Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thornton Twins are here...

Well our family has grown, not by just two feet, but four. The Thornton twins came into this world on Friday Dec. 10th at 12:05 pm and 12:06 pm. I was so nervous, but everything went really well. We were suppose to be at the hospital at 7 am, got there on time and got checked in. Then the fun started, the IV, blood drawls, and countdown to our 9 am c-section time. We got word though that there was another girl who had come into an emergancy situation and had to go ahead of me. So we had to wait. Nothing like letting the nerves set in longer. Keith and I talked and hung out, we were in the recovery room by ourselves. I was trying to remember the last times I would feel the boys kicking inside me, and get into a zone. At about 11:30 am they came and got us and took me into the OR. They did the spinal tap in the room, and I was very nervous about it but it went ok. I was numb from the chest down, they laid me down really fast and got me all set on the table. Keith had not been brought in at this point, and I was asking for him. He really is my calming force and at this point nerves were very high. My blood pressure began to drop a bit, so they gave me some meds to bring it up a bit. I got an upset stomach and started to feel like I was going to get sick, and started gagging. Although since I had not eaten there was nothing to get sick on, thank goodness. They gave me meds for my stomach and I calmed down a bit. Keith at this point came in and I calmed down a bunch. Then they started the surgery. It went really fast.

Baby "A" came into the world but first, and peed all over the Dr. :)Keith's first words were "Wow baby he is BIG". That made me feel much better, I had been worried about their weights. I got to watch them clean baby up, and they began removing Baby "B". Baby B came out head first, and started crying right away. I got to watch them clean up Baby B, and they brought over Baby A for me to see. After they had B cleaned up, they put both boys together. It was really sweet they were holding hands, and checking each other out. They brought B over for me to check out. I can not describe how amazing it is to see your children for the first time. It is an instant connection for me, and a love like I can not explain in words.

I was really worried that they would mix the boys up, and we named them based on their personalities before they born. They had a B on baby B's hat. I went into recovery, Keith followed the boys to the nursery to get cleaned up. They then joined me in recovery. Such an amazing feeling to have my babies with me, to go full term with twins.. to have healthy weights. To know I did it. I am so thankful.

Baby A is Quincy Isaac Thornton he weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz, and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Baby B is Miles Jalen Thornton he weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz, and was 19 3/4 inches long.

My Friend and amazing photographer Kelly came to see us in the hospital and took some pictures of the boys on Saturday. What wonderful images to have captured. Here they are: ( you can click the link to see them bigger )

Darrian holding Quincy and looking in on Miles

Quincy and Miles:

Quincy Isaac

Miles Jalen :

Darrian has been doing really good, I am surprised at how well he has adjusted so far. I know each day is different, but he really loves his brothers. He is very protective and always wanting to help. His biggest problem was that I was in the hospital, he had a really hard time with that. So glad to be home with my boys. :)
I will update again soon.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A little update...

Life is crazy plain and simple. I don't think I need to be told that it is just going to get crazier. I think I am still in denial there are TWO babies joining our family at the end of this week. It doesn't even make sense. I am excited to meet them, I am excited to see who they look like and watch them grow. I am anxious about the future, balancing it all, and surgery. I will take all the well wishes and good thoughts that it all goes well.

The C-section is scheduled for friday at 10:30 am. We could get bumped either way. I will be 37 weeks and 5 days. Never thought that was possible, full term with twins. I got the stomach flu over the weekend, had to go to Labor and Delivery and get an IV with meds and fluids. I am feeling better, and got to go home. The boys were monitored the whole time and they did just fine. I had my final non-stress test today, again both boys looked good.

I am still working from home full time, I don't plan to stop ahead of time. It is hard for me to walk away. I am trying to get Christmas in order for Darrian so after the craziness really starts we are set to enjoy the holiday as a family of FIVE!

I will keep you all posted, thank you so much for your support over the pregnancy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Twins...

I can't believe I am in my final weeks of pregnancy with the twins. I also can't believe that I made it longer with twins than I did with Darrian. I really thought the odds of that were pretty slim. I had Darrian at 34 weeks and some change and now I am 35 weeks and 3 days. Things have been going pretty good, no bedrest at this point. I do listen to my body, and try to take it easy. I have been working from home since Nov. 1st to try and help my body rest some.

My c-section date is set right now for 12/10 at 10:30 am. I will be 37 weeks and 6 days.

