June
16

The Birth Story

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It’s taken me several days to write this. We keep remarking on how “easy” it would be if we only had one baby! Between me, my mom and Jason, the three of us have never been more sleep-deprived in our lives. We find ourselves taking care of each other; Jason and I insist my mom eats and then sleeps after staying up all night and most of the day; mom and Jason push me to drink water and go back to bed when I get up in the middle of the night to pump and feed; I purposefully leave Jason sleeping in the morning so he gets more than a couple hours a night. Round and round we go.

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So, the birth story. We got to the hospital at 7am for the scheduled c-section at 9am. I was incredibly nervous and scared. The first thing they did was put me on the monitors to check the babies’ activity, which I really hate. It set me off – I wondered why, especially when they’re coming out in an hour anyway? These particular nurses didn’t have any experience with me and the babies, so they couldn’t get the babies on line, and that felt like torture to me. I wanted to grab the monitors and do it myself, feeling certain I could do a better job. Instead, they spent hours moving the monitors around my belly, being generally confused by what they were doing. They were at it so long we missed my scheduled c-section. My frustration and nervousness increased at an alarming speed. I asked for anti-anxiety drugs as I was about to lose it, but the doc must have thought I was okay because he said said no. I tried to calm down, but couldn’t stop freaking out.

Minutes later, I had a full-blown anxiety attack. I couldn’t catch my breath, and I started hyperventilating and crying uncontrollably, for no apparent reason. The doc came back and decided to give me something after all, and the tears dried up, but my breathing remained erratic. This whole drama set the c-section back even more, and those nurses never did get the monitoring done. They decided it wasn’t worth it, and not to postpone the c-section any longer. Now, about 20 people waited for me to calm down so we could begin the c-section right away (nearly 3 hours behind schedule). The doc gave me a second dose of the anti-anxiety medicine, and after a bit I was finally able to breath normally. By the time they took me to get the spinal, it was already 11:30. Everyone was super gentle and careful with me, with no one wanting to upset me and delay any longer. They carefully numbed my back and gently put the spinal in, which felt like a small prick in my lower back, nothing more. They then lay me back on the table, spread my arms out like I was about to be crucified (I remember thinking this), and tipped the table way back so the fluid would flow up my midsection. Once numb, they called Jason in, and shortly thereafter, the babies were born around noon. I could feel lots of activity going on inside me, but no pain. Jason never left my side, even as the babies were being pulled out and taken away. He declined to cut the cords, but stayed with me instead, as I was having problems breathing again. These were definitely not my proudest moments. I wished I could have handled it better, and focused more on the babies. They gave me oxygen to help me breath, and Jason talked to me calmly, keeping his eyes locked with mine, and squeezed my hand. I swear he helped me more than any of the rest of it.

One thing I appreciated was that the surgeon used dissolving stitches instead of the usual staples, as I had requested. It took longer, but I’m glad I didn’t have to remove staples. Between the stitches and tubal ligation, it took them an hour to close me up. As a side note, I did hear the surgeon remark on my cervix–how she couldn’t get it to budge–and that made me and Jason smile. Who knows how long I would have gone if not for the scheduled c-section!

The babies went straight to the NICU to be evaluated, and all were perfectly healthy (I’m glad I declined the steroid shot). The nurses and doctors marveled at them, and the surgeon said delivering full term triplets was the highlight of her month. One doc said there must have been a lot of fluid around the babies (there was) because they came out so symmetrical in their appearances. The local San Diego news did a little segment on the birth that you can watch here.

After the c-section, I was wheeled back to our room. I was so out of it I don’t remember feeling anything about having babies. When I was taken down to see them, they were placed in my arms, but I asked that they be taken away so I could go to my room to recover. I think Jason spent time in the NICU with the babies for a while with his sister, watching them weigh the babies and do various other checks. I don’t remember much, but I do remember them bringing Emilia to spend the night with us. As Jason slept, I awoke throughout the night to check if she was breathing, but I was unable to even reach her or see her. I was very drugged up and in a tremendous amount of pain. I had a catheter, foot pump, and IV connected to me. And, of course, I was super nauseous and continued to vomit well into the 2nd day.

