Birth · Twin Pregnancy · Twins

Welcome Sprinkles and Cupcake!

The twins have arrived!  Affectionately known throughout the pregnancy as “Sprinkles and Cupcake” thanks to the creative naming efforts of my friend’s 5-year old twins Jack and Maddie, our very own fully baked twins arrived March 20th at 9am and 9:02am respectively.  Sprinkles, now named Lucie June was born first and weighed a healthy 6 lbs 8 oz and Cupcake, now Theodore William “Teddy” was born 2 minutes later and weighed 6 lbs even.

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Teddy, very serious
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Lucie, very loud

The story of their birth is perhaps best saved for another time, but here’s the abridged version.  We went into the OB for my regular 37 week checkup, I was 37 weeks and 4 days, officially full term.  Officially past the point of uncomfortable.  My blood pressure read a little high and my doctor decided to send us over to the hospital for a non-stress test to monitor it for a little while as pre-eclampsia was a possibility.  After a few hours and some labs it was determined that I did have pre-eclampsia and they would induce labor that evening, yay!  So up to labor and delivery we went, where I was hooked up to all manner of IVs.  Labor induced, contractions began, epidural placed (bless you anesthesiologist and your excellent epidural), and after a little longer than I might have liked, into the OR for birth.  We tried for a vaginal birth – really really tried – but Lucie just wasn’t descending properly, like at all, and after consultation with my doctor we decided to change plans and have a surgical birth.  A mere hour after that Lucie was born followed shortly by Teddy, everyone all pink and healthy!  I am a bit groggy on the details of this part of things, but I have a vivid memory of proud Will grinning ear-to-ear under his surgical mask while holding both babies for the first time.  It’s pretty great.  We were all wheeled into recovery and up to the post-partum floor to spend our first days as a new family of 4.  4!  2 babies!  Holy crap!  On a side note, recovering from c-sections sucks.  Go for natural birth people.

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Teddy (left) and Lucie (right)
Hours old and the most perfect little bundles! They love to lay next to each other.