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Men at Work

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Max and his parents put together the changing table and the 2nd of our 3 cribs this morning. We are short on space so we are going to have to get creative as we figure out where all our baby stuff is going to go.

We had another good appointment on Friday. I passed my glucose tolerance test with flying colors. I think eating healthy and being in good shape prior to my pregnancy helped my body respond appropriately to the insulin the three babies and I are secreting as we all try to gain weight and grow.

My ffn test also came back negative again. This gives us hope of possible making it to 30+ weeks!

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. As much as I would love to be relishing in a long run at the beach, I think I will stick to reading and watching TV this year :)

My McDreamy

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Who knew Max would be so good at giving shots? I am getting weekly progesterone injections in hopes of delaying preterm labor. This is Max and I’s new Friday night highlight. My sister Tracey taught Max the proper technique and he has become a pro. As talented as he is, I have a feeling he still won’t stray from my head during the c-section:)

As we approach week 27 my cervix remains closed and I am measuring a whopping 42 weeks preggo! I promise to post another belly shot this weekend for those of you who like to gawk (Don’t feel bad, if you were me, I’d love to gawk at all of you too).

I plan to distract myself during the week leading up to the BIG 28 by starting season 3 of Grey’s, starting season 1 of 24, continuing on my spiritual journey with “A New Earth”, and getting wrapped up in the lives of vampires with the “Twilight” series. Who said bedrest was boring?

It’s also been great spending time with all my visitor’s! Kathryn and Ben, your chili rocked; Manpreet, LOVE the vampire series..perfect for bedrest; Mike and Erica, it was great to see you and get updates on everyone from school; Cara and J, can’t wait to see you; and of course a huge thanks to my mom for all her help and support.

Grow babies Grow!

The nursey – phase 1

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

We have a lot of work to do in the nursery. Let me rephrase, my mom and husband have a lot of work to do in the nursery. I have had two baby showers. One was in my hometown in Roanoke, VA and had to be a video conference since I could not make the trip. I would have loved to have been there but it was still great to see everyone and watch from afar. Thanks Kathy and Lauren! The second, my sister organized and was here in Raleigh. Although I had to lay on the couch the whole time it was still lots of fun. Tracey, you did an amazing job! We received a lot of great gifts that I’ve organized beautifully :)

The next several weeks my mom, who is taking such wonderful care of me and these babies is going to help me get our two extra rooms upstairs baby ready. One will serve as “baby central” and be the feeding/playroom. The other will house the cribs (since that is that will fit) and be the sleeping room. Hopefully the next picture will look much better than this!

Monday I checked in with the doctor to make sure my cervix was still closed. At this point, it is pointless to continue to measure the length of my cervix since it has almost completely disappeared. Luckily I am not dilated and I had another negative Ffn test. This means assuming all goes well, I am home till my next appt. on Friday! It is stressful not knowing when these babies will arrive but we have to stay posotive and accept the fact that we are doing all we can do at this point. 26 weeks is better than 24! We will keep on cooking!

25.5 Weeks and Growing

Friday, May 9th, 2008

We haven’t posted any pictures of the babies in awhile because the technicians don’t often catch a good profile shot. At our 25.5 week growth scan we caught a great profile of our boy, Baby B. We always get the most pictures of him and judging by our ultrasound photo album, he would be our “first child”. In this picture he has his hand up by his face, probably protecting himself from the girls…better get used to it :)

As always, we received good news and bad news. Appointments are never boring anymore. The babies look great and are growing like weeds. They are measuring between 55-60% for a singleton, which is good if they come earlier than we hoped. I have been loading up on protein (ok, and ice-cream too), which I think helps.

Baby A (girl)- 1 lb. 14 oz.
Baby B (boy) – 1 lb. 14 oz.
Baby C (girl) 2 lb. 2 oz.

Some people have asked how they can weigh the babies. The weights are just an estimate based on measurements they take of their heads, stomachs, and thigh bones.