Day 2 in the hospital I asked that the catheter be removed, and they stood me up. Standing was the most painful experience of my life. It felt like I ripped out all the stitches both inside and out, and was bleeding everywhere. I felt such intense burning and stinging that it took my breath away. I thought I would pass out from the pain. In fact, the nurse had to tell me to open my eyes so I wouldn’t. I took a few steps to the chair, lost my breath, and carefully sat with the assistance of the staff. For the rest of the day, and those following to this day, getting out of bed is still extremely painful. The doc told me my c-section is more painful because I had 3 full term babies pulled from me, and the tubal ligation also adds to the pain. It felt like my guts were pulled out and put back in before I was sewed up.

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I wanted to rest and  heal for at least 3 days, but that was impossible. All three babies were up with us in the room by day 2 (SAT). We were expected to care for all their needs. I was hardly able to move in bed, and barely able to hold a baby. I was out of it from the IV pain meds, and still in a tremendous amount of pain. Meanwhile, Jason is trying to do everything for the babies’ care. It got so difficult for him that I had to call my mom who was staying in a nearby hotel to come in and help us in the middle of the night. She stayed and helped most of the night, and it was very stressful. When she left in the morning to get some sleep, Jason was again on his own without sleep, and on the brink of a meltdown. I’ll never forget as he held one of the babies with tears in his eyes, and said to me, “I don’t know how we’re going to do this.”

It was at that exact moment I realized I wasn’t doing enough to help. I wanted more time to recover and heal, but was the only one who thought it was a good idea. Apparently the nurses and docs were expecting me to be working through the pain. Recovery is most helped by movement and care for the babies, something that seemed very unintuitive to me in the state I was in. I realized I was also in some form of denial, and I needed to snap out of it. Jason’s sister came to help for the day, and her being there allowed me to take it easy until that evening. She even fed me ice as I lay in bed, but unfortunately it made me vomit. By the eve of day 2, I took over the majority of the work. My mom came again that night to help, and I sent Jason to sleep.

The three of us had a better handle of it by day 3 (SUN), rotating sleeping so each of us got at least 4 hours of sleep. At least one baby was always awake, always needing attention so there was never a break from them. The ID boys were particularly fussy. Still, I had both Jason and my mom go to sleep that Sunday night so they would both be safe driving home the next day (MON). I slept for about 4 hours in the evening, and then stayed up all Monday night and the next day with the babies until we left the hospital at 6pm on Monday.

The pain from the c-section surprised me. There’s one spot on my left side that makes it intolerable. I’m not sure why this one spot hurts so much (a cut nerve?), but it’s the reason I can’t sit up in bed alone, and the cause of 90% of the pain I’m in currently. Other than that, the pain would be tolerable w/o meds. I’m also experiencing the incredible middle/upper back pain I had around week 20. My feet and ankles swelled up like crazy as well. My ankles are now wider than the largest part of my calves, and they look really scary and painful. My belly goes down everyday, but I definitely see a tummy tuck in my future. Maybe avoided if I had gone the average 32 weeks, but the last month of the pregnancy did some serious work on my belly.

I’m pumping breast milk every 2-3 hours, 24/7, and attempting breast feeding, but I’m not sure how long it will last. Breast feeding doesn’t come naturally to me, but the pumping I don’t mind as much. Still, I’m producing next to nothing. The pressure to breast feed (despite number of babies) is quite intense. Basically this is a very sensitive subject for me, and among other triplet moms in general. It’s very difficult to breast feed 3 newborns, and very frustrating when you want to but can’t. I nearly spit fire at people who go too far by insisting I absolutely must breast feed the triplets. It’s far more difficult than you would think, so I’m happy to take advice from other moms. If breast feeding ends up being something I can do w/o loosing my mind and every minute of the day, I’d do it.

