Well I made it 33 weeks!

Molly - posted on 09/13/2016 ( 11 moms have responded )

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It has been a long summer and I have tried to work, pray and spend time with Derek as we prepared for our twin sons. I found out last June that I was expecting mono-mono twin boys. Wow what I have learned over the last few months! I am so blessed to report that i made it 33 weeks to the day and delivered my sons via c-section on September 11 at 2:30am. Benjamin weighed in at 3lbs 15 ounces and Samuel at 4lb even. Despite being in the highest risk class of twin pregnancy, everything went well until my water broke late on the 10th. Derek and I are happy to report that both boys are breathing with just some oxygen in their tiny noses. I know I have not been on this site for many weeks, but I needed to focus on prayer and my husband and my babies. Last I checked in I was just showing! I got much, much bigger but I was able to work up until last week!
Derek and I want to thank everyone who gave advice -even those who told me to calm the heck down- prayed for us and advised us wisely to stick with the high risk OB doctor. He turned out to be amazing! He watched over me and my sons -I love saying that! so carefully. All of the staff here at University of Minnesota Medical Center have been amazing. I am a blessed woman!
Samuel has been able to nurse a bit, Benjamin is not quite able to latch. I am pumping and both boys are looking good! I will be going home today, and sadly the boys must stay a bit but we are hopeful that they will come home soon. then i hope you are all prepared to answer lots of new mom questions. thanks again!

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Sarah - posted on 10/09/2016

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Molly, good to hear good news from you. Sometimes preemies can't regulate their temp well so the fever may not be a real issue, just them needing to finish growing. How high of a temperature are they getting? I support your decision to keep your milk. Even if you make lots (and btw congrats on that!) you will use every single drop you make. You have two hungry boys to nourish. It is ok to be selfish over things like your milk! Good luck and I hope you get them home soon!

Molly - posted on 10/09/2016

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Both boys are doing better, but both are still in the NICU with an unexplained fever that keeps coming and going. I have abundant milk and they have been eating well. Sam can latch and eat a whole feed. Benjamin still gets to tired to drink from the breast for a full feed but he is at least latching and nursing for about four minutes. if i feed him first, he doesn't have to suck to get the milk- it just streams into his mouth. current weights Samuel is 4lbs 8oz and Benjamin 3lbs 10 oz. We were so close to getting Samuel home when the fever came. we are still living with the same couple of baby Graciela and she is not doing well. it is so hard to contain my joy in the face of their pain! we decided to not donate any of my milk but the nurses said since i have two kids to feed, i need to keep every drop. my boys look like giants in the NICU, where most babies are super teeny.

Molly - posted on 09/28/2016

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Well, Samuel did not get to come home as he got a temperature just like Benjamin. Still holding his weight, and Ben is slowly gaining, Sam was 4lbs 3oz today and Ben 3lb 4 oz. Both are able to latch and nurse a fair amount but they get the bulk of the milk from the bottle. The couple we live with, have a tiny daughter who is not doing well at all. It's breaking my heart and I think we will ask to be moved to a different unit, so they can have privacy. They've had a lot of family visiting and they can use the space. Please keep us in your prayers--not just my sons but little Graciela too.

Molly - posted on 09/24/2016

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I wanted to update...samuel is ready to come home! he has not only regained his birth weight but is now hefty 4lb 2oz! I ache for Benjamin, he had a setback and got an infection and his weight is not gaining at all; he is still under his BW 3lb and 2 oz today. Samuel passed his "carseat" test with flying colors. I already can tell who the boss is! he is nursing like a champ! greedy little guy. he can nurse for about 5 minutes and then he poops out, but the nurses are amazed by his endurance. poor benjamin, he can latch and suck for about 2 minutes and then his lips start to get pale and he lets go and sleeps. i, for the grace of God, am making milk like dairy cow! i have bags stored in the hospital and even more stored at the apartment derek and I (and one other couple) occupy. This apartment is courtesy of the hospital! How do you even thank them for that! The other family, has a "micro preemie" 25 weeks! They just joined us yesterday.
So I have some questions...
Should I give any of my milk to the "milk bank" I am gushing milk, like gushing. I feel like if I could help this couple who have a little girl that weighs 2 pounds, I should. But I don't want to deprive my sons of my milk? Is that wrong, selfish? I need some objective opinions.
Now, the apartment we are living in allows us to bring samuel here. derek and I are very worried about upsetting our new roommates. They just had a tiny baby who won't be home for weeks and weeks and is it fair for me to bring my baby here? I won't leave benjamin and go back home, but I have to take samuel from the hospital tomorrow morning. What do I do? derek and i both prayed about it and don't have an answer. any thoughts?

