Written By: Esther / Category: News / View Comments: 4
I’m 36 weeks completed. Fewer than 5% of women carrying triplets are still pregnant after 36 weeks (that’s more than 2 standard deviations outside the mean of 32 weeks :). That means I’m finally in my 37th week, and the c-section is fast approaching (if I make it). We had a growth scan this week and learned that the babies’ estimated weights are 5 lbs. 13 oz., 5 lbs. 11 oz., and 5 lbs. 7 oz. I’ve gained a total of 33 lbs., with the babies’ total weight estimated at 17 lbs.! This was the last growth scan of the pregnancy. The next time I’ll be reporting weights will be after the babies are born.
In addition to my doc appointment and weekly ultrasound, I continue having 2 non stress tests per week. These are long, ranging from 1 -3 hours, and would detect any existing problems with the placentas or the cords. 4 monitors are strapped to the belly (3 for the babies, 1 to measure contractions). All babies must be reactive before they [Continue Reading…]
Written By: Esther / Category: News / View Comments: 10
I put my mom back on a plane yesterday. The babies aren’t coming, and my mom can’t take off more than 6 weeks, so we decided she should go back to work after all. Throughout this pregnancy, I’ve prepared for every complication I could think of, but I never considered I would fall at the far end of the bell curve, with no complications at 35 weeks completed. The non-stress tests continue to show plenty of fluid and reactivity from the babies. Last Friday the nurse beamed, “these are the nicest triplets I’ve met” because they all positioned themselves to make the testing easy, and their reactivity was immediately apparent. Yesterday was tougher, took longer, and I squirmed painfully at one point (turns out I was having a contraction that the monitor caught). You’d be surprised how many women are having twins and triplets in CA these days, so once or twice a year the office comes across a triplet mom who makes it this far w/o [Continue Reading…]
Written By: Jason / Category: News, Pictures / View Comments: 0
Our backyard may not be that big, but I wanted to do something with the extra space on one of the sides of the house we weren’t going to utilize. The yard is “U” shaped and one of the sides receives a decent amount of light throughout the day. So, I decided to add two 4′x4′ raised cedar garden beds to grow some free-ish organic herbs and vegetables. I decided to start from pre-sprouted plants this year, and not from seed, since it’s getting close to the end of spring. Maybe next year…
Written By: Esther / Category: News / View Comments: 7
I thought the babies were coming last Friday. I had my mom fly in from MN, telling her I was sure Friday was the day. That morning I showered and washed my hair, did all the grooming I could think of, packed my hospital bag and stood by the door, ready to go. Jason looked at me and asked what I was doing with the bag. I told him this was it, let’s go! Then we picked up my mom from the airport and headed to the hospital.
When we got to the hospital, I had my first scheduled non-stress test of the pregnancy. The nurses expressed their surprise, expecting I had done this already. Nope. I got the usual, “wow, it’s amazing you’re doing so well” as the nurse strapped 3 monitors to the belly (one for each baby). The sound of multiple heartbeats filled the room. Monitoring determines if the placentas are failing and the babies aren’t getting enough oxygen (common problem with multiples). It took about an hour. Then I had an ultrasound to check [Continue Reading…]
Written By: Jason / Category: News, Video / View Comments: 5
With the triplets about to make their appearance in a week or two, we felt we needed to upgrade our living space. We totally underestimated the amount of stuff we would collect. Three cribs, dressers, tons of baby clothes, diapers, toys, etc. We’ll also have quite a few visitors over the next few months staying with us to help with the babies when they first come home.
So, we moved from our 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom apartment to our new 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom house! It’s way bigger (1640 sq. ft.) and the yard and 2 car garage rock. We love it here!
Since our families don’t live nearby, we had a lot of requests for pictures of the new place. I did them one better! I captured a quick video walk-through of our new house using my iPhone 4. Check it out below.
Oh, and if [Continue Reading…]
Written By: Esther / Category: News / View Comments: 7
The doc visit was uneventful yet again. I’m a boring triplet pregnancy. :) All checks normal, everything perfect. Doc was a little uncertain about when to start the non-stress checks, simply because most of the triplet pregnancies he sees don’t make it this far w/o any complications. (I’m about to begin my 34th week.) After a little thought, he decided this Friday, just to be safe. If the babies are stressed, we’ll find out, and then I’ll get my c-section. We scheduled another growth scan as well. We’re one of the few who get to see the best sonographer in the building for our growth scans. This is because our identical boys are at higher risk than fraternal triplets, and the majority of triplet pregnancies the doc sees are fraternal (due to fertility assistance). Knowing that, I feel assured that we are getting the best care possible, no problem will go unnoticed, and everything is going to be fine.
This week I’ve become very [Continue Reading…]