Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Giving in to What I Know I Need to do...

I felt miserable as soon as I woke up this morning. On my way to work I felt like I heard God say, "What is the matter with you? Go home and take care of those babies!" Did I listen? Of course not. I found out that I was in charge when I got to work. I was very relieved that I would get to sit down most of the day. Well, the babies didn't seem to care. I proceeded to have a miserable day. Lots of pressure between my legs even when I was sitting. I broke down to a coworker at lunch as I realized that I needed to give in and put these babies first. I love my job, but I love these babies more. I called my boss when I got home and told her that unless something drastically changed with how i am feeling, I will not be back to work until after the babies are born. Adam has an excellent job, but we have come to rely on two incomes, so this will be a challenge to say the least. We are trusting what my body and God are telling me and know He will take care of us, but giving up my income makes us very nervous. So I'm at home now resting as much as possible. I'm probably going to be accepting help soon with meals and with Jozey. We'll see how it goes over the weekend. Lots of prayers please!

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Restrictions Begin...

This post may be a little TMI. Over the weekend I started feeling some pressure between my legs, kinda like menstrual pressure. I didn't think much about it because it didn't really hurt and I felt the same thing my last pregnancy just later. Someone at work said I should call my doctor so I did. I was surprised when they called back and said, "The dr wants to see you RIGHT NOW." I left work and went to his office at Kettering. All three babies are fine but the lowest one, Errol's, placenta is laying right on my cervix. They call this placenta previa. He said it's just a slight case right now. No bleeding or cramping which is good. My cervix is 3.8cm long and still closed, but as a precaution he told me to cut back to two 8 hour shifts a week instead of two 12s. Not sure what this means for my position at work yet, but these babies are whats important. I'm also supposed to put my feet up during my entire lunch and whenever else possible. So I'm going to make it my job to rest as much as possible when I'm not working. He said he would give me two weeks to prove I can take it easy and he will check things again at my next appointment, which is February 3. Keep the prayers coming :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

It's Starting to Come Together

Have gotten some things together in the last couple of days. We got another crib and have another donated one coming. Also registered at Babies R Us. Some generous people are buying us our triple stroller! Found some nice dressers and a toy box on Craigs list for free...just have to convince Adam to borrow his stepdads truck and drive to Erlanger, KY to get them :) Its starting to come together.My weight gain total finally reached 10 pounds!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Random Thoughts

Nothing too new or exciting to post, just some random things I'm thinking about. I've been feeling a little worse the last couple days. I thought most of the nausea was gone, but I 've lost a few meals rather suddenly lately :) I had gained 5 pounds, but lost most of it when Adam and I had the stomach thing that has been going around. I've gained it all back and 2 more pounds though, so that brings me up to 7 pounds gained. It took me unitl 20 weeks to gain that much with Jozey and I ended up gaining 50 pounds. I'm trying to eat as much as I can, but some days I just don't feel like it. I know how important it is though. I really want to get these babies to 35 weeks and 5 pounds each. I also really want them to come home from the hospital with us or close behind at least. 35 & 5... 35 & 5... 35 & 5... I just keep thinking it as I down my Boost drinks. I have discovered the joys of Kroger Premium Mint Chip Moose Tracks ice cream though. Yum. We've eaten healthy stuff for so long, I'm discovering a whole new world. Speaking of, think I'll get a bowl right now while I finish this...
I found a stroller that I think will work for us. It's called the Triple Decker. It's a stroller frame that three car seats, toddler seats, or any combination can fit into. The website is www.doubledeckerstroller.com. Check it out if you want a laugh. It's quite a sight. The plan is to put all of the triplets in it when Adam is with me and to use one of the toddler seats for Jozey and carry a baby in a front or backpack carrier when I'm venturing out alone. Hopefully by the time the triplets are too big for me to carry comfortably, Jozey will walk agreeably. I just don't think a quad stroller would be worth the hassle of trying to manuever it.
I feel awkward talking about gifts, but lots of people have asked us what we need and it's hard remembering who you told what. I don't want 4000 diapers and no clothes :) We decided to go ahead and register at Babies R Us. We will probably go tonight. We feel kind of weird doing it since they aren't our first babies, but I guess triplets make circumstances a little different.
I've been told to organize helpers before bedrest and 4 babies under 2 becomes a reality. Our good friend, Theresa Abney, has graciously agreed to be our food organizer. She is going to make sure someone is bringing us dinner every couple of days if I'm on bedrest and for a little while after the babies come home. When it gets closer I'll ask her if she is okay with me giving out her email address or phone number if anyone wants it. I think I'll handle organizing people to help with Jozey myself. She's getting a lot more active and I don't think she would be satisfied sitting in bed with me all day :) I know I already said it, but I hate asking for help. As much as I hate it though, I know we won't be able to do this on our own. I'm trying to kep my worries and fears in check and focus on one day at a time, but we have to look ahead at least a little bit.
We think we are pretty set on names. I picked the girls and Adam picked the boy. The girls are Avery Jane and Layla Sue. The boy is Errol Clark. Haven't decided which girl is which. We may wait to see them and decide.

Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers!


Adam, Mar, Jozey, Avery, Layla and Errol
(thought I'd try out all of our names together)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2 girls and 1boy!!!

I went to my first appointment at Perinatal Associates today. I saw Dr. Saldana and was very happy with him. They did an ultrasound and, though they said it was probably too early to tell, we saw 2 girls and 1 boy! We are very excited. Now we can start working on names and the nursery. All of them are measuring right on schedule. Their only minor concern is that the boy's cord is attached to the placenta off center, so they have to keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't migrate too far. I was totally wrong on which baby was which. "A" (the one closest to my cervix or lowest) is the boy, "B" and "C" are the girls. The two that were hitting and kicking each other at the last ultrasound are a boy and a girl. I was at least right about "B."

He said my cervix is still long and fully closed which is great. No work or activity restrictions unless it starts to open or shorten. Just need to sit down at least every 2 hours at work. He said to keep eating and drinking lots. He said I need 4 glasses of milk a day! I like milk but wow!

My next appointment is in 4 weeks. It will be a long ultrasound and they will examine their brains, hearts, and do lots of measurements. Thanks for your continued prayers!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Creation of our Triplets

I'll start at the beginning in case some of you don't know our story. Adam and I got married in October of 2003. In March of 2005 we decided we were ready to begin our family. We tried for a year with no success. Our regular OB/GYN suggested we go to an infertility specialist. We had a consultation with Dr. Burwinkle at Kettering Reproductive Medicine, but weren't sure if we wanted to go that route yet. After two more years and still no baby, we decided to go for it. On January 24, 2008, we did our first round of clomid and intrauterine insemination (IUI). They told us not to get our hopes up because it rarely works the first time...they were wrong! On Feb 6, 2008, we found out I was pregnant.

My sister was pregnant at the same time, which was very exciting. We loved being pregnant together and her son Owen would pull up our shirts, kiss our bellies, and say "Baby!" Her little girl was due 6 weeks before ours. On August 6, she began feeling some contractions and went to her doctor. They were unable to find the baby's heartbeat and sent her to the hospital where they discovered that her baby had died. It was an awful day. My sister and her husband were so strong. She delivered her tiny baby girl, Abigail, that evening and saw that the cord was wrapped tightly around her neck. They spent time with her and allowed us to visit with and hold her. I treasure the time I got to spend with Abby. I remember her daily and hope I always will. It may seem strange, but I like to think our little girls somehow knew each other since we were pregnant at the same time.

I had a healthy and uncomplicated pregnancy and our beautiful baby girl Jozey Dawn was born on October 14, 2008. When she was about 11 months old we decided to try for another baby. We hadn't been preventing it and went to the fertility doctor for help again. We did our IUI on October 15, 2009. Again they said not to count on the first time working...wrong again. We found out on October28 that I was pregnant again. The big shock came at our first ultrasound. Not one, not two, but three babies!!! I started crying, told them to quit counting, and pulled the sheet over my head. I was terrified (and still am some days). The doctor offered to refer us someone that did selective reduction (abortion of one or more babies) and we refused. As shocking as it was, as soon as I heard and saw their tiny hearts, I knew that it was somehow going to be okay.

I'm 13 weeks and 3 days pregnant now and everything is going well. The nausea has slowed down a lot. My chiropractor is helping with my back pain. The last ultrasound showed that all of the babies are growing right on schedule. We "graduated" from the fertility doctor last week and have our first appointment with the maternal/fetal medicine specialists (Perinatal Associates of Southwest Ohio) this Thursday.
If any of you find this boring, sorry. It's a very exciting time for us and I thought this might be the easiest way to keep everyone updated.Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers!