Monday, November 17, 2008

2 week visit

Today we had our two week visit. All is well with the babies! Hudson is up to 6 lbs 7 oz and Hattie is up to 6 lbs 3 oz. Dr. Gordon is comfortable enough with their weight and doesn't need to see us until the two month appt.. GREAT NEWS! She has referred Hudson for a pt appt. When he fractured his clavicle, he picked up this positioning of his neck to the left side. When he gets in that position, he freezes and screams. You can tell it is very painful. Dr Gordon said the therapist could give us some exercises to do to prevent it from getting worse.

The bad news for the day is I have another mastitis. I had one during the first couple of weeks with Wyatt too.. It is very painful and I am running a fever of 103. I started last night to get the fever and can get it to come down with the 800 milligram of ibprofen. The problem is, I can only take it every 8 hours. I called my doctor today and they never called me back.. I called the hospital tonight and started crying when they told me that I needed to go to urgent care. I just want someone to call me in some medicine! Anyway, I have started taking Tylenol too and my fever is down to 101. It has been a rough day for me.. I was trying to take care of the babies the best I could and slept right with them when they slept!!

I promise to add some pictures soon. My days fly by and everything I mean to happen doesn't.. and now my fever really slowed me down.. Hattie and Hudson are SO DIFFERENT. They look different, eat different, act different.. Hattie is mellow and doesn't cry much. She eats very slow, burps good and has a tendency to spit up. She looks a lot like her momma.. Hudson eats fast and makes a complete mess, but is less likely to spit up. He has a temper and does not like diaper changes! I love them so much! I am proud of them!!!!

Wyatt is adjusting okay. He loves the babies and kisses them constantly. Problem is, he wakes them up and is too in their face.. He has been in trouble a lot with Ben and I.. He is definitely seeing what he can get away with.. we are constantly disciplining which is no fun! I am hoping it is over soon.. doesn't help that he is 3!

First Days at Home

As I said, we were released to come home on Wednesday. We were both exhausted and ready to just unwind some. I was trying to nurse, but having trouble with my milk coming in and on getting both of them to latch.

Thursday, the following day, we had our followup appt with Dr. Gordon. At that appt, Hattie weighed 5.45 and Hudson weighed 5.9. They were both showing signs of jaundice so we had to go to the lab. Their levels were 10 for Hattie and 13 for Hudson. Dr. Gordon wanted to make sure they were both eating every 2-3 hours and to supplement formula if I had to. That night was long and I did have to give each of them a little formula, due to problems with them latching on.

Friday we had to go back to the doctor for a weight check. At this appt, Hudson weighed 5.11 and Hattie weighed 5.5. It was at least a gain instead of a loss and Dr. Gordon was happy with that. Hudson had to have additional blood work. His biliruben level was at 15 and Dr. Gordon prescribed the billi blanket for the weekend. We had to take him to Capital Region on Saturday for additional blood work. His level had decreased to 12 something, so that was the improvement they were looking for. Their stools were also looking good..

The weekend was full with lots of visitors. Lesli and Sarah came on Saturday morning, followed by the daycare owners, then Marcus, Kim, Jen and the boys and Tricia and Brook. Wyatt was not feeling the best and found himself in lots of trouble. I tried to nurse both babies all day. I felt like I was constantly feeding one of them. Sunday Grandma Graham, Debbie, Sandy, Sheila, Isabelle, Mema, Missy and Dalton came to visit.

Monday we had to go back to the doctor for weight check, jaundice check. Hudson looked much better, losing his yellow color. Hudson weighed his birth weight of 6.2 and Hattie weighed 5.65. All else looked good!

Grandma Bonnie has spent lots of nights with us. That helps Mommy alot, b/c I was trying to let Ben get as much sleep as possible since he went back to work. We figured out that he would sleep good if he slept on your chest, so we took turns sleeping in the recliner.

This past weekend was deer season. Ben went all weekend, but no deer.. Grandma Janice stayed with us on Friday night and Grandma Bonnie stayed on Saturday night. Traci and Deann came over on Sunday and watched the babies for a few hours while I ran Wyatt to town to meet Ben to go to deer camp and I went to Wal-mart. Betsy came over for a visit when I returned, as did Heather, Mitch and the boys.

Delivery Day and Hospital Stay

Wow.. Has it really been two weeks??? I have no idea where they have went!!! I am going to back track and start on delivery day...

Ben and I were rushing around and actually arrived at the hopsital a little late. I had to do a bunch of blood work when I first got there and then changed into my gown. They gave me my iv, which royally sucked.. I was still dilated to 4 and 90 effaced. As soon as my epidural was done at shortly after 10:00 they broke Hattie's water. I quickly progressed to 5, so they held off on the potosin and gave my body time to progress on its own. At 11:00 I hadn't progressed so they started a low dose of potosin. My contractions picked up quickly and they then increased the dose of potosin. I had a room full of people - my parents, my sister, Ben's dad and step mom, Ben's mom and Ben's sister. I had a couple spells of low blood pressure where I felt like I was going to throw up and then faint. They had to give me something to counteract that. They checked me again around 1:00 and said I was ready to go! I dilated very quick! Hattie's head was at a 1 meaning she was ready to come out! I had 3 different people check me in a 5 minute period making sure I was fully dilated b/c they were surprised at the quickness of it. Ben was dressed and we were taken into the operating room..

