Our Babies

Well, they’ve made their grand entrance into the world. And as my husband so eloquently put it – they are pure joy. Real happiness.

I believe this will be the single most powerful blog I have ever had the privilege to post, as our lives will be forever changed… And yet, I cannot find words that are euphoric enough to explain what I’m feeling. So please just allow me to introduce the newest additions to the Webster family.

This is Faythe Nicole Webster, born March 16, 2011 at 10:37 am:

And this is Braxton Jason Webster, born March 16, 2011 at 10:38 am:

I’m sorry My Stable Life went MIA for a few days, but I’m sure you can all understand. The twin babies my husband and I weren’t expecting for at least another month had their own schedule and as such, we had to oblige. However their birth, wasn’t without a great set of challenges.

You see, on March 16 our twins were only 32 weeks old at that point. All along, Clay and I were very aware that we had a high risk pregnancy going, but the hope was to make it at least to 36-37 weeks of gestation. That was the plan. Things had been going along fairly smoothly right from the beginning, so we had no reason to suspect anything would change our plans. A few more weeks – we’d have time to finish up the nursery, get things in place on the farm to prepare for my complete absence and then we’d settle in and wait for them.

However, nothing about last Tuesday went according to our plans.

There I was on Tuesday, March 15, eating my lunch at our kitchen table – one minute. And in the next minute – placental abruption began to occur. Scary moment #1. There was no changing the situation – you can never plan or prepare for things like that. All you can do is deal with them the best you can.

In a flash, my husband was racing me to the hospital since we didn’t feel we had time to wait for an ambulance. Of course, we hit every red light on the way there. And then as Clay proceeded to stop our car right at the doors of the Emergency Room, my husband was met instantly by three burly security guards who insisted he “couldn’t park there.” Understandably so. Our vehicle could have blocked an ambulance. Still, we had an emergency of our own going on.

After I was finally registered and Clay made a mad dash to properly park and run back across to the ER, he had me in a wheelchair and was rushing me up to the labour & birth unit. Clay was faster than the porters. (The below photo was not taken during our initial frantic trip to the hospital, March 15. Clay was not so smiley at that point.)

In the next couple of minutes, a team of nurses and doctors were assessing me and I finally started to breath a sigh of relief. I thought that now that I was actually in the right place, in the hospital, things would start to improve. Perhaps I could get some medicine that would stop what was happening… Give me a little time to keep the babies in my belly… Get them to 37 weeks of gestation…

Despite all of my wishing and praying – my hopes couldn’t have been further from the truth. My situation was becoming dire for both the babies and I. And as it turned out, the Regina General Hospital didn’t have room for us or any more premature babies in their Neonatal unit. We were now seriously trying to wrap our heads around the fact that we were going to be airlifted to another city. And the nurses couldn’t tell us where. Scary moment #2.

Minot, ND, Saskatoon, SK, and Fargo, ND, were all tossed around as the top 3 list of places we would likely be transferred to. None of which I wanted to go to. If we couldn’t get to Calgary or Edmonton where family was, I really didn’t want to go anywhere. And as it turned out, there wasn’t time enough to go anywhere anyways. Scary moment #3.

With the help of medicine and a dose of steroids to speed the babies’ lung development up, we made it to the morning. And as soon as dawn broke, my doctors had to make a critical decision. I had lost a lot of blood by this time. I was prepped immediately for surgery.

Our doula, Sonya Duffee.

My C-section was over fairly quickly and for the first time in my life, I got a glance at the two beautiful babes I had only seen through ultrasound images up to this point. Then, they were whisked away to the Neonatal unit and I was sent to recovery. Both babes had swallowed a lot of blood during the delivery and I had lost even more. With Clay and our doula, Sonya Duffee by my side, several hours passed. Those hours turned into 2 days where I required 2 lifesaving blood transfusions to get my hemoglobin back to normal parameters. I was unable to visit my babies during this time, let alone hold them, because I was too weak to get out of bed.

But finally as things started to improve, Clay was able to wheel me down to Neonatal in a wheelchair so together, we could start the bonding process of our new family. As I look at the pictures over the past week, I barely recognize myself. I am swollen, weak and but a shadow of myself in some of them. But none of that matters, because I can now call myself a Mommy.

• Thank-you to our family and friends and the hundreds of people who have contacted us in the last little while with your kind words and congratulation wishes.

• Thank-you to the complete stranger who held my hand at the Emergency registration desk, while I waited for Clay to park the car. I will never know your name but your kindness in that terrifying moment of my life will never be forgotten.

• Thank-you to all the doctors and nurses who took care of me in the last week and especially to the nurses in the Neonatal unit for your continued round-the-clock care of our children.

• Thank-you to Sonya Duffee for all your wisdom, kindness and support to both Clay and I.

My sister.

• Thank-you to my sister, Nicole, for everything you did to help us in the last few days.

• And thank-you most of all, to my husband for your unwavering love, strength and support in such a critical moment in time. I so look forward to the next phase of our lives as parents.

Comments

  1. stacey huska says:

    very touching, and emotional, thank you for sharing. so glad to hear you are all doing well.

