My birth story starts out like most single pregnancy stories...it’s the delivery that surprises most people!
We were living on Guam when I learned I was going to be a first-time mom. Married for just over six months, my husband and I were a little nervous at first, but as time went on, we both fell in love with the idea of being parents. Everything was going great, the baby was healthy, and I loved being pregnant.
At a routine doctor visit at the start of my seventh month, the doctor asked me if I felt "those contractions." I said yes and that I thought they were a normal part of pregnancy. The doctor had some concern and admitted me to the hospital for a few days. There they gave me medication to stop the contractions and put me on bedrest.
At this time they did an ultrasound to try to determine why I was having contractions. The ultrasound showed one baby, a little small, but healthy. I stayed in the hospital for three days and was so thankful to finally go home.
At the beginning of my eighth month on October 17 my water broke at 12 a.m. I labored at home for a long while before my husband and I went to the hospital, arriving there around 6:30 a.m. Everything was going great, and I could not have asked for a better labor.
Finally the time came for me to give birth. I had a natural birth with no drugs -- it was wonderful. I gave birth to a beautiful little girl weighing 4 pounds and 7 ounces. A little small, the doctor said, but very healthy.
While we were waiting for me to deliver the placenta I started to have painful contractions again. I told my husband that the placenta hurt. He said, “It can't hurt that bad! You just had a baby.” I replied that it hurt!!! The time lapse from my little girl’s birth until now was about five minutes. After I informed them that this placenta was painful, the doctor felt my stomach and announced that there was more than one baby! You can imagine the shock that filled the room.
Nine minutes after the birth of my first child, I was blessed by God himself with another beautiful, healthy little girl who weighed 4 pounds and 14 ounces.
That was eight years ago, and I am thankful for every second I've had with my daughters.