Since we got home, each of us has gradually caught up on sleep. Usually 2 people man the babies at a time, otherwise there’s a lot of crying and frustration going on. Still, I have to get used to manning the babies by myself soon. I sit on the couch with pillows, boppies, and babies. I literally surround myself with babies, often feeding 2 at once, holding 2 at once, or burping one while feeding the other. In general, it’s a ton of work, but Jason and I are enjoying every minute of it. They all look so similar that we had to paint one of the ID boys’ toenails, and keep Emilia in pink. When we were at the doc’s we had to change and feed each one during the appointment, and somehow clothes got mixed up. Jason was thinking Emilia was William for the rest of the day until he changed her… and then, surprise, it’s the girl! We’ve had some good laughs already, and everyday brings neat new experiences with the babies.

Finally, I want to thank you for taking the time to send me and/or Jason messages via email, facebook, or this blog. We read each and every one, and all the encouragement makes us both feel very supported. Please keep writing and offering your help. I do employ your helpful suggestions, and I will take you up on your offer to bring over food and watch the babies! I apologize for not writing you back, but know you are helping me a ton! And if it weren’t for some good advice, I would have gotten staples, been completely freaked out by my swollen ankles and feet, and taking pain meds while pumping, for example.

I didn’t talk much about the babies because I wanted to get out the birth story, information that has been requested by other women expecting triplets. The next post will be more about the babies and their progress. More pics will be added then, too, although we put a few up for this post.


  • Sarah Mross

    WOW…I have read all of your posts since you started. I applaud what you are doing. I know we haven’t spoken in years, but my thoughts are with you and your family!

  • Anna Culp

    you look so great, it’s tough to imagine you’re in so much pain and so sleep-deprived. for me, the most challenging part of this phase was feeling like it wasn’t going to ever end, because all 24 hours of a day ran together and cycled over and over without a break. but it does end, sooner than you think! you’ll do great, because you have such great attitudes and work as a team. and now for some only somewhat solicited advice: when/if you can, sleep and feed the babies on the same schedule, so that you’ll eventually have a block of time in the day/night you can count on for a break. and don’t worry about the breastfeeding. it didn’t come naturally to me, and i found myself hating it for most of the 9.5 months that i did it, which surprised me. it is healthy, free, and the hormone release can tighten up your uterus faster for healing, and you could potentially feed 2 at once, although pumping is almost as good in those ways. when i went back to work part-time i pumped for a few months, but eventually dried up because pumping rarely stimulates as much milk production as feeding. if you decide to do formula, do NOT buy into the hype and guilt that anyone/anything might send your way. your babies will be healthy and thrive and grow and feel loved, and you will be just as connected to them, plus you’ll know for sure they’re getting enough vitamins A, D, and iron, if you formula-feed with love. it’s a personal and family decision, (and sometimes your body decides for you.) in any case, perhaps your nipples hurt like the dickens? in my experience, simplisse nipple cream helps heal and soothe, and only use reusable breast pads if possible, because the plastic liner of the disposables makes them breathe a lot less and keeps your nips wet. i was totally topless almost always (at home) the first few weeks.
    that’s hilarious, the emilia/william mix-up! love it.
    you and jason are so awesome, i’m glad you’re enjoying every minute. i hope guys get the relief, rest, healing, and attention you need.

  • Stephanie Whittington

    I don’t know you personally, but have enjoyed your blog very much.  I have 2 kids and only had one at a time, but I will say I found my first c-section to be brutal.  People kept telling me I was lucky that I didn’t have labor but let me tell you I had plenty of pain!  It is MAJOR surgery!  I remember that first time I stood up thinking I was going to die!  I’m sure this doesn’t really help you much but just know it is not abnormal to have the pain.  Keep taking the meds!  If the strong stuff makes you too loopy ask for Tylenol 3.  As far as breastfeeding goes, it is hard even with just one baby. Yes, it is the best for your baby(ies) as far as nutrition but having a happy, healthy mom is just as important.  Do what you can and don’t worry about what others say.  If all you do is pump enough for them to get one bottle of breastmilk a day, it will still help.  If you decide it’s too much, your babies will be fine.  YOU are their mother and only YOU can decide what is best for you family!  Just two cents from a stranger.  Good luck and may God bless your sweet family.

