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The quick, traumatic birth of Artemis and Apollo.

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MultipleMama Tue 01-Oct-13 13:13:35

Artemis Sophia and Apollo Sevastyan.

Due: Tuesday, 3rd December 2013.

Born: Tuesday, 1st October 2013.
Time: 05.51am and 06.03am.

Weighing in at 3lbs 1oz and 1lbs 9oz. 15.5 inches and 12 inches long.

From the very start of this pregnancy, it hasn’t been the easiest. Apollo was diagnosed with Oligohydramnios at 9 weeks gestation and then he was diagnosed with severe onset symmetrical IUGR at 20 weeks, they also found out he had a single umbilical artery cord. We were told to prepare for a stillbirth or complications after birth. Our goal was to make it to 28 weeks and we did. I was on and off bed rest and fluid hydration for most of my pregnancy is was boring.

Then we were given the choice at 30 weeks to carry on the pregnancy until I went into labour naturally and have a vaginal birth or deliver early to give them both a fighting chance after I went into preterm labour. Both twins grew stronger and stronger, and I’m so proud of them and myself for making it this far.

On Monday, 23rd September, I was admitted to hospital for contractions and pressure in my pelvis and groin. I had an ultrasound which showed Apollo’s fluids were low, I then had a NST which turned out fine, then I was checked over by my midwife; I was 2cms dilated. I was given steroids and Magnesium, and then another shot of steroids the day after. I was kept on Magnesium until Friday when they finally took me off it in the late afternoon. That stuff is vile but it worked my contractions had stopped. We then decided to be scheduled in for a caesarean on Friday, 4th October.

I last until Tuesday, 1st October. When the contractions came, they hit hard and intense; worse than my previous pregnancies. I was crying in pain but refused all pain meds. Within an hour I was 7cms dilated. I wanted to push even though they kept telling me I wasn’t dilated far enough and I could tear, I was advised by both my midwife and consultant but I couldn’t, it hurt too much to fight against it. Within minutes of them checking me again, my waters broke and I was 8cms dilated. I fought against pushing for 15 minutes before giving in.

After 20 minutes of serious, awful contractions Artemis was born screaming, my consultant lifted her up and announced that my daughter was breathing. I cried. My husband cut the cord, she was then placed on my chest, and she was beautiful and so small. She was taken minutes after to be weighed and checked.

During her birth Apollo’s waters broke and the contractions got stronger once more. 10 minutes later, my tiny baby boy was born but he wasn’t crying, he wasn’t making a sound and the sickest feeling hit my chest. I kept asking is he alive, is he breathing? Then we heard the slightest of whimpers as his cord was cut. My consultant granted my wish and lifted him up so I could see him and told me he was breathing, he was then rushed to be checked over.

He still wasn’t crying, and he was moving little. My husband stayed close to see what was happening. Before I knew what was happening he was rushed up to NICU, his sister following. My husband went with them. I delivered the placentas and was checked over and put in the recovery room.

I wanted to be with my children and it broke my heart. I was forever asking my midwife over and over for updates. My father came in to see me and I told him what had gone on then asked him to place the call to my friend to come collect the placentas and cords, he stayed with me and kept trying to calm me.

It was an hour before I was allowed up to see them and I brought with me pumped milk, in case I could feed my daughter at least, or at least donate it to other mother’s on the ward.

Apollo is currently on a ventilator and Artemis is on high flow oxygen.

Let the journey begin...

CiderwithBuda Tue 01-Oct-13 13:20:20

Wishing you and your little fighters all the very best of luck and strength. X

Manchesterhistorygirl Tue 01-Oct-13 13:23:00

Congratulations, I absolutely love your new babies names. All the very best to them both and you.

heronsfly Tue 01-Oct-13 13:28:28

Congratulations, hope you are all doing well, I really love the names too.

AndThatsWhatIThinkOfYou Tue 01-Oct-13 13:35:15

congratulations thanks thanks

YoureBeingADick Tue 01-Oct-13 13:36:02

thanks congratulatios

NoComet Tue 01-Oct-13 17:00:47

Congratulations and may their journey be as smooth as possible.

out2lunch Tue 01-Oct-13 17:03:28

very best wishes op what a beautiful story x

NomDeClavier Tue 01-Oct-13 17:08:18

Wishing you all the best. Well done them and you for making it so far. This is just the start for your little ones and I'll be thinking of you.

starfish12 Sun 13-Oct-13 02:05:50

Congratulations what little fighters - long may their journey continue. X

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Sun 13-Oct-13 02:10:07

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NatashaBee Sun 13-Oct-13 02:19:00

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TeamSouthfields Sat 19-Oct-13 22:34:47

how.are they both?

bundaberg Sat 19-Oct-13 22:41:21

oh wow multiple, congratulations!!!

fab names (only slightly disappointed not to see Jupiter in the thread title wink )

hoping the pair of them are well and home with you soon. good luck on this journey with them

beachesandbuckets Sat 19-Oct-13 22:46:46

So many congratulations Multiple, you have been a source of comfort to some of the questions I have posted on Multiples, wise beyond your years. Wishing you and your babies the very best of luck, and hope your dh and older children are ok too.

Let us know how your babies get on, and be assured that you have done the very best for them so far. Hope you aren't in too much pain x

MultipleMama Sun 03-Nov-13 21:51:37

Thanks, beaches smile how are you? If you have any more questions or want to talk feel free to pm any time smile DH and the DC are doing great. xxx

TeamSouthfields: Artie is doing good, Apollo is a fighter xx

For anyone who wants to be updated, I mostly update on them here as I lose tracks of the threads and forget who I have/haven't replied too.

TeamSouthfields Wed 27-Nov-13 17:33:16

how is everything? x

MultipleMama Thu 12-Dec-13 15:58:43

Apollo is on his 3rd day of CPAP and doing good and soon to start bf. Artie is homr and nearing 8lbs and continuely growing like a weed smile

BettyMacdonald Thu 12-Dec-13 17:01:52

Fabulous news! Well done to all of you. Love the names you chose, they're fab! Do all your DCs have unusual names? (Nosey!)

BettyMacdonald Thu 12-Dec-13 17:03:48

Oh! Were you the poster who was considering Jupiter? I LOVED that too!

MultipleMama Thu 12-Dec-13 17:07:54

I was! We still love the name Jupiter though, we always will.

They do, well my oldest more so than the rest: Kvothe, Aubrey, Dieter and Domeczek, Artemis and Apollo smile

BettyMacdonald Thu 12-Dec-13 17:12:29

How do you pronounce Kvothe? I love unusual names, unfortunately DH is a bit more mainstream so although our 3 boys don't have the most popular names they still crop up reasonably frequently

hoppinghare Thu 12-Dec-13 17:39:04


MultipleMama Thu 12-Dec-13 17:55:31

Kvothe is named after a character in my favourite book; name of the wind. So unless people have read the book it's pretty unusual.

The best way to learn how to pronounce it is how the author who I've met and the book do; “My name is Kvothe, pronounced nearly the same as ‘Quothe.’"

The Kv sound is a Yiddish term like Kvetch.

Kv + Quothe without the Q = Kvothe. smile

Luckily DH loves usual names too! Thank God, could not do with calling him John or Peter lol smile

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