October, 2008

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Day 2

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Well, the babies are 36 hours old and seem to be doing just fine. A few “highlights” from the past day and a half.

  • It didn’t take long for Jackson to pee on both Shae and me. He got me yesterday the second time I changed him and got Shae this evening the first time she took his diaper off. Glad we got that out of the way.
  • The lactation consultant stopped by today. This was another time I wasn’t booted out of the room but wished I had been. It was pretty awkward watching the consultant analyze and comment on my wife’s nipples. Awk. Ward.
  • Last night around 3am our nurse took the babies to the nursery to do some tests on them. Our nurse recently informed us that she’s going to need to take them in a little bit to get tested for jaundice. She told us that we’re free to go with the babies and watch if we want. Now I love my babies, but if someone wants to take them away for an hour or so I’m not going to waste the opportunity to grab some sleep. Somehow they sleep all day but manage to wake up the second I climb into “bed” (a chair/bed monstrosity that I think is causing me long-term back problems. it’s awesome).
  • Shae is doing much better today (that could have something to do with the large amounts of percocet and ibuprofen she’s on). She’s not nauseous anymore and is moving around OK. They pulled out her catheter, IV, compression cuffs, etc so she’s no longer tethered to the bed. Now she can get up and move over to my chair/bed thing. Super.
  • Everyone that comes in asks if Shae has farted and seems to be really excited that she had a little toot earlier. I’m not sure they’d be so excited if they had ever been around her after banana smoothies.

That’s about it for now. Shae’s parents and my mom get into town tomorrow so the babies get to meet some grandparents. We will probably be heading home Friday morning so that will be nice. Hopefully we’ll have some more updates and pictures soon.

Baby Day

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

So, today was the day we finally got to meet Jackson and Ella. The twins were born at 7:52 am (Ella) and 7:53 am (Jackson), both 19 inches. Ella weighed in at 6lbs, 6.4oz and Jackson was 5lbs 14.8oz. So far everything is great and Shae is doing OK although she’s still feeling the after effects of the anesthesia. I have uploaded some pictures of the babies and more will be uploaded as we take them. (For whatever reason, the hospital’s WiFi access doesn’t allow me to go access the site where I store my photos so I have to go home to upload any new ones which means they won’t be updated as much as I would like). If that’s not enough for you, here’s a little recap of the day.

4:15 a.m.
Alarm goes off. Lunchbox decides that since the alarm has gone off it’s time for his breakfast even though it’s almost two hours early. When we don’t feed him he’s really disappointed. If only he knew what he was in for.

5:30 a.m.
Somehow we arrive at the hospital on time. When I hand in the paperwork for our monthly parking pass to the attendant, she recognizes Shae’s name and wishes her good luck with the twins (I had already dropped Shae off at the hospital entrance). I think it’s safe to say Shae has been coming here a lot.

After parking and hiking back up to the entrance, we check in with the guard. When we inform him that Shae’s here for her C-Section he tells her to head over to the admittance desk. When I try to follow her, I’m told I have to sign in and get a visitor’s badge. After Shae fills out all of her paperwork, they take her back to a birthing room to prep her for surgery. This time when I try to follow I’m told to have a seat in one of the lobby chairs and that a nurse will come to get me in about 15 minutes. I’m starting to think this day isn’t all about me.

6:00 a.m.
After about 20 minutes of sitting in the lobby, the lady at the admittance desk yells over to me that I can head in to Shae’s birthing room and I head in. While I was staring at the fire sprinklers in the lobby Shae had changed into a gown and started her prep. I guess they kept me in the lobby so I didn’t see Shae change. Based on the reason we’re here, I think it’s a safe assumption that I’ve seen her naked. Anyway, the nurse hands me a bag with an awesome paper jump suit, booties, a hair net, and a mask. I feel like a surgeon with all my gear.

What they should have done while I was in the lobby was put in Shae’s IV. Apparently she has really small veins and it was not fun watching the nurses try to put in her IV. They got it in eventually, but that was a few minutes I would have rather been watching the guard try to stay awake. After the IV was in, Shae’s doctor came by to check in and then the anesthesiologist popped in to tell her about all the fun stuff he was going to give her.

7:30 a.m.
It’s finally time for the surgery, so Shae heads off to the OR and I get sent to a new room. At least this one had magazines, even if they are several months old (Sports Illustrated thinks Michael Phelps has a pretty good chance to win 8 gold medals…we’ll see). The 15 minutes I’m supposed to wait turns into more like 30 (I later found out that they were having trouble giving Shae her anesthesia and it took longer than normal), but eventually a nurse comes in and leads me to the OR.

