Friday, July 1, 2011


The morning of June 30th, 2011 I awoke to a very strange feeling: what I thought might be my water breaking. I quickly woke Mr. Howard up and put my feet on the floor. As soon as I stood up (like in the movies), I felt a huge gush and watched as water flowed everywhere. When Mr. Howard called Labor and Delivery to let them know we were coming, they tried to get him to talk to an advice nurse to determine whether or not it had actually been my water breaking. Ha! My very quick hubby told her that he had NO DOUBT it had been my water! They said they'd be ready for us.

I hopped in the car and made the short drive over to labor and delivery. I spent the car ride doing my makeup and brushing my hair - thinking about how ironic it was that I had just come to peace with the birthdate we had picked for the twins (by the way, my c-section was scheduled for July 11th).

By the time we arrived at the hospital (around 7am), I was dilated to a 4, 90% effaced, and a -1 station. They did an ultrasound and discovered that BOTH Isabella and Aiden were breech (Aiden was frank breech and Isabella was breech). So they began the process of getting me ready for a c-section. Within an hour, they were ready to wheel me to the operating room (but I asked them if they could quickly let me see my mom and dad to say goodbye before the surgery - on an aside, the nurse walked out and said, "Your daughter would like to say goodbye to you." Ummmm hello! Choice of words! My mom, shocked, said "WHAT?!" to which the nurse said, "Oh she wants to say goodbye before she goes in for her c-section).
By the time I got to the operating room, I was already dilated to a 7 and was 100% effaced. Within a half an hour, they brought my hubby in to sit with me and about 5 minutes later we welcomed a SCREAMING Aiden Patrick Howard into the world at 9:20am. Two minutes later at 9:22am, Isabella Lynn Howard joined her big brothers with a much softer cry. They took them immediately to the warmers to be watched, weighed, measured, etc. while they stitched me up. We were not allowed to take any photos at all in the operating room.

Aiden weighed 4 pounds 11 ounces and was 18.25 inches long. Isabella weighed 4 pounds 14 ounces and was 17.5 inches long.
At around 10:00am I was brought into recovery and thirty minutes later they were able to bring my parents and Mr. Howard's mom into the recovery room to meet our babies. We were there for a while and it was at that point that the pediatrician decided that both babies needed to be supplemented with formula (neither really would latch or suck). So we were able to give them their first bottles and I was able to quickly get my first photo with my babies. It was then decided they'd go to the NICU (at that point, we thought it'd only be for a few hours). And as quickly as could be - off they went!

Proud Daddy:

Some time after lunch time I was brought up to my post partum room and began my recovery and Mr. Howard was able to go to the NICU to see the babies. He spent the rest of the day taking people one by one to the NICU to see the babies (one guest must be accompanied by one parent) and feed them. My dad, mom, his mom, and sister were all able to go visit them one at a time. I was still in recovery and wasn't allowed. By the evening of June 30th we learned that the babies would be staying there indefinitely!! And I was finally able to visit my babies in their new homes for the very first time at around 8pm!!

Aiden and Mama:
 Aiden Patrick
 Mama and Isabella:
 Isabella Lynn


Courtney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

They are precious! great pics so far! Thank you so much for letting me visit you all today! Seriously made my day! Looking forward to you all coming home!

You look awesome and the nursery looks PERFECT!

Kelli Kegley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congratulations! They are beautiful! Praying for a quick return home. Please let us know any specific prayer requests you might have!

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Courtney, I'm sooo glad you were able to come and visit them (and us, of course). You're amazing!

The Schult Family said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

HOORAY! What a beautiful story and they are soo beautiful (love Isabella's full head of hair!) Congratulations to you all!...D

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