Ellie & Lyla’s Birth Story

Giving birth is the most rewarding challenge life has to offer! Today I’m talking all about the Birth Story of my beautiful twins, Ellie and Lyla.

Newborn Twin Girls Laying on a Blanket in Long-Sleeved Pink Pajamas

Ellie & Lyla’s Birth Story

I am so happy to announce that Ellie Renee and Lyla Marie are here! They surprised us by coming 3 days early — on August 15th, 2014!

I was scheduled for a c-section for Monday, August 18th at 7:30 am (which would have put me at 37 weeks and 2 days). With one of the girls breach and the other sitting way too high, we weren’t going to be able to try a natural delivery.

I went in Friday afternoon for my final check up (I had been doing weekly ultrasounds for the past 10 weeks) expecting a quick in and out final check. Jorge had gone with me to every appointment, but this last appointment fell during his final call with his new boss before he left for paternity leave. So it was just me and my big belly off to the doctor.

My pregnancy had been absolutely perfect with no issues at all, but Friday my blood pressure was severely elevated and my amniotic fluid had suddenly dropped in a week. My doctor looked at me and said, “Are you ready to have babies??”.

A Father Kissing a Mother on the Forehead After her C-Section

I immediately called Jorge and my Mom and told them to rush to the hospital. My doctors office is attached to the hospital, so I just walked on over and they immediately started getting me hooked up to everything.

By this point, I was starting to get really nervous. I had prepared myself mentally for a c-section, but in my head I still had till Monday. I had wanted to go to Target one last time…clean my house…finish up some work stuff…and I just really thought I had the weekend to tie up all the loose ends. The sudden change put me on edge.

I was fully prepped and ready to go before anyone had made it to the hospital. They told me they would wait for Jorge before they wheeled me down to the operating room. Thankfully he made it exactly at the same time as my Mom and Mother in Law, so I was able to give hugs and get some words of encouragement before we headed into surgery.

Doctors and Nurses Preparing for Birth with One Giving a Peace Sign to the Camera

Jorge had to wait outside of the operating room while they got me settled in and gave me the spinal (like an epidural, but only has to be injected once and fully blocks pain from your chest down). I’m not going to lie, I was terrified of the needle going into my spine. They have you lean forward, clutch a pillow to your chest and arch your spine…which is nearly impossible to do around a giant pregnant belly.

So here I am, holding this pose and I feel a big bee sting. I’m waiting for the second injection that they said would be the larger needle and realized it had already been done. The part I was the most scared of was nothing!

They had me lay back, Jorge came into the room and sat by my head and then the surgery began.

Two Newborns Being Tended to by Doctors Directly Following their Birth

Before I knew it, we were hearing cries and Ellie was born at 5:02pm weighing 5 lbs and 15 oz. Lyla followed her just a few minutes later at 5:04pm weighing 6 lbs and 1 oz. My Dr. showed us the girls as the nurses handed them off to check up on them. They allowed Jorge to go with the girls and watch them get cleaned up and get their tests run.

While he was off with the girls, they kept working on me. I hadn’t felt anything at all up until this point…but I definitely felt the pressure now. It was the most uncomfortable part of the entire surgery, but was never truly painful.

A Nurse Bringing Newborn Twins to the Mother and Father Right After Birth

Then before I knew it, the girls were being brought over for me to finally see them. It was terrible to not be able to grab them and squeeze them and stare at them for hours. But in just those few moments, I had already fallen so hard in love. I had tears constantly falling down my face (I am NOT a cryer) and couldn’t believe those two little babies were mine.

A Mother and Father in Hospital Wear with their Two Newborn Baby Girls

Jorge then left with the girls and they finished getting me all put back together. Just a few minutes later, I was being wheeled back up to my original birthing suite where I would spend the rest of my hospital stay. Once I got into the room, they immedately handed me both Lyla and Ellie to hold. It was pure bliss. I couldn’t stop staring at their faces and hugging them as close as possible. Instant love is a magical thing.

Two Newborn Baby Girls Laying in a Hospital Crib with Hats on

The girls checked out in perfect health. Throughout our stay, they passed all their tests with flying colors and were eating like champs. I however was not quite up to snuff. They started me on Pitocin to make my uterus contract and shrink back to normal size and I started having severe nausea and vomiting, which caused me to have some severe blood loss and hemorrhaging. Thankfully they were eventually able to get it under control, but I am now severely anemic and have very low blood count/platelets.

