4 weeks

by Kyla on November 13, 2015 · 6 comments

Some day soon, when I finally have a handle on the utter exhaustion that comes with having newborn twins, I’ll share more about the past few months but for now, here’s the important bits:

My pregnancy was utterly torturous, the HG got worse and only dissapeared once the girls were out of me.

I struggled to physically carry twins, stopping work at 26 weeks and was unable to do much of anything until the birth.

Due to a predicted > 800 gram size difference between the twins and me going into silent labour at 33w3d, the girls were born early at 33 weeks and 5 days which we (my OB) decided to call 34 so that we could stay at my hospital (which only has a SCN for 34w+) and not be transferred to the nearest NICU facility with beds.

The girls were a good size – our little baby was on target for singleton gestation and our bigger girl measured 2 weeks ahead.

I had lots of problems in surgery and did not get to hold my babies before they took them to the SCN.

It was 2 days before I could hold my youngest daughter as she was on CPAP then in an isolette. 17 days before I saw their faces without the feeding tubes.

They spent a total of 18 days in the Special Care Nursery.

For 12 of those days I had to leave them each night as I was discharged on day 6.

It was bloody hard.

We named them Orlaith and Calliope and Dexter loves them. Giving him a sibling was why we kept going with IVF despite the failures and it has been amazing to watch him with them.

The girls were 4 weeks old yesterday, we are all so in love.

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