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Katie - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I had my twins at 30 wks. when I went into preterm labor. My son was 3 lbs. 14 oz., and my daughter was 2 lbs., 12oz. They spent 8 1/2 weeks in the NICU in a city an hour drive from our home. My daughter had a few problems from her prematurity, but overall was pretty well off. My son had severe apnea spells for the first 7 wks. of his life, and had to be put on the highest legal dose of caffine that they could give a baby. He also became septic at 8 days old from his Long Line IV, and we almost lost him. He also got a severe staph infection on his face about two weeks before they were discharged.
My daughter has low muscle tone, and will always have that. My son has been checked three times now for Hydrocephalus, and we are hoping that he gets an "all clear" at his next appointment at the end of March.

We had a long and exhausting first year, but now they are almost 21 months old, and they are doing fantastic. They are my heart and my joy and my whole life. I have been truly, truly blessed to have them. :)

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Christina - posted on 07/19/2012

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Hello! I had my twins at 35 weeks. We tried for so long to get pregnant and it finally happened in 2010-they were born in 2011. Our little girl was baby A in which she weighed 4 lbs 4 oz and our little boy was baby B in which he weighed 4 lbs 3oz. We went in for an ultrasound and they took FOREVER to come back and say we are taking them within 24 hours due to growth restriction. I was frighten-noone talked to us about csection, the experience or the NICU. We went in the next day I thought I would freak out more than I did but I was calm. I would do a csection over and over again! LOL. My son stayed in NICU for 9 days and baby girl stayed 14 days in which they put us in a ronald mcdonald house since we lived farther than 30 miles from hospital. Loved the place! It was the longest 9 and 14 days of our lives. It was so sad leaving hospital without babies in hand. The NICU staff was just awesome, couldn't have asked for a better one! They kept us informed every step of the way. I asked everyday when can they come home, are they ready, etc. I finally came to that they are better here than with me just in case something did happen and when they were ready they would be home with us. They are now almost 14 months old and just the joy of our lives! :) The worst thing that came out of it was our son had acid reflux and daughter has been diagnosed with chiari type 1 malformation. Son is done with reflux and we have to watch our daughter. She is achieving her milestons as is so nothing abnormal there! We are blessed to have them in our lives!

Belle - posted on 06/09/2012

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i won't say the full story, because that is just way to much typing and since we all went threw the same thing then you kind of know what it's like already , well first the same day i turned 6 months is the same day i went into labor it was on a Monday and they told me i was already 4cm dilated so they put me in a room until my permanent room was ready and gave me two steroid shots, i was also on magnesium and other medicines that i can't remember, days go by the contractions stop , but on Thursday they took me off the magnesium and decided to give me pills to stop the contractions instead . well Friday comes and everything was okay until about 11 i started feeling pain so they gave me morphine after the morphine i fell asleep with in the next hours i woke up in severe contractions had appeared and around this time is was 2:00 am , 2:31 am when the first twin came out , and weighed 1 lb 8 0z and at 2:45 am the second came along weighing 1 lb4 oz oct 28th 2011 , after the deliver i went into recovery and the doctor came in and told me that since they were boys then it would be 50/50 of survival , i was confused and then she said if you take 100 babies that were born only 50 of them will survive , i started to immediately cry. that following morning i went to go see them beautiful boys , they were so tiny and i started to cry as they told me everything that took place already , week by week it got scarier , and more problems came along , they had to stay in the nicu for 3 months and even though that might have seemed like a short period of time going there every day felt like years. coming up there was heart breaking but seeing them made me happy as the days went by even though it was bad in the beginning with they heart surgeries and lung collapsing , and picc lines , all the tubes and everything else, and then by Feb things started getting better day by day , week by week, they started breathing on they own , tubes came out , they was able to eat by themselves , and that same month twin a ( ethan ) came home around the first week , the second week ( noah ) came home , i was so happy and excited , even though noah got sent home on oxygen he is very much okay ., they now stand at 12 lb and healthy , i call them miracles and i support everyone who going through the same thing i went threw.

Julieanne - posted on 11/03/2011

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My girls were born at 33 weeks...after the hospital trying to stop my labor twice i was put on bedrest in the hospital but baby a wouldn't stop kicking...finally at 5 cm dialated tehy decided to do an emergency c-section. Alexah (baby a) was 4.1 and Amayah (baby b) was 4.4. they are good sooo far.

Carlene - posted on 01/20/2011

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My b/g twins were born @27 weeks. the boy was in the NICU for 10 wks and they girl was in for 11, the boy went back to the hospital for two weeks about 9 days after release due to pertussis. Since the NICU, my daughter has been sick maybe 9 times (including ear infections and mild colds), my son has been sickly for the last nearly 3 years. We found out in october that my son has autism and their dr expressed his concerns for my daughter, thinking she may have it too. :/ but hey, it's life and the life is mine and i wouldn't trade it for the world:)

Christine - posted on 12/14/2010

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My baby boys were born at just 31 weeks! My son Breighden Michael was born at 3lbs 15 oz. My son Bennett was born at 2lbs 9oz. He was my little peanut! I was rushed to the local hospital because my water had broke! I was then transfered to a hospital about 2 hours away because they have one of the states best NICU's! At 7:43 && 7:44 my two wonderful baby boys came into this world!
Breighden was always the one that was making great strides from the beginning! 2 hours after they were born Breighden was taken off of oxygen and put on just room air! However he did develop a stomach infection but it all cleared on its own!
Bennett on the other hand is the one that gave momma all the grey hair (lol) Bennett at 2 days old went in for surgery because he had holes in his small intestine! He went in for that surgery and came out just fine! I was at home (remind you without any of my babies) and the hospital called me a week later and said that Bennett was going in for immediate surgery because he had developed a infection in his already opened belly! They got that all done and over with and placed a ostomy! =[ UGH hardest day of my life! Bennett did well with that but his body was rejecting what they had done! So Rochester decided that they would reverse it and place a feeding tube, EVERYTHING FINALLY TURNED AROUND!
Bennett spent 6 and a half months in the NICU and Breighden spent 2 months in the NICU! Those were the longest months of my LIFE!

