Kristin's (Kezzie) Birthing Lodge! - postpartum

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Kristin's (Kezzie) Birthing Lodge! - postpartum

Hey Kristin,

You may be new but you're certainly welcome to share your journey to the birth of your twins with us if you're willing.

Smile

Michelle

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Yes, welcome!

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Welcome to the board and to your lodge!!

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Awwwww thank you ladies for starting my lodge YAY how truly exciting Biggrin I've only been speaking to you for few days as I've spent most of my time on the twins board but felt that I needed support and advice from women that are into birthing naturally hence my visit and subsequent post on this board.

Here is my story: I'm Icelandic and I'm married to an Englishman from Manchester. We live in Iceland and have been married for 10 years this June. I'm turning 34 this July and DH will 35 in Sept. I did the travel the world bit and lived in Denmark and Britain before returning home to do a BA in Politics. After that few years passed until I felt emotionally ready to become a mom. We tried for about a year and found out on a routine ob Gyn visit at 8 weeks that we were expecting twins. We both cried of joy, I have always wanted twins. It did though change few things for.ex. I went from finding out I was pregnant to becoming very pregnant, by week 11 I looked like a woman gone 4 months with a single child.

My husband asked me the other day whether I have enjoyed this pregnancy and I didn't know how to answer him but the answer turned out to be yes and no. I started getting carpel tunnel syndrome at 15 weeks which meant sleeping with wrist braces, I've had problem with water retention all this pregnancy and I've been constantly tired (I completely missed that 2nd trimester spark of energy). I went to 50% work at week 20 and had to stop working at week 29 due to exhaustion. But on the other hand I've been much healthier then a lot of twin pregnant mommies, I’ve not felt any contractions (feel very few BH now and they are painless) I've been mobile and the girls have been super.

I'm expecting 2 girls which they think are fraternal. It is so great to feel them kick and I still get a big grin on my face when they start knocking me about. So the pregnancy has been a little hard but nothing compared to what some women have to got through.

When they last measured my girls at 34 weeks and 5 days they were 4.7 lbs. and 5.2 lbs. Baby A has her head down which is great because that means I can deliver vaginally. Baby B keeps switching positions Smile They do measure a little under compared to a single child pregnancy or -6% and -15% but my ob said that as long as they don't go over -25% they won't worry or do anything. So I'm going in this Wednesday for a check up.

I’m soooo excited about these 2 girls and I think my poor husband is absolutely fed up waiting for them. He’s born into the role of being a dad and the reason I know this is that we have been like support parents for my niece since she was 1 years old as her mom has struggled a little with her as she has ADD. She is 9 now and she means the world us, DH has been playing Barbie for years so plenty of practice taking care of girls. She said the other day as she lay between us in our bed “where are the babies going to sleep when I come over” it’s obvious she knows where she belongs hehehehe

I came on here originally to ask about epidurals and inductions and used the chance to ask about co-sleeping too. Reason for my questions was that I want a natural birth but I was told on a course for twin parents that they routinely give epi. and drip to twin moms during labour over here just in case they end up having a c-section. So I needed some support and advice on how to proceed.

Well it seems I've done it as well.... a truly long introduction... hope you didn't all fall asleep reading it Biggrin

Here is picture of me from last Saturday at 36 weeks:

Kristín

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You look great! It was nice to read your story. I do hope you are able to have the birth you want. I had an induced, epiduraled, pitocined first birth and it was not the worst but it was not great either. I admire you for trying to do natural childbirth with twins and for having to fight for your rights.

And, planning to cosleep with twins! Where will you fit your dh? (she asks having relegated her own dh to the guest room long ago Wink )

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"summerblue" wrote:

And, planning to cosleep with twins! Where will you fit your dh? (she asks having relegated her own dh to the guest room long ago Wink )

LOL

We have a big bed 6 feet 8 inches and I might end up having one in bed at a time or both if it works out... only time will tell Biggrin
Kristín

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Welcome and congrats on your girls! It sounds like they are lucky to be so very loved and wanted. You look great and seem to be taking everything so in stride. TFS your story and I look forward to following your journey.

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Welcome to your lodge! I loved reading your intro and I'm going to love reading your twin birth story. Yay for the belly pic! I love bellys.

