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Wow, I couldn't believe she was having twins. I remember the day she told me as if it was yesterday. I was in the hall, and my mom was walking up the stairs and she told me that she had gone to the doctor and that she was having a baby.

I wasn't too surprised because I knew she was trying to have a baby. So I said congratulations. Later that night, she called my sister, Molly, and me into the kitchen and said she wanted to tell us something. Then she announced she was having twins! Wow, I was shocked! My jaw dropped, literally.

The months to follow were hectic and frustrating, but finally the big day arrived and we decided I would go into the delivery room. Because of the horrendous heat during her pregnancy, my mom's feet were very swollen, and the doctor decided to induce labor. However, her water broke the night before her appointment.

My dad woke me up at 3 a.m., and we hurriedly packed my mother's things. We arrived at the hospital around 5 after dropping Molly off at my grandmother's house and checked into a birthing room. I was so excited!

Once my mom got settled, she was hooked up to a machine that monitored the heartbeats of the babies and the length of the contractions. She was in a lot of pain, but the doctor said she was too dehydrated to receive an epidural (a shot that is inserted in your back to stop pain), so she was hooked up to an intravenous medication.

After a few hours she was able to get the epidural, which helped a lot. Then she was able to take a nap. When she woke up, the doctor put an internal monitor on the first baby's head.

After about another hour and a half, she was dilated to 10 centimeters and was transferred to a delivery room. She was hooked up to the same machines as before. They now used the machines to tell when she was having a contraction. When she had a contraction, they would tell her to push. At 10:43 a.m. my mom gave birth to a baby girl, whom we named Chase Magdaline. I held her and saw her being weighed and footprinted almost immediately after she was born.

Then an internal monitor was put on the second baby. But after Chase was born, my mom stopped labor because the second baby didn't want to come out, now that he had room to move. She had to be induced. She gave birth to my brother, Preston John Pierakos, at 11:39 a.m.

I was so happy, I couldn't stop crying. It was so amazing that these two tiny little babies had just come out of my mother. It was such a wonderful experience.

I feel closer to my brother and sister because I was there to witness their birth. It meant a lot to me because I know I'll miss them growing up, considering I plan to go away to college.

The experience even inspired me to write a poem:

The first time I heard the news,
my jaw dropped to the floor!
I was so shocked when she said
instead of my sister and me there would be four.
The reactions of our family
were the same as mine.
But after it sank in, they were fine.
I'll have to give up my room,
but the new one will be better.
I can't wait to buy them clothes,
like pants or a sweater.
Everyone is happy and anxious for the twins to come.
All the chaos that will be, will be quieted
with my mom's gentle hum.
They'll go to sleep
and wake up at 3.
But I won't care
because in the basement I'll be!
Alexandra M. Stetz is a junior at Mount Mercy Academy.

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