Sunday, November 18, 2007
I am home from the hospital, and we now have two daughters. Hadley Sue was 2 lbs. 1 ounce, and Harper Kate was 2 lbs. 3 ounces. They were born by emergency c-section on November 11th. Too tiny, but they are fighters according to the nurses and doctors in NICU at OU Medical Center Children's Hospital.
I was set to have my fourth amnioreduction procedure on the day I delivered. I was dilated to 4 cm, and they said it couldn't be halted. I had about five minutes to prepare mentally for the delivery (and Phil was almost five hours away!). My mom went into the delivery room with me, and my teeny, tiny girls were born to the music of Cindi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" on Mom's cell phone (it was ringing because Daddy was calling to see why Mom had called and left him a "CALL ME!" message). There was almost two gallons of excess fluid when they were delivered. Whew, I feel like I lost a baby elephant! My back was in constant pain (I had gained around 60 pounds and I usually weigh around 105).
Harper had to be on the ventilator for a day, and then she was put on the C-Pap machine. Hadley started out on the C-Pap. Now they are on nasal cannulas (the little tubes that stick in the nostrils) with oxygen. That's a huge improvement!
We will be going back each weekend on Friday night and staying until Sunday afternoon to visit them (and hold them when they get a little bigger). It doesn't feel real since they're not home with us.