Newborn Twins Swaddled Together and Sleeping Right After their Birth

While in the hospital, they had me do two blood transfusions. They did not raise my levels very much and I was told it would just take time for my body to bounce back. We were all discharged from the hospital together on Monday and by Tuesday afternoon I was heading back up to the hospital.

Leaving my babies after a day of being home with them was possibly the worst thing I have experienced as a Mom so far. I could barely keep it together while my Mom rushed me back to the hospital. I wasn’t worried about myself, I just didn’t want to leave my girls.

Newborns Ellie and Lyla Sleeping with Knitted Pink and White Hats

Thankfully I ended up only having to stay at the hospital for about 7 hours and was able to go home that night. I am now on a ton of medications, a very high iron and vitamin c diet, and essentially bed rest. I am so incredibly thankful to have such an amazing husband and wonderful parents. They have all stepped up their game to really help fill in where I can’t.

Since we have been home, Ellie and Lyla have continued to impress us with their super newborn abilities…like sleeping 5 hours at a stretch last night! We also had our first pediatrician appointment and she said they are some of the healthiest twins she has seen in a long time. Ellie and Lyla are also already such happy babies. They chatter and coo at each other and us all day long. They love to be snuggled and rarely cry. The only thing they hate so far? Clothing changes!

Baby Lyla in a Pink Hat Holding my Finger While she Sleeps

People say it all the time, but these babies truly are our two little miracles. We thank God every day to be where we are now compared to a year ago.

Please send speedy recovery thoughts my way and in the mean time, I will be off getting baby snuggles on the couch. 😉 If you aren’t already, follow me on instagram (or Facebook) for new pictures/updates on Ellie & Lyla!


Update: Lyla & Ellies Newborn Photos

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73 Responses
  1. Casey

    Can’t wait for more updates! I’m sure you’re starting to see the differences in them already. Judging by the pics Ellie seems like the spitfire, Lyla looks so serene!

  2. Rachel Cooks

    Crying happy tears for you. They are so sweet and perfect! Glad you’re all doing okay — sounds like your family is taking good care of you. Will be sending prayers for complete healing!

  3. Heather

    A GREAT BIG congrats to you and Jorge!! Your girls are perfect and beautiful and I wish all four of you all the happiness!!!

  4. Sam J.

    I came for the Nutella recipe and stayed for the adorable babies. :). So cute!
    My own daughter came by (surprise)c-section too, last year–a week late! So I totally feel for you on the nerves there. 🙂 enjoy all the snuggles you can get now! When they get older, they get too squiggly to snuggle as often. Hopefully you’ll be back to feeling semi-normal soon!

  5. Katie

    Congratulations! The girls are absolutely precious! Similar thing happened to me on my 40 week appointment. My blood pressure was elevated and amniotic fluids were low. I was induced 2 days later. I too freaked out when we were getting ready for the hospital and at the hospital. No prep can get you ready for birthing a child. I was scared about the epidural but after 11 hours of intense labor pains I didn’t think twice. Not sure if I could ever do it not being in labor. Lol it’s awesome you have hands-on parents. We had limited hekp our first few weeks and it was rough. Hang in there and rest as much as humanly possible!

  6. DessertForTwo

    I’m in tears over here! I’m so happy happy happy for you guys! They are the most perfect twins ever! You get to say ‘THE GIRLS’ the rest of your life. Such a beautiful thing.

    Keeping you (and your new sweet family) in my thoughts and prayers.

    It’s times like these when I wish we lived closer so I could bring you an iron-rich dinner. I have a feeling in the future, bloggers will be able to push a button and a recipe from our site will instantly appear at your house!

    Much love and happiness!,

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    What an amazing story!! I have chills just reading it. Wishing you a speedy recovery my sweet friend! Enjoy every second… I know you will.

  8. Ashley

    Awww, they are absolutely adorable!!!! Such sweet baby faces and those lips are killing me!! Sending you thoughts + hugs for a speedy recovery. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to be on bed rest after the babes are born. Hang in there girl! So happy to hear how healthy Ellie and Lyla are! xo!

  9. Patricia D'Ambra

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girls. You and Jorge did good!! I’m sending prayers & good wishes your way for a quick & healthy recovery.

  10. Becca from It's Yummi!

    I’m SO happy for you! I know how scary and yuk it feels to be so anemic… I truly hope that your body recovers quickly.

