Introducing…The Elves

One month ago today I was 35 weeks pregnant and headed to the hospital for a non-stress test and ultrasound to check on “Baby A” due to concerns about restricted growth. At my appointment I was swollen like a balloon and had a blood pressure of 180/110 and “3+ protein” in my urine (in other words, I would have made a super easy USMLE question on classic presentation of pre-eclampsia).  I was sent straight to Labor & Delivery – no time to even go home and pack a bag (which my husband may or may not have so kindly asked me to do the weekend before)! My abdomen was somewhere along the lines of ginormous when I snapped my last “belly picture”…

We got all ready to welcome The Elves, who would arrive late in the evening of December 3, 2012 (by c-section because Baby A was trying her hardest to enter into this world feet first).

If you follow the blog you know we had opted out of knowing the babies’ sexes before the birth, so the delivery was all sorts of exciting!

SURPRISE! It’s a girl!

Baby A 

DOUBLE SURPRISE! It’s another girl!!

Baby B

They were 5 weeks early and having some trouble breathing, so they headed off to NICU after kisses and hugs from their dad and I. The next time I saw them, 12 hours after they were born (because I was busy enjoying the lovely side effects of magnesium sulfate – every horrible thing your patients say about that drug is true), they were hooked up to all kinds of wires and breathing with CPAP assistance.

They were rockstars, though and did awesome in NICU! After a few days they were able to reunited for the first time since birth.

And just 5 days later we were able to go home as a family of four (+ 3 crazy canines!). The girls each weighed about 4.5 lbs when we left the hospital – if putting a four and a half pound baby in a carseat isn’t terrifying, I don’t know what is!

Happy one month birthday, Elves – you bring an unexplainable joy to our life.

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  • Congratulations! They are gorgeous and share a birthday with my 11-year old baby girl. Enjoy this wonderful time.

  • You, my dear, are a rock star. Congrats on the beautiful girls.

  • Awesome! Congrats!!

  • Congrats!! They are beautiful!

  • Congratulations and thanks for sharing their birth story!

  • Congratulations! They’re so adorable! I’m glad to see you’re all doing well. :)

  • So freakin’ excited for you! CONGRATS!

  • AWWW, this is so cute. I have a 24 urine test 2morrow to see if i will have to be induced because of Preeclamsia. im so nervous and scared. How did you deal with the whole thing and having two babies to deliver?

  • Congratulations again! They look just like baby dolls they are too adorable! I wish you and your family nothing but the best!

  • Congratulations! They are so beautiful!

  • Congrats! I have inactivated my twitter account (snuglet) while applying to residency, so I missed this glorious pregnancy! I’m so glad your daughters hung in there until 35 weeks! And a short stay in the NICU!!!

    You’re in for a challenging year, but being mommy is a wonderful gift. Enjoy!

  • Wow, congrats! Our stories are so similar. On Nov 7th I had twin boys at 36 weeks due to pre-e (total sudden onset too) and my boys were in the NICU on cpaps and came home after 6 days. They are great now, you’d never know it. Your girls are beautiful and I love their names!

  • Congrats Danielle! The girls are absolutely beautiful :)

  • Congrats!! They are beautiful!

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I’m an Ob/Gyn resident (that means I went to medical school to become a doctor) and now I'm working like a crazy person to learn my trade before I'm on my own in the wild. Once upon a time I birthed a couple of babies of my own, they're friggin' adorable twin toddlers now. My life story through November 2010 can be viewed here. The events in the many years following can be summed up as wedding bells, books, exams, babies, and doctoring. I only started this blog in hopes of landing a role in a Lifetime movie so I could quit medicine and move to Hollywood, so if you wouldn't take medical advice from Angelina Jolie, you shouldn't take it from me. I may not even be a real person. In fact, I'm probably a spambot. Or possibly a 15 yo boy blogging from a dingy basement. If you're really interested you can read more about me here. If you have any questions or want to guest post contact me.

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