April & Charity's birth story By Terri Print
Birth Stories - Multiple Births Stories
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 09:23
I had just given birth to my son about a month before when I began to feel like I amy be pregnant again. I expected to be tired but I felt like I was much more tired than a new mom that is breastfeeding ought to be. I was beginnig to feel that strange nausea that I relate only to pregnancy. Not bad but slight. My husband kept telling me it was in my head that I had just had a baby & wished I was pregnant again! Not! I don't think so. I had just gone through a painful labor that was in my back & never in my abdomen. I didn't want to go through pregnancy & childbirth again!

As the days past the more sure I was that I was pregnant. I had a blood test done to see if I was pregnant because I had no idea how far along I was. I knew that the blood test would pick up conception within 10 days at that time. (1982)

The nurse that took my blood asked if I wasn't just here having a baby not long ago. I said yes. I just had a baby & here I am again! LOL We anxiously awaited the results from the test. The nurse called later that afternoon & informed me that I was pregnant-the test was positive! I had mixed emotions at this point. My husband wasn't going to be too happy about this. I had just had a baby & didn't want to ever go through that again! LOL Besides they will be too close together. I counted it up. They would be about 10 months apart because the 2nd one is due Aug. 22, 1981. I cired at first. I wondered how on earth I would manage baby's that close together! Then I was happy because this is my baby growing inside me. I then made the decision to wean my first baby off the breast. I felt that the reason I am so tired is because I am nursing & giving life to my newborn as well as to my unborn & myself included! No wonder I was so tired!

I think I was about 6-8 weeks along when I found out for sure that I was pregnant. I then started bleeding like a light cycle. I called the Dr. & told him. I was told to come to the office for a sonogram. I was 12 weeks at this time. It took a long time for them to find the baby but they finally did. My bladder was about to rupture because it had to be full to get a good sonogram picture. I was awed at the image on the screen. I noted that the baby was very calm & peaceful. Then the picture was gone. It took a while before they could find the baby again. This time when we saw the baby it was very active, sucking it's thumb & doing somersaults! I was amazed at the difference in the activity level from one minute to the next! The technician had a difficult time taking measurements because the baby was swimming all over the place! The measurements were different than what she got earlier when she was measuring the baby the 1st time. I wondered about that but said nothing.

The ultrasound was perfectly normal but according to the measurements my due date was moved up to Aug. 12th. That scared me. I thought, "oh no! Now the baby's are going to be 9 1/2 months apart!" I didn't know what I was going to do. I was going to have 2 in diapers & two babies that can't walk! My uterus was measuring larger than it should. I was asked about twins being in the family. I said no. Besides the ultrasound showed one baby & one heartbeat. The Dr. had forgotten about the ultrasound being done. Since my uterus was measuring larger than it should my due date was moved up another 2 weeks. That was it! As soon as I left the office I cried! I cried because my baby's were going to be 9 months apart! I didn't think I could take care of two babies!

I only gained 19 lbs. I was huge! I was miserable. I was 37 weeks along but I felt more than ready to go! I never had any further problems with bleeding but I had braxton hicks contractions from like the 5th month on. I was so miserable & sick of being pregnant two years in a row. I was told to take some castor oil at least 3 oz because I was huge. If I'm ready to go into labor it will help me. If I'm not ready it won't do anything! I had made a couple of trips to the hospital thinking it was time because of those darn Braxton Hicks contractions, only to be sent home because it's false labor.

I took 4 oz of the castor oil & spent the entire day on the toilet! I was exhausted from all the trips to the toilet! Nothing happened except more Braxton Hicks contractions! I was big & miserable. I couldn't sleep any more because the baby would kick when I was ready to go to sleep & keep me up all night.

