Let’s Celebrate! Introducing the Newest Additions to Our Family – Cruz and Levi

 

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We’re so happy to announce the birth of our identical twin boys – Cruz and Levi! Born on July 20, 2018.

We first learned that we were expecting right before Christmas 2017 and found out a few days after Christmas that we were carrying identical twin boys. We were both excited and scared about the surprise pregnancy (see pregnancy announcement post here) but so very grateful that God had gifted two special miracles.

The doctors had originally scheduled a C-section on July 30, 2018 as that was the day the babies would be considered “full-term” or 37 weeks. But as with twins, they somehow seem to arrive early.

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Cruz and Levi’s Birth Story

At 7:00 AM on July 20th, I felt a few kicks like I normally do. But this time, a kick felt stronger than normal, which resulted “oh no, my water just broke.” I was lying in bed and Charlie was about to get up and get Luke ready for camp. When I told Charlie that my water broke, he was freaking out. It’s funny because I remained calm throughout the whole thing. You would think it was the other way around. I never experienced my water breaking with Luke but let me tell you, it was like something out of a movie. I will spare you all the details.

Thank goodness I had things for the hospital packed in a bag but Charlie was running around the room making sure we had everything. I tried to calm him down but it seemed like he was running around the house in all different directions.  We called the doctors office who told us to come to the hospital within the hour. To my knowledge, I thought when your water broke, labor would be about 6 to 12 hours later. Boy was I wrong!

Luke, Charlie and I left for the hospital at around 7:45 AM. On the way there, I started feeling that my contractions were about 5 – 10 minutes apart and getting more and more painful. We arrived at the hospital at around 8:00 AM where I saw a few nurses in the triage. Charlie and I agreed that he would drive Luke to camp and return afterwards as we thought I wouldn’t deliver for awhile.

When Charlie and Luke left, the nurse in the triage said she wanted to measure how dilated my cervix was. When she did, she said she felt a limb or a foot. She looked at the other nurse and the both said that I needed to deliver immediately and to call Charlie to come back.

Charlie was halfway to dropping Luke off at camp when I texted him to come back. The nurses said they would wait for Charlie for 15 minutes before taking me to the operating room. Luckily Charlie made it on time. But the whole ordeal of getting me ready for the C-section just seemed so surreal. So much was happening as once. So many people were talking to me. And it seemed like they wanted the babies out as soon as possible.

I remember telling the doctor that we didn’t know the gender and if she could tell us. Then I saw Charlie walk into the room and everything seemed calm again.

Cruz arrived at 9:54 AM at 4 lbs 7 oz and Levi at arrived 9:56 AM at 4 lbs 15 oz. I bursted out into tears when I heard them cry. I was scared throughout the whole pregnancy that something bad would happen but at last, my twins entered this world with huge lungs. I was so happy that all I did was cry.

Charlie and the nurses brought both of the boys to me after they were cleaned and weighed and at that moment, everything just seemed right and real. We have twin boys! Luke is a big brother! We are officially a family of 5!!! Our lives will be changed forever.

I was in love.

The pictures below were taken by Suzzane Brown – IG: @simplybysuzy.

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Thanks to all the nurses throughout the whole process. They do an amazing job and are literally the nicest and caring people. They eased my mind and comforted me when I needed it the most.

 

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