After trying for years to conceive my husband and I got the bad news, conceiving wasn't going to be easy for us. I was diagnosed with PCOS (something I had figured out on my own) and my husband with a varicocele. We moved ahead with IVF with ICSI which we were told was our only option of conceiving.
It was a roller coaster of a cycle and we thought up until the day of the HCG shot that we were going to have to cancel the cycle; I wasn't responding very well to the hormone shots. At the last minute my estradiol level spiked and we went ahead and scheduled the egg retrieval. They were figuring I would have maybe 3 mature eggs, and surprise, surprise I had 6!! Of the six we had five fertilize and we transferred back the three best. The next two weeks were the longest of my life!! We found out that were pregnant and a few weeks later discovered it was twins! We were ecstatic. Not only were we blessed with conceiving on the first go around we were going to have two babies!! I was going to be due August 24, 2002 and of course my doctor told me to prepare to have them early.
My pregnancy was uneventful all in all. I had a little more monitoring because of the high risk, but nothing too bad. I went into false labor once at 32 weeks which we found out was due to a mild bladder infection so I was told to drink tons of water and avoid the heat (We were having record high temperatures that summer so that was easier said then done.)
I continued to work full time throughout my pregnancy and the only complaint I had was how swollen my feet and ankles had gotten. Every time my husband and I went anywhere people would point and stare at my belly-but I'd waited so long to be pregnant I didn't even care. I saw my OB for a routine exam at 38 weeks and I had not dilated or effaced at all. By this time I was ready to have these babies! My belly was measuring 62" around (which was made worse by the fact that I am only 5'5"). We knew that baby "A" was breech so we planned on having a cesarean done. My doctor said that if I hadn't gone into labor by the 15th of August, they'd do the c-section. At that point I was 38 weeks 5 days. Well sure enough I did not go into labor, so bright and early the morning of the 15th we arrived at the hospital.
They did an ultrasound to make sure baby "A" hadn't turned and started getting me ready for surgery. I was shaved, given an IV, and told to fill out a bunch of paperwork. It was pretty assembly line, but I was so nervous I didn't have time to think about it. The time finally came and they walked me to the operating room. I was surprised at all the people in the room; I learned I was going to be a case study for a group of medical students. I was given a spinal, which went much easier than I had feared and was strapped to the table.
My husband saw our first baby born at 8:18 a.m. It was a 7lb 1oz, 19.5" baby boy. We named him Colby Daniel. Baby "B" was close behind at 8:20a.m. Weighing in at 6lbs 8oz, 19", another boy we named Keegan Jonathon. My husband got to carry them to the recovery room where they were weighed and our families came in and were passing them around. I nursed them for the first time when they were about 20 minutes old and they both did well. We were released from the hospital 4 days later and my recovery was uneventful. I was disappointed I didn't get to try a vaginal delivery but am hoping for a VBAC this time around. I am expecting number 3 in October! (And it didn't take IVF with ICSI--just a simple $200.00 insemination, which goes to show you that it always pays to get a second opinion.)