The twins decided to make their grand appearance 5 weeks early. Last Sunday (1/27) my water broke shortly before 4:30am. I frantically showered and packed my hospital bag (side note: when people say to prepare early when you are pregnant with twins - do it!!) and we got to the hospital around 6:00. They confirmed my water did break, and I was 3cm dilated, but contractions weren't registering on the monitors yet. Then we had the choice to make: vaginal delivery or c-section. After many doctors talked over the risks of each, we decided a breech extraction with twin B just sounded to terrifying, and opted for the c-section.
Chase and Alexis were born shortly before 11:00am. Chase weighed in at 5lb, and Alexis was 4lb, 8oz. They were both immediately taken to the NICU as both were having some trouble breathing. Alexis ended up not needing any help with breathing and was left on room air. Chase ended up needing to be on a CPAP, but that was taken out a couple days later as he really didn't need it either.
Both babes are still in the NICU, and what a tiring experience that has been. Neither one have any health issues - they just need to gain weight and take all of their feedings by bottle before they can go home. Alexis is doing much better in this department, and it looks like she's not too far off from going home. Unfortunately Chase has steadily been losing weight and gets so tired drinking from his bottle that he tuckers out and falls asleep halfway through. Yesterday they decided to cut back on the amount of times they/we try to feed him by bottle (and just feed him through his NG tube) so that he can get more rest and start gaining some weight.
Leaving my babies behind every night to go home and sleep is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I'm even more upset now that they likely will not be going home together and little Chase is going to be left behind. It absolutely breaks my heart. I keep trying to tell myself this will all be over soon, and they are in the best place they need to be. It's just so heart-wrenching when they have been with me every second of every day for 8 months, and then suddenly we have to be apart.
Did I mention these post-partum hormones are torturous? :)
I apologize about the quality of pics I have to show you, it's been so crazy I haven't even had to a chance to get some good, and more recent, shots of them. I promise there will be many more to come!
(this was shortly after he was taken off the cpap and his NG tube was still through his mouth instead of nose - he looks so much more comfortable now)