You being here just made my day so THANK YOU. I’m Linds 🙂
You may be wondering who I am and what “Mono Mono Twins” is all about so let’s get to it. But FIRST…
I’ve been with my love, Dave, for a while now. We have our sweet sassy boy, Cody, who is the amazing older bro to his identical twin sister’s, Lua and Lily Mae.
We have one Rottie named King who is about 125 pounds. He is the biggest baby who thinks he’s 10 pounds. And yes, he loves to sit on your lap (you can’t breathe when he does, but it’s cuter than heck).
Speaking of our twinkies, Lua and Lily Mae, they are the inspiration for starting this site, Mono Mono Twins. And how they arrived into this world was life changing, literally.
At 18 weeks pregnant…
Our ultrasound technician broke the news to us by saying, “You know you’re having twins right?”
SURPRISE! Up until this point, Dave and I knew we were having one baby girl (as our 7-week ultrasound only showed one babe).
The word ‘shocked’ doesn’t even describe how we felt in that moment because for OVER half of my pregnancy we thought we were having one baby!
After hearing the word ‘twins’ all sorts of feelings hit us.
Totally elated and petrified, super grateful but can we even do this? I mean twins, taking care of TWO babies, how do you do it?!
Then, Dr. Gee came in to share some MORE shocking news with us…that we are having identical twin girls…specifically, Monoamniotic-Monochorionic (MoMo or Mono Mono) Twins. This is when twins share one placenta in the same amniotic sac, each with their own umbilical cord (no membrane separates the two).
It’s like a free for all in your belly, but with the added risk of cord entanglement or one twin taking more nutrients from the other also known as Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.
That day, our lives changed forever.
Dr. Gee said this was a rare high-risk pregnancy. We were informed Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio ‘ssee MAYBE one to two Mono Mono pregnancies a year (while delivering over 15,000 babies per year). So that tells you how rare it is.
Plus, we were told I would be inpatient starting anywhere from 24 to 28 weeks for constant monitoring until the girls are born (we were fully on board to check in at 24 weeks to increase our chances of the girls being safe). W
Ahh, is this for reals?!
When I checked into high-risk at 24 weeks on June 6, 2022 that’s when our true mono mono twins journey began.
I was on the monitor for up to 8 hours or more a day for the twins heartrates to be watched. If one of their heartrates deceled (which is normal), meaning it dropped, I would be on the monitor longer that day.
After almost 3 weeks in high-risk, the twins decided it was time their time to come! On June 23, 2022 at 6:30am I was on the monitor when Lua’s heartrate dropped and didn’t come back up. The nursing staff and doctor on call that day caught a cord accident on the monitor (thank god)!
I was rushed to the OR (operating room) for an emergency c-section where they had the girls out in 7 minutes. It was definitely a traumatic experience but we are so grateful both girls came out crying with good color.
After the girls were born at 27 weeks, they were rushed to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) where they faught everyday. After almost 5 months in the NICU both of our girls were discharged home before the holidays.
Especially, when it comes to a high-risk pregnancy experience, NICU life, twin life, and parenthood. I’m here to share with you our experience to help you live your best busy parent life! And Dave will continue to make cameo appearances from time to time. 😉
Speaking of living your best parent life…do you ever nerd out on something so hard that it changes your life?
That’s what happened to me…
In early 2020 I created my first blog called Intensive Therapy for Kids which slowly grew over time.
I had no clue what I was doing! I dived into training videos, articles, and anything I could get my hands on how to learn blogging and SEO (search engine optimization).
I was obsessed, hooked, and quickly became a blog nerd overnight.
Today, blogging has personally been life-changing for me and my family. More importantly, I love providing blogging tips to inspire other busy parents if they are looking to create a side hustle!
With that said, sharing my experience to help twin parents thrive in life is what I feel I meant to do.
Until the next post, I’m sending you all the positive parent vibes!