Surprise! Ok, well… a LOT has happened since the last update. We got some good sleep until about 5:30 in the morning when Lauren woke up bleeding. She had a placental abruption and so they called the doctor back in. They started monitoring her again and were able to get her stabilized… Around 9:30, Dr. C came in and told her that so long as she didn’t progess towards delivery, he would try to hold off until she had the steroids shots in her system for 48 hrs (8:00pm tonight) and since baby B decided to surprise us all and turn head down this morning (after being in the exact same position the entire pregnancy), he was going to let her try delivering without a c-section. She began to contract around 10am and they tried to put her on terbutaline to stop the contractions. Dr. C came back around 10:30 and let us know that things had changed and it was time to deliver these boys NOW, before anything else happened. Lauren’s pulse and blood pressures were getting worse quickly and the boys’ heartrates were starting to drop. This was right after I had gotten 2 RedBox movies since we thought we’d just be hanging around the hospital all day long.
Things progressed very quickly from there and they took Lauren in to the OR around 11am. I got all dressed in my sweet scrubs outfit and joined her after they set her up and got her spinal in place. It was so fast and crazy that I didn’t even have much time to get nervous… just to go from one place to another and get ready for the next event. I came into the OR at 11:15ish and the boys were born shortly thereafter. Since we still have family and close friends out of the country, we’ll share and give explanations for their full names once they return next Saturday.
July 26, 2009 – Happy Birth Day Boys!
Baby A – Cullen was born at 11:32am. He was 4lbs, 30z and was 17.25 inches long.
Baby B – Lane was born at 11:33am. He was 3lbs, 8oz and was 16.25 inches long.
Mom did great and is recovering nicely (narcotics are wonderful!) and the boys are doing really well considering how early they were born (32 weeks, 1 day). They are both on some CPAP machines for help breathing, but the NICU nurses feel pretty good about how they’re doing currently though they definitely will be in the NICU for a while. We haven’t gotten to hold them yet (besides the 10 seconds I held Lane in the OR) which is really hard but may be able to tomorrow. Below are some sweet pics of the boys and us and we’ll certainly put up more as time allows!
Thanks for all your love & support – the calls, texts, emails, and visits have meant SO much – we can’t wait for everyone to meet these boys! Join us in praying for them to get bigger and stronger quickly so they can come home with us!
Lauren and Jeff right before her C-section
Cullen getting weighed
Lane getting weighed!
The proud papa holding little Lane before he went to the NICU
Mama giving her boy a kiss!
Cullen in the NICU... what a stud.
Lane chillin' in his NICU warmer... such a handsome devil. So tiny...
Mom and Dad's first visit with the boys... so excited that they're here!