Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Life

Seven weeks ago to this day Jon and I were getting ready to take a trip to the hospital. March 10th, 2010 we spent our last day as "Just the Two of Us" (well 3 including the pup).
We had a large agenda. Sadly we didn't get to complete it. We were suppose to sleep in, pack the hospital bags, take a walk at the park with the pup, then head over to the hospital. That's not what we did. Jon decided, since he took the day off, he should make a quick doctors appointment for his hurt ankle. Well, that quick doctor appointment lasted 2 hours. UGH! Then of course, I decided it was totally necessary to clean the house from TOP to BOTTOM. We did have a great day together though, we even got ice cream. YUM! However, we did not get to the park, but we did give Sota a bath. We figured she needed to be super clean and smell yummy before meeting her brothers.
Here is Sota with her Mommy ready to say hi to the boys.
Jon and Kristin, ready to become Mommy and Daddy.
This is how big I was at the end....I say HUGE! 37 1/2 weeks.
We got to the hospital and were so excited with what was about to come. I was induced at 7:00pm. The whole process was fine. Except for the monitors hooked up to myself and the boys. Since I was categorized as a "high risk" pregnancy each of us needed a belt around my waist to listen form hear beats to make sure no one goes into distress. For this reason, I was not allowed to get out of bed for any reason. That was the most frustrating part of the whole thing. Every time I moved I would knock off one of the belts and a nurse would have to come in (not happy of course) and reposition it.
In the morning they went ahead and continued the process. They gave me drugs to help my contractions along. Not much of what they did was any help. The boys were quite happy in there. I think they wanted to stay the rest of the 3 weeks.
In the afternoon they came in to break my water. With 4 failed attempts they told me I needed to get an epidural now, otherwise they wouldn't be able to break it. If they didn't break it there would be no progress. So I got the epidural and after another long try to break my water they finally were able to.
In the evening my doctor came in and told me that I really wasn't progressing any. She said that neither of the boys were dropping and without their pressure I most likely wouldn't progress any further. She was encouraging me to go ahead and have a c-section. She fel that even if I was able to deliver Baby A, Baby B would end up being a c-section and she didn't want me to have to recover from both deliveries AND care for two newborns. She knew I really wanted to try to deliver on my own so she told me that she was comfortable with my trying ANOTHER 24 hours.
Jon and I decided that we were going to go ahead with the c-section. We felt like we would rather go into the operating room with smiles on our faces ready for a birthday party than rushed in for an emergency or too tired to be as excited as we should.
Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 9:16pm and 9:17pm new life entered our world. Two new lives actually! When the doctore held them up I was just amazed! (WARNING - picture below is just out of the womb).
The boys were born with NO complications. AMAZING!
Micaiah Jon Ronnevik
5lbs 13oz 19 1/2 inches long
Gunnar James Ronnevik
6lbs 1oz 20 inches long
Since being home we are learning a lot and having a blast. Jon was home with me for the first week. He was such a great help. It was so obvious how in love with his sons he is. He would just stare and giggle and smooch them all day long.
Jon went back to work and I was left alone wiht my little monsters. My mom stopped by here and there for an hour or so, but for the most part it was just me and the boys. Being a mom is hard work. There there is being a mom with TWO newborns. WOW! To be a fly on my wall... You would be suprised with how chaotic it is at times and how serene at others.
The boys and I are having soooo much fun together!