As you know, my pregnancy wasn't great. In fact, it was downright horrible and I never want to be pregnant again. So, on Thursday 1/22 at 9:45pm (yes, PM, after the day was already done!) when my OB called me and told me I have pre-eclampsia and asked, "How'd you like to have your babies tomorrow?" I almost yelled, "YES!". Instead I laughed in disbelief and looked at B1 and pointed to my belly mouthing, "TOMORROW!!!".
Nothing's boring with us.
Especially because the boat wasn't ready yet, we were smack dab in the middle of projects and the boat was a disaster. I mean, really, really disorganized. And I didn't have the special soap yet that I was supposed to have for surgery. So while B1 ran out to a 24-hour pharmacy to try to find said soap, I started tidying up as much as I could and double checked our bag.
We didn't get much sleep that night. We were due at the hospital by 6:30am but we were both up well before that time. It didn't seem real, that after all the planning, swelling, throwing up, kicking, and anticipation that we were finally going to meet our boys. And we'd be parents.
To distract myself, I began taking screen shots of news sites to show the world as it was the day they were born:
A friend of ours also bought two Boston Globes for us.
The marina and city looked so peaceful when we got into the car, so I took this picture, that shows the date and time, with both in the background. It's a little fuzzy, but I still love it. Very "in the moment".
On the way in, I realized I never took a 36 week picture. And that's another thing we'll never be able to do. So I made B1 take one right there in the parking lot.
We checked in, I changed and they hooked me up to tubes. Then I walked into the operating room and hopped up onto the table for my epidural. YES, I really walked right in. It was odd. Very, very odd. What seems like seconds later (but it was really 20 minutes) B1 was by my side and they were cutting me open.
And then what seemed like hour later (it was only a few minutes) we heard J. He sounded like a duck. Literally like a duck!
And two minutes later, B arrived. Sounding like a baby. :)
Daddy and his boys in the operating room:
Introducing our boys to Momma:
B on the left and J on the right:
Later, in recovery, I finally got to hold them:
We stayed in the hospital for 3 nights, 1 night less than planned. The weather was looking pretty dismal, and a blizzard was in the forecast. B1 and I were really overwhelmed with the amount of people who came in and out of the hospital room, and the thought of having to stay an extra night because of the snow was just too much. So we made it known that we'd be OK with being discharged early, as long as the boys were cleared to go. They were, and so we began preparing to go home.
I shed my hospital clothes and dressed the boys in their going home outfits, including the hats I knit for them a couple of months ago:
B1 got their car seats ready:
Once everyone was packed up, we headed home.