So it’s been one hell of a week so far, to say the least. And hectic like crazy, thanks in largely to my sister having her babies. She went to the hospital and was admitted on Tuesday for a planned induction Tuesday night. Though its technically only the 38th week, they consider 37 weeks full-term for twins…thus the inducing. Even so, it’s been slow going. Fortunately, she made a lot of progress yesterday. They broke her water and gave her an epidural and then it was pretty much just a waiting game from there. Which is what we did. We waited ALL day and still no babies. Admittedly, I was a little disappointed when visiting hours were up and it was time to leave for the night. I had really hoped to be there when she finally had them. Just IN the hospital, I mean…not the delivery room itself. Not that I would have been permitted in there had I even WANTED to be since it wasn’t a typical L&D room she was going to be delivering in. Because it was twins and because of all the complications that arose throughout the pregnancy, she was considered high-risk. As such, she had to deliver in an actual OR room. They wanted her to at least try to deliver the twins naturally, if she could, but just in case anything did go wrong and they had to do an emergency c-section, she’d be right there, ready and prepped to go.
After four long days of unsuccessfully trying every which method of inducing that there is…they finally ended up taking the babies by c-section around 9 o’clock this morning. Honestly, they really didn’t have a choice at that point. She wasn’t dilating, which was only putting more stress on both of the babies. And on herself, obviously. She had a time-release IV drip epidural, but even that stopped being effective at one point overnight. She was in a lot of pain…so much so that she was literally delirious, my mother said. So they did an emergency cesarean around 9 this morning. We pretty much pegged it almost from the beginning that they’d go through all that they did for nothing, and end up just taking the babies by c-section in the end anyhow. We were right…which was somewhat frustrating. I get they’re just doing their jobs and that there are procedures that have to be followed…but honestly, I don’t think it was right for them to put her through four days of that hell…just to end up giving her a c-section after all.
Frustration aside, it was all worth it. All that mattered was that they were healthy, which they are. Tyler Joseph came into the world at 9:08 am weighing 8 lbs. 4 oz, followed one minute later by his little brother Jacob Michael, who weighed in at 5 lbs. 14 oz. Tyler’s a little chunker compared to his brother, but they are both perfect. I know you’re not supposed to play favorites, but between you and me, I’m on Team Jacob…or Team “Jakey”, as I call him. Tyler’s going to be the tough, rowdy one I think and Jakey’s going to be our little introvert. He’s so tiny and cute…they both are…and I just can’t get enough of them. I love them to pieces already and they’re aren’t even a day old yet.
It was pretty emotional. Not just for me, but everyone else as well. We’re all just so happy for my sister and brother-in-law…my sister especially. She’s gone through hell and back for the twins, and then some. She had to endure all the IVF rounds with all the shots and the medications. She miscarried more than once and had actually thought she’d miscarried the twins early on in the pregnancy, but thankfully didn’t. Then she found out that she had gestational diabetes, meaning everything she ate, drank, and did had to be strictly monitored every day. I know it’s been really hard on her, but now she can relax. It’s still such a strange concept to me–my big sister having a baby and her becoming a Mommy. But she’s going to make a great one. She deserved this. She deserved these boys. And god knows, she earned it. Earned them…And here they are :