Monday, April 26, 2010

Mimi's Poem to her girls

I've been meaning to post this for some time but just kept forgetting. My momma wrote this poem when we found out the triplets were all girls. For those non-southern readers, Mimi is a common "grandma" replacement name we have. My dad is Poppi instead of "grandpa." I wish there were cooler names than mom and dad that Jared and I could take on.... haha all well. Here's the poem. Thanks mom! You're a poet and i didn't know it! (cheesy I know... sorry)


A miracle conception you must believe!
Who gets babies in sets of three?
Handpicked by God most definitely
Were this Mom and Dad, you have to agree.

Sent from up above in a bundle of three
Friends from the start- thru eternity!
Bringing such joy to us you see.
Dad had thought boys most confidently!

But three little girls in bows so pretty

With painted toes and fingers done just by MiMi!
Soon will be arriving to our family
Who will they be? A Mia, Rebecca or Emily?

Nothing can compare to a sweet little girl.
They make this place a much softer world!
But to get THREE!!!!…….I can hardly comprehend!
I wonder if the DRAMA is EVER gonna end!

I sure hope not………….. :-)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Week 22 Part 2

Here is the chair my parents bought for me and the girls. Isn't it freakin' AWESOME!! I love it! It is SO comfortable. I can see myself sleeping in that when Im too fat to get in and out of bed! HA! Thanks mom and dad!!!

I was going to wait until next week's update to post about how the doctors appointment went yesterday but I just cant wait that long to BRAG about how my girls are doing! The entire appointment could NOT have gone better; we are so blessed.

First of all she took my weight and I've gained 8 pounds in three weeks which was really great (HA! Never thought Id say that!) Then she took my blood pressure, which always worries me. Thats the number two cause of pre-term labor or problems and I have high blood pressure in my family. (Dehydration is the number one cause by the way.) Anyway, the nurse said, "Wow! It's perfect!" I was so relieved about that. Then she tested my urine- passed that test too. Then she tested me for diabetes and that also came back great! No gestational diabetes for me! I was relieved.

So I could stop there and it be a great day right. WRONG! It just kept going! My girls each weigh over one pound already! They are a whole week ahead of schedule as far as growth which is phenomenal for multiples. Baby A is 1 pound 5 ounces, baby B is 1 pound 3 ounces and baby C is 1 pound 1 ounce. And the difference between the weights are amazing because there's not that much of a gap. That just means they are all growing at such a close rate. And at 23 weeks, its amazing. The fluid that surrounds each of them is nice and thick. They are moving and kicking like crazy. You can see their stomachs very clearly so the doctor now knows that they are swallowing their amniotic fluid like they are supposed to be doing.

Best of all, (sorry for being somewhat graphic here) my cervix is doing perfectly! The doctor couldn't believe it, she made the technician do a trans-vaginal ultrasound to double check. She even said I might could go PAST the 34 weeks she was originally hoping for! 35 weeks here we come!! So what that means is that so far, those girls have plenty of time to grow bigger and bigger before my body says "CANT...HOLD...THEM...IN...ANY...MORE..." haha

But seriously, Doctor Callison just went on and on about how we were doing better than some of her singleton pregnancies and she was just floored I was doing so well with THREE in there! My next appointment is in three weeks (would have normally gone to every two week appointments at this point) on May 14th. Yesterday just could not have been a better day for a momma growing three babies. Nothing but great news. Im just so humbled Heavenly Father has watched my girls and myself so closely. With only the kidney stones to worry about, this pregnancy has been such a heavenly gift- not that I hope to repeat this scenario in the future! Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts! They are working! Keep 'em up!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Week 22

We got the car seats this week. Very exciting! Took a while to decide what kind, what brand, ect. We went with the Chicco KeyFit 30. I think we choose well. I really like them. We used all the cash we got from our baby shower in Texas to pay for them, all three of them. My goodness these girls are already expensive.

I have a doctors appointment tomorrow morning and then Jared has the spanish part of his FBI test tomorrow afternoon so we're in for a busy day tomorrow. My mom and I were going to go to Nashville this weekend to get some premie clothes at Carters but I just don't think Im up for the drive. I hate riding in a car. Its awful. So I think we will just try the mall and stores around here. Our nursing chair should be here today. And we got the changing table pad in yesterday. We turned our old kitchen table into the changing table and had someone make us the pad and cover for it. I am getting my hospital bag together this week, just in case. So we are definitely making progress, which is good because I am getting bigger by the day.

My sister is coming in May to visit me and Im so excited! She will come for almost a week and without her kiddos. So my short term goal for now is to NOT have to be put on bed rest before she gets here. That's about it for now. I will update later about how the doctor's appointment went. Until then...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Week 21

This is the fabric I picked out for the crib blankets my in-laws are making for the girls.
Just before bed, the girls were kicking away!
Gettin' bigger and bigger my friends....

