Born. Our Surrogacy Story Part 4

December 24, 2014

The boys original due date was 12/13/14 (cool right?) but we knew with twins we wouldn't be allowed to go full term.  As mentioned before, I refrained from posting much because although the pregnancy was going smooth, I wasn't going to fully accept that I was going to be a mom to my twin boys till they were screaming in my arms.  That. has. finally. happened.

Becky was doing 2x a week appointments to have the boys monitored and have her blood pressure checked.  Due to twins she had also developed minor gestational diabetes so they wanted to be extra safe.  The boys passed every test with flying colors and Becky was constantly compliment "GREAT JOB" by the doctors and us.  I mentioned it before but at just 18 weeks her cervix was measuring under 2cm (anything under 2.5 is worrisome).  We were prepared for the chance of pre-term labor but we wanted to make it into the 30's (Jude and Brinly were born at 18 and 21).  Becky's cervix held strong and always stayed "stable" ranging from 1.2 cm to 2.5.

On Friday, November 14, 2014, just 3 days short from the day Jude was born still the year before, she went in for a weekly appointment and they noticed a higher blood pressure.  After some monitoring they determined she was at the start of pre-eclampsia and since the boys were 1 day short of 36 weeks they decided that would be the day.  My first text from Becky was "I'm being monitored to be safe" then 2 hours later turned to "Today's the day, I'm next in line for the C-section, it will be in about TWO HOURS."

We packed quickly and sped to the hospital.  Although I wasn't in labor, I told Darren this maybe his only chance in our lifetime to speed to the hospital because our babies were on their way.

We got there with lots of time to spare.  I was so so so so so excited. Almost giddy. Although 35 weeks 6 days is still fairly early, this felt like full term to us when we had been praying for at least 30 weeks (and after praying Jude and Brinly would just make it to 24).  The nurses were excited too and Becky looked peaceful and beautiful.  She didn't have much time to get nervous since it was all happening so fast.

Darren and I had hired a lawyer to help us with the paperwork so the boys were legally ours at birth-so the hospital gave us our own room right next to Aunt Becky and Uncle Tom.  The doctors also agreed that although it was a C-section, to let ALL of us (Tom, Darren and I) in the delivery room.

They took Becky back alone to give her the spinal and then came and got us (we were all scrubbed up).  Darren and I got to sit at her feet in the operation room and could see everything.  It was all happening so fast and it felt like a dream.  I asked Tom to pinch me (he did).

C-sections are really really fast.  Within 5 minutes the doctor said "OK, we will have babies out in 39 seconds."  At this point I could see a head moving inside the sac.  My children.  My live children.

This is when the crying began.  The healing type of crying.  Sobbing really.  The reality that exactly one year ago I was in labor with Jude who was destined to die and now 2 new sons who I would hold and hear crying overwhelmed me.  As they pulled them out I was crying "they are so big, they are so big" 5 pounds 10 ounces and 5 pounds 13 ounces.  Most people in the room were probably thinking "these are late preterm babies, they are not that big" but to me, in comparison with my 1 pound son I held last, these boys were full grown babies.

The nurses took them over to their little stations.  It took Noah a bit to breathe on his own, but no NICU for either.  The moment didn't feel real.  Once Beckom was ready to be weighed the nurse said "okay mom (OMG MOM!  Me??) take him over to the scale" and I carried him.  I carried Jude and Brinly's live little brother as he screamed all the way over.  A few minutes later I brought him over for Becky to meet. 

Shortly after, they brought us to the recovery room and I got to nurse them both at the same time.  I induced lactation (more on that later) so I was able to provide them with my own breast milk after birth.   Family came in shortly after to meet the little miracle boys while we took turns snuggling them.

Here are some pictures from the delivery room:
 







 
 
 
 
 

82 comments:

  1. Love them!!!! What cuties! I'm so thrilled for you guys! My little guy has those Jammie's with the paw prints and they are my favorite. Merry Christmas

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  2. I am so so so happy for y'all! Congratulations!!!

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  3. Holly, they are beautiful. Been reading an unable to comment because I've been so overwhelmed with joy for you and Darren. What an amazing story.

    Wishing you all a very merry Christmas

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  4. I am so happy for you. This news made my Christmas, it is so amazing! Your babies are gorgeous. Sending a lot of love to you, Darren, your babies (OMG!!!) and your beautiful amazing carrier. I am overjoyed. :)))))

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  5. Congrats to you & your family!!!

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  6. They are absolutely adorable!! I'm so happy you guys can spend Christmas with your now 6 week old twins!! Merry Christmas!

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  7. They are absolutely adorable!! Congratulations

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  8. This post gave me chills and made me cry some serious happy tears. This is by far the best blog post I've read ever. So, so many congrats to you and your husband those boys are absolutely perfect <3

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  9. Yessss!!! You deserve all of the joy that your handsome boys will bring. This is so great. So great.