I had my last growth ultrasound last friday I was 34 weeks 5 days.
Baby A was measuring 34 weeks 5 days, 5 lbs 5 oz, and heartbeat of 147 beats per minute
Baby B was measuring 35 weeks 3 days, 5 lbs 13 oz, and a heartbeat of 133 beats per minute.

My blood pressure was a bit higher at my appointment yesterday so they are going to kick my appointments into high gear. It is the fear of oncoming pre-eclampsia. I will have two non-stress test a week, one Drs. appt. with the perinatologist. I also had to do at home blood pressure twice a day, and urine screening once a day for protien. I keep track of all the results and a nurse calls me every evening to get the results.

All and all everything is going ok. That is not to say that it hasn't been painful at times, or that I don't have gripes.. I am just thankful they are still baking and wanting us all to be safe and healthy so I keep them to myself most of the time.

Here are the ultrasound pictures from our last ultrasound.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Apple Hill

In October Darrian and I went to Apple Hill with Chris, Julie and the girls. We met Debbie and Heather up there. I love Apple Hill. I have to say though this trip was a bit of a bust. The rain ruined our day :( . I don't love the rain, it is no friend of mine. We only made it to two farms before giving up. Darrian was bummed because he wanted to play more with his buddy Braxton. Next year I will have more time to go without the timeline of the twins cutting in on the time. Here are a few of the pictures I took. Darrian did have a blast playing it the mud with Braxton and Debbie. Debbie is such a natural as Grandma.

Darrian's first field trip

Keith and I went on Darrian's first field trip in Oct. it was at a local pumpkin patch. The parents were invited, and it was fun to see Darrian around his classmates. He really loves school, did not cry once this year at drop off or after we were gone. He has made lots of new friends. We are often told by other parents how often their kids talk about Darrian and the games they play at school. He had some problems going from one activity to the next this year, but the teachers said he has adjusted and it is no longer something he has a problem with.

The pumpkin patch was lots of fun. I was glad that Keith was there too because walking up the hills at this point was not fun for me. He could keep up with Darrian much more than I could. They got to pick out pumpkins, learn about the farm animals, how to make cornmeal, story time in the hay, and then play in the play area.
I did manage to get a few pictures :)

D's fav buddy at school

Picking out pumpkins

Making corn maze

milking the cow

picture time with Daddy

snack time with his class.

Ivy's basketball game

In October we also attended one of Ivy's basketball games. Ivy decided on her own to try basketball. I think it is so cool that she wants to try new things outside her comfort zone, you really can't ask for much more than that. The game is was really cute, and Darrian (a BIG Ivy fan) kept saying he wanted to play and wanted to be on the team. We had to keep him on the sideline with the powers of the iphone. :)

Sprinkle for the Twins A Perfect Pair

I was able to get another trial of my photo editing program so I finally updated pictures! I am going to try and catch up on what we have been doing the past month and a half.
First up.. My Sprinkle. A sprinkle is like a shower but you don't register and it is sort of potluck style. It is a chance to sprinkle the soon to be Mama with some well wishes and love. I feel very blessed to have the friends I do. I have said many times that I met new Mom's hoping Darrian would have some friends, and it ended up being so much more for me than I thought it would be. The advice, the friendships are all things I am thankful for. I of course have been very blessed by many friendships in my life, and it meant a lot to me that several friends outside of the "mom group" showed up to support and celebrate with me. Thank you just doesn't seem enough to express my gratitude. Kelly and Laura hosted and they did such a great job, I loved all the decorations and was humbled by all they put into it.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Catching up..

I have been seriously lacking in posting. The main reason is I have to get a new photo post processing program since my old one is on the computer that is not working. I am hoping to do this by mid November.

It has been a busy month all around. We went to Apple Hill, Darrian's first field trip, I had some wonderful friends throw me a sprinkle at the start of the month, and we are gearing up for Halloween. Phew. I hope to get all the pictures up soon.

The twins have been growing this month too, so far so good. I had a Dr's appt on the 15th and both are doing really good. I am doing pretty good too. I am uncomfortable but hanging in there. I get really tired by the end of day, and can not do too much in one day. I am trying to take it slower this time than I did with Darrian. If you remember I was working, doing weddings the weekend, and my social life. I don't know how much all that played into him coming 6 weeks early, but I am trying to do better this time and listen to my body more.

