What an exciting 24 hours!
As I posted on my Twitter (which is the only place I'm updating regularly), our sons were born at 12:38am and 12:41am today, Thursday May 12. Three minutes apart! It was a vaginal delivery and everything went pretty smoothly, thanks mainly to my rock star of a doctor. I'll have lots to write about the birth later.
In the meantime, here are some pictures!
The first baby born was Linus Michael, formerly known as baby B, who surprised us when he took the lead during the labor and ended up coming out first. (Really, this birth story is pretty eventful.)
Here's Bryan with Linus soon after he was born. Linus weighed 5lb, 7oz.
Ambrose John was slightly bigger than his brother at 5lb, 12 oz. (In case you were wondering... yes, everyone is pretty impressed that 34w2d twins weigh this much.)
Today the babies are in the NICU, doing well. They're breathing on their own and in cribs, keeping their own temperatures up. I'm pumping tiny amounts of colostrum, which they're getting through feeding tubes, and they're also nursing. We've tried two feedings and both babies latched well and nursed for a little while - sleepily, but they did it!
Camilla got to come over this afternoon and see her new brothers. Here she is holding little Linus:
Here's one of both of us with both our babies (and proof that I'm trying to fight my tendencies toward vanity, ha!):
And a close-up of the babies:
I'm going home tomorrow morning - can't wait to be with my older kids again! - and since we live about four minutes from the hospital, I'm hopeful that the logistics of having two little guys in the NICU should be manageable. We have no idea at this point how long they'll be there; it completely depends on their performance. But I'll keep updating as I can!
The labor was quite an ordeal, but I have to say that updating Twitter through it and getting all the support from various friends in the computer was a wonderful experience. Thank you all so much for being there!