Lindsey and Chris Schaedig of Shell Rock found out that they were expecting a child on July 5, 2015 and later that same month that it was fraternal twins.
“Our girls Whitney (age 6) and Brooklyn (age 2) were born at Waverly Health Center (WHC), so it was a natural choice to want our twins to be born there as well. I really liked the comfort of the spacious rooms and that all of the equipment for delivery was cleverly disguised in the birthing suite,” stated Lindsey. “It only took a couple minutes to transform the room for delivery.”
The Schaedig’s chose Dr. Stephen Styron, WHC Women’s Clinic, to deliver because of his 34 years in obstetrics and gynecology and his extensive experience with twins.
Baby A – 13 ounces
Baby B – 12 ounces
Starting at 19 weeks, Lindsey had ultrasounds each month at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, High-Risk Obstetrics Care Clinic in Waterloo. Measurements were taken each time to determine their size and position.
“I knew there was a chance they could be born early, possibly with health problems. If they were born early, I’d need to go to a hospital that had a neonatal intensive-care unit. The doctors at WHC did a good job of calming my concerns. They would remind me that all my medical tests were where they needed to be, and that I had already carried two healthy babies to term.”
WHC would be able to care for the twins as long as they made it to 36 weeks (mid-February). Once that date was reached, the plan would be to induce Lindsey or perform a Caesarean (c-section) in late February.
Baby A – 4 pounds, 11 ounces
Baby B – 4 pounds, 7 ounces
Starting her third trimester, Lindsey also had weekly ultrasounds and non-stress tests at the birthing center at WHC. “The babies were changing positions often. I didn’t think this was possible with how big I was getting, but they found room to flip and would kick the monitor off my belly!” she continued. “We found it amazing that you could actually see their hair in the later ultrasounds! The hair showed on the pictures as little white spikes, which we thought was very cool.”
“Two weeks before my due date, Baby A flipped to a breech position. I was a little scared as this meant I would need a C-section and I had never experienced that before.”
Baby A – 7 pounds, 9 ounces
Baby B – 7 pounds, 5 ounces
(margin of error of 1 pound)
Lindsey had her last high-risk ultrasound on February 19 in Waterloo. One of the babies was still in the breech position. The doctor there told her that since the babies were a healthy size, she did not need to wait until 38 weeks (February 25) to deliver. On February 22, Lindsey received a phone call from Dr. Styron to let her know he had made arrangements to perform the c-section the next morning.
“Only our bosses knew that the day was moved up, so we were able to surprise our family and friends. I’m still amazed that I was able to work full-time through the entire pregnancy,” stated Lindsey.
Carver Paul – 8 pounds, 2.9 ounces; 19.5 inches
Blake Christopher – 7 pounds, 6.2 ounces; 19.75 inches
“Dr. Styron was great and so sweet. After the birth, he came over and held my hand as he congratulated me on two healthy boys. I just kept squeezing his hand in relief that it went so well. I was surprised that they weighed more than the ultrasound predicted. I asked why they were so big and was told ‘they had good growing conditions.’”
“I have never delivered twins this size in 34 years of doing obstetrics,” stated Dr. Styron. “Lindsey was an ideal patient, despite it being a complicated pregnancy, the normal rapid growth of twins and being larger than a singleton pregnancy.”
“I truly appreciate all the birthing center staff that took such good care of us. Sharee, Jess, Amber and all of the nurses did a super job. They even let my kids help give the boys their first bath. My older kids had a bath night in the Jacuzzi in my room at the hospital.”
“The twins continue to grow into their own look and personalities,” Lindsey said last summer. “They like to be together and will cross arms or hold hands if they are next to each other. At four months old they weighed 15 and 14 pounds.”
The Schaedig’s are adjusting pretty well at home thanks to so many great family and friends. Whitney, Brooklyn and Owen (age 4, who the Schaedig’s adopted last year) were helping feed the twins, holding them and give lots of hugs and kisses. Nicole, (age 19 – whom the Schaedig’s fostered for nearly two years and consider their daughter), was off at college, but stopped by often to help out or take the older kids for an outing.
“We are working on potty-training Owen and Brooklyn so we currently have four kids in diapers or pull-ups,” Lindsey said “We go through about 30 per day.”
“We get asked a lot about how we handle five kids that are ages six and under. Our response is that we don’t think about it, we just do it. We have lived in a world full of chaos for many years, so the twins just blend right in. Having two newborns doesn’t seem to be as much work as it might sound like. We just do our best to take care of everyone so all needs are met at the end of the day. Most days go smoothly.”