When my husband and I found out we were expecting twins we sort of just laughed at each other thinking, “Are you sure!?” We were excited, shocked, and worried all at the same time. What did this mean? We would need a bigger house, more money, a bigger vehicle, and definitely more patience. “How am I going to do this?,” I’d think on a regular basis. As my pregnancy progressed we found out that we would be having identical girls which was exciting. Pink and purple everything! My pregnancy didn’t have too many issues and went fairly smoothly until we found out that my cervix was shortening around 23 weeks and I was taken off of work and told not to overdo it. Which meant I spent my days for the next 10 weeks or so cooped up in my bedroom with too much time to think. Every day was an accomplishment and every week was a blessing and I was hopeful that I would make it to full term and deliver two beautiful healthy baby girls. I knew from the beginning that spending time in the NICU would be a good possibility, especially with twins even born at term. My goal was to make it to 34 weeks but on August 8th, 2013, at 33 weeks and 1 day, in the middle of the night, Twin A’s water broke and off to Labour and Delivery we went. We were filled with a mixture of emotions again; excitement to finally meet them, fear of the unknown, being born premature, how small they were going to be, and surely they would have to spend time in the NICU. I never had a delivery plan as I was told with twins that the main goal was to just get them here safely so that was my plan and of course, pain management. At some point during the long 24 hours of labor, a woman came to speak to us about the NICU and what to expect. She gave us the run down and the best and worst case scenarios about what to expect after delivery and the journey we may go through. You feel as “prepared” as you can be even though you knew this was a likely possibility, nothing prepares you for the real thing. We knew we would have an emergency team of professionals from the NICU for each of the babies, which meant a lot of people in the OR. Our girls were born via c-section on a Thursday night. Adalyn (4lbs 6oz) and Brooklyn (4lbs 15oz), I remember just waiting to hear both of them cry, that’s all I wanted! They did and the rest was a blur. My husband was able to go see them, cut the cord, and take a few pictures before they were whisked away for further assessment. I got to briefly see them before they were gone and they finished the procedure up. I didn’t get to see my girls until the next day and didn’t get to hold them until the day after that. I had no clue what to expect once we actually had babies in the NICU, but really, nothing can prepare you to see your little ones hooked up to all sorts of wires, tubes, and IVs that you know nothing about and leaves you feeling so helpless. Once we got to the NICU for the first time, the staff were welcoming and gave us all the information we needed to know. I always joked that they were from a different universe. The NICU is like its own little universe within RUH where their main priority is your baby and many others, some struggling to stay alive and others just needing to feed and grow. The nurses and doctors know what they’re doing and are very skilled at what they do. Our stay in the NICU Lasted 15 days and was pretty textbook as far as the girls needing to feed, grow, and maintain their body temperatures. However, that didn’t make it any less stressful to have to leave your children each day wondering when they will be able to come home. Going home from the hospital after they were born was the hardest of days. Leaving without your babies was not how it was “supposed” to go. We went up each and every day, back and forth. We called each evening and every morning to get updates and try and make it for their feedings or to even just sit there and watch them sleep hoping we’d get to hold them. Each time we left we felt that they were truly in the best possible hands. Of course, we had family members who wanted to see the girls as well and the NICU staff was more than welcoming to the visitors who came with us and would even take the time out of their busy schedules to once again, go over how to change the diapers or how to do their feedings. We have a special place in our hearts for everyone that works at the NICU and everything they do. They were there when we couldn’t be and for that we are thankful. To all the staff in the NICU, thank you for all that you do!
Our success is warranted to the tremendous support BloomNICU receives from local community through corporate sponsorship and from the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. A variety of sponsorship packages are available.