Wednesday, July 16, 2008

BIRTH STORY

The boys are here! We made it to 31.5 weeks, just a few days short of our goal. I think the boys wanted to determine their own birthdate.
The delivery came as a major surprise to Jason and I. We are the luckiest people in the world to have caught Jaxon in distress on my nightly monitoring on Monday. It was just chance that we caught it.
Jason said goodbye to me as my nurse was coming in to put me on the monitors and about 2 minutes after I was on the monitors, Jaxon's heartrate dropped to 60 (from 140) and would not go back up no matter what they tried. My room was filled with hospital staff and I was being wheeled off to the OR. I had a "crash c-section". I was of course hystarical as they were trying to get my pajamas off, an IV in and my bed was moving at the speed of light. I was put completely under and Jason arrived as both boys were being moved to their own isolate and NICU team.
So begins Jason side of the dramatic evening.
He was rushed to Brady's side to keep him from Jaxon, who he saw as dark blue and not breathing. Jason cut the rest of Brady's cord that was remaining on him and he held him and kept an eye on Jaxon's team who were working frantically on him. I was completely under with a tube in my throat and Jason was going in 3 directions.
When I woke up in recovery Jason took a tiny preemie diaper out of his sweatshirt and told me that each boy was wearing one. I was pretty out of it...I thought I had thrown-up but it was actually me waking up to them removing the tubes from my throat. Jason told me that Jaxon was intebated with a breathing tube and Brady was on room air, and so far they were fine. We were both emotional messes. Jason then gave me the news that my c-section cut was not a lateral line with disolvable stitches, but rather a vertical line from my belly button down with staples. We thought we had the whole operation planned to a "T", but life doesn't work that way.
I've been kinda sick the past two days with the anesthia and drugs, but we're starting to figure out what is working to allow me to sleep and just living with a little more pain.
We want to thank everyone for all their prayers, love and support through this long road. We love you all and look forward to the next long road to get the boys home.


Our little men are beautiful and we are just in love!
Born 7/14/08 10:15pm
Jaxon Wallace 2.7 lbs
Brady Michael 3.7 lbs


Jason changing Brady's diaper (his very first)...look at his face :)


We are getting Brady ready to do Kangaroo Care with mama.

Kangaroo Care....I loved every second of it...


Jason with Jax.


Jax and daddy holding hands.

51 comments:

Angie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so glad to hear they are here and doing well. Marley is very excited about having younger cousins! Take care, your all in our thoughts.

Angie and Marley

april said...

Congrats!!! Saying prayers for all of you!

Heather said...

Congratulations, Annie & Jason. I am so happy that they caught the decels and the boys are here safely. Annie, rest up as much as you can. Thanks for the pics! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

the schirano triplets said...

oh wow, congratulations on making it to 31.5 weeks!

i am so happy that both boys arrived safely and are now doing well. i hope that your recovery goes quickly and the boys nicu journey is a speedy and uneventful one. i will be keeping you all in my prayers, especially those two gorgeous little boys.

congratulations mommy and daddy and welcome to the world jaxon and brady!

if you need anything at all or if you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Shannon said...

Im so thrilled for you! The boys are beautiful and the pics brought tears to my eyes. Congrats mama!

♥RedRose101307♥ said...

yay!! i'm so excited that they're hear and that they're doing well!
congrats again sweater mama!!

Jocasta said...

Congratulations - wonderful news to hear that they are doing well. Thank god for inpatient monitoring. Hope the NICU journey goes well.

SaraBelle said...

Congratulations! I've been following your story here & on the nest (I'm beefsbride). Your boys are beautiful! It seems like just yesterday my twins were in the NICU (your pictures bring back lots of memories), but the time flies by so quickly. In a blink of an eye they will both be home in your arms.

Take care! Sara

Anonymous said...

So happy for you guys! I'm glad to hear everyone's safe. Congrats!
Nestie SFNewzGirl

Marijana said...

Congrats Annie--the boys are beautiful. I am so happy for you both!

CLML from GP

Harris Boys said...

I know I don't comment much on your blog, but I have followed your story and just wanted to say congrats and what a WONDERFUL job you did carrying your boys for so long. I sitting here reading your post with tears streaming down my face. Welcome to motherhood, enjoy every second of those boys...I hope they grow big and strong really fast. take care :)

floridakat said...

Oh, congratulations! I'm another of your fans from GP, and have been following your story. The boys are beautiful, and I wish you all best of health and hope you are all home together as soon as possible.

Angie said...

Congratulations! I am glad to hear everyone is doing well. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! They are just beautiful for 2 days old and the journey they and the two of you have just traveled. Annie you look better after all you have been thru than I on by best day, and Jason you are a natural dad. I am so very proud of both of you and cant wait to see my great nephews. You will make wonderful parents. Hope to see you soon. Hugs and kisses... Aunt Sue

nikki said...

congrats! so happy to hear things are going well. blessings as you begin the next part of your journey. what wonderful news!!!

Linda said...

Congratulations! Your boys are beautiful. You did such a great job getting them to 31.5 weeks. I'll be praying that you have a speedy recovery and that the boys keep getting stronger each day.

I really admire your strength and positive attitude through your whole journey. I'm sure it was hard being in the hospital for so long and worrying about your babies. But you made it and it's obvious you are already a great mom and your DH is a great dad! *Hugs*

From Nestie "Buttercup16"

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! We can't wait to meet the boys and give you all hugs! We will be up in a few weeks. Anesah told me Jaxon and Brady are very small but they are doing great :) Catch up on sleep now, the boys are here and safe. You guys are going to be great parents.

