It was December, 2012 and my wife was 6 months pregnant with our twins when we went in for an ultrasound checkup; it was all normal. They used the portable ultrasound machine you would expect, and we went in with a calm and relaxed atmosphere. It was fine.
Until it wasn’t.
The technician noticed a problem with my son’s placenta and blood flow, which caused him to be under-sized, as he wasn’t getting proper nourishment. If the blood started to flow backward, we would have to immediately deliver both babies, or else my son wouldn’t make it.
They checked my wife into the hospital and put her on bed rest. Normally, it would be a few weeks before babies with my son’s condition need to be removed from the womb.
A few days later, not weeks, the doctors noticed my son’s blood flow was moving backward and we had to have an emergency C-section.
Here’s a pic of me right before surgery:
The epidural hadn’t quite kicked in and my wife was screaming in pain during the C-section procedure. When they removed my son, he was so skinny because of his placenta and blood flow issue, I could see his ribs protruding from his sides.
The nurses were working feverishly on my daughter, as the machine to which she was connected wouldn’t stop beeping. I asked what was wrong, and they told me they were trying to get her heart rate up.
I asked, “What should it be?” They said 160 beats per minute.
It was 60.
Here’s a note the hospital gave us after the twins’ birth with their weight and height.
Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. My son, Thaddeus, weighed 1 pound-14 ounces, and my daughter, Zoe, weighed 2 lbs-3.6 ounces.
Remember, they were born three months prematurely.
Three Years Old Today
Thank God that difficult period is behind us and the kids are doing great. Today the twins turned three years old, and it was a wonderful day!