A day I will never forget.
It was a beautiful, sunny, bright morning. The date was July 6th, 2006. We walked down to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital at 9.00am. About an hour later, we walked out of the operating room with 2 babies. How does that work?!
Don’t worry, I will spare you all the gory details, but it was a miracle. After 9 months of carrying 2 babies, 2 amniotic sacs, and 2 placentas (yes, I was huge!), the babies were out in 20 minutes. It was like we had just popped in for a takeaway – and got a Buy One Get One Free deal!
I still remember all the scans that I had, and the nurses trying their best to find the 2 heartbeats. The first time I heard a heartbeat, it sounded like an express train careering through my body or a stallion galloping at full speed! It really is amazing how fast a baby’s heart beats. All you can wonder about is whether that sound really is coming from inside you! There was the time when they found Twin 1’s heartbeat, but could not find the other one. As you can imagine, this is a scary situation as you don’t know whether there is something seriously wrong or if the baby is just hiding very well. Luckily, it was the fact that Twin 2 was too busy doing somersaults and gearing up for the Olympics or something, so decided to change positions 3 times during the appointment!
I remember the times towards the end of the pregnancy when the babies really started kicking and moving around. Can you imagine 4 sets of elbows, fists, knees and feet kicking and punching you in places you never even knew existed?! Forget the pain, but the sight of those body parts prodding and poking through my tummy in an apparent attempt to get out would have put Sigourney Weaver and the rest of the Aliens cast to shame!
Anyway, back to the matter at hand. There were about 5 or 6 people in the room including my hubby. This wasn’t because we had gone private, but because we were having twins – and there was always a chance of complications. Somebody asked what sex the babies were, and hubby replied that we didn’t know. They couldn’t believe that we did not find out the sex earlier, that we wished to keep it a complete surprise! Well, now you will have to tell everyone what you are having as the babies come out, they said to hubby.
At the last minute, our regular obstetrician had to attend to another pregnancy, and we were left with a substitute registrar. No pressure then.
I had to have a caesarean as Twin 2 was breech. Twin 1 was head down. When the first baby was pulled out, hubby shouted it’s a boy! I couldn’t believe it as I have 2 sisters and hubby has 3, so I just assumed we were in for 2 girls. When the second baby came out, he came up to me and told me it was a girl. I was stunned and had a lump in my throat. The tears streaming down my cheeks did all the talking for me…
Hubby cut the umbilical cords, and of course that made him The Main Man, The Mac Daddy, The Godfather!
We are truly blessed and we never take it for granted. Thank you God.
8 thoughts on “BOGOF!”
This is beautiful. Well done. Just having one baby at a time was an amazing experience – cant’ imagine how it must feel to leave hospital with two!
Thank you so much! Just a wonderful feeling, but just as scary at the same time.
God bless the lovely twins very caring and devoted mum and of course the God Father!
Thank you for your comments. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my family!
It certainly was BOGOF! Only the blessed ones will realise the true blessings and joys and happiness that accompany such a lovely deal from the maker. Look at them – the beauty they possess and as they say “a thing of beauty is a joy for ever” and that’s what it wil be and there is no doubt whatsoever about it. Enjoy them. cherish them and revel in them for as long as you can.
Wow! I do not even know what to say. Such beautiful words from somebody that I do not even know. It is very humbling for me to get such comments, and it has truly made me day. I am grateful to you for following me. God bless you.
I especially love this blog!! Y? Because I’m a twin too, as u know…& were boy & girl too!! So so sweet…Shyam & suhani r sooo gorgeous xxx
Thank you so much Vimmy! It’s great to have a fellow boy/girl twin who can relate! You are a star.