  • Sarah Becker

    Wowie!  I cannot even imagine.  Congratulations to you and Jason.  Bradley and I are so happy for you and hope the best for you.  Know we are thinking of you and hope to come visit sometime in the next year.  I have loved reading your posts and am looking forward to reading as the babies you develop and you cope!

  • Jenny

    Hi May and Jason, you guys really are amazing. It’s been absolutely wonderful reading your blogs and I certainly wouldn’t feel guilty that you are not attached to your pc. Hell if you stopped now I wouldn’t blame you. I wish you all the best with your journey and know that you will try your hardest to satisfy their every need. It’s a shame I’m down here in NZ and cannot provide any physical help. I don’t blame you for feeling a little detached when you were in so much pain, I’ve had a number of operations on my womb and understand the pain, but I didn’t have babies to attend to. My thoughts have been with you all week. You are doing an amazing job and you can tell all the other mums and nurses out there to stick it if they p*ss you off as they are your kids – you do what you want!! GO GIRL!!!
    Lots of love and big hugs,
    Jen your scuba buddy xxxxx

  • Kristen Boelter

    Congradulations!!!!  I too have been reading your blog and I just cant believe it.  It is so much work with just one baby, I just could not amagine having 3!!!!  You sound like your doing an awesome job- I am so proud of you.  Looking forward to reading the next one…. Love you lots and I am thinking of you.

  • nenebeesmufy2

    Your doing great. I cheated on the pumping since mine were 28 weekers…I had a huge stock pile of milk by the time 2 of my boys came home plus they don’t eat much when they are so small. I breastfed my triplets for 6 1/2 months only stopping after Logan died. I just couldn’t do it anymore. Do what you can and don’t feel guilty when you can no longer keep up. Even when I had my daughter full term and only 1 baby I HATED breastfeeding…she did not get formula until she was almost 11 months old, but that choice was finacial more than anything. She NEVER would latch on and I pumped for the entire year. It sucked, but I’m glad I did. I actually prefer pumping to breast feeding, I like know how much they ate.  BTW your babies are so adorable.

  • Mommyandkai

    Thank you so much for writing your birth story.  I had a cesarean with each of my boys and of course we will have one with the Spontaneous triplets we are expecting. I am so happy you mentioned that you had stiches.  Those staples are so yucky and I never thought to ask for stitches.  I will definitely request them now.  20 people in the room, that is amazing.  

    I have learned so much from your blog and I tell everyone at the perinatologist office about you.  I have told them from day one I will do whatever I can to get as far as I can and they usually roll their eyes.  I told them that you did it and you are proof it can be done.

    I was told today the longest I can go is 36 weeks, I will take it.  I am so excited for the two of you.  What an amazing job you are doing.  I am learning so much.  I love how you have them laying next to each other, I am getting great ideas.  I wonder how I will feed them.  Breastfeeding can be tricky.  We had a lactation consultant come in with our first and I think without her I would not have been successful. I breastfed both boys for 2.5 years, I see we will have a entirely different situation with the triplets.  If you do end up nursing I would love to hear how you do it.  Remember there is no pressure do what is right for your family.   Your babies will do great!

    Please remember to take time for yourselves and to be together.  I can only imagine the lack of sleep and all that you are putting into your beautiful babies.  I love to learn and see how you are doing it.

