**From now through January 27, 2017, we are joining Pampers in inviting parents, co-workers, family members and friends to nominate and share the story of an extraordinary NICU nurse who provides babies and their families with special touches of love – stories like the ones shared here. You can nominate your preemie’s favorite nurses at www.pampers.com/thankyounurses**
To say I had the best pregnancy ever would be like saying I had the best vacation when meanwhile I spent a good part of it sick as a dog from the food poisoning I got from that quaint, off the grid restaurant I just HAD to try – despite my known daily struggle with spicy foods. Neither of my pregnancies were perfect, but my twin pregnancy takes the cake.
I had my first pre-labor scare at my 28-week ultrasound and was sent to the hospital with contractions. After two rounds of steroid injections and a bout of magnesium I was sent home on bedrest. You would think bed rest would be a dream. Laying around in my pajamas watching Criminal Minds and Law and Order SVU all day long – now with two 4-year old’s and a 2-year-old that sounds like a dream vacation, but then I was terrified: terrified somehow in my motionless state I would someone screw up and go into labor early which is exactly what happened that fateful Thursday back in January of 2013.
At first I thought I peed myself, which to be honest, wouldn’t be a first so I wasn’t too concerned. I cleaned up and went back to bed. Then it happened again! Once, ok that could be acceptable for a 32 week and 1 day pregnant lady, but twice!? Something was wrong. The best way I can describe it was a leaky faucet that just kept dripping no matter what I did. I called the covering doctor (my doctor was unfortunately away) and was told to go to the hospital and get checked out.
My mom happened to be coming over that Thursday after work as she always did and was bringing over a pizza, which I didn’t eat but really should have had I known that I wouldn’t be allowed to eat a thing until the next day! When she arrived I was hysterical. This couldn’t be happening. I did everything I was supposed to do and somehow I still managed to mess up. I cried the whole way to the hospital, sitting on a towel and replaying what I could have done to make my water break. I had an emergency Cesarean Section due to two breach babies and at 9:18pm and again at 9:20pm I became a Mom.