Banana anyone? How about 3?! That's how big the girls are this week, the size of a large banana. About 10 ounces in weight and 7 inches long, a piece. And boy are they active! Jared and I were both able to feel them move and kick around on the outside of the belly tonight. It was so cool. Baby C was playing kickball with my ribs. HA! yeah it started getting sore after a little while. Mom felt her do a couple of somersaults but no kicking. It's just so neat to be able to have everyone else feel what's going on in there.

Jared and I were able to go to a Multiples class this weekend. It was a two day class and lasted about 6 hours each day. I was completely exhausted by the end of it but it was an awesome class. We were the only ones with triplets, everyone else had twins and half of those were by infertility treatments. So they flipped when we told them our girls were spontaneous. As informative and educational as the class was, it was probably also the most stressed I've been since I found out we were having three babies. We talked about all the things that can go wrong with pregnancy and the birth and after they are born. The teacher would say "Now, you all probably wont have to worry about this, except y'all [pointing to me and Jared]. With three you will more than likely be dealing with this." I heard that a lot this weekend. Not cool. I wont bore you all with the gory details of all the possible horror stories, because it doesn't even matter. In about three months these girls will be here healthy and safe, whatever it takes.

Jared has been going through the FBI process for the past few months. He takes the second part of his spanish test next thursday, right after my doctors appointment. Then they will contact him in May to let him know if he qualified to take the next step. Its a very lengthy process but he is doing great so far. We are still applying for government jobs around here diligently. We have hit a few hopefuls and a few snags but nothing solid as of yet. Our little family is definitely being tested before these girls get here. Makes sense to test the patience of future parents of triplets though, doesn't it? Making sure we are up for the challenge ahead of us. I know Heavenly Father is mindful of our special circumstance.

So we are all doing great this week. Im getting bigger and so are the girls. My next appointment is April 22, like I said, and I will be doing that diabetes test. My in-laws are going to make the girls crib blankets (so sweet!) so I am mailing them the fabric I picked out. We are busy getting ready for anything and I am busy taking it easy. As long as I stay relaxed and calm, they wont try to make an early break for it. HA! Well thats the theory anyway. Until next week!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Week 20

Sophie keeps me entertained and busy during the day. She went missing for about 15 minutes and when I found her, she was in mom and dads bathroom destroying a brand new roll of toilet paper. She was laying in it like it was a feather bed. I laughed and laughed.
You can kinda see my box fan in this picture. It made its appearance a few days ago. I get so hot at night now that it was a must! I wake up and Jared will be snuggled up to my body pillow so I think I freeze him out sometimes! HA! Sorry babe!

Wow the second trimester is really a saving grace for a pregnant lady. The first few months you are just sick and tired and the last few months you are huge and sick and tired. It's truly a blessing to have an "energized break" in there somewhere. So that's where I am now. Getting bigger, but still just "awe your pregnant" big. The babies are growing beautifully and very active. Starting this week people should be able to feel them move so Jared is very excited about that. The weather is even beautiful and warm, so no more winter thankfully.
If I had to complain about something, which Im trying very hard not to do, it would have to be my ribs. They constantly hurt. I wake up at night and just want to cry because it feels like someone literally took a baseball bat to my rib cage. But its just cause I slept in the same position for more than an hour. I have to keep moving all night. The girls are so active that they make it hard to be comfortable for more than about half an hour. Again, Im grateful they are active, its a great sign they are healthy. So, no complaints really. My pain and discomfort just means my girls are growing so well.
I got the lab results back from my doctor. She didn't think I needed blood work done but I insisted on checking my thyroid since its been a few months since we did it last. So she went ahead and ordered a complete blood count as well to see if I am anemic. I passed both tests. My thyroid is doing so much better than I could have hoped and with the iron I've been taking I am not anemic. All great news!
With Jared starting his new job, he is working a lot. So I am trying to keep busy during the day. I take Sophie for walks down our street. I've been getting the nursery together and trying to find places for things. Now that I am at 20 weeks, I am starting to get curious about the ending. I am so terrified of the C-section that I am literally avoiding all thoughts and stories related (I'm trying to make sure my stress and blood pressure stay down). I only have about 3 months to go at this point and thats if I make it as long as I am hoping I will. It's going by very fast. My family says to me everyday "Oh my heck you are even bigger than yesterday!" So I know that my days are numbered before I have to enter that OR. I got bored today and looked up a story about a lady who had triplets last year. She talked about how miserable she was in her last couple weeks of pregnancy because she was so huge. She talked about her spinal being painful and IVs coming out of everywhere. Even how she got a catheter and cut open. After I read it I could feel my anxiety getting the better of me so I closed the computer and vowed not to read another birthing story! I think its better NOT knowing some things, well in my case anyway. Jared and I are taking a multiples class this weekend. They will take us through the delivery process, the hospital, the NICU, ect. I just hope it helps ease my worries more than freaks me out.
Anyway, I so appreciate all the prayers and gifts that have been given on mine and my girl's behalf. I know we are all doing so well because we have so many family and friends keeping us in Heavenly Father's watchful care. I love you all so much! Until next week!