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Thank you ladies for your kind words Biggrin

Karly what does TFS mean? I still come across abbreviations I don't understand Wink

Kristín

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Biggrin Thanks For Sharing =TFS

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Gosh it is so obvious when you find out the meaning I mean what else could it mean hehehehe
Thanks Ayla
Kristín

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Welcome to your lodge!!!

This will be an exciting journey. Thank you for letting us join you. You look really great!!!!

Do you still *have* to have an epi and all that, or were you able to find a more natural-minded doctor?

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Thank you Katie,
I have found out I can refuse the epi. and drip but I'll need to speak to my ob next Wednesday and discuss my birth preference and that I don't want to be induced either. The system here is slightly different than in the US. A lot of our healthcare is paid by the government or subsidiced, so all pregnant women get healthcare for free whether you need to see a specialist, have an u/s, see a MW, OB or if you need a GP when pregnant. So my MW was assigned to me (I can ask to be switched) and also my ob at the hospital (not my normal ob gyn which is separate from the state). This means that the care is very similar from doctor to doctor when it comes to the hospital, there is only one hospital here in Reykjavík (capitol of Iceland) that delivers babies. The population is 300 Thousand here. So over all a very different system.
The healthcare is very good here and if I was carrying one child I would not be having any of these problems i.e. they are very keen on Nat. birth here. But like I said they can not make me have any medication, but I will need to stick to my guns a an epi. and a drip is the usual procedure in twin births so I'll need to be firm on the birth plan issue.
I think things will be more clear after Wednesday but I do feel like I'm battling the system a bit I just hope they respect my decision and don't try to persuade me to change my mind.... The ob I'm speaking to on Wednesday might not be on call when I give birth so that is also a concern: me in mid labour hopefully not arguing with an ob that is unfamiliar with the care I want. They might end up being very supportive in the end I'll just have to find out when the day comes.

Thank you for asking
Kristín

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Thanks For sharing your journey so far with us! I look forward to following your journey!!! What a gorgeous bump you have!!!!

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Thank you for sharing your story. We are all rooting for you!

Our care is similar in Canada in that it is paid for by our government (or our taxes, depending on how you want to look at it) but unfortunately, not as naturally minded as what Iceland sounds to be. I hope one day our care is more like yours.

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Congratulations on your lodge. I love that there are women here from all over, and we can hear the differences between care in various places. I've felt a connection to Iceland for a long time because my husband's PhD advisor is from there, and my husband has been to Iceland three times (But I haven't been at all! what's with that??).

Thanks for sharing your story with us. I'm totally amazed by women who have twins. I hope you get exactly the birth you want!

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Thank you Melanie, Lunabelle and Beth.

Melanie, and my belly just keeps getting bigger I honestly have no clue where it will end, I'll probably topple over soon as I'm only 5'2 and my belly just measured 55 inches over my belly button Smile

Lunabelle you are right taxes it is hehehe and it is good that Iceland has been enforcing more nat. births but it's progress that has been happening over the last decade or so and as Iceland is so small it is often easy to implement new rules/guidelines.

"beth in austin" wrote:

I've felt a connection to Iceland for a long time because my husband's PhD advisor is from there

How cool is that, I bet I know someone who knows the PhD advisor it is such small place. What is your DH studying? You should try to come with him once as it is a very beautiful and sometimes weird country... completely barren and grey at times and then these great waterfalls, glaciers and Geysers...
I sure hope I'll be able to get what I want in my birth as well and if I was carrying one I would not be in any doubt but the twin thing seems to bother them a bit but I'm going to fight Biggrin

Kristín

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Hi and welcome Kristin! Thanks so much for joining in and sharing with us. I absolutely love your belly pic. Iceland sounds very beautiful and so different (scenery wise). Canada has a similar medical system (as was already stated), so I understand how you feel about things. You are definitely more on the natural side than we are however! Our province is currently working towards midwifery regulation.

I look forward to following your lodge and the belly pictures! Smile

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Welcome to your lodge Kristin!

What a truely awesome belly you have! And what a great story! I'm looking forward to sharing your journey with you. Biggrin

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An Update:

I went to the hospital today for an u/s and an Ob appointment. The results are that baby girl B isn't growing like she should and hasn't actually grown for more then 2 weeks. They also measured the placental flow and found both placentas lagging, more through for baby B. So my Ob said she didn’t want to wait for them as it is not a good place for baby B to be and therefore I am to be induced.