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  10. Oh Holly!!!! They are precious. What a beautiful surrogacy story after everything you've been through. I'm so beyond happy for you. Enjoy your Christmas with your miracle baby boys!

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  11. Eekkkk!!! So exciting! I'm so happy for you! They are perfect!

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  12. I love everything about this post! Congratulations momma!!

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  13. Wow!! What a gift!! Enjoy every minute, I bet this Christmas has a whole new meaning to you guys... Congratulations

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  14. Oh happy day!! Congratulations Holly!

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  15. I've been following your blog just waiting for the announcement! Thanks for sharing this wonderful news. Congratulations! What a blessing, I'm so very happy for your family. They are so so sweet.

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  16. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! Congratulations and merry Christmas to you all!

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  17. Congrats! I hope the early newborn weeks are going well with your rainbow twin boys. Thanks for sharing their birth with us.

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  18. Merry Christmas! What a blessing!

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  19. I'm so happy for you! What a lovely family! Praise the Lord and bless Becky and Tom!

    Love from Germany,
    Jola

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  20. Wow this is so beautiful and amazing!!! A true blessing :) hope you're enjoying the time with your new family!

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  21. Holly, I am so happy for you! I don't even remember how I found your blog but I have been following you since you were pregnant with Jude and Brinley but have never posted. I can't express how happy I am for you and your family! I am also expecting twin girls in March/April so I will be following you for tips from here on out! Merry Christmas!!!!!

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  22. Absolutely fantastic!! How cute are they?! Enjoy them sweetheart, it's true what they say, they don't stay tiny for long and the next thing you know, you'll be running around after them :) all the very best for your first Christmas as a family! The very biggest of congratulations x

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  23. Oh, wow. Just, wow. So happy for you, and I know that Judy and Brinley are looking down at their little brothers with love.

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  24. Oh my goodness, those boys are GORGEOUS! They look so big and healthy! This story is just so beautiful; thank you for sharing it.

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  25. I am so so happy for you! What a joy it was to read this update after reading your blog for over a year now! Praise God for your sweet little blessings❤️

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  26. I am sobbing while reading this. SOBBING. Congratulations! I am so so happy for you. Becky is truly an angel. I wish you all the best!

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  27. They are gorgeous. Congrats!! 😭

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  28. My heart feels so full for you right now : ) truley a timed gift from God and you sure do have an amazing Angel for a friend. Congratulations on becoming parents again * and many blessings to come!!!!

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  29. Am so happy for you -- what a wonderful addition to your family! Have been praying for you and was thrilled to hear that the twin boys arrived safe and sound!

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  30. I am so excited for you guys! I am so happy the boys are here and safe. congratulations they are adorable!

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  31. I can't even. I am just beyond thrilled for you. What a total blessing. I hope you're knee deep in newborn craziness right now and enjoying (mostly) every spitup covered, sleep deprived moment. My heart dances for you. Dreams that you dare to dream really do come true....

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  32. I am crying tears of joy for you right now!! I know i don't know you, but i feel like i do... i've followed your story. Congrats congrats on your new baby boys!! They are adorable!! So beyond happy for you!

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  33. Beautiful mama!!! Beautiful boys!!! Beautiful names!!! Congrats to you and Darren!!! Tears of joy on your amazing story!!!

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  34. I am crying tears of joy for y'all! Congratulations!!!

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  35. What an incredible story. Your boys are beautiful, I hope you enjoyed your first Christmas with them! Congrats!!

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  36. Congratulations! They are adorable!

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  37. So beautiful! Congratulations! Your story made me cry! So happy for you! Congratulations Mama!

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  38. They are beautiful and perfect and I am just ridiculously happy for you guys! My cervix began "funneling" at 27 weeks with my twins and I was put on 2x a week monitored bedrest for the remainder of my pregnancy as well - but mine held out until 37 weeks :) I am also inducing lactation right now so that I can hopefully nurse the sweet baby God has for us through adoption :) What an amazing early Christmas gift! Again, so happy for your sweet little family!

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  39. Congratulations! So very happy for you.

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  40. Congratulations. What a beautiful story. Do you have a facebook page I can follow?

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  41. Oh Holly! I'm so, so, so overjoyed for you, sweet friend! The boys are stunning! Congratulations on your two new beautiful sons!

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  42. They are so beautiful! Thank you to Becky for keeping them safe! So glad they let all of you into the OR, love the picture of you carrying your son to the scale!

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  43. Those are the most perfect looking babies ever, how blessed they are to have you guys as parents! I am so so so happy for your family!! Little boys are just the sweetest and love their momma's something fierce!

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  44. My heart is so full for you and your family. Congratulations! What perfect little boys!

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  45. I have been following your blog for quite a while now. Loving all the updates and waited for this one. I am so happy for you and your husband! Twin baby boys, sooo much fun! When I read that you are able to nurse them, I was so excited for you! I nursed my twins for a year. It is such a special time. I continue to keep your family in my prayers. God Bless!

