Thursday, March 25, 2010

Astral And Defy Are Here...

7 Days Old Photo Shoot In Their Nursery

Astral Defiance Hayes and Defy Aster Hayes were born on 3/03/10 via cesarean at 9:44 and 9:45AM. Astral (baby A) weighed in at 6.8 oz and Defy (baby B) weighed in at 5.13 oz, very good weights for twins born at 37 weeks, 3 days. Vegan since conception, they are both very happy and healthy babies that have met all their milestones so far.

Astral is defined as "of, relating to, or proceeding from the stars" and "visionary". Defy is defined as "to challenge to do something considered impossible" and "to resist attempts at: withstand".

The babies were born on a Wednesday and we were discharged from the hospital that Friday. Since the babies were perfectly healthy the doctors left it up to me and my recovery to decide when I would leave. After being in the hospital on bed rest since December I wanted out right away so Friday was the big day. We were elated to have the babies go home with us and no NICU time at all.

Every day the babies amaze us and we fall deeper and deeper in love. It is hard to believe that we are so lucky to have two beautiful little people to guide through life. Though we are sleep deprived and constantly busy being first time parents we are cherishing every single moment. We have so much more to share about the birth and the first 3 weeks of Astral and Defy's lives and will be back soon with the details.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Babies Will Be Here Tomorrow...

The twins will be born tomorrow morning via cesarean section. We can't believe the time has finally come. Words can not describe how I feel right now. I wanted to make one more post before the babies arrive. Today they weighed in at 6lbs 9oz (A) and 6lbs 10oz (B). It is unbelievable how amazing their growth has been throughout the pregnancy and the odds that all three of us have beaten. It is hard to imagine that I have over 13lbs of baby in me right now. Today during the ultrasound the babies had both moved to a head down position side by side. It was insane to see because they have both been breech the entire pregnancy and transverse for most of it. Unfortunately, because they share a placenta this hospital has a policy refusing to deliver them vaginally even if they are in the perfect position for it.

I met with the surgeon (my perinatologist) and the anesthesiologist today to go over every detail of the procedure. I am very nervous about all of the needles that I will encounter tomorrow, but the joy of finally meeting our little bean sprouts outweighs the anxiety. I am not allowed to eat or drink after midnight tonight, just like Gizmo. Lucas is spending the night with me and in the morning we'll be ready to head down to labor and delivery.

I will update the blog as soon as I get the chance. I want to say thank you for following our vegan journey through pregnancy and we hope you'll continue to come back to read all about our vegan journey through parenthood! So exciting...