I was on bed rest for 3 weeks after a doctor appointment discovered I was 50% effaced and dilated to a 2. It was very hard being on bed rest!! I had incredible support from friends and family helping me with Beckett and meals.
On the morning of October 10, I woke up at 5 am in pain from contractions. For me, contractions are just dull constant pain much like cramps. I had to keep reminding myself of that so I didn't just dismiss the pain. I couldn't go back to sleep, so I sent a text to my dad asking him if he thought I should go into the hospital. He said "yes".
I arrived at the hospital around 6:30 or so. My contractions were 2-3 minutes apart and a few days earlier I was 70% effaced and dilated to a 3.5. I was given anti-labor medication which only slowed contractions down to 5-6 minutes apart after a few hours. My body wanted to have those babies that day! I was 34 weeks and 6 days.
By the time I was settled in my hospital room, the pain of the contractions had gone down considerably and was quite mild. It was about 10 am at this point.
I asked for my epidural and felt very good through the rest of the morning and through the birth. I pushed 2 times to deliver Dean and a half push for Jayna. They were born around 5:30 pm, 7 minutes apart, and came out with their lungs in check. They were both 6 lb. 5 oz and spent 17 days in the NICU. I had the best doctor in the world through it all, my dad!!
These pictures are of them still in the incubator and on bili lights. They are sporting their eye protective sunglasses very well!!
Baby Dean (He has an IV in his head because all the other usual spots weren't working and the one before this one went bad)
Baby Jayna (Her arm is swollen in the picture because an IV line went bad. I felt so sad for her tiny little body! They both had problems with their IVs!)
I had their pictures taken by Caralee Case in Idaho Falls. She did a fantastic job!! They were 19 days old and you can see her post of the session here.