The day you were born is a day I will never forget. It was the day that I went from being a mommy of one to a mommy of three. On that day my heart tripled in size and I learned that I have enough love for all of my sweet babies. On that day you made your big debut.
You were born on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011. I went to work that morning to teach 5th grade. The morning was a little rough as my big belly made it very difficult to sleep. It was very hard for me to get out of bed but I did and I made it to work. I did feel a little strange, but just thought it was due to the fact that I was 35 weeks pregnant with twins, chasing around your big brother and teaching 5th grade. So I went on with the day. I taught my first two classes all the while just feeling a little "weird". During my third hour class I left my kids with an assignment and headed to the office to have my blood pressure checked. I could not shake the feeling that something was up. My blood pressure checked out fine, but I was just not convinced. So I called my doctor and he told me to come in. I was supposed to have my 35 week checkup that day after school, but instead I got a sub and took a half day and went in at 11:30.
Once I arrived at the office they put me into a room and hooked me up to the monitors so we could check your heartbeats. You all looked GREAT. They left me hooked up for about an hour and we just watched you and waited for Dr. Owen to arrive. After they unhooked me from all the monitors, I went to the car to get my lunch. I ate a yogurt cup while I waited in the room for Dr. Owen to get there. He was in Lexington at a meeting and they thought he should arrive anytime so they wanted me to wait and talk to him. I AM SOOO GLAD I DID. Once he arrived, he looked at all the reports from the monitors and agreed that you all looked beautiful but that I was having contractions. I had not felt any of them. So we talked about the possibility of me not going to work the rest of the week just to see how I felt about the whole idea. But before we made any final decisions, he wanted to check me to make sure I was not dilated. Well...I WAS! I was about 3-4 cm. dilated and completely thinned. What does that mean? That means that you were ready to come! He told me to call your daddy to come pick me up and head to the hospital. We were not even allowed to go home and get any stuff. We had to drive straight there. I began to cry. I could not believe that we would meet you THAT DAY. I was completely surprised and overwhelmed. Daddy finally arrived and he was so calm. He tried to calm me down- but we all know that is not easily done. So as we drove to the hospital with tears streaming down my face we called your grandparents and some of our friends to tell them the news.
Once we arrived at the hospital we got all checked in and learned that we had the same nurse that we had on the day we had your big brother. Her name was Alice and I was so excited to see a familiar face. Even though she sees so many patients a day and I knew there was no way she knew who we were I was still excited to see her. She was great and helped calm mommy down. As we were waiting we remembered that daddy was wearing the same shirt he wore when your big brother was born. We thought that was funny too. While we waited we learned that we would have to wait until about 8:00pm to meet you due to the fact that I ate that yogurt cup. They did not want me to have any food in my system so we waited. We checked in about 4:00 and waited about 4 hours. While we waited we took some pictures, watched TV and talked about you. Your mamaw Loschert arrived about 5:30 and she was so excited. Mommy was so excited to see her too. She always makes me feel better and more relaxed so I was so thankful she was there to be with us as we waited. Before you arrived your Grammy and Grandpa Snyder and papaw Loschert arrived too. You were surrounded by people who loved you as we waited to meet you.
|Mommy getting all ready to go back to the operating room to meet you.|
|Yes, that is your daddy under there!|
|Right before they took us back! |
7:45 pm 9/13/11
|Mommy as I am walking to the operating room.|
|Shepard Randall Snyder |
5lbs.1oz 17 inches
|Sara Kate Snyder|
5lbs. 11 oz. 18 inches
|Mommy & Sara Kate|
|Daddy & Shepard|
|Mommy & Daddy & Sara Kate|
|Sweet Sara Kate in the NICU.|
|Sweet Shepard in the NICU.|
|Mommy & Sara Kate.|
|Mommy, Shepard & Sara Kate.|
You had to stay in the NICU for 4-5 hours for observation because you were so tiny and born at only 35 weeks. Mommy and Daddy were taken to a room and we tried to get some rest. Grammy & Grandpa went home and Mamaw & Papaw went to our house to get some things for mommy and to take care of your big brother. I tried to get some sleep, but I sat up straight in bed at 1:30 and called the nurse's station. I asked about you all. I wanted to see how you were doing and get an update to see if you were still in the NICU or in the nursery. I was beyond thrilled to hear that you had been cleared to leave the NICU and you were making your way to our room!!! I woke up your daddy and we waited for you to come through the door. Once you did we held you, kissed you, fed you and loved on you until they made us give you back. You had to stay in the nursery that night for more observations but we could not have been happier to learn that you were out of the NICU and if all things went according to plan you would be going home at the same time we would. We knew that was an amazing blessing.
So for the rest of the week we stayed at the hospital. You met your big brother, we worked on nursing, mommy worked on healing and we just spent our days and nights feeding you, loving you and learning how to be your mommy and daddy. You passed lots of tests like car seat challenges, hearing tests, temperature tests, weight checks and all of that. You passed them all! On Friday morning we learned that everybody was looking good and we had been released to go home. We happily packed up all of our stuff and checked out. As we were leaving the hospital with our cart load of gifts, flowers, stuff, &two car seats loaded with babies I still did not believe it. I could not believe you were really coming home with me. We said thank you and goodbye to all of our wonderful nurses and made our way home.
|SKS all buckled in and ready to go home!|
|SRS all buckled up and ready to go home.|
|Loaded up and ready to go home!!|