Brett met his parents in the hall as they arrived to borrow their camera and we ran into the operating room. They hooked me up to an iv and gave me a spinal. I was really nervous but felt the reassurance from Heavenly Father and Brett that our babies would be okay. I think the anesthesiologist was trying to make jokes like "don't worry, I've done this twice before"... I didn't appreciate the humor. I asked if I could watch them being born with a mirror, but they said they prefer not to let the mother watch. I would just have to rely on Brett to tell me all the details.
The birth as told by Brett:
Once Kim was numb from the spinal, they made the first incision. There was blood running everywhere, and they suctioned, and cauterized. The smell of burning flesh was enough to make you sick. Then they cut through another layer until they were at the uterus. There was the main Dr, and also another Dr, so there were hands everywhere. They pulled out the first sack and broke it with a pair of tweezers. I couldn't believe how much water there was! I was trying not to look surprised so I could keep Kim calm.
The doctor reached his hand inside and pulled out this white slimy thing. At first I thought it was the placenta, but then it starting moving I realized it was Adrie! They turned her over and suctioned her nose and mouth and she starting crying. It was a pretty amazing moment. The doctor said she was smaller than what he thought she would be from the ultra-sound, so this made me nervous because Bryson was suppose to be even smaller than she was. They clamped the cord and cut her free and took her into the next room. They reached in and got the other sack and popped it. They dug inside and pulled out Bryson. To my surprise he looked the same size as Adrie. The doctor said they weren’t much different in size. Both of them were here and had all their legs, arms, fingers and toes. They took Bryson into the NICU and the doctors started taking out the placentas and sewing everything back up. From the time they first cut until they were both out was only about 6 minutes. What a wild ride. (Especially for Kim who was in major pain from the gas and felt like her chest was going to break open.)
After Kim was taken care of I went in to see Adrie. She was laying there with two nurses checking her out. They said everything looked great and I got to touch her little hands for the first time. I took some pictures of her and they took her to be with Kim. I went into see Bryson and he was a little less lively. His oxygen wasn’t quite where they wanted it so they were giving him some oxygen and they said he was doing great except for the oxygen. It was still a scary thought to know that there was nothing you could do but stand there and watch. I was able to take some pictures of him and say hi to him, but we weren’t able to hold him right away.
I could feel them pulling and tugging on me and after hearing Brett's account of how rough they were and what happened, I'm relieved that I wasn't able to see everything as it was happening! While they were sewing me up, I had this incredibly intense chest pain and had a difficult time breathing. I thought I was having a heart attack. I guess that can happen when a lot of gas enters, and that is what I was feeling.
Brand. New. Holding Adrie for the first time before she was admitted to the NICU. I just held her and stared at her for two wonderful hours. Just me and her in my room. Meanwhile, Brett was with our Bryson in the NICU. I didn't get to meet him (other than the 1 second the Dr. held him up) until really early the next morning. It was killing me not to see him, so I forced myself to get out of bed and had Brett wheel me down the hall to the NICU.
4 pounds 6 ounces
In most of our ultra sounds she had her arms up by her face when she was sleeping. That is still her favorite way to sleep. So sweet.
So tiny and so precious.
Daddy and his little girl. He looks so good holding a baby!
4 pounds 1 ounce
I broke my heart to see them have to have so many cords and tubes attached to them... Poor little guy!