twins must be monitored more closely than singletons: I am not allowed to leave the room to walk around. I breathe-through the early contractions in a rocking chair and then by leaning over the bed with Jeremiah pushing into the small of my back.
11AM: Can no longer stand through the contractions: I get back into bed and slip into the zone. My mother and boyfriend will later tell me that it seemed like I was meditating. I was completely oblivious to everything in the room, concentrating on my breathing. The contractions have no downturn at this point and I’m starting to wish I’d taken the drugs!
1PM: Am dilated 9cm: The urge to push is almost unbearable. I sit up in bed and tell my mom: “I don’t think I can do this.”
1:30PM: Am wheeled into the OR for the delivery: All is a go to start pushing. Hadley is delivered in 8 pushes, just under 5 minutes and I have only a second to kiss her before my doctor says, “Shit!” Then all hell breaks loose. Jeremiah is quickly ushered out of the OR as my doctor explains that Baby B has flipped double-foot breech and she has to perform an emergency c-section. The anesthesiologist is immediately at my side and explains that they have to put me under because I didn’t have an epidural.
2:30PM: I awake up in the recovery room: I’m shaking uncontrollably. My nurse tells me it’s normal and my body is in shock. I’m told both babies are healthy and will be brought in shortly. I have another baby girl.
It was a wild ride, but I have two beautiful, healthy baby girls that are absolutely delicious! And I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that labor and delivery is much easier than a c-section. Trust me…I got the best of both worlds.