Welcome to the World!

Sam on the left, Aaron on the right

Last night around 10pm I felt a sharp pain in my uterus, almost like something dropped down. Adam was on the phone to Hong Kong telling them he would stay up late to finish the documents they were discussing. Then he looked over at me and hung up the phone.

“You are doing the labor dance. It’s time to go to the hospital.” He said.

I was standing by the couch, grasping it with my hands, bent over and wiggling my hips back and forth. Once again I was confused if I was actually in labor, since it wasn’t what the books described, bands of tightnening starting in the lower back and proceeding to the front of your belly. This was almost like one continuous pain that started at 10pm out of no where and didn’t stop. It certainly didn’t have the 10 minute regularity I was told to look for.

Thank goodness Adam recognized the signs.

We called our regular sitter and found out she was 10 minutes from our house at the L stop.

We were able to get to the hospital by 11pm.

I was already 7 cm dilated when we arrived. By the time they checked me into a room I was screaming bloody murder for the epidural.

Epidural bliss arrived by 11:30.

Next they wheeled me to the operating room, where they require you deliver twins.

The doctor on call said he could feel the head and this would be easy. They would break my water and after a few pushes, Twin A would be out.

Adam and Jack with Sam

I pushed for over an hour. They also hooked me up to oxytocin to increase the speed of my contractions. The doctor tried feeling the head to see if it was in the wrong position but couldn’t tell. He also couldn’t manuever it. He said it was too far up to use foreceps.

Pretty soon we were talking about the c-section again. It was just like when we tried with Jack. He was facing down, but not budging. After 10 more minutes of pushing, we decided on surgery.

Samuel Evan Calisoff (aka twin A) was born at 2:21am May 3rd. He was 7 pounds and 2 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Ben holding Aaron

Aaron Mark Calisoff (aka twin B) was born at 2:22am May 3rd. He was 6 pounds and 13 ounces and measured 19 and 1/2 inches.

Both boys were healthy, but after delivery I developed a slight temperature. They called it Chorio Amnionitis. I was given a round of antibiotics. The twins were also given a round of antibiotics, even though they didn’t have a fever, as a precaution.

The boys look very similar and I’m still not sure if they are fraternal or identical, but I’m leaning towards fraternal at this point. When Ben came out he looked very similar to Jack but they rapidly distiguished themselves.

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10 thoughts on “Welcome to the World!

  1. Congrats! More boys… crazy! At least you don’t have to buy many new clothes. We have couple gifts coming your way. One is a book so hopefully you have time to read.

  2. Amazing!!! You both (all) are very blessed. Sending our joy & love from AZ. Laura, Mike, ZZ & AJ xo

  3. So excited for the Calisoff gang! The twins lucked out into a great family. PS> I can’t believe your blogging!!!! GET some sleep while you are in the “hospital spa.” The boys are gorgeous!

  4. I am so excited for you. Four boys! You will have so many great stories. I can’t wait to see more pictures of your new babies. Congratulations.

  5. Thanks for the beautiful addition to our family. You are our hero, blogging and taking photos right after delivering 2 full sized twin boys. Lots of love, Bubbie and Grandpa Bill

  6. They are both so cute! We can’t wait to meet them. I can’t believe how much Ben has grown up. Take good care of yourself. This will be a very special Mother’s Day surrounded by your men.

    Love Joy

  7. I cried reading this. And, for the record, you will forever refer to them as Twin A and Twin B. Couple more and you’d have a footy team, Nikki. Well done bringing two beautiful babies into the world. If you were back in HK they’d be high-fiving Adam and going on about Double-Happiness. Twice over! Much love from all of us in Italy xxxx & tanti baci to all your beautiful boys

  8. Congratulations Nikki and all the Calisoff family! I am so delighted for your all. And well done Mama! The twins looks absolutely beautiful.

    Lots of love

  9. Beatiful Babies! Can’t wait to see them.
    Get some rest Nikki, while you can. Congrats to your whole family.
    Love, Jennifer

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