I've been thinking about that day and going through pictures of their life. Bear with me as I reminisce.
I asked my doctor several different times during the early exams if he thought I was having twins because I was getting so big. He told me that he could only hear one heart beat so not to worry. At 7 1/2 months, he finally sent me in for an x-ray - yes, you heard me right, an x-ray - to verify my suspicion.
The x-ray showed two babies, one head down, the other feet down. Other than my regular checkups, that was the last time anything was done to check on the status of the babies.
The last two weeks I was put on partial bed rest and took phenobarbitol because of toxemia.
The morning of the 9th, I had a doctor appointment. My mother took me because I wasn't supposed to drive because of the drug I was taking. Besides, we didn't have a tilt steering wheel on the old Chevy and I had a hard time fitting in the driver's seat.
When I got to the office, I was having labor pains. The doc checked me and said, "Yes, you are in labor and you're dilated to a 3 so...go on home and when the pains are 4 minutes apart get to the hospital! WHAT? Being naive and trusting my doctor, I went home. My mother was wringing her hands and telling me I needed to get to the hospital but I insisted I was OK.
At 1:00 in the afternoon, Mom called Andy at work and told him to come and take me to the hospital. Andy finished typing up a report, cleaned up his desk and then came home. By the time he got home, I was having pains pretty steady and my water broke. We got in the car and sped the 15 miles to the hospital.
By the time I got to the hospital, I was dilated to a 9 and Candice's foot was already out! Yikes! Both babies were delivered breech. Candice was born first. She weighted 7 lbs 4 oz. Camille came 7 minutes later at 7 lbs 14 oz. It was quite the day!
Today was a good day. We took C & C to lunch at Macaroni Grill.
Both Candice and Camille are strong, talented, beautiful women. They're good mothers and fabulous daughters. I'll end with a video of a Happy Birthday song sung in Italian at the restaurant.
Happy Birthday Candice and Camille! We love you!