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  46. They are SO beautiful!!! What an amazing story you have to tell them one day. I am SO happy for your family! Congratulations!!!

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  47. Holly, I am beyond thrilled for you!!!! You are so strong and a true inspiration. Can't wait to hear all about your journey as a mom!

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  48. Congrats!! And how amazing to induce lactation!! You are such a wonderful mommy. I can't wait to read more. <3

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  49. Two precious gifts from God, we learn from the blessings in life, and the pain, we have been following since Brinly and Jude, my daughter shared the same loss, we are so happy for you, she told me to tell you that you will feel like pinching yourself for the next few weeks, until you realize they are real, they are yours, and your dreams have come true, best Christmas EVER,

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  50. Over the moon happy for you and your family. A million congratulations!!

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  51. I have been so behind in blog reading i have missed this. Holly I can't even express how happy I am for you and your family!! What an amazing story you'll have to share with the boys!! A thousand congrats!!

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  52. I am sooo very happy for you! What a difference a year makes. I am glad you didn't give up. Now the real fun begins. Enjoy and happy holidays

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  53. they are the most beautiful little creatures I have ever seen. Words cannot express how happy I am to see you hold your children.

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  54. Congratulations!!! They are just beautiful! So happy for you!

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  55. Congratulations on your beautiful baby boys! I can't wait to see more pics :)

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  56. They are perfect!

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  57. Congratulations on these two beautiful gifts from God!!! So happy for y'all!!!

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  58. What a beautiful post! My heart is so full and happy for you! You deserve every moment of happiness coming your way - enjoy it!!!!

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  59. They are perfect, Holly! Congratulations!! I am just so thrilled to be reading this happy, happy post!

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  60. So glad I have continued to follow your blog to see this new beginning for your family!! God is good and you are going to get so much joy from your two beautiful boys, as well as a bit of cheeky trouble! ;) Huge congratulations!!!

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  61. Congrats to you! After pPROM with my son, my pregnancy with my daughter was so stressful, I often wished I'd had a surrogate. What a lovely story that Becky gave you that gift. Enjoy those adorable boys!

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  62. they are absolutely beautiful boys! Congratulations!!!

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  63. You had me in tears at "That. has. finally. happened." I have followed your story for a while and have been praying for your family and for Becky throughout this pregnancy. Congratulations, Mommy! Your boys are beautiful!!!!

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  64. Oh where have I been?! I am soo incredibly happy for you sweet girl!! God is good and He answers prayers! What a blessing, they are beautiful and you are so deserving!! Xoxo

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  65. Oh my goodness Holly, you're a mommy! This is so exciting. Your baby boys are so beautiful. So happy for you!

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  66. This post had me in tears and goosebumps. Words cannot describe how happy I am for you. Please keep us updated on your beautiful new family.

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  67. Congratulations!!!! God is good!

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  68. I've reread this blog post about 6 times and I tear up every time. They are so beautiful and bright eyed. Becky is such a selfless blessing. May God continue to watch over each and every one of you.

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  69. Congratulations! Your boys are beautiful!!

    God Bless!!

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  70. I'm a little late in my congratulations because I was away on vacation but OMG CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so happy for you! The boys are simply adorable and I hope that your first few weeks with them has gone well.

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  71. I know I am late to this, but congratulations! They are perfect and the love comes through in all these photos. Not just from Mom and Dad, but from Aunt Becky, too. I hope you had a wonderful first Christmas with those precious boys and that your first weeks have gone well. I also hope Becky has had an easy recovery.

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  72. I've read this several times, and I just want you to know that I am so happy for your family. So amazing. I wish all the very best to all of you. Congrats!!!

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  73. I cannot even describe how HAPPY I am for you guys!! They are so beautiful and perfect and my heart bursts with love. Gives me hope despite my continuing tragedies. CONGRATULATIONS and praise the Lord!!

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  74. LOVE everything about this! They are gorgeous and I am so happy for you!

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  75. what an amazing blessing and gift from God and Becky! i cried tears of happiness reading this! Best wishes!

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  76. A fellow blogger recommended your site as I was just diagnosed with a short cervix.

    Your babies are simply beautiful, congrats!

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  77. A fellow blogger recommended your site as I was just diagnosed with a short cervix.

    Your babies are beautiful, congrats!

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  78. What a beautiful story of God's redemption! Congrats! I hate that your blog doesn't show up in my feed anymore!

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  79. Aww... YOUR boys are beautiful! I want to have twins in the future. I'm so happy that boys arrived. I think you're the most beautiful family on the earth. Hope you're ok.

    PS. I'm sorry for mistakes. I'm Polish. Everyday I live in Poland and I was born here. In May I'm gonna be 12.

    Love, Julia

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