  2. As we finish reading this, I’m looking through some teary eyes . . . and so it should be. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story – these treasures are so welcomed.
    BTW – Tony wants to know what happened to the security guards?

  3. Susan Torris says:

    Thank you Jennifer, you’ve brought me to tears with this beautiful story. Congratulations to all of you, blessings and love…….

  4. Myrna Vallance says:

    Hey cousin in-law, I cryed all the way though reading that…..soooo happy for you two. :-D

  5. Thank yuo for sharing. Brought back some memories of mine – truly a special time and, as you put it – pure joy!

  6. Ruth Dunbar says:

    Congratulations Jenn/Clay on the arrival of your of Braxton and Faythe. I’m so happy to hear that you are all doing well. Enjoy your time with them.

  7. WOW, glad everyone is doing out well and thank you for sharing your touching story. Congrats

  8. Kris Canaday says:

    Hey Jen, thanks for sharing. I had tears in my ears through the whole story. God bless all 4 of you!

  9. Auntie Sherry and Uncle B says:

    Read this with tears in my eyes. You are such a beautiful writer. Thanks for sharing with all of us. I can’t wait to kiss and hug those sweet angels. Take good care of yourself – Love, Sherry and Brian

  10. Peter and Shane says:

    Dear Clay and Jenn,
    Congratulations to you both and thank you for the heart warming story of their arrival and the wonderful pictures. Take care, and we look forward to hearing more.

  11. Chrissy Mosby says:

    To You Both – congrats and thank god for miracles that happen to us and for us. Can’t wait to meet the new additions tot he Webster Clan
    Love the Mosby’s

  12. Priscilla says:

    Wow – what an amazing story. As usual, your writing is captivating – but your authentic journey through this experience is most inspiring. All the very best to you Jen and Clay, and your beautiful two new tiny bundles of treasure.
    Can’t wait to hear about the upcoming joy-filled adventures unfolding for your family…
    from the Unger family

  13. Congratulations Jennifer and Clay! Wishing you all the joy and happiness that twins bring! Your babies are beautiful! Enjoy your new little family!! All the BEST!
    The Drake Family

  14. Judy Warnick says:

    Dear Clay and family: Warmest Wishes and Congratulations! You are so blessed. I love the babies names. We are so happy that your Dad called us in Cochrane to share your wonderful news. Wishing you the very best and looking forward to hearing about the childrens progress, as well as your business success. Hugs, Judy and Barry Warnick xox

  15. Amazing babies you have! Beautiful!

  16. Allen and Lynda Herbst says:

    Jenn and Clay—Congratulations !!! We like the names of your babies….
    Recover well and enjoy those precious gifts.

  17. Those are such adorable pictures – I remember when the onsies didn’t fit my girls either (and they were full term) – your babes are beautiful and so are you Jenn – I love the natural mom look that you have taken on – you ALL take on the beautiful beginnings of a great family!!

  18. Crying again, I congratulate You and Clay…I know you will take care of each other and the precious little bundles that have blessed your life…Try and get some rest OK Jenn!

  19. Brenda & Mike says:

    Congratulations Jenn and Clay – All the Best !

    There’s two to wash,
    Two to dry
    Two who argue
    And two who cry.
    There’s two to kiss
    Two to hug
    And best of all
    Two to Love!

  20. what a wonderful touching story Jen thanks for sharing. good health to all
    please keep us posted on their progress

  21. Aloha to the new keiki. Well done, Jenn and Clay. We are so looking forward to meeting the little ones this summer. Do they have fishing rods yet?

  22. Patti James says:

    Hi Jenn & Clay:
    Cried as I read – tears as I shared the fear you felt, then tears of joy. Your babies are so beautiful, as are both of you. How lucky they are, to have chosen you as their parents. Congratulations, again, from both Fred and I.

  23. Wayne MacRae says:

    Congratulations to you both. Glad to hear everyone is in good health.

  24. Hi Jenn, I am so excited for you both, with a lifetime of laughter. Wonderfull news that you and babies are doing well.

    Wishing you, Clay, Faythe and Braxton a lifetime of love, happiness and laughter..

    Lots of love to you all.

    Lori

  25. The doula says:

    So wonderful to read your posts- you are wonderful, loving parents. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your support team.

  26. Robert & Sonja Teece says:

    WOW! We missed a couple of weeks & finally caught up on all of the excitement. The Websters are a beautiful family. Congratulations & lol to the four of you.

    Robert & Sonja

  27. Arlene Hepburn says:

    Congratulations – Jenn thank you for sharing. Busy times ahead but you guys are well organized and such patient people. Look forward to seeing Braxton and Faythe – God Bless.

  28. Sherry & Phil says:

    Can’t wait to meet the “instant” family!! As they say . . . two are better than one!!

  29. As always, you guys take the road less travelled!! I can only imagine how scary it must have been . . . but in true “Webster” style you delivered – two absolutely gorgeous little ones!! Faythe and Braxton can look forward to an adventurous life with two very special people!!

  30. Just read this…you are hopefully home by now or at least home is on the horizon – congrat’s to the both of you.

  31. to do: ride a horse “down the fence”
    watch: watching Reined Cow Horse – the reined work combined with fence work really show the talent, style & training these horses have

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