Molly - posted on 09/14/2016

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Derek and i have a small apartment available to us that is right next to the hospital or we have the option of staying in a lounge adjacent to the NICU. i was feeling well, and not needing much help or pain medication so leaving actually makes it easier for me to be with the boys whenever i want. When we do go home, the house is prepared, we were diligent to do as much as we could early on just in case I had them even earlier. My mother is staying at our house in Lakeville, to keep an eye on the house. And so she can come see her first grandsons whenever she wants.
I think my milk is coming in like you said, Sarah. I don't feel anything but then there will be two wet spots on my shirt front. the nurse said that once my milk is here, the babies will have an easier time nursing so I am going to try to nurse both boys first and then pump. Samuel is latching and sucking, but he gets tired after a few minutes and his oxygen drops and so I have to stop him and let him rest. Then he gets whatever I have pumped for him in a bottle. I was surprised how much colostrum I actually make and it is like syrup. Benjamin actually latched well for the first time last night and sucked for a minute before he had to quit. Derek has been quite enthusiastic about bonding and "kangarooing" with the babies. He will strip out of his shirt, throw a a pink maternity gown-open in the front and hold both boys to his chest and stay there for as long he is allowed. it is amazing to see my 6'4" husband with these two babies that he can cover each with one hand. then he will help me nurse and then he feeds the top off bottle while i pump what I have left.

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2016

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Molly, yes at just 2 days postpartum the sweating is normal. It will stop in a day or two. It is the result of the huge shift in your circulatory system, you have lots of excess fluid on board and most new mothers sweat a lot those first days. Why are you heading home only 2 days post c-section? You should get 4 days. If you feel well and want to be home, I get that, but I suggest you try to take advantage of the nursing care and rest before you go home to deal with getting ready to bring your sons home. If they are there, you may as well stay near to them. Good luck with nursing, your milk will come in the next 24 hours and the more you pump and try to nurse the better the supply. Whatever you can give them is a benefit. You may be able to nurse both, you may have to supplement. Whatever happens you hang in there and you will figure it all out as you go along. Congrats!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/13/2016

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Molly, that is awesome, and thanks for the update! I knew all would be well with you!

Enjoy! You are still in my thoughts and prayers...twins! I always joke with hubs that if our eldest had been the twins that started to develop, we would have been happy and done with pregnancy 😃

Molly - posted on 09/13/2016

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I am so lucky. everyone at the hospital was astonished at the lack of complications, the size of the boys and my health as well. i know that God has gifted me these precious boys, after losing two babies to miscarriage and then conceiving the highest risk twins -beyond conjoined, i am blessed. i even made it to my baby showers! everyone was so generous! my coworkers are 95% male so they held a diaper drive for me instead of a shower. I have over a thousand diapers in all sizes! derek and i donated some to our church, but I know we will go thru many diapers. the priest came while was in the OR, just in case, and he Christened my sons upon arrival. everyone has been so kind! I cannot even say thank you enough- it is thru prayer and God's grace that I am here. i know that we are not home free, that many complications could still arise, but I feel totally calm. i know all will be it should be. thank you all again, off to try to nurse and pump!
BTW is it normal for me to be sweating like crazy? my gown is drenched, the sheets are damp. i asked the nurse aid and she said she'd ask the nurse....no nurse has appeared. i am sweating like just ran a marathon!

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2016

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Oh Dove, you underestimate your wealth of knowledge! Molly will no doubt have some unique twin issues.

Dove - posted on 09/13/2016

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Awesome!! 33 weeks w/ that type of twins is incredible! Congratulations! ♥

Sarah... don't call me an expert. I was just along for the ride w/ these kids... lol Not to mention since they are almost 15 now my early memory is SHOT!

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2016

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Hey Molly, I was wondering what happened to you. Congrats on your delivery and to make it 33 weeks with a Mono/Mono/Mono is a miracle! No twin to twin transfusion, no cord entanglement! You are a lucky woman! Best of luck with your recovery! Rest when you can and be ready for those babies....boy are you going to be busy! We do have a twin expert on this site! Her girls are teens now, but she can talk you through a lot I bet! Good luck with nursing. That your one son can even latch is a huge deal. Pump as much as you can, lots of skin to skin contact with both you and dad. You had so many questions and then you fell off the radar; I had fears of the worst! So I am glad to hear you have carried them this far (Sept. 11?) really? Your hubby is a military man, so I can't think of a more joyful memory for both of you to commemorate this date!

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