    All the best to each of you,

    Kari

    http://www.fraziertriplets.blogspot.com

    • http://spontaneoustriplets.com Esther

      Kari,

      Thanks for writing! I’m glad I could help inspire you! I took a look at your blog and decided to add it to my links. I’ll enjoy coming on your journey with you and i’ll provide helpful comments when I can! Congrats and good luck making it to 36 weeks!! :)

  • Hannah

    This was absolutely the best blog of the bunch so far. Well writen, brava May! The little ones look incredible. Thank you for sharing.

  • Peterelka

    I’ve had two c-sections and I still think it is crazy how you are expected to get up and take care of others while you are in so much pain! My triplet c-section was at 36 weeks and the nurses told me that having a tubal does increase the pain. I also can’t believe your hospital doesn’t have a nursery for healthy babies- wowsers!

    Don’t worry about the breastfeeding thing- it will work itself out. There is nothing wrong with pumping and giving bottles- aren’t they still getting the same nutritional benefits? Formula is fine, too- really!  Only one of my three would actually breastfeed, so I pumped after every feeding for the other two. I had some guilt issues at the time, but the babies are now two and I never give it a second thought. Parenting three newborns is HARD, so just do what works for you and don’t even think twice about what others think.

    Just FYI- Similac will send three cases of formula for three months, shipped to your door (and it’s the pre-mixed kind!!!) for FREE if your pediatrician signs you up for this program. Between this and pumping, I did not purchase any formula until my babies were about 9 months old.

    • http://spontaneoustriplets.com Esther

      wow. extremely helpful. Thank-you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alousybum Bum Deggy

    First of all, can’t believe I haven’t said this already, but I am very happy to see the five of you continuing to do so incredibly well!  Nothing but pride and hope for your family!  Oh, and also anything else I can do to help of course.  I think I owe you a few carrying harnesses or something…I signed up on the registry, but I can’t find the things you wanted anymore, so let me know if I can get you anything!  Put me on rotation for the meal delivery service and babysitting too if you like–not that I know the first thing about either job–but hey, at least you know my hours are flexible!  Look at when I’m posting this!  ;-P  Seriously though, I’m completely free until late July and I fully intend to indulge in the opportunity to keep a weird schedule, so ANY time of day OR night that I can help out, gimme a call.  You know I’m good for emergencies; no need for advance notice or anything.  If I can, I will.

    Secondly, thank you for being so courageous and honest in telling your story.  I dunno where to begin on this point…Jason has stayed so amazingly positive this whole time (except when it would be inappropriate to be positive: i.e., re: the DMV)…If you weren’t telling the whole story, I’d have thought the whole thing was just a bizarre miracle from the pages of an (organic, raised-bed) garden-variety fairy tale!  It’s so much more heart-wrenchingly sweet to read about the whole emotional rollercoaster and each of the potholes in the road!  Together your stories tell the real-life miracle.  Just getting to read about it feels like sharing in it…and it’s clearly still helping a lot of others out there to keep hope that you can keep delivering such wonderful news without sparing us any of the rough stuff; so again, a really tremendously sincere THANK YOU.

    I swear though, if Jason didn’t have so many nice, appreciative things to say about the people who worked with you two at the hospital, I would never want to set foot in a SoCal hospital, not even to save my life.  Can’t believe all the things I’ve heard…Seems like every time someone I know visits one, they find some new way to shock me.  Disclaimer: I have no idea what it’s like from their side, though I’m sure they’re under plenty of pressure due to poor funding and training, and I doubt the bulk of the blame lies with anyone directly involved.  That being said, I can’t understand how Jason could be expected to just dive right into caring for all three, by himself, right away, with what I’m sure was hardly any sleep, not having left the hospital since taking you there early in the previous morning, undoubtedly having had close to zero sleep the night before that too.  He must’ve been beyond burnout, like post-apocalyptic style burnout…I guess this is why we’re hardwired to love babies so much!  Can’t imagine getting through it any other way…and you!!  If you hadn’t said that recovery is helped by movement and caregiving, I would be on an even more insane rant right now (you should’ve seen how I was writing it at first).  Now I’m giving everyone the benefit of the doubt on that one…cuz that is definitely NOT intuitive…Gawd, I can’t even imagine how you were expected to stand up after that!  Like Stephanie said, a C-section is MAJOR surgery…and yours was not an ordinary C-section!!  Lemme just say that if I was involved–even as a spectator–in that procedure, at the end of it there would be FOUR of us sucking our thumbs…so really, please do not be at all ashamed of how you handled yourself through it all.  As good of you as it is for you to want it to be all about your children, I don’t need to tell you it wasn’t; as a first-time mother, this was your once-in-a-lifetime experience too.  I’m sure I’m just echoing others in saying all that…but I’ll still take another shot at saying something original: I don’t think I’m exaggerating in saying what you went through was probably on many levels quite comparable to crucifixion!  (I watched a History Channel thingy about it once, so trust me, I’m an expert!  I even stayed at a Motel 6 last night!!)