The bad news is my cervix is continuing to shorten. I did go back to the hospital for a few hours to be monitored for contractions again (as a precaution) but surprise, I was not in labor :) The doctor is letting me continue my bedrest at home for now. The concern is my cervix will continue to shorten and then open, possibly triggering labor. However, there are women who’s cervix will shorten and actually dilate but they still will not go into labor for several weeks to months. As my doctor explained, as advanced as science has gotten, we do not fully understand all the factors that brings on labor. In fact, rates of preterm labor have increased over the past 20 years.

On Monday I will get another Ffn test. If it is posotive, I will probably continue my bedrest in the hospital just to be safe. Every day is a new adventure! With the internet and online TV shows, the days go by surprisingly fast!

Thanks for another week!

Our first hosptial visit

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

We always knew several trips to the hospital prior to the arrival of our babies was immanent. Monday was our first scare, right at our first 24 week milestone. The doctor has been watching my cervix closely since it has started to shorten. At Monday’s appointment it had shortened even more so I was sent immediately to labor and delivery. I received a steroid shot to help develop the babies lungs in case they came early and was monitored for contractions. I had very few contractions so after a few hours, I was sent home on strict bedrest.

We went back to the doctor Wednesday to recheck my cervix, receive the second steroid shot and do a fFN test. The fFN test detects a protein released by the placenta up to two weeks prior to delivery. In singleton pregnancies, a negative result it has been shown to be 99% accurate in predicting you will not delivery in the next two weeks. The accuracy for multiple gestation is not as clear. Luckily my cervix stayed about the same and my fFN test was negative. We are definitely not in the clear but hopefully bedrest will postpone delivery by taking pressure off the cervix. At this point, each week is a huge milestone.

My next appointment is Thursday. We will do growth scans so hopefully this bedrest will also help these peanuts grow! Although it has only been a few days, bedrest isn’t too bad. I read, nap, and watch Gray’s Anatomy. Plus, knowing this short time is for the lifelong health of my family really puts things in perspective.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers! We are determined to meet our next milestone, 28 weeks.

You don’t recognize me….it must be the hair.

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

The other day a previous client of mine at Campus Recreation looked directly at me as she walked by and didn’t acknowledge me. I thought this was rather odd so I approached her. After a few seconds I could see something click, “Oh my gosh, I didn’t recognize you, last year your hair was long and you weren’t pregnant.” Now, I know going from medium length hair to medium short hair can be a drastic change but I have had much larger transformations that my husband didn’t notice. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, shall we?

Last year I spent most days at work looking like the picture on the left. Yes, that is me working. It is no wonder I have absolutely no rings that still fit on my fingers and all my custom sized necklaces now are uncomfortable chokers. I must admit, there are days I look in the mirror and don’t recognize myself. Being pregnant with triplets you will never hear “You look gorgeous with your cute little baby bump” after 16 weeks. And if you do, you know people are just being nice.

I can’t honestly say I like the extra 40 lbs I have put on. However, I certainly know this is best for the babies so I will continue to try adding on an addition 10-20 lbs. in the next few months. This is actually good for business (personal trainer/lifestyle coach). After all, I worked my butt off to be in great shape most my life. But, I still think it is nice for clients to know that at one time I was 50+ lbs heavier and it was no fun trying to get BACK into shape.

I’ll continue to indulge in steak, Ben and Jerry’s, high calorie smoothies and all my favorite kid cereals. And the next time someone says they didn’t recognize me because of my hair, I will smile and say “yep, the hair is definitely different this year”.

Hello couch!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

My 23 week appointment was not quite as uplifting as previous visits. Unfortunately, my cervix has shortened to 2.6 cm, too close to the dreaded 2.5 cm that puts you at risk for preterm labor. What does this mean? I’m going to fly through all the seasons of Gray’s Anatomy as I am confined to the couch! This particular show is one of my new TLC faves “Little People, Big World”.

No more trips to campus for me. Max is taking me to work this afternoon for a short visit to wrap up all loose ends. I also will make one more visit next Tues. AM for my thesis proposal. My mom will be lucky enough to sit through this 30 minutes enlightening presentation (I won’t bore you with the title). Obviously I will have to give my presentation seated.

