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Saturday, February 9, 2008

2 Years Ago Today...

I started my 49 day adventure in patient to save the lives of my monoamniotic twins. I spent the entire first day on a gurney in triage thinking what have I gotten myself into. I cried A LOT. I prayed A LOT. And I watched the minutes tick by on the clock. My husband kept trying to pack my bags and take me home. I think that is why God grants the gift of life to women & not to men. Imagine how horrible it would be to take care of a pregnant man. :) Looking back now it seems like a blur. Did I really spend 49 days in the same room on 24 hour monitoring leaving only twice to go for U/S's.? If it would have made a difference I would have spent every day of my pregnancy in the hospital if it meant I could take my girls home with me.

I REALLY loved being pregnant.
I loved the idea of creating two little people that would enter this world so perfect and pure. I loved watching four arms and four legs wiggle across my belly as if aliens had invaded my being. I didn't even mind gaining the 60 pounds...that may be a little white lie. Actually I think I secretly liked the process of gaining the weight as long as it included root beer floats.

I really wished I would have taken more pictures once I was in patient to document my pregnancy. I took tons before I went in but none really after. At the time I didn't think I would want to remember being there. Looking back I wish I could have pictures to go with my memories. I cannot believe in 50 days (it's leap year) my girls are going to be two years old! I thought those 49 days went fast.


This picture was taken halfway through my stay. My amazing mom is sitting in the background. She drove the 2 hour round trip trek at least 4 times a week to keep me company. I never had one day that I did not have at least one visitor. Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw said it best "You find out who your friends are".

10 comments:

Kate said...

49 days. It's amazing what you ladies did for your momo twins. I still shiver when I think what could have happen to mine since we weren't inpatient until 10 days before delivery, and it wasn't for "monitoring" either. I only got THAT once in the morning and they were lax at best.

And you have a wonderful Mom to have been there with you so much!

Almost two years old! Kids grow quick I guess. We can't believe it's been like 8 1/2 month since ours were born!

Stephanie said...

It's funny, I have this conversation with people all of the time. Noone understands how we could survive the duration of hospital stays that we did...what we did the whole time/etc. But, like you said, it's a blur, and we'd do it again in a heartbeat - even if it meant the entire pregnancy! Yum to rootbeer floats - my hospital yummy was this wonderful chocolate brownie or pudding from the cafeteria!

angie said...

I'm so glad that I got to experience part of your journey with you. The T-shirts you guys have are the best. I'm totally dying, and almost wish I wasn't done having kids just so I could have one too! :) You have been such a great support to so many as a result of your TLC show, and your posts on momo.org. That sort of selfless giving is so wonderful. And, what a wonderful, supportive parents you both have!

jenni anne said...

2 years!? it's hard to believe, isn't it? i also want to know what you did with those 60 pounds! holy cow, you were skinny again right away!! i guess you deserve that for spending 49 days in the hospital.

Churchill said...

I am almost to the one year mark and it all seems like a blur already. It must seem like a lifetime ago to you in so many ways. Only a few short weeks till you have terrific two year olds to show for it!

I'm AZ said...

I love those shirts! So funny! The inpatient stay goes by fast, doesn't it? Well, it does but it doesn't. I remember having days where I thought the clock was going backwards. But once it was all over it seemed like it never happened. Funny how we never forget the anniversary of our first day inpatient!! It really is something to mark on the calendar as a special day.

Shannon said...

Awesome post! I have always wished I had more pictures too. It seemed like such a dark time but in hindsight - it was really incredible!

Debra said...

49 days.. WOW! 60 lbs? How did you lose those so fast? I LOVE those shirts!f

Casey's trio said...

You momo moms are awesome!

Nicole said...

I remember reading this post before I was at the point of inpatient...it seemed surreal and so distant...and then, I was there myself. What a journey! It was SO trying and yet SO important. And now, I have two beautiful little girls, fighting for their place in this world. I would do it all over again...the frustration, the heart wrenching, and bittersweet experience, I would do it all again....without a second thought.