    Really bugs me that Jason was on his own like that though, even for just a little…and I really hope you mean it when you say all the movement and stress and lack of sleep actually HELPS you recover, cuz that just blows my mind…and I really hope you’ll let me help out somehow.  I don’t know anything of what it’s like to have that much responsibility foisted on you with that little gas left in the tank, but the darkest times I can recall were when I not only felt that helpless myself, but when I forgot or didn’t believe that others could help me.  Don’t forget.  :-]On a couple less serious notes, the thought of William & Jackson getting mixed up at this stage is kind of mind-bending isn’t it?  Seriously (but not too seriously ;), how could you ever figure that one out??  I mean, aside from the toenails, they are LITERALLY identical right?  At what point do you suppose the non-shared experience will really aggregate enough to give them meaningfully distinct identities?  I imagine you’re even making further efforts to ensure their care is equivalent…Oh, but I see William is a couple oz. lighter at least.  (That is SO teensy!!  Must be a real trip in itself just to hold a complete person that weighs less than a gallon jug of water!)  Do you feel like that’s really enough to constitute a distinct personality though?  The ARP conference is going on right now, so I may be on an odd train of thought right now, but I’m very eager to hear your thoughts about their personalities and your (strangely limited!) roles in shaping them over the years to come.  Really looking forward to that next post of yours!Also, Emilia is just ab-so-lute-ly beeeeeeeeautiful!  I can’t get over her eyes…and pardon me for poking fun, but if the relative frequencies of photos you two have shared aren’t entirely coincidental, I’d have to say in a very plausibly deniable, Fox News talking head sort of fashion, “This morning on Backseat Driving with Fox & Friends-of-the-Family: the Hanes couple and their new triplets!! Are they playing favorites already??  You won’t want to miss what we stuck our big noses into this time, at 11 AM  Eastern 10 Central, only on Fox News, your most trusted network in the 6000-year history of facts!””P.S. …  Fair and Balanced!”

  • beth ayala

    Esther you are an incredibly strong person! It seems crazy that the day after your surgery so much was expected. I understand that they wanted you to get up and start the healing process but a little more help would be expected. Especially w/ you being on the pain meds.and being outta of it.I hope you are feeling less pain now and know you will find your way it just takes a moment.
    Two tips for breastfeeding that helped me ..I think the girls took to it so well because I never gave them pacifiers which alter the way they suckle,they will learn to quiet themselves without it. and certain nipples for bottles are easier than nursing for the baby and can make them want the easier way. My unsolicited advice only because it is something you seem to be trying to do. And remeber to take care of yourself.if your stressed, which how could you not be in some way, your body won’t produce milk. hydrate! and eat!
    Thinking about you guys :) welcome to chaos at its best

  • Peterelka

    Okay, now I’m a stalker…but I meant to put this in my other post. I’m just thinking that you probably did not get much direction on breastfeeding/pumping for multiples, since it is usually the NICU nurses who know all about this. The regular mother/baby nurses don’t necessarily work with high-order multiples very often, I’m sure. Anyway, you might consider renting a hospital-grade pump (if you haven’t already), as they are much more efficient and help you establish your milk supply more effectively. I think I paid $45 a month, but it literally pumped the same amount of milk in half the time as my own pump.