Due to twins, delivery always occurs in the operating room, in case of the need of emergency csection. The room was crazy, with 10 -11 people in there besides Ben and I. There were many doctors in there. There had been much discussion about Hudson being breach. The doctors said that the hospital does not deliver breach babies anymore vaginally, but that policy did not apply with twins.

I pushed forever with Hattie.. felt like it anyway.. actually 26 minutes. I really couldn't feel anything and felt like I had no idea what I was doing. Some pushes were successful, others a complete waste. I blamed Dr. Floyd for my weakness for being on bedrest.

At 1:16, Hattie Lynn was born.. she looked so healthy to me, the second I got to see her. They let Ben cut the cord. Her right ear was folded over in half! She was then taken away and attention was focused on Hudson. The ultrasound machine was hooked up the entire time so they could see his position.. He was still breach.. The doctor reached up and grabbed and felt his hand. She found his feet and started to direct him out. I had to push a few times and they continued to guide him out. When they got to his arms I had to stop and they got them positioned. It was very quiet in the room, it seemed to be very tense. Everything was out but his head. Dr. Floyd was telling everyone was to do and some kind of forceps were used to go in and help pull his head out. At 1:19, Hudson Brooks was born. He came out looking so small.. They cut his cord and he was taken away. Ben and I both noticed his arm looked weird and Ben asked if that was normal. We were assured it was. I told Ben to go be with the babies as they were finishing things with me.

I could hear Ben asking lots of questions, questioning why they were doing the things they were. The babies were both given iv's - apparently just to be safe. They were given some liquids to perk them up? Hattie still has bruises on both hands as her veins were blown. The nurses came over and assured me everything was okay.

I was then taken to my room again to recover, as they prepared me for a csection just in case so there had to be some additional monitoring. They brought the babies in. I held both of them, but was so weak that I didn't want to hold them long. I was afraid I would drop them. Hattie stared right back at me when I held her. Hudson was quiet and had his eyes shut more. They were then taken away to get weighed and cleaned up. I ordered lunch and tried to build up my strength. Everyone, including the medical staff, was completely surprised to hear the weights. Hudson weighed 6.2 and Hattie weighed 5.15. Hattie looked much bigger to us! She measured 19 inches and Hudson measured 20 inches.

Ed immediately went and bought the babies the cutest little MU hats and Wyatt a big brother shirt. To be honest, things are really foggy after that for a while. I was exhausted, and so glad that delivery was behind us and they were both here and healthy.

Patty went and picked up Wyatt from daycare. They went to El Jimador and then came to meet the babies. Wyatt was great with the babies. The babies got him Diego stuff which he of course loved. He had one of his big brother shirts on. Everything was good until he had to leave.. he had a complete meltdown. It was hard for Ben and I to handle that..

We had lots of great visitors... of course our parents and sisters.. also Jen, Scott, Kelly, Kara, Adam, Karen, Tricia, Cory, Brooklyn, Traci, Mike, Michael, Teresa, Deann, Jason, Kathryn, Jim, Kyla, Buffy, Nina, Missy, Brad, Mema, Nick, Jessica, Aisha, Maurice, and Eddie.. I am sure I am missing some..

I was in the hospital for two nights. Both nights were sleepless, as Hudson cried a lot. We eventually called in the nurse both nights and asked for suggestions... We had great nurses.. our favorites were Carrie and Kari. Carrie was our night nurse, and she wrapped Hudson up tight and propped him on his side a little. We thought he was gassy. We got him a bink. Hattie was quiet and slept pretty good. Hudson was circumsized on Tueday. Wednesday when they were doing the babies exit exams they discovered that Hudson's right clavicle was fractured. They don't do anything for fractures on babies, but told us to not to move the arm and dress that arm first and take the arm out last of outfits. They told us that it would callus in about 2 weeks and that there were no long term complications. The fracture apparently happened in delivery. He said that due to how quick he was delivered, Hudson's body may not have had positioned correctly. We were sad about the fracture, but relieved they found it and found an answer to the crying. We felt terrible b/c we had moved his arm alot, having no idea of the fracture.. He was very hoarse by the time we left the hospital.... also, Hudson had a click in his hip. This can happen when babies are breach in the womb, as they don't move the leg as they would if head down. We have an appt at the University in December, at 6 weeks, to see if the click fixed itself or if something will need to be done, possibly a brace for a month or two. Obviously, the hope is that it will fix itself before the visit. We were ready to get home.. Wyatt stayed home the day we came home.. he and Patty had made dinner and cookies.. and had made a welcome home Hattie and Hudson sign...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Night Before The BIG DAY

It is now Sunday evening and I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to remember what I am forgetting.. It will be something obvious like a toothbrush, which I did remember..

Our weekend has been nice, pretty uneventful, which is a good thing for one more day.. Wyatt seems to have completely recovered from Thursday and was able to scrape in plenty of candy for Halloween.. Problem is, he is one of VERY FEW 3 year olds that hates chocolate, which he inherited from Ben.. so, guess who is eating LOTS of chocolate? The house is clean, and I had time to post one more picture of me being pregnant.

We are excited and nervous about tomorrow. Looking forward to meeting both Hudson and Hattie and I, admitting to be selfish, I just want to feel good again... by my scales I gained 48 lbs during this pregnacy. I am ready to say goodbye to maternity clothes and the one pair of flip flops that fit and hello to sleeping on my stomach and peeing maybe one time at night, if that, instead of the 4 to 6 times I have become accustomed to.

Ben and I will have our cells Monday.. you are welcome to call for an update.. I would post our phone numbers, but that probably isn't the best idea, so I hope you know one of them!