Wednesday, January 30, 2008

We're Home

We brought the babies home yesterday. Sunday night they passed their car seat tests and Monday night we roomed in at the hospital. They are doing great though. We haven't slept much, but it is fun to have them home.
Car seat tests with Nurse Ann

At home in the bassinet

Friday, January 25, 2008

Family of Four

The babies are doing great right now. They have gained weight the past 4 nights and are now both above their birth weights. Mason is up to 5 lbs 10 ounces and Sawyer is up to 5 lbs 1 ounce!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Birth Story

Here is what happened last Tuesday:
  • 7:30 AM Dr. Tadvick came in and woke me up and said "looks like we will be having some babies today!" He said that my platelet levels had dropped quite a bit over night and that my tests came back that I had severe preeclampsia. So as soon as there was an room open he was going to take the babies. He said that if we had waited even one more day it would have been very dangerous to do the surgery.
  • So I stared making calls. I let my parents know that they would need to leave to head up here as soon as they could.
  • They took me over to Labor and Delivery and hooked me up to some monitors, and we waited. We had to wait on a room to open and for an anesthesiologist to be available.
  • We were waiting on another scheduled C-section to finish, then around 1 Dr. Tadvick came in and said they found another open room and were ready to go.
  • I walked down to the room, got the spinal and was strapped onto the table. My legs were very tingly and felt like they were asleep, but I could still feel them. I was so scared that I wouldn't be completely numb and I would feel it. So the anesthesiologist did the needle test to make sure I couldn't feel anything.
  • They came in and got started. I hated the smell and all of the pressure. They were pushing so hard on my chest that it hurt. I told Eric that I didn't want to do this again cause I really didn't like being awake during surgery.
  • They pulled Mason out first and brought him over. Then came Sawyer. They took some pictures of us and then Eric and the babies left.
  • My arms were shaking so bad I though they were going to come out of the straps. I felt a bunch of tugging and pushing and pressure. It made me so nauseated. I remember laying there and just concentrating on not throwing up. They finished up and took me over to recovery. Dr. Tadvick said that they were going to put me on Magnesium Sulfate for the next 24 hours because of the preeclampsia. I don't remember a whole lot after that. Just a lot of dry heaving and nurses pushing on my stomach (which hurt a lot!).
  • Later that day they finally let me start drinking water and around 1 AM I started throwing up constantly. My nurse started to get worried, but I just kept telling her that I always throw up when I am on pain meds. She got worried enough though that she decided to have some tests done.
  • It turned out that my Mag level was way up. My kidneys had stopped functioning because of the preeclampsia. So they took me off the Mag and I gradually felt better. I got to see the babies sometime Wednesday evening (they brought them down to my room).
  • Thursday morning they finally moved me over to the Mother Ward. Dr. Tadvick said that I was severely anemic and that it would take a few weeks to get back to normal. I started feeling much better on Thursday and every day is better and better now!
Here is cute video of Mason with the hiccups:

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

1 Week!

Mason and Sawyer
The babies are one week old today! It doesn't seem like it has already been a week. They are still doing about the same. They really doing really well. We are just waiting on them to learn how to eat. Things are going well though and we just spending most of our time going back and forth to the hospital.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Pictures from Yesterday

Mason and Sawyer


The babies are doing great. They are still learning how to eat and will be for the next few weeks. They should get to go home about the time they would have been 37 weeks. They are back in the intermediate part of the NICU so we have to go back there to get to see them. They are doing really well though and it will just take time. We get to go home from the hospital tomorrow though!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mason and Sawyer are here!

Charles Mason Vickers (Mason)
Born at 1:34 p.m. on 1/15/08
5 pounds 9 ounces
18 inches long

Sawyer Kate Vickers (Sawyer)
Born at 1:35 p.m. on 1/15/08
4 pounds 13 ounces
18 inches long

Monday, January 14, 2008

Here For the Duration

We are back at the hospital now until the babies come. We had our appointment with Dr. Maberry and Dr. Tadvick this morning. The babies weigh 5 pounds and 4 pounds 14 ounces, which is great. My blood pressure is staying really high though so they think I probably have preeclampsia. Tadvick is running some tests and we should know more tomorrow afternoon. If I have preeclampsia there is a good chance that they will take the babies this week. The good thing though is that I 34 weeks on Wednesday and they already weigh 5 pounds. So they will be fine, they will just have to stay in the hospital for a while. Dr. Tadvick said that I could last another 2 weeks, but he doubts it. So we will just see what happens!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Funny Pregnancy Stories

Here are a few funny stories from the last month. I'm sure there are many more, but here are a few that I remember.
  • We were eating lunch at El Chico about a month ago with Eric's parents and sister. They were all making fun of me for some reason and were laughing so hard that someone snorted. Which made me laugh even harder, which turned into crying. Everyone was just looking at me and I couldn't stop crying. Gotta love those pregnancy hormones.
  • On my way to the hospital for my third visit for contractions, I was riding in my sister inlaws bug. When we got there and I got out and the entire back of my jeans were wet. I asked her if she had spilled anything in her seat and she said no. I started freaking out because I thought that my water had broke and I hadn't even realized it. But it turned out there had been something wet in the seat.
  • I have been sleeping in the recliner for a while now. The other day my alarm went off and Eric was still asleep. So thinking I could reach it and wanting to turn it off as quick as possible so it wouldn't wake Eric up, I leaned over to try to reach it with out getting up (since getting out of the chair takes time now). I was further than I thought though and the recliner tipped over with me in it. I'm sure it would have been quite a sight to see!
  • Today someone knocked on the door and I tried to look through the peephole to see who it was. But I could not find a way to get close enough to the door to see through the peephole. That is when you know your belly is too big!

We go to both doctors on Monday and I can't wait to see how much the babies weigh. I hope everyone has a great weekend.