While I didn't plan on a c-section and was pretty terrified about the thought of being sliced open, I was very ready to meet my babies. Once the decision was made to move forward with a c-section, everything seemed to move very quickly. Two anesthesiologists started explaining what would happen once we were in the operating room. I didn't really listen to what they were saying. I just started to get very, very scared. I started shaking because I was so scared. I remember trying to calm myself down and just focus on the fact that I would get to meet my babies soon.
I was wheeled into the operating room. Adam couldn't come with me. He had to go get suited up and would later rejoin me when things were set up in the operating room. When I got to the operating room, I was baffled by all of the people in there! There were two anesthesiologists, two doctors, nurses for me, neonatologists and nurses for the babies. I heard all kinds of conversations and I remember thinking that everyone seemed a little too calm. They were talking about their weekend plans and what their kids were up to. I was moved onto the operating table and they set up a drape so I wouldn't have to see anything. I was just shaking violently and trying not to burst into tears. Eventually one of the anesthesiologists realized how terrified I was and told me that everything was going to be okay. He told me they would make sure I couldn't feel anything before they got started.
Adam joined me at this point and I was so happy to see him. Having him by my side made things better.
I assumed they would let me know before they got started, but I started feeling tugging going on in my belly. It was the strangest feeling! It didn't hurt but I totally felt pulling and tugging. I heard on of the doctors say that Baby A was caught in my hip, which explained why I never dilated past 8 cm. Archer (aka Baby A) was stuck and couldn't move down the birth canal and was also blocking the path for Lyla.
They told Adam to stand up and watch his baby being born. I think I would have passed out if I had had to watch them yank a baby out of my stomach, but Adam managed to stay standing. I heard lots of commotion as they pulled out Archer. I heard him cry and they held him up for a moment. Then he was whisked away by the neonatologist and nurses to another part of the operating room to get checked out.
A minute later they pulled out Lyla. I heard her cry too and saw a glimpse of her. I remember Adam asking me if I wanted him to stay with me or go to the babies and I told him to go with the babies.
I was so incredibly happy to hear them crying! I started crying and remember my glasses getting all steamed up and stuck to my eyelashes and I couldn't push them down my nose because my arms were out to my side. Adam came back to check on me and tell me the babies were doing well.
Eventually Archer and Lyla were brought over so I could see them and kiss them. They were beautiful! The most prominent feeling I had was shock. I was just plain shocked that these babies I had imagined and grown in my belly all these months were actually here! And they seemed so big and healthy! Archer weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and Lyla weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces. I felt so incredibly relieved that they were so big and were crying and didn't have any major health issues.
I was being closed up while all this was going on and eventually I was taken to another room for recovery. Adam and I had talked about how I wanted to do skin to skin with the babies as long as everything went well with the delivery. Adam had to advocate for us and really fight to have the babies do skin to skin with me. I am so happy he did so! Both Archer and Lyla were able to latch on and nurse with me before they were taken to the NICU.
Our babies were born at 35 weeks, 6 days and 21 hours. They ended up being taken to the NICU and spent 15 days in the NICU as grower-feeders. I had successfully given birth to two healthy babies! My health, however, was in question. I'll share more about that in the fourth and final installment of the birth story.