ThreeRingCircus said...

Annie,
Congratulations! I know this time is exciting yet draining all at once. My son was born at 30w4 just last September. Check out my blog to see what can happen in less than a year! The NICU nurses are amazing creatures. Miracles happen in there. Keep your head up and stay strong for those little guys. And kangaroo is the best...do it as much as they'll let you :). God Bless.
Robin in Texas

erinerinfullofgrace said...

Congrats Annie!!! So happy for you guys. I hope you are feeling better!

monica said...

Annie
Congratulations!! You did a great job in carrying those boys until 31.5 weeks!! They are going to be home in no time!! I am sorry you had to go through all the trama that you had to go through to get them here safe. I hope you have a speedy recovery.
Nestie mld0918

Megan said...

Congrats Annie! Your boys are beautiful! You are going to be the best mommy! Almost makes me tear up knowing that all is well and you all are safe. I am still praying for continued progress! Sleep now while you can! **HUGS** CONGRATS AGAIN!

Erin said...

Congratulations to you, your husband and your little boys! Your birth story brought tears to my eyes, and I am SO happy that everything turned out for the best!!!
--Erin (aka nestie quickstepstar)

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but I've been following your story since you started your blog, and I am in tears reading about your birth story. It sounds so incredibly terrifying but now you have two beautiful children. Congratulations!

Shannon said...

Congratulations!! I'm so glad to hear that you and the boys are doing well. The pictures show what a miracle they are. Thanks for sharing them. It brought tears to my eyes. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Megan said...

I have been watching your journey ever since you found out they were boys on the nest. I just wanted to say congrats, and I am so happy for you! The boys are beautiful and I wish you the best of luck!!!

Em said...

Congratulations! Your boys are so tiny, but so beautiful. I am so happy that they are here safe and sound! Many continued prayers to you and your new family. Enjoying getting to know your little men!!

Emily (blondie3379 from the nest)

Amber & Matt said...

Congratulations!!! Your boys are beautiful and will be coming home in no time!! Try and rest and get yourself healed, sounds like the c-section was a doozy!

stephanie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! Can't wait to see more pics of your beautiful boys. Good job, Mama!!!

Sara said...

Congratulations Annie!! The boys are so adorable!!

NYCgirl said...

Congrats! Annie you look amazing and Jason's face while changing the diaper it great. The boys are beautiful. Great Job!

Laura & Ryan

Lindsi said...

MANY CONGRATS ANNIE!
I am so proud of you for making it as far as you did! I have enjoyed your positive spirit and determination during this pregnancy and I pray that the boys come home VERY soon! God bless
Lindsi (SNL0605)

cat said...

Congratulations from twin boys (and the mommy) in South Africa. We will keep you in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the birth of your sons! You have been through so much and made your goal, your two babies are in the world and thriving.
My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family :)

~Adrienne (aka lynninlove1007)~

Christie and Jeff said...

sweater! They are beautiful! Congrats! Keep us posted!

MrsGo4Hockeychick from the nest

June said...

Congratulations! I hope your little ones get big and strong quickly so you can bring them home! Mrs.JuneHawk

The Wilsons said...

They are beautiful! Congrats! I will write more later! I am so happy for you guys!

Anonymous said...

Annie,
I'm so thankful that your boys made it through the pregnancy and delivery! I can't even imagine what Jason went through! My heart goes out to your new family!

-A fellow Nestie!

Valerie said...

Hi Annie!
Congrats!

Maybe we'll see you around. My little girl is still there. We're in the G-pod.

Katie said...

Congratulations! I lurk on the nest constantly and I have been following you and the boys for a while since our due dates were so close together. I am so glad to hear that they arrived safely and I wish you and your new family the all the happiness in the near and distant future.

Tara said...

Congratulations! Glad to hear all is well! Can't wait to see more pics!

pie lady said...

Oh Annie they are perfect!
Congrats!!!! I have tears in my eyes for you guys and that everyone is ok.
goldenmama

~Mrs. JMS~ said...

You and the boys are in my prayers! So glad that they made it safely into this world. GL to you and your family God Bless!

Cheryl said...

Congrats!! Good luck in your NICU journey it's going to be tough but before you know it the boys will be home in your arms.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! The boys are just precious. Best of luck, to you & your family.

April (nestie twins103107) said...

Congrats! Congrats! I have been saying a prayer for all of you a on regular basis- SO glad you all came through delivery ok- Thank goodness they caught the decel!! Can't wait to see more pictures!
April

Becky said...

congratulations! and welcome to the world Jaxon and Brady! What a dramatic entrance, how blessed to be in the best possible care.

Becky
http://www.stinkylemsky.typepad.com/

randibisme said...

Your story has me in tears. I am so thankful that everyone is okay. Keeping you all in prayer.
Randi Booth

Suzanne said...

I am so so happy for your and your new family. I cried and cried reading your birth story. Those boys are very lucky to have you both as parents. Congratulations on your beautiful boys! I will pray for a speedy recovery for you and a short nicu time for your boys.

Kelly said...

Annie, you did a great job! the boys are beautiful and the picture of Jason changing the diaper is hysterical. bless the 4 of you and congratulations on your sons!!

Kelly (byyourside)

jennluvsjerry from the nest said...

So happy to hear that the babies and you are all doing well. Congratulations! What a miracle!

Pink-CJ said...

Congrats!! Sorry about your c section, but glad the boys are okay!