    The girls are just beautiful <3

  11. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Congrats! Your babies are so stinking cute. I could just eat them up. And yes, definitely sending you good thoughts your way for a speedy recovery. I am so stalking your IG for more baby pictures. I think I should tell Jason I’m ready for kids now 🙂

  12. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    So fun to read your story. I have twin boys and although it’s been 18 years I remember getting the spinal and then having them delivered almost just like you described it. Kiss your angels for me. They grow up way too fast.

  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    BABIES!!! This story is the best and your girls are the cutest. Congratulations and best of luck friend!! xoxo

  14. Diana

    This might be a silly question but I don’t think you’ve mentioned before, and it’s probably early to tell (?), but are they identical?

  15. Angie

    I am so sorry to hear about your difficulty after delivery. Hoping you recover soon, I know it’s a long process. At least those girls are perfectly healthy, and perfectly beautiful too, just like Mama!

  16. stitchin_mama

    Congratulations on the arrival of your little girls. They are beautiful which is usually the case with c-section babies. No stress from the delivery. Sorry you are having issues but hopefully they will soon straighten out and you will be back to your usual self. Enjoy each day as you watch these little ones grow. Take lots of pictures. Too soon these moments pass into memories.

    PS – our almost daughter had their little girl on Aug. 18th. Her name is Carrisa Elana.

  17. Ashley @ My Midwest Table

    Congratulations! What little beauties your girls are! Definitely sending positive thoughts your way. I’m glad to hear you’re doing better, and the girls are healthy! Enjoy those baby snuggles!

  18. KitW

    Oh, such beautiful girls. Such a blessing. I pray for a speedy recovery for you and a great life with these darling babies!

  19. Alaina {Fabtastic Eats}

    They’re absolutely beautiful!!! I shed a few tears reading through this, I am so happy for you both! (You’re making me want to try for another!) I hope you begin feeling better soon, nothing harder than being away from your babies! Congratulations!!

  20. Tess

    Your daughters are beautiful! I am tearing up reading your blog. Thanks for sharing such special moments with all of us. I wish I could hold them! Congratulations to you and Jorge!

  21. Lydia

    Ha I’m such a mom now… I’m definitely crying as I read that. Makes me want another!! It is such an amazing experience. Glad to hear the girls are doing so well and praying you heal up as quickly as possible!

  22. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I’m so happy for you and Jorge, and thrilled to hear how healthy those beautiful babies are. I hope that your recover is quick so you can start to enjoy those sweet girls even more!

  23. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    Congrats!! That’s the thing with babies, no matter how much you plan they still come when they are ready!

  24. Crystal

    Congrats! They are beautiful, the healing is a slow process when you have a C-section take your time and remember to press that pillow on your belly often. Look forward to more pictures soon 🙂

  25. Auntiepatch

    5+ & 6+ twins? Way to go! My twin sister was 3+ & I was 2+ when we arrived 6 weeks early.

    The best is yet to come!

  26. Elizabeth Hirshom

    Congratulations to you and Jorge! Enjoy every minute! Sleep when you can! These darlings will be cooking with you before you know it. They are sooo beautiful.

  27. Arlene

    One day, you will look back and not remember any difficulties. May I say, they are absolutely beautiful. I’m so so happy for you and your husband. May you have many blessed days with these two beauties!!

  28. raquel from J.C.

    Congratulations! God bless you, your husband and your beautiful girls! What beautiful babies!
    I hope you recover your health pretty soon.
    I was talking about you a few days ago because we were making your gnocchi for lazy girls. Let me tell you: this recipe has been a blessing to my family! Everybody participates and when we seat down to eat we feel great as a family and as a team. I’m sure you will do the same with your family in the near future!
    Again, God bless you all!

  29. Tricia Cole

    Congratulations!! I’m hoping and praying for your speedy recovery, I can’t wait to watch your girls grow up, it’s always amazing to watch little babies grow up to children, good luck and feel better soon!

  30. Julia Pickrum

    Even though your recovery has been difficult (sorry to hear), you have been blessed with two beautiful little ladies who will be the joy of your life. You are also blessed to have a wonderful husband and family. May God bless you all.

  31. Emma

    Congratulations. So lovely to hear about such happy healthy babies. So hard to have to leave them behind but so good that you got to get back to them so quickly. I had to leave my 1 week old because my appendix burst sometime around or just after she arrived. Hardest thing ever but was always just so happy that she was healthy. Enjoy your girls and take all the time you need to rest and recover, it can’t be rushed!

