Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Elenbaas Twins

After 36 weeks of pregnancy and 2 months of strict bedrest, Erin was given the OK to start walking around again. Turns out it was a good thing she was on bedrest that whole time, because 24 hours after going off bedrest she went into labor.

Monday was kind of a strange day. Erin called me from her appointment and said "do you want to have some babies tonight?" She was measuring 5cm and the doctor said if she kept contracting to just check into the hospital. So she drove home and we spent the afternoon just hanging out at our house. We did some chores, watched a movie, and then went in to the hospital around 5:30.
Erin's work connections kicked in again. We walked into the hospital, skipped triage, and were admitted into a corner room.

From 6 to 8 not much happened. We hung out with the other nurses and walked around hoping for Erin's contractions to pick up. She progressed slightly, got an epidural, and then the doctor broke her water around 10:30. We put on a movie (The Holiday) but Erin progressed quickly and by 11:30 it was time to prep for labor so we moved into the OR (in case they needed to do a crash C-section).

The OR was almost comical. There were 2 doctors, a nurse practitioner, and SIX nurses to "assist" and we pumped the Christmas music. Once everything was set, Erin pushed a total of 3 contractions for baby A and he came right out. The doctor held the baby up and we were both surprised to see it was a boy! The baby cried and I cut the cord. About 3 minutes later the doctors told Erin to push for baby B. This time it only took 1 contraction. The doctor held up baby B and we were even more surprised...another BOY! Twin boys, WOW!

The nurses and doctors did their thing while Erin and I spent our first few moments with our two sons. We named them William Lloyd and Jack Douglas. William was 5 lbs 14 oz and 19.5" long. Jack was 6 lbs 3 oz and 19" long. They were born at 12:30 and 12:34 a.m.

Once again Erin is my absolute hero. She was rightfully nervous all day, but did such an amazing job. I am so proud to be her husband.

Jack had low blood sugar initially and both were struggling with deep breathing. After some consultation we decided to keep them with us and keep an eye on them. Within a few hours they were breathing well and all other tests were normal.
Our fabulous team of nurses made our experience great.

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Blogger Aileen said...

Dear Erin and Randy, What wonderful news, I have tears in my eyes I am so happy for everyone!!!!! An amazing effort by Erin to be good and keep those babies safe until they were well grown. After spending years of my life in NICUs, I am so thrilled William and Jack are this big and GORGEOUS. A true set of wonderful blessings. Best from all the Sedmans--just told Ethan a few minutes ago. Love from all of us and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Reuben Vyn said...

Only you would blast the Christmas music during a delivery... was "Santa Claus is coming to town" on the playlist?

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all look fantastic!! Can't wait to meet my new nephews! Love you all... Gwen

4:19 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Congratulations!! What handsome BOYS :) So excited for you - boys are lots of fun!

I love the close up pic of the boys and the footprints on the shirt - what a neat idea!

9:28 PM  

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