I was/am very hesitant to share this story, but Brandon, being the kind hearted person he is, thinks that it would be a great story for other families to read that may go or have gone through the same or similar situation.
Being my first pregnancy, you can all imagine how excited Brandon and I were! After we got over the shock of having twins were walking around with open arms for the two babies I was carrying. During my first trimester, our specialist suggested getting a few tests done, including the Nuchal Translucency Test. Our test results came back that there was a 1 in 16 chance that Lorelei would have Down Syndrome. After we got these results, we had our "mourning" period. During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, our doctor couldn't see anymore signs for Down Syndrome. At the very beginning of my 7th month, I was placed on 1/2 day bedrest because my cervix was weak. This worried us because we didn't want me to have to use the days from work because we couldn't afford for me to have to take days without pay. A week later, I was placed on full bedrest because I was already dilated 1 cm and Mikaela's amniotic sac had lost some fluid. I stayed in the hospital overnight after that appointment so the girls could be monitored and had to go in twice a week for a non stress test.
7 weeks out from my due date, I had a full day of appointments. I had a non stress test at 11 AM and then an appointment with the specialist at 1 PM. Brandon took the day off and went with me to both appointments. The OB told me I was still only 1 cm dilated but that my cervix was extremely weak and that she didn't have to see me again. I was only 33 weeks along. That night I was having contractions and the girls were born the next afternoon....what a whirlwind that was!
Mikaela was born at 3 lbs 9 oz, 17 inches long. Everything was great with her! She was under the lights for a little bit because of jaundice, but all we had to wait for was for her to feed from a bottle for every feeding for 24 hours. Mikaela was in the Winchester NICU for 4 weeks.
The doctors and nurses at the Winchester NICU were such a blessing! There is no way that Brandon and I could have handled everything as calmly as we did if it weren't for them! They will always have a special place in our hearts and we will be thanking them for the rest of our lives!