Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Update: Mommy, Austin & Camden

Just a very quick update to let you all know how things are with me and my boys.  Before I do that, though, thank you all so much for your concern, thoughts and prayers since my most recent update last week- it has meant the world to me.


My C section ended up needing to be under general anesthesia as I could not have an epidural due to my low platelets.  I had gone in to see my doctor on Tuesday the 3rd and it was then that we discovered I had severe pre eclampsia- my blood pressure was extremely high and I had  4+ protein in my urine.  For the next 24 hrs before the C section, I was told that I had to be on bedrest and was given the evil drug via IV, Magnesium Sulfate (to lower the chance of seizures), which was more than horrible (as so many of you know)!  It was then when I realized I had only one option: A C section underal general anesthesia.  There was no confirmation of any sort as to how long or short induction would take and given I would have had to have been on the Mag for the entire time pre-delivery, I knew there was no way... No other option... These boys would come into the world, really, with neither me nor their father being present.  Ouch.  That is still hard to process.  Additionally, I knew that I would have to be on the Mag again for 24 hrs after the C section, which would result in me not being able to see my babies for a full day/24 hours post delivery- regardless of what decision I made.


After the delivery, I had severe hemorrhaging and lost a lot of blood, which lead to me needing to have blood transfusions. Then I developed an ileus – when your intestines are paralyzed -  and could not eat anything, but only drink clear liquids. Thankfully, that has slowly gotten a little better.  I am now on 2 different Blood Pressure medications and am hoping that those are what I needed to kick start my recovery into high gear.  I am looking at a possible discharge date of as soon as tomorrow.  The boys may be staying put, however, for a few more weeks.


I never knew such love existed until I met Austin George and Camden Frank.  I never realized how there had always been two huge puzzle pieces missing from my heart that have now been so perfectly filled-in by these two little miracle boys. 


77 comments:

Mel said...

Aubrey! Congrats on your precious little boys!!! I'm so sorry to hear that you had a rough time this past week with everything you went through. So happy to see the picture of you holding them though. Hold them lots and lots!!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Your boys are beautiful ! So glad you are on the road to recovery. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Your boys are beautiful ! So glad you are on the road to recovery. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

JoJo said...

Oh Aubrey! Tears are filling my eyes. I'm sorry you had to go through all that but I'm glad everything turned out ok. Ur boys are lovely n you still look amazing. Congratulations new twin mama.

Sarah Beth said...

Congratulations Momma! You are glowing holding your two miracle babies! I am so relieved your health is stabilizing... I have been thinking of you nearly every day looking for an update. Enjoy those babies and wishing you a quick recovery!! Xo

Anonymous said...

Delurking to say Congratulations! You are a beautiful family and I wish you much joy and happiness. (Mag is evil but better than the alternative :))

Kelly said...

I am so happy to hear that you and your family are doing good! I have been praying for you all since your last post. Your baby boys are beautiful!! Bless you and your sweet family. I will be praying for your quick recovery. Take care.

Danielle said...

Your sweet guys!!! You just look so happy, despite everything you had to endure this last week. Congratulations again on the birth of these little miracles. This time flies by so fast... Enjoy every moment.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It looks like they're breathing room air and not hooked up to anything which is awesome for preemies. So glad they caught your pre-eclampsia in time. I also had HELLP syndrome with my 2nd pregnancy -- scary stuff.

Enjoy your sweet boys!

Davidah

Ashley Sanderson said...

My heart skipped a beat when I saw that you updated! And I am extremely happy for you! Love that picture of your boys. I am glad that all 3 of you are safe and sound! Can't wait to see more pictures of them! They are so handsome!

Amy Miller said...

I have been following your blog for awhile now and just had to say congratulations!! I am so sorry you are going through so much with the delivery and meds...but your boys are here!!! Enjoy every minute :))))

Kathy said...

They are absolutely adorable! Praying for your recovery and for those precious boys to continue to grow healthy and strong so that you can bring them home!

Tigerlilycat said...

From a long time follower, HUGE. congratulations from Australia. Wishing for a speedy hospital exit for all three of you.

Kimberly Q said...

Congratulations! They are perfect and you look beautiful! I know that none of this went "as planned" but , just like your journey to parenthood, it all worked out in the end! Glad you are all safe and sound! And I could not be happier for you and your beautiful new family of four! You are a mommy!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations mama! Your little guys are so handsome!

Emily said...

Oh my gosh! Gorgeous mama and babies!!! Congratulations, hope you're on the mend!

