Saturday, August 1, 2009

Holy Moly

Well, I didn't post right away because I needed time to absorb things and let the dust settle a tiny bit. You see, I had my appointment yesterday, fully expecting to hear that I had lost one or all of our little babies. That wasn't exactly the news I received. Instead I was told the 3rd baby had indeed rebounded and had a strong heartbeat. We this moment...having triplets.

This is a weird thing because everyone is super excited when you say you are having twins, but suddenly you say you are having triplets and there is a lot of judgement, not so much excitement. Is it scary? Yes. Are there going to be rough times ahead? Yes. If any two people can handle this kind of news, would it be Bobby and myself? Yes.

You see, we tend to do things off the norm. If there is a less than 2% chance that we would have triplets, we really should have known we would fall in that 2%. It just happens to us - everytime. We are the exception to the rule.

So, my appointment went smoothly. Two of the babies have heartbeats measuring at 164 and 167. This is perfect. These 2 also measure (from rump to crown) at 8 weeks 2 days and 8 weeks 3 days. Perfect again.

The third one...the straggler if you will...has a heartbeat at 151. This is what makes our dr. think it will in fact be a viable baby because the heartbeat should be at least 150 at this point. However, it is measuring really small at only 7 weeks 4 days. 1 whole week behind. The dr. said this indicates that there could be problems with this baby. That it might not make it, etc, etc. I asked when we would know for sure, and he told me that if it doesn't catch up in growth in the next month, then we will know that it won't make it.

So one more month of wondering what will happen. In the meantime, I am having triplets. The funny thing is, it doesn't really scare me to have the babies here. I know it should and at some point that reality will probably hit me, but Bobby and I have an amazing support system...lots of family to help. The thing that scares me is the pregnancy. This isn't really the pregnancy I had imagined. It's going to be a lot different than if I was carrying one or two and the possible complications scare the heck out of me. I'm trying to stay positive, but the "what ifs" keep creeping in. For now, I am going to try to make it through this month and when we know something more definitive about whether it is triplets or twins, I will be able to adjust a little better.

The fun thing was, at this appointment I was able to hear the heartbeats. Amazing! And I was able to see the profile of one of the babies, which was really cool. I have a picture of each of the babies and will try to post that tomorrow (I am having technical difficulties today).

Also, I have been released to my regular Ob/gyn and I am finished with my shots. YAY!!! This is great news. I still have to take my Estrace for another 10 days, but that's not too bad. I got a little packet with pregnancy info from the clinic and a very touching card from my nurse. She is the best and I am going to miss her so much. I am going to call on Monday to make my appointment at my local office. I was told that I will probably be referred to a dr. in Spokane because I am considered high risk. Just when I thought I was done driving to Spokane. Yuck!

On the bright side, my morning sickness/nausea has significantly decreased. I find that as long as I get a lot of extra sleep (we're talking a hefty 2 to 3 hour nap in the afternoon), then I don't really feel too nauseous. Still can't eat eggs. Cravings haven't been too weird. Although the other day I felt like I had to have tator tots, so I stop on my way home and get some from Well, turns out my craving was actually to have tator tops dipped in mustard, so when I took a bite of the tator tot with no mustard it just didn't do it for me and I ended up throwing them away. Ok, maybe that's a little weird. Oh, and I was told I should be consuming 600 to 900 EXTRA calories per day to make sure these babies are getting all they need. Usually I would enjoy this, but eating has become a chore, and chores just aren't fun. But I was told that I need to gain weight consistently in order for these babies to have a chance at making it to over 32 weeks. The more I gain, the more they gain. Great.

On to other things, that darn ovary is still 3 times the normal size and my uterus has been doing a little stretching lately. Which means my bathroom visits have been more frequent. My dr. said if I am feeling sore, I should be using the bathroom every hour. Are you freakin kidding me? Who has time to use the bathroom every hour? I've been trying to go as often as I can, but c'mon...I work full time, and have an almost 3 year old. Bathroom visits are a luxury to me.

I have been given the clear to move again. So I have started walking and lifting light weights. I ordered a pre-natal yoga dvd, and am excited for it to get here. If any other people have workout recommendations for pregnancy, I welcome them.

Ok, better go. I will try to post pics tomorrow. And I will post again on Monday. I have my last progesterone check - this is just to be sure that my levels are still increasing even though I am off my shots. Also, I will give a little report on when my first regular appt. will be.

1 comment:

Cameo said...

Oh my! Holy Moly about sums it up! While I can't relate to IVF or multiples, I can relate to "high risk" or complicated pregnancies. So please, and I pray it won't, if things get complicated, don't hesitate to call on me. I have great resources for you in that department! All my love to the FIVE of you! Cameo :)