Well as you all know it I wanted a natural birth and I am still hoping to be able to get some part of it but the chances seem to be diminishing Sad
I leave after 2 hours to go to the hospital where I'll stay over night. They'll begin by giving me suppository that shortens and opens the cervix and tomorrow at noon they are to rupture the membrane.

I am bit sad as I really wanted them to come out on their own but if Baby B is not doing well then I suppose I have no choice, the babies come first.

I'm hoping I will not need a drip to start the labour further nor need an epi. because of intense labour pain due to a synthetic drug to start it all.

Please send me your best thoughts.

I will unfortunately not be able to update you any further for a while because after girls are born I'll be staying at hospital for anywhere from 4-7 days.

Love to you all for an amazing support and for being so kind and helpful.

Kristín

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Wow! I just read through your lodge, and I'm wishing you lots of luck, and that you are able to have a natural delivery so long as the babies can stand it! I'll be thinking about you and will be looking for your update!

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Hey Kristin, sometimes things are out of our control. I hope you can have the best experience possible for you and your girls. Hoping the induction works well.

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Good luck with your induction!!! I hope everything goes smoothly. :bigarmhug:

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Best of luck - I hope everyone responds well to the induction and it goes as smoothly as possible. Sometimes things don't go as planned, but they end up going well anyway! Just know you are doing what is best with the information available - it's the best you can do.

And of course, the health of the babies comes first!

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Kristin-

Good luck and I hope you get the birth you want! We are thinking of you and your girls and wish you the best Smile

Here are some (((((((((((EASY LABOR VIBES))))))))))

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Best of luck to you tomorrow! Can't wait to hear and pics of your birth Smile Sending you tons of good vibes ELV!!!!

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I hope everything goes well with your induction and that your girls are born healthy and naturally! Good luck mama! We'll be here when you get back SALIVATING for an update!

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Sending you some >! I hope everything goes well and your girls are healthy. We often forget how much in life is really out of our control...we really just have control over how we choose to deal with what life throws at us. And it sounds like you have everything in great perspective. Wishing you all the best. Can't wait to hear your birth story and see pictures of your little beauties!

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Very best wishes for you you all! Looking forward to your news as soon as you are able.

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Just caught up your entire Lodge story.

I hope all goes well tomorrow (I'm really hoping you don't have to have the epi) and that both babies are healthy and strong.

Prayers are on there way.

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Kristin~ I just read your lodge. hope you are doing well and I want to wish you a great birthing experience. All that matters is that mommy and babies come out healhty!!! Update us when you can/feeling up to it. Enjoy new mommy time and Good luck!

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:bighug:

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Kristin,

I am VERY kate with my reply to your lodge as I am sure you will be in hospital by now but please know I am sending you a gazillion ELV! Here's you having an amazing vaginal delivery of twins! We on this board know it can be done and have the uptmost faith in you and your body!

GL sweetie! We will all be waiting with baited breath! Hope it's 4 days and not 7!!!!

Yayyyyyyyyyy two more people will soon be joining this earth!

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I will be thinking and praying for you and the babies!

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Kristin-
Sending positive vibes your way...best wishes for an easy delivery and two healthy little babies. So looking forward to an update once you are home and settled in a bit (though with twins "settled" is probably a very relative term)!! Good luck--
Jen

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Good Luck Kristin! I hope that the induction goes well and your girls are with you soon!

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Healthy babies is the goal of us all. I hope you have a positive birth experience. We can't wait to see pictures and meet your new little ones.

I'll be thinking about you.

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We're thinking of you!! I'd have made the same decision you did - it sounds like baby b is ready to come out of there!!

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Hoping to hear news from Kezzie (Kristin) some day soon!

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I just caught up on your lodge, and I wanted to let you know that you are an amazing woman! I am sorry that you had to be induced, however it sounds like it was for the best. I hope that you still had a positive birth experience and have two little miracles to remind you that it is all worth it in the end! I can't wait to hear how things went, I hope your doing well!

