Our Stay in the Maternity Ward

Our time in the hospital was often occupied with visiting friends and family, which is exactly what we wanted.  It was neat to see everyone so excited over our two new babies.

Coolest thing about having twins: When two people visit, they can both hold a baby!

We tried to snap a photo of each guest holding both babies at the same time.  People’s faces instantly light up when they’re holding two newborns.  I mean, it’s not something that you do everyday, right?

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Fine, I’ll just say it so everyone knows: I didn’t spend a single night at the hospital with my wife.

She insisted that I went home each night to be with our dogs, who were still the loves of her life.  But really, I think she just wanted to have sleepovers with her best friend, like she had been doing since their friendship began in first grade.  This is a great place for an old photo of these two BFFs.

Each night at 8:00, Katy would walk into our room wearing sweatpants and carrying her overnight bag and pillow.  I’d stick around for a few minutes and then take off, passing the baton to Katy-Daddy.  Katy helped Megg with night feedings and diaper changes and kept meticulous notes about feeding and dirty diapers.

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I woke up each morning, fed and walked our dogs, gave them kisses from Mom, and reported back for the day shift in the maternity ward.  I would find the two girls having breakfast, holding babies, and being besties.

It was perfect.

My wife got some rest, our best friend got quality time with the babies, and the dogs were still feeling the love.

The rest of our stay was routine, or as far as “routine” can be with twins who are just a few days old.

Because our friends were just down the hall, and we wanted to live our lives as normally as possible, we had a small get-together one night, complete with snacks and beers, like we have done for the past few years.  Nurses would pop in and see that patients from down the hall were in our room.  They would check their charts to make sure they were in the right room, and we would explain our friendship to them, while hiding our adult beverages like we were sneaky high school kids.

This whole twin-parenting thing wouldn’t be too bad!

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On our final day, Mom was still pretty exhausted and recovering from her c-section, and we decided that we would ask for another night in the hospital, mostly so we could continue to make the most of their amazing staff.  We made sure that we rehearsed our lines for the plea, in order to make our case as powerful as possible.

Then the time came.

The doctor heard our request and came to discuss it with us.

We didn’t really have to make too much of an argument actually, and the sympathetic doctor did all of the work for us.

She literally took my wife’s hands in hers and said, “Mom, you just had major surgery and now you have twins.  Babycakes, it’s a no brainer, you’re staying.”

I swear, I almost hugged the woman.  We were prepared to cry and beg, but we didn’t even have to!

What a relief.  So we hunkered down for our final night