Monday, January 31, 2011

The best things in life come in threes!

Well it's official, the Young babies have made their way into the world! Every woman has a unique and beautiful birthing story, and I would like to share mine with the world.

Our crazy week began with a Dr. appointment on Monday. Previous to this, my body had taken a turn for the worse. I was swollen beyond belief, with my legs resembling something like tree trunks...no joke! I was nauseous most of the time, and I definitely felt the pull of the 16 pound baby weight. Needless to say I was miserable. So on Monday I went for my regular check up, and I jokingly bribed my doctor to take the babies out- including being willing to name a baby after him. But to no avail, he just wouldn't listen!! However, the staff was concerned about my physical deterioration, so they ran some tests to check my overall health. Turns out I had developed PIH- pregnancy induced hypertension, which can be scary for mom and baby (or in my case, babies). SO within 5 minutes of getting the tests back my doctor asked very slyly "you wanna have some babies on Wednesday?" My reaction: *cough, cough* "what???" I didn't really expect my wish to come true, and reality sunk in. But for the safety of my babies and for myself I gladly accepted the offer to deliver on Wednesday.

**Skip to Wednesday morning**
The day started off BRIGHT and EARLY...5 a.m early!!! In order to do the pre-op stuff I had to be there hours early...just enough to drive me nuts with some serious nervousness!! During the 3+ hours of surgery prep, I was stripped and robed, poked and prodded with various needles, and had LOTS of information thrown at me ( yeah, like I'm gonna remember all that info!!) Finally at about 8:45 they walked me into the operating room, and it was go time!!! The operating room was freezing...I felt like I was walking into an icy death!! And then the epidural came... They promised me I wouldn't feel anything...they lied... I have 6 bruises on my back from 6 different attempts at the epidural!!! I'm just gonna chalk that one up to a birthing battle wound, and not think bad thoughts of the anesthesiologist!!

Moving on...after I felt my legs go absolutely numb, I was positioned on the table and the fun began! Within three minutes of the C-section beginning, the doctor leaned over the curtain and said "there's no turning back, I'm starting to pull babies!!" Within 2 minutes all three of the babies were out- Emery being the first. I heard their precious cries for the first time, and I instantly felt my own tears. Unfortunately I couldn't see the babies right away because the curtain covering my belly was in the way. But my husband rushed over and took the first pictures of our little miracles. One by one the nurses introduced me to my babies (still weird to consider myself a mom!) It was instant love. I have never seen something so beautiful as my babies looking at me for the first time (and probably wondering what the heck jut happened). Such a sacred experience...enough said.

After some stitching up I was sent up to recovery, and that's where I stand now. Even though I'm not pregnant anymore I still feel like a 95 year old woman walking around...recovery is rough! Tyler and I spend as much time at the NICU as we can...what can we say, we're in love with our sweet babies! Each day is a miracle and we could not be more grateful for the safe and healthy arrival of Emery, Aiden, and Landon.

To all of our amazing friends and family who have been our cheerleaders from the beginning, we are truly indebted to you, and we love you. We are excited to start this new journey, but we are also aware of how crazy it will be. SOMEhow we will get through it all, and will try to keep smiling no matter what.

So without further ado, let us introduce you to our new arrivals:







13 comments:

Teri said...

Awesome. So glad to hear that everything went well. I hope you are able to bring those little people home soon but enjoy the rest while you can, I guess. Sounds hard but so worth it. Hope you start to feel a little bit more normal soon. Relatively, of course. Take care and we would love to bring you guys some dinner sometime soon!

the hipps said...

YOU DID IT!!! Congratulations! They look like some beautiful babies. I'm glad it went smoothly. You're my hero!

Phredfamily said...

Absolutely in tears! I can't wait to meet them. Congratulations, Mommy (and Daddy)!

Brown Family said...

So precious! I'm so happy for you. You are AMAZING and so are your babies! They're so lucky to have a strong mama like you.

The Grimmett's said...

Congrats Tyler and Andrea! Let the adventures begin!

Skinny B said...

This story made me cry. I love all 5 of you so much!

Season and Isabella said...

Yay! I've been excited to hear the details. So glad all is well. They are beyond beautiful!

Tamie said...

you are so blessed!!!! new babies are so very special and you not only get to love one of them you get to love THREE of them!!!! how lucky are you?!!?!
been thinking of you guys constantly and am just waiting for you to tell me to come by and hug you!!! (and i'll bring something for you to pop in your freezer for the time when thinking about cooking is just not a possibility!) love to all of you: all FIVE of you!!!!

Sarah said...

You guys, those babies look awesome! Sounds like they had good birth weights for multiples, no? Hope they are home with you soon. Thanks for the details. You are wonderful parents already.

Tim and Johanna said...

Congratulations! We're so happy for you!

gwen said...

They look beautiful and healthy--and so tiny! You are blessed and so are they! Have your mom e-mail your address (I have one but want to make sure it is right) so I can send 3 little gifts! Love you, and congratulations. I'm glad you have a blog to keep us updated on your adventures!

Krissy T. said...

What a relief that everything went okay and everyone is healthy! Congratulations!

Cynthia said...

Im so happy for you guys!!! The babies are perfect! You are an inspiration to me. Please call and let me help with whatever you guys need. Anything! And I would love to meet the babes too!