Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Babies Are Here!

This blog post written by Tiffany, Surrogate Mother

Sadly, I don't have much energy to write a full blog post today, or even correct the typos, but will give some small updates until we can write out the big day of the birth.

Readers digest version, my water broke about 2:15pm on Friday, November 9th 2012 - the exact day the babies turned 34 weeks gestation.  I was in the middle of doing a 24 hour urinalysis, collecting urine for 24 hours to test to see if I had pre eclampsia (high blood pressure and swelling led my doctor to think I may). We arrived at the hospital around 3:15 and James and Natalie made it around 4:30.  The babies were born shortly after, via vaginal delivery, no epideral (although I did finally call for one and he was about to put it in when Baby A came out, more on that later).   Parker was born at 7:30pm weighing 4lb 14 oz and 18 1/4 in and Levi was born at 7:42 weighing 4lbs 3.9 oz and 17 1/2 inch.

They have been in the NICU fighting strong to eat.  Natalie has been pumping her breast milk and was even able to nurse Levi at one point.  They both needs strong thoughts right now, or if it's prayers you do, you can do that too.  They are sleeping lots but need to be holding down some food soon.   Since they were only 34 weeks, they still a ways to go and are not out of the woods yet.

I lost 1,000 cc's of blood during delivery and tore in some fun places (more on that later), and ended up having severe pre eclampsia. I do feel pretty sick and very weak, but I also feel on the mend.  I am still in the hospital and waiting to see the doctor today if she will let me go home.  I love being taken care of by this amazing staff but I also miss my boys so much and would love to go home soon.

As a result of being so sick, I have not see the babies yet!   I was able to see Parker very briefly during delivery as James was holding him next to me when I delivered Levi, but if was so fast.  I tried Friday and yesterday several times to go to the bathroom and then hope to go to the wheel chair to go see them but have been too sick. We are hoping today my body will let me and I can be wheeled into the nursery to see my nephews, the little men I grew for the past 8 months.

I will write more of the full birth story later and updates on the twins when I am not so weak.  Thank you everyone for all the comments, emails, messages, meal train, love, prayers, thoughts,  We have been joyously overwhelmed by this community that has given us so much strength.   

Also thank you to my amazing husband who has been taking care of the kids alone for so many months, working, taking care of me, and then filmed the whole birth, sound, film etc, handled the updates and phone calls with friends and family AND still stood my side when I was sick and needing him during one of the craziest births ever.   He needs a champagne bubble bath STAT.

In the mean time, I am so happy for James and Natalie to have their two new sons in the world to love and raise.  It's going to be an even more amazing journey than this one.

Some photos taken by my amazing friend Jen Martin Studios  after the birth, more to come later.

James, Natalie, Sean, Hunter and Tiffany all together after the birth of the twins.


  1. So proud of you and so very excited for your family. Thank you for updating us and please take care to rest and recover. Bless you Tiffany.

  2. You are amazing and an inspiration!! God Bless you all and I will pray for the babies and you!

  3. Congrtulations to all of you! :) I hope you get feeling better. Praying for you all!

  4. Congrats on the natural labor you were hoping for and a HUGE congrats on not being pregnant anymore. Now, go have a glass of wine, you deserve it!

  5. Congratulations to everyone on this amazing delivery! I am so sorry you are sick and will be thinking of you. My boys spent 20 days in St. Joe's special care nursery from 32w4d gestation to 35w when they were discharged. The nurses there were wonderful - Levi and Parker are in good hands!

  6. Congratulations! I was a bit worried when I heard your water broke, I am however relieved to see that the babies are a good size for their gestation. My son was born at 28 weeks and weighed 2lb 8oz and just turned 2 and you would never know he was an early bird. These little men will never cease to amaze everyone who encounters them, and you should be proud that you carried them as long as you did!

  7. Congratulations! What a wonderful heart warming act of love you have done. Sending prayers and blessings to all of you.

  8. Wow. Ive been following your blot. So impressed with all of you. Congrats. Your in my prayers. Jenn

  9. You are seriously one amazing woman. Congrats on the delivery and congrats to your family for such beautiful babies. May you, your brother/SIL, your nephews and your entire family be blessed beyond belief.

  10. Congrats to Everyone! You guys have such an amazing family! Love you Tiff! ;)

  11. Congrats to ALL of you! You are truly an inspiration to so many women and families! May you heal quickly as I am sure you will be a hands-on auntie and those babies will never know how much they were wanted!

  12. Amazing the whole story Tiffany. What a gift you have so selflessly given to them. I hope you recover quickly and get back to your normal self, and the babies begin to thrive quickly!

  13. My congratulations go out to all of you. Tiffany, you did a great job. Take care of yourself. You are a true heroine. I pray that you heal quickly and feel more like your old self soon. I also pray that those little guys do all the things that they need to so they can go home and be with their Mommy and Daddy and Hunter.

  14. Lots of love and prayers to the precious boys and amazing family! Xoxo Carly (also an intended mommy)

  15. I just found your amazing story. I can't say enough how generous you are to do this for your brother and his wife. I am in awe of all of you! Congratulations to everyone and I hope you start to deep better soon and the boys get to go home soon too! God bless you all!

  16. Congratulations! A really amazing journey and outcome. I will send all my thoughts to you and your family. I look forward to following the rest of your journey.

  17. Amazing!!! Good luck and all the best to babies, parents, you, and all your family!!!

  18. Congratulations! Praying for a speedy recovery for you and the twins! This is such an amazing and inspirational story!! May God bless you Tiffany for the amazing blessing you were able to give your brother and his wife! So happy for you all!!!

  19. You are amaaaaaaaazing !
    Praying for you and the sweet boys !

    from Belgium

  20. Tiffany, I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you many times a day and of your family and your journey. I have so much love in my heart for you, lady! Sending you get well thoughts and lots and lots of love. <3

  21. great job with those babies!! Congrats to the whole family.

  22. Congratulations to the new parents and to Tiffany for giving such amazing gift. The twins are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your journey and for being so open about the process.

  23. Congratulations to all. Praying for good health and speedy recovery.

  24. Congrats to y'all. You're very kind Tiffany and you make me actually speechless with your story and all what you do. It's inspirational. Take care of yourself and recover the soonest. May GOD keep His eyes on you, on the babies and the rest of the family.
    Big Kiss.

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