Lisa said...

Congratulations on the birth of your two perfect boys! It sounds like a lot of drama went down before and after, so I hope you are recovering well. Take care!

Sarah said...

Congratulations! So glad everything turned out okay and you all are healthy and happy!

Anonymous said...

Aubrey -
I stumbled on your blog over 2 years ago after a short bout of infertility. As a fellow Bostonian + previous infertile I Followed and cheered and cried with many of your posts. So I can't express enough how thrilled I am with the arrival of your hard won little boys. I am sorry you've had a difficult end to this pregnancy but I do hope there were some good moments in there. Your boys are just beautiful and perfect and very very much here!! I wish you all the quickest of recoveries. Congratulations.
- C.

the blogivers said...

It has been a bumpy road for you, to say the least, but I'm so relieved your sweet boys are here and that all 3 of you are healthy (or getting there as quickly as you can)!! Can't wait to see more pictures of those little muffins!

jAllen said...

What a scary ordeal, but so gald to hear that everyone is doing well! Congrats to you and Nick! Austin and Camden -you are such luck boys to have such amazing parents! Welcome to the World!

jAllen said...

What a scary ordeal, but I'm so glad to hear that all is well! Congrats to you and Nick! Austin and Camden -you are so lucky to have such amazing parents. Welcome to the World!

Been there said...

So happy for you! Thank you for updating!

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

Oh Aubrey! This whole thing sounds so scary. I'm glad you're okay and loved seeing you with your sweet boys finally in your arms.

babystepstobump said...

Huge congratulations!! So very happy for you! Sorry you had it so rough though. Wishing you a speedy recovery

kharini said...

Congratulations Aubrey! Good job! You made it! xo

Allison Glover said...

Aubrey, my darling! That photo of you and your boys is a perfect sight! I hope you are recovering well, and I hope those babies are doing well post birth. ­čśś

Amy said...

So so happy to see this photo! I can't imagine how scary that would have all been but your boys look so healthy, beautiful and strong! Congrats!! Love love love from Australia xoxox

Infertile625 said...

Wow! What a story. I do hope your healing well and getting stronger each day. Your boys are beautiful and you are glowing. Congratulations!

Annie said...

The picture of you and your two boys is just perfect. You have gone through so much, right up until the end, but seeing you with your sons shows how much it was all worth it. Hope you are all in tip top shape and home soon!

Christen said...

Oh my... Look at those two precious guys!!!!! They are so tiny and cute!

What a trooper you are. I'm so sorry you didn't have a more peaceful birth and had to go through all that. Your sons will one day learn how brave their mother is, how incredibly hard she worked to have them (from the years of IVF to the delivery).
Congrats again!!!

The Jewells said...

Congratulations on meeting your little miracles! What a journey this has been for you (and will continue to be). You and your boys look wonderful. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Thank you for taking the time to update, I know I wasn't the only one checking several times a day, hoping to your smiling face and those wonderful boys!!

Amanda said...

Whoa! The story is even scarier than I thought! You were so brave! I'm glad you're doing/feeling better! Hope those meds can help and that you'll receive the all clear soon!

Austin and Camden are just adorable! You look so perfect holding those two sweet boys! Congratulations, my friend! I simply couldn't be happier that your babies are finally here. It was such a long road, but it brought you to this moment!

Love you, sweet friend!

Erika said...

Oh my gosh!!! Hemorrhaging?!?! That is so incredibly scary!! I'm sorry your birth experience was so traumatic, but I'm glad you're on the road to recovery and that you have those two adorable boys safe and sound with you!!!

Sarah said...

I was JUST thinking about you last night and even went to your IG page just in case I missed something! You 3 look SO happy and they both look so lovable and comfortable in mommy's hands. Can you believe they are here?!!?!? Don't worry about them in the NICU, they'll be in amazing hands and will be home soon. Glad you're doing well too!!!

Kandie Walker said...

So happy and relieved to hear everyone is okay! Sorry you had such a rough time. They are precious. Keep us updated! Would love to hear how much the weigh! Congrats mommy and daddy!

Caroline said...

They are such cuties! Congrats. SO glad they are here and safe, after everything that you went through!! Hoping you get discharged soon and start to feel better. I love what you said about your love for them - because Jesus loves us a million X more then us!! What a sweet picture and a gift from the Lord!

Suzanne said...