  32. Sharifah

    Hello Jessica! Congratulations to u & Jorge for the arrival of 2 bundles of joy!
    Ellie & Lyla are gorgeous! Do enjoy every moment being a mother. It’s the most difficult but satisfying job.
    I wish you have a smooth & speedy recovery. Always be happy & stay positive.
    I would like to thank u for your wonderful cake recipes.

  33. Natalie @ Paper & Birch

    Wow Jessica, Ellie and Lyla are beautiful! Congratulations to you and Jorge 🙂 I am sending you big thoughts of recovery. Enjoy your snuggles 🙂

  34. Mallori

    Congratulations!!!! They are beautiful! My twin and I are 4 minutes apart and weighed in at 6.4 oz each. How much did your angels weigh? I’m so happy for you, definitely wish the best and that you feel better soon!

  35. Amy @ Fearless Homemaker

    Speedy recovery vibes your way! They are SO precious. And in the second to last pic, the twin on the right looks EXACTLY like you right there. Mini Jessica!

  36. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    Hope you’re starting to bounce back and feel better soon! Big congratulations–they are so beautiful! 🙂

  37. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Fantastic! Congratulations- they are adorable. I hope you feel better soon. Enjoy every second of being a mommy 🙂

  38. Nicole, RD

    Aww, they are PERFECT! I am just about 6 weeks behind you and I can’t wait to meet my baby girl. Wishing you a speedy recovery so you can dote on those amazing little girls 🙂

  39. Maggie Franklin

    Congratulations! They are truly gorgeous, sorry to hear about your complications! Enjoy your snuggles with those sweet girls!

  40. Dianna

    Praying that you will be good as new in no time! I’m so glad the girls are healthy & strong, I’m sure that must take a lot of the stress off your shoulders. You did a great job! Congratulations on your little miracles again & enjoy every second of those baby snuggles… Thanks for sharing your story! xo

  41. Nancy

    Your two little angels are perfectly adorable! I’m so sorry you had problems, but it sounds like you’re really on the mend now. Bless your precious family! ❤

  42. Flavia

    Hi Jessica! Congratulations to you and Jorge on the girls! They are beautiful! I so enjoyed seeing your baby bump grow on your Instagram feed and you glowed for your entire pregnancy. I will keep you in my daily prayers for a speedy recovery. Although I am not a mama myself, I hope you don’t mind me giving you advice to take it easy and take care of yourself so you heal up completely. Enjoy the pampering for a while because sooner than you know it, you’ll be running after two little girls! 🙂 Much love and blessings to you and your family. Flavia xo

  43. Jessica of My Baking Heart

    Do you remember our talk as we flew out of Idaho almost two years ago? 🙂 Amazing how quickly time flies… the girls are absolutely breathtaking and I am over the moon excited for you & Jorge! Here’s to a speedy recovery, Jess (and hoping I can see you soon!)!

  44. Denise | @addicted2recipe

    I am so excited for you! Hate that you had a difficult recovery but thankful you are home with your beautiful daughters. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Congrats!

  45. Kenneth Fisher

    Congrats! Best wishes and a speedy recovery :). I sympathize with the “it’s to early feeling”. My son was born 5 weeks early in a long story involving Christmas Morning at 3am, the day after Christmas at 3am, a 45 min drive to the hospital done in 30 and being told by the pediatrician “Sometimes they get better, and sometimes they don’t” about my son. Fortunately he is 10 now and in perfect health.

    So congratulations again. Enjoy being a parent and coming to learn that no matter how hard it is it is so incredibly worth it.

  46. Nutmeg Nanny

    I’m sorry to hear about the complications. I know that is something no mom wants to be dealing with they have two new beautiful babies. Congratulations again! They are adorable!

  47. Marie Feighery

    Wow havent you been busy! Congrats to you both on your gorgeous twins and i hope you feel better soon.xoxo

  48. Shaina

    Congratulations! They could not be more perfect. I’m so happy to hear they’re healthy and happy and here. Now get some rest and keep taking care of yourself so you can check out with a similar bill of health! It sounds like Jorge and your parents are making sure you do just that. Love to the entire family!

  49. Cookbook Queen

    So sorry to hear about your difficult recovery — please know that you are in my prayers. And my goodness — what beautiful girls!! They are just so so lovely. I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see them as they grow!!

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