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Baby #2


Updated April 11, 2013

Baby #2
Photo © Robin Elise Weiss

There was no ring of fire with the second baby, and the baby went from being partially visible to born in about 20 seconds. Kevin was also able to help catch this baby. It was finally over! Both of my babies were born and doing well!

I'm not sure who said she was a girl, but at first all I could see were feet. Then she was handed to me and I started crying all over again. Another beautiful daughter!

One of the midwives was preparing to give me a routine injection of Pitocin that I had requested during pregnancy to prevent postpartum hemorrhaging. As I looked down and saw the needle I had second thoughts! I asked the primary midwife how my bleeding was and she said fine. I decided to hold off on the injection. I told everyone I hated needles!

Everyone was looking at babies and sitting quietly amazed at what they had all just seen. We took some pictures of two cords hanging out of my body. It was an amazing sight to see, so I'm glad they took photos. Shortly after the birth of baby Nose, the placenta(s) came. We briefly checked to ensure it was all there and then set it aside.

I wanted back in bed! First a quick trip to the bathroom, then I got in bed and held a baby. I tried to nurse and each baby took a turn at nibbling, but no one was really interested. Finally since I was stable and babies were stable, Kevin and I kicked everyone out of the room. Though first I had the midwives weigh the babies so we could make a few phone calls. Baby Owl weighed in at 8 lbs even and baby Nose weighed 7 lbs 8 ozs. Fine sized twins!

Kevin and I just held a baby and cried and cried. Everything had gone even better than we had imagined and oh so quickly. Baby A was born at 6:57 a.m. with a short 23 minute break before her sister joined her at 7:20 a.m. By 8 o'clock we were calling relatives to tell them the good news. I also had to call our doctor to tell him that everything was over and fine. He was thrilled and offered to stop by if we needed him. We thanked him for his faith in the process and us and for just doing nothing. He was awesome.

The midwives sat in the hall and came in periodically to check my bleeding or whenever we'd call. That included calls for drinks and breakfast! So not only did I have two great new babies, but a great breakfast in bed.

I don't believe I've ever been as happy as I was that morning. At one point all of my children piled onto our bed, as we loved on our newest family members. It was calm, laid back and peaceful, just as it should have been. I think Lilah sums it up the best, with a huge smile she proclaims with two fingers shown on each hand, "Two babies!"

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