Caden & Clara's Birth Story
I had experienced a molar pregnancy and a miscarriage a year prior to getting pregnant with twins. I had just been given the go-ahead to try again, and discovered I was pregnant while on a business trip. When I was about five weeks along, I went to my OB, and when my HCG levels were checked, they were unusually high. We were all a bit nervous because of my history, but I tried to stay strong!
At five-and-a-half weeks I started spotting; I was heartbroken, thinking this pregnancy may end too. I went for an ultrasound and we were thrilled to see two sacs! I knew in my heart I was going to fight to make this dream come true. I just didn’t know how much of a fight and sacrifice I would have. I continued to spot and bleed on and off for about eight weeks. I cancelled our trip to Italy, took vacation time as bedrest, and tried to make it through that long first trimester. My husband and I decided together that we would wait until the birth to find out the sexes, as I foresaw the rough road ahead.
I made it, but had a myriad of strange symptoms that plagued my everyday life. But these symptoms just reminded me I was getting closer and closer to this dream becoming a reality. As I hit 20 weeks, the contractions started low and strong. By 26 weeks, I was out of work on “house arrest,” and by 32 weeks I was on total bedrest. I knew though with each passing day, my babies grew stronger. By 36 weeks, I was in major pain, having STRONG contractions. I hadn’t slept in days, and my blood pressure was rising. My doctor agreed a C-section was necessary within the next few days, as both babies were breech.
On June 22, 2006, Caden and Clara made our dream come true. Caden was born first at five pounds, nine ounces, and Clara followed at four pounds, 12 ounces. It was so scary to have them extracted while I was drugged and quickly flashed in front of me, then whisked away for brief NICU stays. Wow! It was over in an instant, and years of worry literally melted away. Once they arrived, I felt in my heart that they would be fine! And thank God, they are! It is so worth it all!
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