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Hello my dear friends I'm back home with my two girls YAY Yahoo

I had to spend 10 days at the hospital (came home on Saturday 3 June) after a difficult birth that had plenty of interventions and unfortunately non of my natural birthing as I'd hoped.

Rakel (Rachel) and Elísabet (Elizabeth) were born on May 25 noon after 30 hours of labour and 1.5 hours of trying to actually birth them. Rakel came first at 12.40 pm weighing 6.2 lbs. and 19.7 inches. Rakel had to be born with a suction cup as she got stuck in my birth canal. Then Elísabet was born at 12.55 weighing 5.5 lbs. and 18 inches. Elísabet was much larger then expected and in hindsight there was no need for my induction.
Elísabet came out breeched and didn't breath for 4.30 minutes my longest and worst minutes in life. She finally gave out a scream and later on the doctor told us that she had her heart beat the whole time which is very good. They were both whisked away to the NICU to be monitored and stayed there for 2 days before we could get them to our hospital room. It was hard having them there both because I had to go there in wheelchair and was exhausted after the birth and also just seeing them in those boxes... They both showed such a spirit that they actually stayed shorter at the NICU then the doctors expected.. well done girls Biggrin

My OB and the chief of the ob at the hospital both came to talk to us about the birth afterwards and the chief said that this was one of the hardest births she has ever delivered. They advised me to look into c-sections next time as I got both of my girls stuck in the birth canal even Elísabet the smaller baby. And that my frame probably couldn't birth larger children. She also said that in hindsight they should have maybe given me a c-section but when I finally started to dilate it happened fairly quickly and there was no indication that these problems would arise.

Well all is well that ends well and even if it was very hard it got a whole lot better after we were allowed our girls to stay in our room with us. My husband, Ed, was allowed to stay with me the whole time in a private room, a totally necessary arrangement as we were both were in shock and I think he was in more shock then I as he cried a lot for the first 2 days and couldn't eat.

Both of my princesses then had jaundice and Rakel, baby A, had to be put into lights for 2 days to help her along.

Now we are home and trying to get organized, they are very good girls and absolutely beautiful, or that is what they're mom and dad think Wink but sometimes tend to be a bit restless at night more so than at in the day time. I'm also trying to get my breastfeeding properly established but *I need to give Elísabet (twin Dirol some formula on top as she still has some jaundice which makes her lazy at the breast and in danger of not feeing enough.

Thank you all for your kind words on my post I sent in before going to the hospital

Here are some pics of my girls

Elísabet and Rakel

Rakel and Elísabet

Rakel and Elísabet on mommy's arm

Rakel on daddy's arm

Kristín

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Kristin-
Congratulations!! So happy that you have your beautiful daughters to hold! I am sorry to hear that their birth was difficult but so happy that you had the chance to birth them vaginally as you had wanted! They are stunning!! We were all wondering how you were doing! Way to go, Mama!!

Jen

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Kristin - I'm so glad to hear your story! Your daughters are beautiful!!

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I have been thinking of you--your girls are absolutely beautiful! Love the one on Daddy's arm.

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I'm so glad to read your story now! They are dear little girls, very beautiful! It is nice to see them sleeping together. Smile

I hope Daddy has recovered and is able to eat a little now! Wink

You have a great deal of work ahead, but I hope to have you report back once in a while. That would be so nice.

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The most beautiful girls I've seen.

I'm sorry it was difficult, but they are oh so worth it, just angels.

Rest up and take care of yourself too. Sending you some sleeping vibes...your Los too.

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What beautiful girls! I am so happy to hear that you are home and able to start getting adjusted! Congrats, what an awesome blessing they are!

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Oh they are so beautiful Kristin! And good for you for birthing them vaginally! You are a trooper Smile I am very happy for you guys, thanks for keeping us posted!

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you have two beautiful daughters! Good job, Mum!

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Kristin, they are so beautiful! I'm so proud of you. Even if the birth didn't go the way you hoped, you did a great job and your girls are gorgeous and you're a wonderful mother. Congratulations!

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Thank you all for your response and kind words. It s true the birth didn't go as hoped but I have two absolutely gorgous girls that make it all worth while Biggrin and yes I did get to birth them vaginally Smile even if my doctors warned me about possible future births, something I'm not going to worry about now Wink
Kristín

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