Today's the day! Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girls! If you've been reading the blog for a while, you know that my writing in the weeks following Hadley and Leila's birth was a blur of pieces of information while I was recovering from labor and spending time in the NICU. I never felt like their whole birth story was told. So, there's no better opportunity to reminisce than their birthday, right?
My mom has a tradition of telling us our birth story on our birthday every year, and I want to continue that tradition. I actually wrote this version for the girls' memory books, so you'll see that it's a little "rosy". Which is probably okay for a public blog. :)
On Thursday, June 4, 2009, I was 33 weeks and 6 days pregnant, and had been on bed rest for five weeks. My doctor told me that if I made it to 34 weeks, I could start doing things around the house again, so I was looking forward to Friday. But I didn’t make it to Friday – I woke up at 8:00 a.m. when my water broke in bed! Daddy was at work, so I called him right away. “I think my water broke, but I’m not sure!” He didn’t wait to see if I was sure – he started driving home right away. While I waited for him, I packed a bag for the hospital and called everybody I could think of, to tell them that you were going to be born that day!
When we got to the hospital at 9:30 a.m., they put me in a room and started monitoring my contractions, but told me that I couldn’t move at all because they wanted to keep you inside me as long as possible, even if it was only a few more hours. Because I was on medicine to stop you from being born too early, my contractions didn’t start until the medicine had worn off, at about 1:00 p.m. Grandma and Grandpa K. came to the hospital to wait with us. At 3:00 p.m., I decided to get an epidural, just in case there was an emergency and the doctor had to do a c-section, which is common with twins. At 6:00 p.m., the nurse came into the room and said, “You’re ready to have your twins!” They wheeled my bed into an operating room, and Daddy came with us. There were about twenty doctors and nurses in the operating room, to make sure that you were okay.
At first, everything went smoothly. After about 45 minutes, we had our first beautiful baby girl, Hadley Luella! You were so tiny, and perfect, and gorgeous! Daddy cut your umbilical cord, and I got to hold you for a minute before they took you to the NICU to take care of you, since you were premature.
Next, we waited for a little while so that I could rest. It was almost time for our second baby to be born, when the doctor looked at the monitor and said, “It looks like this baby will need a c-section.” She didn’t know why, but the baby’s heart rate was dropping very fast. One doctor picked me up by himself to move me from the hospital bed to the operating table, and they performed an emergency c-section. I was very scared! The table shook a lot, and I couldn't see Daddy because of all the doctors and nurses around me. It seemed like a long time (and a very short time), but only 28 minutes after sister was born, we had our second beautiful baby girl, Leila Elaine! The doctor found out that your placenta had torn loose, and you weren’t getting any oxygen inside me. You had bruises from the c-section, and you weren’t breathing very well. I didn’t get to see you for more than a few seconds before they took you to the NICU, but you were also tiny, perfect, and gorgeous!
You ended up spending 16 days in the hospital, and were on oxygen for 8 weeks. Despite all of that, you were, and continue to be, very healthy babies. Every single day – even now – we look at you and are so thankful for what God gave us, His protection over all of us, and the blessings that He shares with us.