What scary time last week must have been for you and Nick. You are one strong, brave little fighter and nothing warms my heart more than to see that smiling picture of you with your miracles. I am so, so happy to know you are all getting stronger and well on your way to going home as a family of four in the coming weeks. Sending you so much love, my friend. xoxo

TwoPlusOne said...

Huge Congratulations Aubrey! So good to see you with the two beautiful boys! Hoping for a speedy recovery..

The Run Away Stork said...

Oh my goodness I was so happy to see this update! It sounds like you've had a very scary few days! I can't imagine all that you went through but seeing the picture of you and your sweet boys made my heart so happy! Congrats Mama - you are amazing and I'm so happy for you and your little family that you have created out of determination, strength, courage, and faith.

Bren38 said...

Beautiful!! Congratulations! So happy for you and your hubby!

DeNae v said...

I have been checking in daily for news on your and your sons and I am thrilled to hear this news. I know it wasn't the birth story you were hoping for, but you did the very best for your babies. They are gorgeous and wonderful and you look so happy. Congratulations, mama. Heal up and happy baby loving!

Amy said...

Congratulations! They are so precious and a wonderful gift from God. Prayers that you recovery quickly and the boys progress well in the next few weeks to come home with you!

Kari B. said...

They are here! They are precious!! Congrats on your new little ones. Motherhood looks wonderful on you. I'm so sorry you had such a scary time bringing them into the world, but I'm SO happy they made it here safe and sound!

A Few Good Eggs said...

So VERY excited to see this update. Glad to hear you are on the mend and that everything worked out fine in the end, even if not the way you planned it. You are a trooper! Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but I've followed your story and, like so many others, was constantly refreshing this page during the past week. Just sending huge congratulations and wishes for all the happiness with your family. Joan

Emily Erin said...

So sorry for the rough road; so glad that you are on the mend and that your little men are as handsome as can be! Hooray for your family, mama!

Leslie said...

So happy your boys are safely here. I am sorry for all that you have gone through and hope you feel much much better very soon.

Sausha said...

Wow!! What an adventure. Congratulations on your beautiful sons! I'm wishing you a speedy recovery for yourself and the boys. :D

justagirl-Krista said...

Congrats, C-sections are scary and it's a major surgery sorry yours was a little more difficult. Isn't it crazy how they are in your belly one day, the next you are holding them forever! Take Care!!! The best is yet to come!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Aubrey,

Congratulations on the arrival of your beautiful boys!! What an exciting time for you and your husband!

Wishing you a quick recovery and so happy for you and your new family… All the best!!

Helen

Amber said...

Oh my Aubrey, what a wonderful sight to see with you holding your gorgeous little baby boys! Contratulations!!!! It may not have been the birth story you dreamed of, but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter because they are here, they are YOURS, and YOU are their Mother! I am so incredibly happy for you. I'm sorry that their entry into the world was so hard on you, but in the end, it's all worth it!

Gypsy Mama said...

Congratulations on your two beautiful little boys! What a precious picture!! I am so sorry you had such a stressful delivery and I hope you recover very soon! xo

Aramis said...

Holy crap! There's a whole lotta story in there, I can't believe it's all in one quick little post, but the important parts are that you and the boys are ok. So happy for you! Congratulations, Mom!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Beautiful baby boys!!

The Joiners said...

Oh my goodness, what a roller coaster! So glad your sweet little boys are safe and sound, but definitely praying for a speedy recovery for you. Congrats, mama!

Ashley said...

Oh so glad to read this!! I was worried!! Do you have Instagram??
So glad they made here safely!!! Boo to mag sulphate, high blood pressure, c-sections. Our stories are similar!! Be sure to email me with any questions and fear not, your blood pressure will go back to normal!!! It takes time and you will feel better when it gets better. I found my blood pressure to be a bigger problem than my c-section recovery.
Look at those sweet baby boys!! How big were they? They are perfect!! Hope all is well!!

Bea said...

Oh Aubrey ! I have been a silent reader for a while ! I am so so happy for you :). Congratulations to you and your hubby ! You went through a LOT and I'm thrilled for you that this overwhelming journey has ended in such a beautiful way :-) ! You 're such a trooper !!
I'm heading to Ccrm at the end of the month for my first FET ! Wish me luck!!
Bea

Emily said...

So glad everyone's doing OK despite a rocky road through delivery. They are going to be safely home in your arms before you know it. So precious. Congrats Aubrey!

JenS said...

