My sweet tiny angels arrived on September 22nd, 2016. I was 37 weeks and 6 days when we went into triage on the 21st to have the babies monitored and hopefully be induced. My doctor had put me on the induction list for Monday the 19th, but it kept getting pushed. Thankfully they decided to keep us after the monitoring at triage and start the induction on the 21st, because I don't know that I could have lasted another day with those little ones on the inside. I'm still so surprised we had to be induced, I was convinced these babes were coming by 36 weeks the latest!
Around 5pm we were sent upstairs to labour and delivery to start the induction, and after that it was go time. Labour lasted 10 hours, including 3 hours of pushing and then our pretty girls were here. I think maybe one day I'll write a more detailed birth story, but I'm still trying to come to terms with how everything went. I am so thankful my girls made it into the world safe and sound, but my birth plan was essentially thrown out the window. All that matters now is that my girls are healthy and happy, but I'm still trying to work through the interventions that we went through. For now, I'll just say how blessed I am to have such an incredible husband. Kyle was just the most perfect support person and I couldn't have done it without him. He was perfect.
Annie Elizabeth Louise was born at 3:07am, weighing 5lbs 11oz, 20 inches long, and Sybelle Kendall Lynn was born shortly after at 3:15am, weighing 5lbs 7oz, 18 inches long.
We stayed in the hospital until Saturday the 24th, and then we were on our merry way home! The first few days home were incredibly difficult, but every day is better and better. We have had the most incredible support that I could have ever asked for. We have been showered in gifts, meals, love, and babysitting services so that we can get a wee bit of sleep. There are honestly no words for how lucky I feel to have had such incredible support.
The girls are two weeks old now and night time is as dreamy as newborn nights can be! They sleep for about 3 hours and then one wakes to be fed. We change her diaper, feed her, and shortly after I'm finished feeding the first baby, the second one will start to stir. The first baby will then be swaddled and will go straight back to sleep. We do it again with the second little one and then back to sleep I go for about 2 hours until next feeding time! Mornings are great, afternoons are good, but by the evening both babies get fussy and sassy and I get incredibly overtired. It's nice to have the night to look forward to when I know the girls will go down and I can get a little break. They both take a soother now which has been super helpful during their evening time fussiness. Our favourite is the Wubbanub, because their favourite thing to do is spit the soother out and then scream because they lost it. The Wubbanub stays right where we need it to be and sometimes they can even get it back into their mouth on their own! It's seriously a Godsend.
The girls are breastfeeding incredibly well, and I'm so grateful for that. It's been such a blessing to be able to feed both babies my milk. We had to supplement a little bit at the hospital because their glucose levels were low, and then a little bit at home when we needed a little break, but at this point they're both 99% breastfed and that makes me feel so proud.
Annie makes the world's craziest faces when she's awake, it cracks Kyle and I up so much. She's got the longest, fluffiest hair ever, it's the sweetest. We think she looks so much like the Gerylo side of the family, which is so fun because she's named partly after Kyle's grandmother who's name was Annie. She loves this little fisher price vibrating seat that we have, she could sit in it for hours. But beware, do not turn off the vibrate even if you think she's in the deepest sleep. She will scream.
Sybelle is the quieter of the two, she makes faces sometimes but mostly just stares wide eyed at everything. She looks exactly like I did when I was a baby, which is so fun! She loves to be held and rocked in the glider, but loves to be bounced even more. She'll keep you on your feet rockin and rollin if you let her.
Both girls love to eat, sleep so well at night, love to be swaddled, and love to be sung to. When they're being fussy or sad, if you hold them close to each other they'll turn to look at each other and settle right down. It's just the beginning of their sweet twin bond and it makes me so so happy.
I just want to remember all of these little things about my first few weeks of motherhood and my girls' first few weeks of life. Kyle and I are just so in love with them. It has been the hardest few weeks of my life, and the most rewarding and beautiful all at the same time. Kyle is the most incredible father, he is a dream come true. It's so hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago we were day dreaming about what these sweet girls would look like, and now they're actually here. My world is turned upside down in the most wonderful way.
I hope you're doing well, lovelies. Take good care!