I had high blood pressure early in my pregnancy so I was being monitored pretty regularly. I had been asked to come into the office a few times when I was feeling weird. On one particular day I was starting to feel pretty bad and when I went to the OB office they sent me straight to the hospital. I figured it was routine and they would send me home however it was not. I was told that I was going to be delivering that day. I was devastated. Jared(my husband) and I were scared to death. I was given a steroid shot to help the boys lungs and was told that I would be lucky to get a 2nd round before delivery but it was not expected. I was rushed in an ambulance to a level 3 hospital and the plan was for a c-section. By the time I got to the 2nd hospital I was put on medication that seemed to work and I was able to wait on delivery. Thankfully, I was able to wait almost a week and recieve both rounds of the steroid. I of course didn’t leave the hospital. On April 18th at about 2 am I called my nurse and was feeling awful. They did all the necessary tests and determined that I had developed HELLP syndrome and it was delivery day. We did not know what to expect. I think we feared the worst but trusted that we were in God’s hands all at the same time. It may not make sense but that it how I felt.
What was your delivery like?
It was not picturesque by any means. We were so nervous that the excitement we thought we would feel was no where to be found. According to Jared there was quite a large team in there preparing for the birth of Alex and Eli. We needed the birthing staff and the NICU staff for two babies. I remember hearing them both cry. This brought a wave of relief. They showed me each child before they whisked them off to the NICU. I barely remember it unfortunately. I was on a lot of medications and it had been a complete whirlwind of a day.
Both of your boys spent quite a bit of time in the NICU, what was it like to finally bring them home?
There are no words. It was such a humongous blessing and one that we did not take for granted. They came home 3 weeks apart which was nice because it gave us time to adjust to each child. The day we brought them both home was absolutely surreal. We just looked at them for the longest time and held them. It was such a beautiful contrast to the day 12 weeks before when we came home empty handed to a nursery prepared for our twins. That was one of the most difficult days of our lives.
Do your boys have any long term health/developmental issues from being born at 27 weeks and 2 days?
We are very fortunate that at this point there are no serious issues. Developmentally they are on target and health wise we have some lung issues that require breathing treatments whenever they get colds but obviously this is quite minor. Eli has had 2 surgeries (hernia and hypospadius repair) and has one more scheduled with the urologist. These are all outpatient and considered pretty routine. And with any preemie there is a risk that once they enter school there could be some learning disabilities but we will tackle that when we get there.
What is your favorite activity to do with your boys?
I really love to do anything with them. Jared (my husband) is my best friend and the boys follow closely behind so just being with them is a huge blessing. I love their smiles, giggles and right now the funny things that they say. We have a good life and I know things could have been very different so I try and soak in even the most mundane of activities (although I will be honest I am not always successful, but I consciously try).
A big thank you to Becky for being our featured blogger! Be sure to stop by Our Sweet Peas to say hello!
Have you checked out Blog for a Cure yet?