First here is a little back story, at about 34 weeks into my pregnancy I started getting really bad headaches that were just not going away. Not with sleep, tylenol, or caffeine and it honestly felt like my head was going to explode! So I called my doctors office and the nurse told me to make sure I was drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest and just to watch my headaches. About a week later my headaches were still not going away and I was debating calling again or waiting until my appointment at the end of the week. Finally I couldn't take it so I called and scheduled an appt. for that day. I went in and they took checked my weight checked my urine and then took my blood pressure and I honestly can't remember what it was but the nurse said it was way higher than what it was suppose to be so of course I start freakin out. My Doctor came into the room and he said Mindy you are showing signs of early toxemia(preeclampsia) and you need to head straight up to the hospital we need to do some monitoring, you might be having these boys tonight...... Tears immediately starting welling up in my eyes because I was not even to the full 35 weeks yet and I was so nervous that my boys wouldn't be healthy enough and the thought of them being in the NICU really scared me. My Doc told me everything would work out and I left the office headed straight home and started shoving stuff into a hospital bag as fast as I could and headed up to the hospital.
I was literally so nervous at that point and I had no idea what to think or what was going to happen. Trav was still at work and I told him I would call him to come up once I knew what was going on. I got up to the Utah Valley hospital and they checked me in I got changed into one of those sexy hospital gowns, got an IV and they hooked me up to some other machines to check on the babes and take my BP. I was there for three hours to be monitored they did some blood tests called my doc and then he told me that I was ok to go home but, I needed to tell my work I was done because I was to be on bed rest for early preeclampsia. Then me and my Dr. became best buds because I was in his office pretty much every day to be closely monitored I was told if I had any headaches at this point to go straight to the hospital. I also became very comfortable with the hospital because I was sent up to be monitored every other day. This went on for awhile until I hit 36 weeks and I was so happy to keep those boys growing, my doc said he would keep them growing in me until it became more dangerous for them to be in then out.
And then Sunday February, 7th came and I woke up that morning with a pretty bad headache but was already headed to the hospital that day for some monitoring they told me not to eat anything just in case. I called and told my doctor I had a headache and he told me to get ready and come up earlier. We headed up for what we thought was just any other day of monitoring and I was seriously starving! The nurse said everything was looking ok and that I was probably going to head home. So Trav and I were thinking of places to go to lunch because I seriously felt like I could have eaten an elephant. Then out of no where a nurse came in with an IV bag.... My heart seriously dropped to my butt... what the heck was she doing with an IV bag? She said oh you didn't hear your doctor called another doctor for a second opinion and he decided he is taking you today... In that moment I felt total shock I honestly didn't feel ready, and there was so much going through my mind. I was in a total haze and felt like I might pass out... I was not ready for my boys to come I was worried they weren't ready either, I wasn't prepared for the surgery I was scared. The anesthesiologist came is and started talking about spinal blocks and epidurals blah blah blah. I really wasn't hearing anything I was in total shock because it was so unexpected! The nurses finally gave us a quick second to access what was happening I asked Travis for a Priesthood blessing that everything would go smoothly and that my boys would be ok and after that I felt so much more peace, but was still pretty nervous. I opted for them to roll me down to the OR because I was so shaky and felt like I couldn't stand. So they rolled me down just like in the movies I felt pretty weird in that big ole bed.
I got into the room and the nerves hit me all over again when I started thinking about them giving me the spinal block I was so shaky and holding Trav's hand was the only thing getting me through at this point and I made it through. I was finally laying on the table looking around the cold OR room waiting for the numbness to kick in while the nurse was prepping me. I kept asking am I suppose to be feeling that.... am I suppose to be feeling her do that. Finally the anesthesiologist starting poking me with a pin saying ok can you feel that and I was like uhhhh ya! Every one starting laughing and the doctors teased that they were about to get started and I was over there like umm I can feel that haha. So I had to get all the stuff off and sit up to get an epidural(which wasn't as bad as they said it would be either). Then I laid back down and got everything back on got all prepped and starting feeling the epidural working. Then out of no where I started feeling so so sick and my stomach was feeling really tight and crampy so the nurse brought over a bag and I stared throwing up a little bit which honestly wasn't very pleasant. Finally the doctors said you are going to feel a big push on your stomach and out came Baby A Charlie Boyd Warren at 1:47pm weighing 6 lbs 13 oz and 19 1/2 inches long they took him into the back room of the OR and started working on him and found that his lungs hadn't opened all the way and he was retracting so they had to take him up to the NICU to get them opened and to get him breathing and eating. And then came Baby B Porter Kelly Warren at 1:49pm weighing 5 lbs 11 oz 17 1/4 inches long he was a strong little dude and I actually got so see him and hold his little fingers. I honestly was so happy they were here and that they were going to be ok I was totally at peace in that moment. Charlie ended up being in the NICU for two days due to his lungs not expanding all the way and they didn't think Porter would need to go up but he ended up being in there for two hours because he had started retracting a bit.
I finally got out of surgery and our sweet nurse asked if I could go see my boys up in the NICU, so they wheeled me in my big ole bed up to the nursery and I got to see my sweet boys. My heart was so full it felt like it was going to burst when I got to hold Porter. Then they wheeled me over to Charlie and I got to hold his little fingers and see his tiny face, I was so glad he was doing well but it was heartbreaking to see him all hooked up to machines it made me feel totally helpless. We actually didn't pick there names out until the second day, I told Travis I could not pick their names until I got to hold Charlie. And originally we were going to name Porter Charlie, I will put the story of why we named him Charlie under a photo down below.
Charlie Boyd Warren born at 1:47 6 lbs 13 oz and 19 1/2 inches long
Porter Kelly born at 1:49 5 lbs 11 oz 17 1/4 inches long
Porter... don't mind my birth face... I was so swollen!
Skin on skin with Porter.
This was the very first time I got to hold my Charlie Boyd, it was actually the moment that we decided on his name and it is a very special story. Right when I got him in my arms I got a very overwhelming feeling that my Grandpa Charles was right in there with him it was very comforting and touching to me to know that he was not ever alone when we were down stairs. That my Gramps was there watching after and comforting him. Plus Charlie Boyd also looked so much like his Grandpa Charles.
Dad and Charlie
FINALLY with BOTH my boys!!! <3
Charlie skin to skin.
This was one of the most amazing things I will probably ever experience in my life. I know with all my heart that no matter how hard things get that this is what life is all about FAMILY. I am so very thankful for my new little family and I honestly wouldn't change a single thing about it!