The days leading up to our scheduled C-Section on February 27th, 2014 were full of emotions for our little family. We spent our time finishing last minute details around the house, giving our dogs Colbie & George a little extra love, and despite everyones advice to "rest while you can!" my pregnancy insomnia & general discomfort resulted in sleepless nights in my recliner where binge watching episodes of Scandal kept my anxiety at bay.
I know I've said it before, but we really couldn't believe that we had made it to a scheduled C-Section. For MONTHS we waited for the doctors to give us bad news, but it never came. Our hard work had paid off.. we were having our daughters on the scheduled date we picked 3 months ago, NEVER thinking we would actually make it to the date we picked.
February 26th felt a little bit like the day of our rehearsal dinner. We were anxious, excited and in total disbelief the whole day. Trae was working, but getting off work early and came home with a lovely gift given to us from his whole office, celebrating the girl's birthday. Our parents drove into Austin & we all had an early, casual dinner together at our house: Lupe Tortilla Fajitas- our family favorite. I spent the day relaxing in comfy clothes & watching my favorite TV show, Scandal to keep my mind at bay.
Everything had been done: our bags were packed & ready, camera batteries were charged, we went over the next days timeline with our family and all we had to do was relax, "get some rest" (yea, RIGHT!) , not drink or eat anything after midnight (for me) and report to Seton hospital at 5:30 AM.
|Car packed with everything we need.. or think we might need!|
|Typical new parents.. we didn't need half this!|
|Walking inside Seton, carrying all his girl's bags!|
|It was a cold February morning as we arrived to welcome our daughters!|
|Getting ready to meet our little girls!|
We met our nurses and I was hooked up to the monitors within 15 minutes of arriving. Each girl had a nurse and I had a separate nurse that would take care of me pre and post surgery. As I sat in my hospital bed feeling the girls kick in my belly for the last times, I started getting nervous for the operation ahead. We met with the anesthesiologist, pediatrician, OB, surgery nurses and next thing we knew- Trae was putting on his scrubs and we were being wheeled back into surgery.
|Trae ready for the Operating Room!|
Trae was told to wait outside the operating room while I was administered anesthesia. I was walked into the large, cold, bright Operating Room where I saw 8 nurses, 2 infant beds, 3 Doctors, a surgical table and many silver surgical tools neatly laid out. I immediately started shaking- I was nervous!! My nurse and Katie knew our history and had done a great job of filling in the staff with our story, so that everyone was aware to be vigilant in giving us every piece of information regarding what was happening during surgery and when the babies got here. See, Trae and I understood that while this day was perfect in so many ways, it would likely bring up PTSD moments from Sawyer & Tristans delivery, and one way we could try to alleviate this was to be as comfortable in the situation as possible, which for us means giving us TOO much information, rather than having us ask if everything was ok. The Doctors, nurses, everyone knew this and completely participated in our wishes- we never had to ask what something was, when something was happening, what options we had, nothing- it was all offered to us as information in advance- something we were so happy with.
|We are nervous, but ready to meet our daughters!|
|Holding hands & praying while in surgery.|
|Wiping away tears as I heard Lyla for the first time|
Anesthesia took no time and before I knew it, Trae was by my side, holding my hand that was stretched out and looking at me with his smiling eyes, assuring me that all was going to be ok. Some rough tugging, pulling, poking and prodding is all I felt, Thank God.. it definitely didn't feel like I was about to deliver my twin girls. At 8:00 on the dot Dr Reue said "OK.. here she is.. Happy Birthday, Lyla... whoa.. she is LONG!!" It felt like forever until she cried, but Katie continually reassured us (without us having to ask) that she was ok and they were just suctioning her out. Trae took pictures continually of her as she let out her first big cry. I had dreamed about that exact moment of hearing my healthy baby cry and it was better than I could have ever imagined! Trae and I squeezed each others hand and tears rolled down our cheeks as we listened to Lyla's sweet cry. She was dried off and brought over to us to meet her until we heard "Here is Baby B- Baby Nixon! Happy Birthday, Nixon- 8:01 AM!"
As soon as Dr Reue announced her arrival, the room was filled with Nixon's HUGE cries. We were all shocked to hear how little she was, when her cry easily drowned out her sisters!
|Trae holding Lyla's hand as she is checked over|
|Looking at Lyla for the first time|
|Papa & Lyla|
|Papa & Nixon|
|Meeting Nixon for the first time & having skin to skin time|
|Our First Family Photo|
|Lyla & Nixon bundled up together|
|Nixon Sawyer Schultz|
|Proud Papa holding his girls together for the first time|
|Our Family coming in to meet the girls & learn their names for the first time|
|Mama holding Nixon for the first time|
|Loving on my babies shortly after they were born|
|Standing outside our hospital room door|
|Nana & Papi holding the girls|
|Nana & Pop-Pop|
|About to head home with our beauties!|
|Home with our girls!|
Colbie & George love their little sisters. We gently introduced them to them and any worries we had in the back of our mind drifted away very quickly as both dogs smelled the girls, sat by their side and gently kissed their heads. To this day, the dogs want to be by their side all the time, but they are VERY gently with them. It's a lovely thing to watch our sweet dogs love our little girls.
In a short month, we have learned SO much about parenting and we're continuing to learn a lot every day. Our little girls are great teachers to their naive parents!
Despite our lack of general parental information and learn-as-we-go mentality, I can confidently say that while we have no idea what we're doing sometimes, we NEVER forget how lucky we are to have Lyla & Nixon home with us, happy, healthy and HUNGRY!! :-)