The doc did a little cheer for me this week. Both hands up, tight little fist shakes in the air. Everything looks great! Cervix is still measuring at 4.5, very excellent. No signs of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Babies are big, especially considering I’ve only gained 20 lbs so far (not much for triplets): 1 lb 7oz., 1 lb 10 oz., and 1 lb 10 oz. I’m relieved because I’m not eating very much, but I am drinking about half a gallon of (organic!) 2% milk everyday. You should see the disbelieving look on Jason’s face when I slam entire pint glasses of milk! To increase calories even more, I mix two pints with carnation instant breakfast; to control sugar, I drink the rest straight from the carton. This adds about 1300 calories a day to my diet. A far cry from the soy milk I solely consumed pre-pregnancy, which contains phytoestrogens that affect male fetuses. You gotta do what you gotta do. I guess these babies love, love, LOVE milk!
Sleeping is horrible; I get more uncomfortable every day. I can’t fall asleep, and wake in pain and misery. Baby body parts are sticking out of me, heads, legs, and arms. It’s like the babies are trying to get out, to burst open my belly and escape. They try especially hard when I’m trying to sleep. The doc prescribed Ambien for my sleepless nights, but he said it could affect the fetuses, and if taken too often, can result in insomnia for the babies. I hope he was kidding, because that doesn’t sound safe to me! I think I’ll avoid it and continue shopping for a recliner. Might as well get used to sleepless nights anyway, right?
And yes, I’m still puking, having back pain, and stinging pain in my upper right abdomen, but it’s all much more tolerable now that I’m mostly home-bound. These next 4 weeks are the most important of the entire pregnancy. The doc said to limit my activity now, no shopping or housecleaning. I must lie down as much as possible, but I’m not restricted to bed rest because my cervix is still quite long.
This whole vehicle thing is a pain in the ass! Why can’t three carseats fit into a car??!! Vans, despite their unsightly appearance and sluggish ways, are ridiculously expensive (yet still cheaper and more efficient than other 7 passenger vehicles). We can’t afford a new van because of all the other expenses that come with 3 unplanned babies, like childcare. And I can’t bear to buy from a dealership. My hubby thinks dealerships are “safer” than private sales, but I think the risk is worth it. Unless I were buying a new vehicle, I would feel ripped off by the dealer. When we went to the giant used car sale in San Diego, I ended up haggling with the salesmen and dealers for hours. One dealer “cracked” and went from $9,995 to $9,600 on an ugly dodge caravan. whoo. Sorry, it wasn’t worth more than $8,500. He was yelling at me by the end of it, too–jeez, don’t stress the babies! Sigh. This may be more difficult than finding the new apartment.