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The next day

Here are a few more photos – this time these photos are of the boys getting their first cuddles.

Ready or not…. here we come

Sorry to disappoint you all – tonight there are no 35 Week photos.

That’s because at 4:45am Luci woke me to tell me she thought her waters had broke. So while Luci packed a few items into a bag, I had a shave and shower to be fully ready for the big day.

I rang my mum and dad to see if mum could have the day off to look after the boys. I then rang Luci’s mum and dad to let them know what was happening and to ask if I could drop the boys of till my mum got into town and collected them.

After my shower I woke the boys and carried them to the car and headed to Gran E and Grampa’s. We raced towards the hospital – luckily there wasn’t much traffic on the road at this time (5:30ish) – I even ran a red light (after stopping to make sure it was safe first).

We dropped Thomas and Lachlan off at Gran E and Grampa’s and gave them a kiss goodbye. Thomas was a bit upset about Mummy having to go to hospital.

We then got to the hospital and Luci was admitted. The nurses started doing their thing and after what seemed like ages, called for the doctor (to be quick, quick, quick). The doctors and nurses weren’t able to find either heartbeats using the CTG monitor, so had to bring in a portable ultrasound machine to do yet another ultrasound. They then found the heartbeats and checked on the position of the babies, and informed Luci that she was already 5cm dilated and needed to get into theatre quickly.

Luci was wheeled off to the theatre (around 7:40am) and bid me a quick farewell, as she was going under a general anaesthetic and so I wasn’t allowed in (meant I didn’t have to come up with an excuse for not cutting the umbilical cords!! 🙂 ). The time I spent waiting here was long and agonising – I fought to hold back my tears 😥 as I worried if everyone was going to be alright.

Jack Anthony was born at 7:51am on 12th December, 2008, with Julia Grace following 3 minutes later at 7:54am on 12th December, 2008.

Shortly after 8:00am, I saw the two resus tables wheeled out of the theatre with my new little kids on it. Jack came through the door first, wheeled by Luci’s midwife Ivy, who told me Jack was doing fine and that Julia was following just behind. She also told me (prepared me??) that Julia was having a little difficulty with her breathing and so the nurses on that resus table (there were two nurses and one doctor with Julia – compared with only Ivy with Jack) were helping her to breathe.

I guess this moment was the first difficult moment of twin parenting I had (probably many more to come!!). Seeing Julia being supported by so many others made me think we were going to be heading off to Sydney as they had arrived early (to be exact, we were 35 weeks and 1 day), and especially with Julia needing help with breathing also. I also hesitated with who I should walk with – Jack or Julia??? A difficult decision, but in the end I decided to walk with Julia to find out what was going to happen and be with her just in case 🙁 . I then hovered around her in the Special Care Nursery until the nurses needed to do all their checking and tests – I then went and stood with Jack for a while.

Julia was left on the resus table as she wasn’t able to maintain her oxygen levels or temperature by herself. By 7:30pm though, she had been moved into an Isolette Cot. Jack was placed into an Isolette Cot early in the morning.

The boys came up at 7:30pm for their introductions. At around 11am I went to the Dubbo Library as Nanny had taken the boys to Library Storytime – I wanted to tell the boys the exciting news. Upon greeting them in the library, I tried to tell them that they had a new brother and sister – Thomas was more interested in knowing when Mummy was coming home, and Lachlan only wanted to show me the video games that were available for borrowing!! 😆

So here are the details – Born at 35 weeks and 1 day, full term was to be 15th January, 2009. (And I think I’ve got the conversions to imperial correct – if you know better than me, please let me know!!)

Jack:

  • weighing 2000grams (4 pounds, 6.4 ounces)
  • 44cm long (17.32 inches)
  • Head Circumference of 31cm (12.20 inches)

Julia:

  • weighing 1895grams (4 pounds, 2.9 ounces)
  • 43cm long (16.93 inches)
  • Head Circumference of 31cm (12.20 inches)

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