Stefani - posted on 09/14/2010

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I had my twin boys at 31wks 1 day. I went into preterm labor at 26 weeks and didn't know it. After 12 days in the hospital I was released. I went back into labor at 30 weeks 4 days. Baby A was 3 lbs 8 ozs and Baby B was 3lbs 1 oz. Jett my baby A went straight into Level 2 nursery while Miles my baby b had to go to the nicu for 5 days. Day 12 of life both went on oxygen and caffiene. Jett came on oxygen and caffiene. Miles came home 4 days later on nothing. They were in the hospital for 4 weeks. Tomorrow they will be 6 months old. They are testing about 1 month behind.

Celeste - posted on 03/08/2010

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I had my twin boys at 34w2d. I started going into premature labor at 28 weeks. I was put on bedrest and also went on hospital bedrest every few weeks. I'd stay at the hospital for a few days and then allowed to go home. Seemed like I was admitted to the hospital every 2 weeks. I was also put on Procardia and given steroids.

At 33 weeks, I stayed at the hospital for a week. I was discharged on Saturday at 34weeks. I had an appt for that following Monday. At my appt, I was dilated to 5 cm so they decided to go ahead and have them.

They stayed in the special care nursery for about a week. Fortunately, they were feeders and growers and had no medical issues.

Unfortunately, the prematurity has taken an effect on them. They are now three and one of them is developmentally delayed as well as speech delayed. The other one is a little delayed but is speech delayed. They are in a preschool for special needs and doing well. Our hope is that they will catch up.

Stephanie - posted on 03/01/2010

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My twins were born at 34 weeks. It was a long road getting them to 34 weeks. I was being watched as I had a short cervix since the beginning of my pregnancy. I did eventually have to go on hospital bedrest at 23 weeks. I was sent to the hospital for monitoring and never left. The sucky thing about that was I had a 1.5 year old and he was 1.5 hours away. On top of the short cervix I was also having contractions that I wasn't feeling. I was on every medication I could be on to keep the twins in. The doc had plans for me to have the babies (take me off the magnesium) on a Wednesday as he was on call. Tuesday I woke up with a fever and the doc on call said to take me off everything. That was at 7 am and the were born at 1251 and 1256. My daughter was 4# 6oz and my son was 4# 15 oz. My son was able to come with me to my room while my daughter had to go to the NICU. She was having a little trouble breathing on her own. She was in the NICU for 9 days and my son ended up in the Nursery for 3 extra days. They both had jaundice that took forever (seemed to take forever) to get rid of. They would be doing well and then it would get worse again. Katie my babies were also over an hour away from my home. IT was really hard but now that I look back at it, it helped my oldest son. He got mom for a few days and then he was able to get me and his baby brother and then his sister came home. I look back at the whole experience and man I read some of your stories and realize mine wasn't that bad but at the same time I wouldn't want to go through that again. My twins will be 1 on the 24 of March (24 days left). It is just crazy to think a year ago today I didn't know when my babies were going to be born or how their health would be. Oh and I think preemies are stronger then people say they are going to be. :) Oh and little stinkers :)

Cindy - posted on 02/27/2010

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My girls were born at 30 weeks via emergancy c-cetion after being icnored for two weeks about having labor pains. Monday Sep 29th I had mentioned to my doctor that I was having bac pain, she said "your having twins, we'd be supprised if you weren't" I told here these arn't regular back pains these are put your head under a train as it would hurt less back pains. I specificly said I have plans to go to NYC tonight am I clear to go, she told my yes. Well I went thinking this is all in my head, only to wake up the next morning in a pool of fluid where my one daughter had broken her water. After the c-cetion that occured around 1pm I was not able to see my girls until 9 that night after a lot of other people had been aloud to see them. I spent the next two months proving my ability to take care of my children and answering numerous questions about how as a person who is blind is going to take care of not one but two babies without sighted help. We were even denied our first Thanksgiving with both our girls because one of the doctors at the hospital wanted to make sure we had sighted help in the home before she'd release the second baby who was coming home on an apnea monoter even though I had already prove to the staff that I was equiped to use the monoter and take care of both my children. However they are now 17 months and are doing quiet well, despite what the doctor thought I havn't killed or lost either one of them so were all doing quiet well and have become one big happy family.

Vanessa - posted on 02/25/2010

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I had my girls at 33 weeks after going in for he third time to stop my labor. The first born was 4 lbs. 13 oz. and her sister was 4 lbs. 2 oz. Luckily, for me, the only problems I had during my pregnancy was a lot of morning sickness, and preterm labor. For the most part after they were born, things were pretty easy. They spent only two weeks in the NICU and only had feeding problems, hard time latching. The smaller of the two had a high red blood cell count but that was it. The best part was, I was able to spend my birthday with them at the hospital and was told the next morning they were both coming home.



We're coming up on 9 months here soon and I couldn't be happier.

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