Congratulations! The most important thing is you and the boys are healthy. Seeing that picture of you holding your boys makes me smile. But, my heart dropped a little reading about how it happened. So many similarities to my story, I'm having flashbacks. I'm sorry you had to be under general anesthesia. Not exactly how you imagined your birth story. I had that same 24 hours on the Mag after my delivery and it seemed so cruel to not be able to see them or hold them. I had a really hard time dealing with that but it's gotten better over time. It also took about a month for my blood pressure to get back to normal which I'm pretty sure slowed my recovery (sorry, don't mean to scare you with doom and gloom) If you ever want to talk about it, feel free to email me.

shay said...

OMG, wow girl! You definitely get the award for having been through the most with this entire journey. However, i am so so happy that yours has a perfect and happy ending. I could not be happier for you. The boys are beautiful and worth every single step you've endured to get them here. Sending lots of love to your new family and prayers for a quick and speedy recovery! xoxo!

conceptionallychallenged said...

Congratulations Mommy! I'm so very happy the boys are here and are doing ok, and that you seem to be recovering, too. I'm sorry you didn't have the birth experience you wanted (or anyone would want, especially after such a long journey), but the most important part is that they are here with you now. Congratulations again!!

Pam said...

Beautiful boys!

Get well, Aubrey!

Congratulations and cheers to a beautiful life ahead of you.

billur amber dilbero─člu said...

I'm soo happy that you finally met your miracle babies; after all these years they are here!!! And also so sorry about what you had to go through before, during and after delivery. Many sleepless but great nights are waiting for you as soon as the babies get home so try to get and store some sleep ;). Congratulations to both of you! Love from Istanbul, Turkey (just because of your blog I've transferred my IVF treatment to CCRM and now a patient of theirs; hope I will get as lucky as you ;), thank you so much for this blog! )

lo @ crazy ever after said...

Hope you're doing well. Those babies are such precious blessings. Sending you lots of love and comfort as you recover and transition into this new exciting role in life.

milly said...

Congrats. So excited for you. Thanking God for the blessings and praying for everyone TTC

Anonymous said...

Remember the emails we exchanged during the hard times, it's the greatest feeling (beides from getting pregnant myself) the see you become the mom you have always been yearning to be! So very happy for you and Nick! Love and Hugs,
E.V

EchoV said...

Remember the emails we exchanged during the hard times, it's the greatest feeling (beides from getting pregnant myself) the see you become the mom you have always been yearning to be! So very happy for you and Nick! Love and Hugs!

dspence said...

My comment is coming so late but CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Katrina said...

Congratulations! I am happy to see this! They look perfect. Take it easy and my advice to you is to get as much sleep and rest as possible during this time. The boys will be well taken care and you need your rest! I should have listened to my own advice 8 weeks ago when my boys were born! Can't wait to see more photos.

Amanda said...

Hi Aubrey! I popped over to your blog for the first time today from Erika's page (sorry I'm so nosy!), and it looks like I arrived just in time! Congratulations to you and your family!!! Those two sweet babies are beautiful!

Louise said...

Congratulations!! boys are the best and yours look gorgeous xx

Thrive on Novelty

Risa said...

Oh my gosh look at you!!! Your baby boys are adorable. You have been through so much, but I'm looking forward to some updates from home!! Praying everything is uneventful for the rest of your stay.

Stephanie said...

OMGosh! I have been slacking on blogging lately and totally missed all of this! What a scary thing to go through, but now you have your baby boys! Congrats! I'm so happy for you! I hope they are home soon with you two!

I had a friend who had preeclampsia and her baby was a little over 1 pound when she was born. The baby was in the hospital for I believe a couple months. It was tough on the parents especially since the hospital is in Chicago and we live about an hour south of there. Chicago traffic makes the commute longer of course.

I hope the weeks without them at home goes by quickly! I bet you can't wait to get them into their adorable nursery!!! :)

Bren said...

You are amazing! Your boys are precious and adorable and so, so loved! I hope you are resting and recovering, but also taking lots of pictures. I am so inspired by you and so proud of you for going through ALL of that to bring your miracle babies into the world. Love and hugs to your adorable family of 4!

Em said...

Oh my goodness, Aubrey! So absolutely happy for you. Seeing you with those two sweet babies brought back memories of when my babies were that little - just 11 weeks ago! Crazy to think of that since they've already doubled in size. (-: I only mention that so that you can know how lightning fast they are going to turn into little men. (-: Sending love to all four of you.

Anonymous said...

I hope everyone is doing ok!!

 
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