Our Live Well Omaha Kids Family is Growing… by TWO

May 15th, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids
Photo credit: Lindsey Sparks Photography http://www.lindseysparksphotography.com/
Courtney, 28 weeks with twins, along with husband Andy and son Colin.
Photo credit: Lindsey Sparks Photography


Written by Courtney Brewer, Live Well Omaha Kids

The sun is shining beautiful this morning. I’ve showered, started the dishwasher and brewed my one and only cup of coffee for the day. I’ve got a lot on my mind and a to-do list that seems to be just under a mile long. One week from tomorrow, my life is about to change dramatically. I’m about to become a mother for the second time. So let’s rewind a little bit…

When I was pregnant with my son, almost exactly 5 years ago, things didn’t go quite the way we had planned. On a regular Monday night, while my husband and I were attending one of our birthing classes at a local hospital, I got a phone call that I wasn’t expecting. Some test results had come in from a routine OB appointment that I had been to earlier that day. I was experiencing pre-eclampsia at 24 weeks into my pregnancy and the doctor was calling to tell me that I was to go on strict bed rest immediately.

Wow, I was scared. I don’t even know what that means?!? Off to good ‘ole Google for some answers. High blood pressure, high protein levels, water retention, head aches, blurry vision… my body was starting to reject the precious life inside of me that I had waited so patiently for… and I still had a long ways to go.

Well, it was a long ways. June 2nd to August 25th to be exact. I followed the doctor’s orders and stayed in my bed… working on a laptop, reading books, watching movies and talking on the phone. Time went faster than I thought it would and I actually avoided suffering through an extremely hot summer.

After an unsuccessful scheduled induction that lasted about 16 hours, my beautiful baby boy was born via emergency c-section at 12:30am. The entire process was a blur. It wasn’t at all what we had planned. It seemed like hours before I was able to hold my baby. I was exhausted, medicated and confused. On top of that, having anyone help you figure out how to breastfeed at 2:30am didn’t seem like it was on the top of the priority list. We all needed rest, so the nurses took Colin to the nursery and I missed out on THE most important time for me to bond with my brand new baby and establish the relationship I needed to successfully nurse him from the start. I had A LOT of work ahead of me on top of healing.

In September last year, we found out that our family was going to be growing again. We were absolutely thrilled and Colin couldn’t have been more excited to tell the world that he was going to finally be a Big Brother! My husband and I went in for the first ultrasound… and there it was… sure enough, a baby on the ultrasound screen. But wait, there wasn’t just one little black spot in there with something fluttering in it, there were TWO.

Cue the sudden deep breathing, awkward laughs and wide-open eyes. Holy cow. Thank goodness I had been working with a personal trainer at the gym for the last 6 months, because my core was about to embark on a journey it definitely wasn’t expecting or had ever handled before. How in the world was my body going to react to two babies when it had such a hard time housing one?!?

The doctor told me to expect to be on bed rest at 20 weeks. Twins rarely grow to full-term, so we should expect some NICU time. One doctor was going to monitor the babies closely the entire pregnancy to make sure each one was growing the way they needed to. Another doctor was going to monitor me closely the entire pregnancy to watch for any signs of pre-eclampsia.

Well here I am, 1 day away from the 37 week mark. The babies are healthy at an estimated 7lbs each and we’re scheduled to deliver one week from tomorrow. No high blood pressure. My protein levels are normal. I’ve had little-to-no swelling. And I’ve managed to keep active by chasing my 4-year old around.

For me, pregnancy is so much different the second time around. I don’t worry as much about the stretch marks. I have to actually stop and think about how many days I have left to go. I didn’t sign up for those emails that send you a note weekly letting you know what fruit or vegetable your baby is the size of that week. We painted the room and put the cribs together a little later than the first time. We got rid of all the baby stuff that we didn’t REALLY use the first time around, knowing we probably won’t use them this time either, so we might as well have the space instead. And I didn’t really think about packing my hospital bag until the inconsistent contractions start happening and I realized that they could probably make their appearance any time.

There’s a few other things that are different this time around too, though. While I’ll be relearning how to take care of a baby and entirely learning how to take care of two at one time, I’ve got some experience under my belt. I’ve got some demands to make and I’ve got some ground to stand on. The twins’ c-section is scheduled for as early in the morning as I could get it. I’m holding off guests until day 2 to ensure I have plenty of time for immediate skin-to-skin and breastfeeding with both babies as quickly as I can after returning from surgery. I’ll be enlisting the help of the lactation consultant right from the get-go and I’ll rest with the babies instead of sending them to the nursery to be loved on while I get some sleep.

While I know that things can still not go as I planned, I’ve made those things that are important to me known. Being a part of Live Well Omaha Kids has filled me with important information about how to start my children’s lives off the best that I can right from the start. What you eat and drink during pregnancy DOES matter. Bonding with your children those first moments of their lives DOES matter. And coming home with the confidence that I KNOW what is best for them and I will do WHATEVER it takes to make sure we are all on the path of healthy living DOES matter.

So, as I sit here this morning, thinking about this new journey — I think about how things are going to change so quickly for all of us. But I know we’re as ready as we’re going to be. And when I feel like things aren’t going quite the way they should… between our family and friends, neighbors, my wonderful Live Well Omaha Kids team, the parents of multiples groups, lactation consultants and the many other wonderful resources available in the Omaha area… we’ll not only make it, but we’ll enjoy all the little moments along the way because we know they fly by in an instant.

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I’ll keep you posted on the arrival of the twins! During the next couple of months, while I’m enjoying my new little additions, Live Well Omaha Kids Intern Amy Houser will be helping me out on social media. Watch the Live Well Omaha Kids blog and Facebook as Amy introduces herself and gears up for a fun-filled summer. See you in the fall!

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One Comment on “Our Live Well Omaha Kids Family is Growing… by TWO”

  1. 1 Heidi said at 7:01 pm on May 15th, 2014:

    Congratulations Courtney! What an exciting time. Can’t wait to meet the newest members of your family!

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