7:52 a.m.
About a minute after I walk into the room, Ella comes out followed closely by Jackson. I’m officially a dad. After the nurses do some cleanup on the babies, I get to go take a look at them and take a few pictures. My favorite is the one where Ella is flipping Jackson off (I’d provide a link, but since I can’t get to the site right now, you’ll just have to go to the gallery and look at all of the pictures).

After another minute or two, the nurses brought the twins over to Shae so she could see them. After about 30 seconds (just enough time for the anesthesiologist to take a couple of pics), the babies and I were whisked out of the OR and into the NICU (I carried Ella).

8:00 a.m.
The next 2.5 hours were pretty weird. I hung around the NICU for a little bit, but I was pretty much just in the way and I could only stand there and watch them do tests for so long before I decided to go make phone calls. After one of the nurses tracked down Shae’s purse (which had my phone) I made my calls. Once that was done, it was back to watching the babies get poked for a while, but after a few minutes of that I decided I should go find our stuff. I found our bags at the nurses’ station and they told me where Shae’s recovery room was going to be so I grabbed everything and took it downstairs to our new room.

So now I have all of our stuff in our new room downstairs, but the babies are still upstairs in the NICU and I don’t know where Shae is or when she’ll be brought down. I made a few trips back and forth to the NICU, but I was still in the way and now all of our stuff was sitting in an empty room downstairs so I didn’t really want to leave it unattended too long. So basically, I spent a couple of hours alternating between sitting in an empty room downstairs and trying to stay out of nurses’ ways upstairs. Fun.

10:30 a.m.
Finally, Shae got wheeled into the room. Of course, the first thing the nurses did when they brought her in was boot me out of the room so they could move her to the bed. At this point, I’m almost positve this day is not about me. Oh well, at least I’ll see my babies soon.

1:00 p.m.
The babies finally get wheeled into our room. Five hours after Shae had the babies she finally got to hold them and get a good look at them. It may just be the fact that they’re my kids, but I have to say the twins are pretty damn cute. I usually think babies are pretty funny looking, but mine are just cute.

The rest of the day was pretty much just hanging out in the room taking care of the twins. Shae was really naseous from the anesthesia and couldn’t even sit up very well. I somehow ended up taking care of all the diapers and using a dropper to feed the babies formula. I snuck away for a little bit to get some non-hospital food and play with Lunchbox. In the afternoon/evening we got vists from Erica, Chris, Sharon, and Katheryn and phone calls, texts, etc from just about everyone. Eventually things quieted down and we even found a few minutes to get some sleep between baby feeding and changing.

That’s about it for now. Hopefully I’ll have time to post some updates in the next day or two, but I think the babies are going to keep me busy.

39 Weeks

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Less than 12 hours to babies. Here’s a picture of Shae at 39 weeks:

One More Day

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Well, it’s just about that day. Friday was my last day at work so now there’s nothing for us to do except sit around and wait for Tuesday morning. We had a pretty laid back weekend, but I did manage to get over to the La Mesa Oktoberfest. Erica and I hopped on the trolley, grabbed some bratwurst, sauerkraut, and German potato salad and then brought home a bratwurst for Shae.

We’ve got a few last things to take care of tomorrow (putting in car seats, making sure everything is charged, some cleanup, etc), but mostly we’re just trying to relax a little while we still can. Then Tuesday morning it’s off to meet some babies.

It’s kind of weird knowing that in less than 36 hours we’re going to have two kids. I thought I would be really nervous or excited, but I’m just kind of anxious. At this point I’m just ready for the kids to be here. For the past month we’ve just been waiting for the twins to decide they were ready to come out. I’m sure I’ll get nervous and excited tomorrow night or Tuesday morning, but right now I’m just tired of waiting and am ready to meet my kids already.

Stickers and Babies

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Since I refuse to drive a mini-van, I needed a place to put my mini-van sticker so here it is.

In other news, we finally have our official c-section date. We will be going in on October 7th at 7:30 am. We actually have to be there at 5:30 to check in and get prepped and all that fun stuff. Pat and I decided that we wont be getting any sleep Monday night. Of course I can always go into labor early! I hope not though. I don’t want to deal with any of the pain. We will keep you posted.