I went to bed about 1230 a.m. I went to sleep quickly that night. Something woke me up. I sat upright in the bed wondering what had woke me up. It didn't take long for me to figure out what it was. I had a contraction & it hurt! So I got up to go to the bathroom. I felt so much pressure I could hardly urinate! I finally did. I told my mother it is time this time. I got my husband up & told him. He didn't believe me. He didn't want to get up. I told him to get up & take me to the hospital. He didn't want another dry run to the hospital. He asked it I was SURE this time! I said that I was!

The contractions were about 3 minutes apart & they were very uncomfortable. I could handle it though. I got to the hospital. The nurse looked at my pregnant belly & asked how many weeks I was. I told her 37. She siad I look term to her. I had to do all the enema, IV's & all that goes with it. As soon as I laid on the bed I felt a trickle. I knew I hadn't urinated. I told the nurse that I think my water just broke. SHe did a litmus test & it was positive for amniotic fluid. I had dilated to 5 cm. I was pretty happy about that.

I wasn't in misery while in labor. The nurse kept asking me if I need something for pain. I told her no that I can handle it. It's not that bad. She said you don't look like you are in pain at all. I said it's hurting but I'm alright. The nurse told me since I have just went through this childbirth thing just let them know when I feel the urge to push. I know when to tell them it's time to get to the delivery room.

We had got to the hospital at 0200 a.m. on Jul 29, 1982. I began to feel the baby moving down the birthcanal. I knew I was about to feel the urge to push so I told them we better move it! I was moved to delivery. The contractions completely stopped once I was moved to the delivery table. The Dr. said I could push with the next contraction! I never had another one! We waited & waited. Finally I asked the Dr. if it will hurt anything if I just start pushing because I want this over with. I want this baby out & I am so sick of being pregnant! They all laughed at me! He said sure! If that's what I want! So I pushed about 5 times & this teeny, tiny baby girl is born! The cord is wrapped around her neck & she is blue. They unwrap the cord from her neck & suction her out & she begins to cry. SHe has alot of dark brown hair. She is so pretty! I am not very happy though. Something is wrong! I had a huge abdomen! And I deliver a tiny baby girl? Either there are twins or there is something wrong with this baby. I'm watching the Dr.'s face. About the time I get through thinking these thoughts the Dr. is puzzled because my uterus is still pretty big. He feels my abd. He sticks his hand in the birthcanal. He feels another amniotic sack. He says we've got twins! Much to my relief! He broke the amniotic sack of the 2nd twin & she was born 3 minutes later. She was very long & skinny looking. I only saw her briefly & they had to whisk her away to get her warmed up.

The first twin weighed 4lbs 15 oz & & 17 1/2 inches long; the 2nd one weighed 3lbs 14 oz & was 17 3/4 inches long. There was one placenta & two amniotic sacks. They looked just alike but one twin was very thin & the other was more filled out.

We were totally shocked that we had twins! It was such a surprise! I laughed when I thought about how I had fretted about how I was going to take care of 2 babies 9 1/2 months apart! Now what was I going to do with 3 babies with the twins & the 1st born being only 8 1/2 months apart?

The babies were healthy. The 2nd twin was born with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Other than that & some problems with jaundice they were fine. We couldn't take them home until the 2nd twin wieghed 5 lbs. With her weighing only 3 lbs. 14 oz. that was going to take a while. They were in the hospital for 10 days. It worked out great because we weren't expecting two babies & we had to go home & trade rooms with the 1st born & buy another crib, diapers, etc. We had preparations to make at home before they came home!

We were so blessed to have been given these babies. I didn't expect two precious baby girls but I was so happy they were girls! I had a son & was happy to have girls. It took some adjusting to our new family but we made it with the help of family. If it hadn't been for them I wouldn't have ever made it! Thank God for parents & in-laws!

We couldn't agree on names. We went to the hospital with two girls names & no boys names. So we just named the babies the names that we had picked out already. April Michelle was the first twin & Charity Ann was the 2nd twin.

I am a very proud mother. I wish you all the best with your pregnancy & childbirth!