    Hope this helps…I never considered looking for help on the internet when I had my trips, so I kind of figured things out for myself. Just trying to help…:-)

  • Caitlin Taylor

    Just discovered your blog. (Thanks to link by Tips on Triplets.) Thanks for sharing your birth story. I’m 19 weeks pregnant, so reading it was a little scary, but I think it’s good to be forewarned. All the best, I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  • Laura Alotaibi

    Love the birth story! The pain you are experiencing is normal, I remember it all too well….as far as the left side, I also had the same pain, my dr said it was an anchor stitch that often cause more discomfort.  I know of a triplet mom that breastfed, but I chose to pump for 6 weeks so that I could have my husband help with the feedings.  I hope that you are able to rest some to recover! The babies are adorable! 

  • Julie

    (had mine Sat!)  I agree the most pain post c/s is the lower left pain – above the incision.  I asked RN or Dr (someone professional looking, but its a blur), they said its probably the inner layers that were cut & they’re stitched to side.
    Congrats & take care of each other!!!
    Happy 1st Fathers Day Jason!

  • Martha Klopp

    wow, congrats again. it’s fun to hear the birth story. if it isn’t a nicu struggle it’s something else! no easy way!
        i wanted to breastfeed too but it wasn’t in the cards… i think if anything it’s worth it to at least keep pumping. and when you bottle feed, anyone can do it! it would be really hard to be the only responsible feeder. good job so far!

  • http://profiles.google.com/lizziemclamb Elizabeth McLamb

    congratulations on your triplets! I also have 11 month old spontaneous identical triplets (all boys) and I’m so impressed with how far you carried them! You are a rockstar! I hope that you can all catch up on sleep at some point. I think the first month or two I was so sleep deprived that I barely remember it…so glad i have my blog to look back on what we experienced. :) (www.multiplemclambs.blogspot.com) Good luck and i”ll be thinking of you all in these coming weeks. Don’t beat yourself up about breastfeeding…one of my doctors said that she’s only had one mom of triplets to exclusively breastfeed and that’s all she did. and that sealed the deal for me. As long as the babies are thriving, it shouldn’t matter what they eat. And as long as you’re happy, the babies will be happy!

    • http://spontaneoustriplets.com Esther

      thanks for writing! I added your blog to my links!

  • Lindsay

    Hi! Our friend Laura just turned me on to your blog. You are a rock star!!

    I just had my baby (just one!) too, and I’m pumping as I read this (sorry, TMI), and I wanted to recommend this hands free pumping bra: http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Wishes-Hands-Free-Breastpump-XS/dp/B00295MQLU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309300972&sr=8-1

    It looks ridiculous, but it is awesome!! You can pump both sides and keep both hands totally free. I am so mad at myself for not getting it when I had my first. 

    Nursing is really hard – wonderful, but hard. I was militantly pro-nursing with my first and never made enough milk. I was furious with my mom in the first couple weeks when she would encourage me to supplement with formula. When I finally did, and gave up the guilt, my life and baby’s life got a lot easier. I’m just saying, don’t feel guilty about doing what you need to do. You know best. Good luck!!

  • http://threetimesthegiggles.com Helen

    You look absolutely fantastic, and bravo to you for deliver full-term triplets! These first months are going to be an absolute blur to you, so try to blog when you can – even if it’s just a seemingly dumb story. I love looking back at my blog now and reading the silly/pointless things I wrote back then and realizing I have zero recollection of it even happening!

  • Newly Enlightened

    I’m a single, childless woman age 37. I stumbled upon your blog daydreaming about having a baby and for some odd reason..having triplets. Your blog has shown me the light of day. Never should any woman contemplate that having multiple births is some kind of cake walk. What was I thinking??????? Thank you so much for sharing your story.