I am now 31 weeks and 2 days. Things with me seem to be going okay, my blood pressure is looking good so far (this is right about the time that it started to spike with Darrian) and I have not gained any weight so far this pregnancy. I lost about 20 to start and I have put back on about 8 lbs but still in the negative for now. I have passed two test for gestational diabetes which was a risk with twins which is good.

The twins had a growth ultrasound on Friday and both are doing great. I was waiting for full results from my Dr. but she is on vacation.

Baby A was measuring 31 weeks 4 days (6 days ahead)
Baby B was measuring 31 weeks 4 days (6 days ahead)

Baby A was estimated to weigh 3 lbs 12 oz
Baby B was estimated to weigh 4 lbs 2 oz

I am hoping both will be a bit above 5 lbs. The tech said that baby A has a lot of hair, and baby B has some hair. Baby B is pretty shy.

This time around we are not having a 3D ultrasound. It will be a surprise what they look like. With Darrian I knew right at the ultrasound that he looked just like Keith. I am hoping these two look like Darrian.

We are not any closer on the name front. We have a few we like more than others, but nothing firm yet. Don't blame me this is mainly Keith's fault.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Twins update...

Just a little update with the twins, not many pictures this time. I only got three and two are of baby A because baby B was just not having it. Everything went really well at the appointments, the ultrasound is suppose to last over 1 1/2 hours and only lasted about 45 minutes. The lady was nice but seemed to rush. I had a perinatologist appointment after, this is the high risk pregnancy Doctor (twins automatically put you into that category). He was very happy with everything, babies measured good from the ultrasound, cervix is good, blood pressure was good (TG), gestational diabetes test came back great... he said everything was "perfect". I was on cloud 9. I am headed to 28 weeks (sunday) a big milestone and was worried I would not hit this point. I am happy I did and I am praying I can make it another 9/10 weeks. He mentioned a lot of twin Mom's go out of work at 28 weeks and I expressed that I would like to make it to 32 weeks. We will see how it goes. I am working from home several days in Oct. so that will help, and hopefully work all of Nov. from home.

After I left the appointment I got home and an hour later got a call from the peri nurse. Stating that they wanted me to come back in this past Monday to measure the fluid in Baby B's sac.This could mean a lot of things, none of which is good. I did not understand since the peri checked too and the nurse said that the radiologist put it into the report so the Dr. HAD to be sure and have me come in.

I drank a TON of water over the weekend and spent a lot of it resting. I went to the appointment Monday morning, and talked with the nurse. She said she would look at the fluid first and did and everything was just fine. So they let me go home. A lot of worry for no good reason, but at least it was ok.

Here are some stats, just so you know they are called Baby B and Baby A because Baby A is always closer to the cervix and Baby B is up top. We have yet to pick names, hopefully soon. Keith is picky and I feel a bit disconnected not having names for them.

These were done at 26 weeks 5 days 09/24

Baby A:
2.3 lbs Measuring 27 Weeks heart beat was 151 beats per minute.

Baby B:
2.4 lbs Measuring 27 weeks 1 day, heart beat was 153 beats per minute.

Baby B was waving, and Baby A moves A LOT. She did comment on how they both have long legs.

My next ultrasound is on 10/22, and next Dr. appt. is on 10/15. Fingers crossed it all goes well.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Darrian turns 3 !!

Wow. When did my little bitty baby get to be such a big boy!?! We were there for every moment and I still don't know how it went so fast. I always celebrate Darrian's special day. I want him to know that his birth, him joining our family is a very special day for all of us. It is the most important day of my life.

On Darrian's actual birthday I took the day off, and he had school. They had a little birthday for him. He got to wear a special crown and bring treats in for the class. Then after school we picked up lunch to have at home, and relaxed. We cooked his favorite meal for dinner, he had cupcakes, and opened presents. He loved every minute of it. He kept saying Happy Birthday to Keith and I even though it was not our birthday's.

On Sunday the 19th we had a birthday party for him at the house. Same mold as last year, friends, bounce house, pizza, and cake. I wanted it to be pretty simple. I went with a train theme since he LOVES his trains (and cars). Darrian had a great time. He was bit wound up but overall did pretty good with all the activity going on. I visited with people at the party and did not get as many pictures as I would have liked. Ah well. Next time I guess.


***Birthday party day!

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