Camille & Julia's Birth Story
My beautiful identical twin daughters were born on May 7, 2001. They are now almost two and a half, and they are the joy of my life! Their birth has been a real blessing to us. They are the first grandchildren and great-grandchildren on both my husband’s side and mine, so it has been very exciting to have two children to share between all these waiting arms! I want to share my story with other expectant mothers of twins, to tell them to take heart! There are many negative stories about premature twins, difficult births, and every medical intervention in the book. In my case my pregnancy, labor, and delivery were perfect, except for the fact that I did have to wait so long!
I became pregnant right after my husband and I started trying. I was working as a middle school band director, so we had “planned” to have a baby in the summer. My due date was May 11, 2001, which was perfect! We didn’t know we were expecting twins, but at 16 weeks, my doctor told me I was large for my due date. I didn’t think anything of it until a week later, when the results of my APT test came back high. We were a little worried, even though the nurse told us not to be, because when I got pregnant, my husband had been taking medication (that he could not get off of) that could cause birth defects. I started reading and putting two and two together, and told him we might be having twins.
At 18 weeks we had a scheduled ultrasound, which revealed that we were, indeed, having two girls. We were a little shocked, but VERY excited! I really wanted a girl since I am the only girl in my family. I was going to wait until January to tell my kids at school, but I was already showing quite a bit in December so it was getting harder to hide my pregnancy. I decided to tell them after our winter concert, which was around 16 weeks. Imagine the excitement of middle school kids when they found out, two weeks later, that I was having twins!
Besides being very swollen in my feet and legs and uncomfortable during my pregnancy, it went very well. I was unable to even sleep in our bed the last three weeks because I could not lie down. I slept (not much) sitting up on our couch. Having twins is so exciting because you get to have ultrasounds every month! I was also seeing a multiple birth nurse once a week from about 23 weeks to 34 weeks. The babies were growing well, and I had no problem at all. I was never on bedrest, and I actually worked until I was 36 weeks, at which point, I made the decision to quit working. I knew for sure the babies would be coming any day because everyone told me they would come early.
To cut a long story short, they did NOT come early! At 38 weeks, I had my last ultrasound to determine the position of the babies, so that my doctor could decide whether to induce me or do a C-section. Well, at 38 weeks, Julia moved from a breech position to a transverse position, which allowed my doctor to induce. I have no idea how she moved. I’m not a huge person and there wasn’t much room in there, so it´s amazing that she was able to move that weekend. It’s like she knew it was time to be born.
There was a waiting list for inductions, so I was scheduled to be induced on May 4, 2001. The night before my induction, the hospital called and told me I couldn’t come in the next morning because they were full. I broke down crying right there. It was a Friday, so I knew I had to make it through the weekend. I had gained six pounds that week in water, and was feeling very uncomfortable. I only gained 47 pounds total, which is about right for twins. Finally, I went in for my induction on May 7, 2001, at 7:00 a.m.
My doctor broke my water at 8:00 a.m. and started the Pitocin drip half an hour later. I was 2 cm. dilated when I arrived (I had been 0, so this was very good!). At 4 cm. (about 2:00 p.m.), the nurse asked if I was ready for my epidural. I told her I could wait a little longer. She went ahead and started an extra IV, which was a good thing, and I received my epidural half an hour later. By then I was 6 cm. dilated.
At 4:45 p.m. I was complete, and they called the doctor. They wheeled me to the OR, where I would be delivering in case of a C-section. Camille was at +3 station already, so it didn’t take long: three contractions and she was out. Only one more contraction for Julia because Camille had paved the way. I was so thankful when my doctor said her head came down, which meant I wouldn’t be needing a C-section for the second birth, another thing I had been nervous about. I pushed for maybe 15 minutes total!
It was an awesome experience. When Camille Isola was born at 5:22 p.m., my husband started crying. She weighed six pounds, thirteen ounces. Julia Cierra was born at 5:27 p.m. and weighed seven pounds. They were perfectly healthy and so beautiful! Their eyes are shaped like mine but they´re blue like their dad’s. They were the prettiest newborns I’ve ever seen.
My labor was a breeze, and my doctor said that my delivery was the highlight of his day because I didn’t have to have a C-section! He guessed at that time that they were identical, but we didn’t find out for sure until they were three days old. My doctor grabbed our video camera after they were born, taped the proud parents, and asked what we thought of it all. All I could say was that it was amazing!
The first month was pretty hard with twins, but we got through it. We had 24-hour help for the first week, then we felt we could handle it ourselves. They were good babies, but they did keep us up most of the time. I nursed them both (yes, simultaneously!) until they gave it up at ten months.
The girls got thrush at one month, which was very painful for all three of us, but we got through that as well. Now, they are very happy, healthy, and intelligent toddlers, and I couldn´t be happier!
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