Begining at my next doctor appointment, I will get a fetal fibronectin test, which helps to determine the chance of delivering in the next two weeks. I was hoping to delay this testing till 28 weeks but sometimes our bodies are unpredictable. The benefits of bedrest are to help take pressure off the cervix and hopefully prevent any further shortening. Also, it helps keeps contractions down. Over the past few weeks I have had numerous BH contractions and we want to keep my body as relaxed and calm as possible.

I am certain with rest and confinement to the bed I can keep trudging on for several more weeks…hopefully 7-10. Max has already been a HUGE help. My amazing husband is capable of juggling more responsibilities than I ever imagined! After a hard day’s work he manages to cook dinner, take the dog out, wait on me, show our rental apartments, pay bills and clean the house. When my gracious mother comes down in May, he can take a well deserved break.

Well, I think a new episode of “What not to Wear” is about to start! More to come!

More resting for us – Week 22

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Hayden has been my daytime companion for the past few weeks as I begin to rest more and more. I think he enjoys having me around; although he hasn’t picked up on games like cards and trivia pursuit. He has gotten used to the sounds of babies since I spend several hours watching Baby Story, Special Delivery, etc on my new favorite two channels, Discovery and TLC.

On another note, my 22 week appointment went well. The babies are all estimated to be about 1 pound (double their size from 18 weeks) and my cervix is doing ok. I have shortened ever so slightly from 4.0-3.7 cm but that is normal and nothing to worry about. Nonetheless, I have been having frequent BH contractions and have been ordered to restrict my activity even more as a precaution. I’m still going to work for another 3 weeks but while at work, I need to move around as little as possible. Also, I’m not suppose to do any more shopping (grocery or otherwise), and avoid housework…darn :) This is unfortunate b/c I still feel great and get very anxious just laying around the house. As soon as my sister’s pool opens in May, I plan to spend my days there to help keep me sane and weightless!

In two weeks, we will hit a major milestone in the HOM (high order multiples) world…24 Weeks! At this stage, half of all babies can survive outside the womb with lots of NICU care. Of course, my goal is 34 weeks but anything over 30 is likely to result in healthy babies down the road.

There’s a Party Going On…

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Last night I woke up at 4 AM to a party…in my belly. All three babies seemed to be in a boxing match. I just started feeling the kicks of the Baby A but she has caught up fast! I had to sit up and just let them hash it out before I tried to go back to sleep. I’m sure this is the first of many battles to come :)

I finally posted another belly shot. I am posting a picture every three weeks for the drama of the change. Actually, I refuse to have a shot taken of me in my typical state of relaxation…glasses and bed hair. Maybe in another month…

Everything continues to go smoothly. I have really had to slow down due to frequent irregular contractions. So far, they are nothing to get too worked up about but if they worsen, they can warrant a trip to the ER so I’d rather play it safe. My next appt. is Friday so lets pray for no cervical changes!

We Keep Going…

Friday, March 28th, 2008

My 20 week appt. was yesterday. Max was in Vegas celebrating his last taste of freedom with his brother-in-laws Nick and Matt so my mom went with me. Everything looks good. The babies appear to be growing; although we will not do measurements again for two more weeks. We caught one of them yawning and trying out some of the amniotic fluid :) They all had their heads close together while their bodies were every which way. My cervix is still long and closed. So, we continue to move forward.

I have caught an awful cold. Supposedly pregnancy colds are pretty common and tend to linger. This is my first illness so far so I’ll suck it up and deal. I discovered I can take benadryl at night. What a lifesaver, I got my first good night’s sleep this week.

I am continuing work and school till the end of April (the end of the semester) as long as my body let’s me. I only work about 12-15 hours a week at Campus Recreation, mostly administrative work and lecturing. I am also working on my thesis from home. The rest of the time, I am trying to keep my feet up and relax. Everything I read and hear from experienced triplet moms stresses the importance of rest and hydration. I am already starting to crave a good spin workout or long run but I have a few more months to go. Hopefully my pre-pregnancy fit body is helping me make this pregnancy a success.

Till our next adventure…