Published on June 06, 2016

Meet the Twins

Our lives have changed tremendously! Many of you have asked me when I'm going to blog again. These life changes have caused me to fall behind on a few things, including my blog. Let me get started on what has been the best part of our journey!

Thursday, April 7th

My last day before delivery. It started with an OB appointment. I had a Biophysical Profile to make sure the babies heart rates and body movements would pass the test scoring system. The babies need to be awake and active. Baby A passed immediately. Baby B was awake up until the exam. She fell asleep as it started. Her heart rate was great but she wasn't waking up. After a glass of all sugar orange drink, she was up and moving for the next hour! Both babies passed! We were good to go until Friday, and I headed off to my last day of work to finish up a few projects. Taylor came home that evening. She had been doing a baby countdown for a few months, and was taking Friday off of school to be here when her sisters' arrive. I can only imagine the struggle she had to stay focused in school Thursday. We spent our last evening at home as a family laughing and watching movies. It was a great night.

Friday, April 8th

Last family selfie of four

Our last selfie as a family of four!

The alarm was set for 7 am. We were both awake before it went off. This was it. My last morning being pregnant, ever. The last morning of Tessa being our baby. The last morning waking up after a full night of sleep, at least for awhile. Our last morning as a family of four. We got up and ready, did my make up and hair. You have to look good for delivery, right? Taylor was staying home with Tessa that morning. They always have a great time together, it made the most sense. What we didn't plan was our exit. Tessa witnessed our loading up the suitcase in the van. We gave the girls goodbye hugs and "see you this afternoon's!" and then it happened. Tessa tears. She wasn't quite sure of the situation and what was happening, no matter what we told her. She just knew this wasn't normal, and she likes a normal routine. A few more hugs and reassurance that everything was okay, we drove down the street waving, watching Taylor hold and try and console a tearful Tessa. We knew it would be temporary and they'd be okay. A few games of Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders later, Tessa forgot things were out of the norm.

We checked into the hospital at 9:15 am. Our nurses, Julie and Melissa were ready to prep me for surgery. They were great at putting my nerves at ease, even if they didn't know they were doing so. Everything moved quickly, and next thing I knew, it was noon and I was walking into the Operating Room. I sat up on the table and Dr. Stephanie Donnelly was ready to insert my spinal. This was the part I had been dreading for months. This was the part that didn't work with delivering Tessa, and I ended up having a General, meaning I was put under for the birth. But I had heard so many wonderful things about Dr Donnelly, and she exceeded all of my expectations. She knew my history and my current worries about something going terribly wrong. She was very kind and compassionate, yet professional and knowledgeable. She explained each step of what she was doing and what to expect so naturally that it was just like carrying a conversation with a friend. 

It really felt like we had a team in the Operating Room. Ryan later told me, "It was obvious we had the A team with us." I completely agree. Dr. Donnelly wasn't the only key player. Dr. Lines, my OBGYN, is a wonderful skilled Doctor that I could rave on about for paragraphs. The nurses and scrub techs are obvious key players who deserve much credit for delivering the patient satisfaction that a Medical Center strives to delivery, and a patient hopes to receive.   

About to meet the twins!

About to meet the twins!

Back to the surgery. It didn't take long for Dr. Donnelly to insert the spinal. As she was looking for the spot, I was praying over and over, "Please God, Please let this work." It didn't last time and I was asleep for Tessa's birth and Ryan had to wait in the recovery room. But it didn't take long for the spinal to be inserted and my feet feel warm. It worked! I would be awake and Ryan, dressed in his cool paper jumpsuit, would be able to be in the OR for the twins birth. Before I knew it, I was lying down on this narrow bed with my arms straight out to my sides. I couldn't feel anything from my rib cage down. If someone hadn't told me that we were starting, I wouldn't have known. On our side of the curtain, Dr. Donnelly chatted with Ryan and I. She'd tell us how it was going when she'd look over the curtain. Ryan is a tall guy. If he had wanted, he could have seen over the curtain. Who can blame him for making sure he didn't sit up to straight to get that much of a look.  

About to meet the twins! 

At 12:50 pm, Baby A's cries were heard as she was held above the curtain for us to meet her. She had dark hair laying in ringlets on her perfect little head. She looked smaller than we expected. Within moments she was swept off to the recovery room for examination and to be cleaned up. At 12:52 Baby B completed our family. I couldn't hear her cry, and as they held her up I asked RN Jody, "Is she crying?" Jody answered as she was suctioning her, "Oh yeah, she's ticked off at me right now." She came around the curtain and all either of us could see was all of her dark hair. "Look at all that hair!" Ryan exclaimed, "And it's dark!" Both Taylor and Tessa were born without hair and then were blonde. We were stunned to see so much dark hair on our babies! Our babies were finally here, and they were beautiful. Ryan joined them in their recovery room while my surgery wrapped up, and returned to tell me both babies were healthy and doing well. Baby A, who we named Tatum Leigh, weighed 5 lbs 11 oz, and was 20 inches long. Baby B, now known as Tacie Anne, weighed 6 lbs and was 20.5 inches long. 

Tatum Leigh

Tatum Leigh

While still in the Operating room while we were finishing surgery, we sent a text to announce the twin's birth to Taylor and our parents, our siblings, and then co-workers and friends. We had been receiving text from many people wishing us well and sending prayers, that it was a great feeling to let them know everyone was doing well. 

Tacie Anne

Tacie Anne

Finally done with the c-section, we went back to our room and waited for the babies to join us.  

And then the real fun began...

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).



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