I wanted to tell the story about Finn and Harper because I talk about them a lot! I always say they are like "twins with different Mamas"!
Mindi and I are very close sisters. We are best friends, live right beside each other, talk on the phone about 50 times a day, and are always together. We had our babies on the same day! People always said when we were pregnant that we might go on the same day, and we always said "No we're a month apart". Ha! Little did we know!
January 23rd was a happy, crazy, drama filled, and scary day all in one. Mindi was going to be induced that morning. We had just moved into our house and we didn't have any window treatments up yet. I remember lying in bed and seeing her pull out of her driveway to leave for the hospital. Well of course I was really excited and I couldn't go back to sleep. I was planning on meeting them over there a little later to take pictures. I was in there when Sawyer was born and I wanted to be in there for Harper too. Well about 30 minutes after I saw them leave, my water broke! At first I just laid in bed and thought to myself that really just didn't happen. Ha! Yea it did. I went to the bathroom just to check out the situation and then I called for Jared. We didn't know what to do. Jared was walking around in circles. I immediately got on the phone and called my Mom and Mindi. Mindi told the girls at the hospital so they had me a room ready beside her! I got ready, packed (we weren't 100% packed yet), took a shower, and went to the hospital.
So Harper comes at about 9:30 a.m. and I am starting to have contractions. Mindi has Harper, comes to my room and I met Harper, then goes to her other room, takes a shower, and comes back to be with me. My Mom couldn't be there because she was home with Sawyer (Mindi's 4 yr old) with RSV. That's where the drama comes in!! He was VERY sick!!
About 3:00 I was having contractions pretty good and my doctor wanted me to wait as long as I could to have my epidural. Ha! I got it and about 5 minutes later I was dilated to a 10. So it pretty much didn't have time to start working. Fun fun..They gave me oxygen (which scared both me and Mindi) during the labor. I had to have an episiotomy to and I could feel EVERYTHING! So then she started with the needles..ouch..thats all I can say about that. That was worse than the actual birth!
We'll Finn was finally here and everything was just great until I held him and he was blue. I said something to the nurse about him being blue, and asked if his lungs were ok. She just said yea he was having a little trouble breathing and took him to the nursey. Then everything went DOWN hill..The pediatrician came in and told us he was going to be transferred to a NICU and didn't know if it was his heart, lungs, or something else. I can't even describe how the best day of my life turned into the worst. I remember then wheeling me into the nursery and seeing him laying there, I was hysterical.
Finn was then incubated and transferred to a great hospital. I can't say enough good things about Brenner's. The nurses and doctors we're awesome. I was pretty much a basket case all week, just crying all day long. The nurse's and doctors would hug me all the time. This one doctor, I can't remember her name, would come sit and talk to me when I was upset. Finn was home in about a week. (one scary week!!)
The local paper called us and wanted to do an article on our story! Then this lady called me randomly from the Today Show and wanted to fly us to New York! Ha! We didn't go, I wasn't about to put Finn on a plane with all those germs!
Here is the article if you want to see it!