Wednesday, June 23, 2010
When I look back at the past 8 months, I am in amazement of everything that has happened so quickly. Al and I are so fortunate to have been blessed with so many wonderful, gracious, and loving family and friends. People have poured love, prayers, and gifts our way in a multitude of ways. I am not sure I will ever get tired of hearing people say they are praying for and thinking about our family. All I can say is, "Wow! What a blessing!"
All in all, I have loved almost every minute of being pregnant. Thankfully, I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy, for which I am grateful. For the most part, I am really going to miss it. I have loved feeling the babies move inside me, and wondering what they look like and what their personalities will be like. If I had to make a prediction, I would say Baby A will be the calm, laid-back girl who follows her brother and sister. Baby B will be a spitting image of his daddy. He will be completely laid-back and easy-going; however, ALWAYS on the go. Baby C will be the instigator of the bunch and definitely be the leader. This is just what I am thinking from having them move around inside me, so it will be interesting to see how close these predictions are. What I have also enjoyed is the anticipation of the big day! I cannot wait to experience the birth of our babies with Al by my side.
There are a few things I will not miss from this pregnancy, that is for sure. I definitely will not miss the inability to sleep. I know everyone will insert a thought here that goes something like, "I don't think you will see sleep for awhile." I do understand this, but what I am talking about is just the ability to roll over from side to side without the feeling that I need a crane to push me, or without the inevitable and unavoidable noises that accompany this, waking Al up almost every time. It will be wonderful to just be able to get out of bed without having to make it a 5 minute process of making sure every body part is where it should be, working, and I am completely balanced. I will also not miss the shortness of breath. It will be so exciting to be able to go up and back down one flight of stairs in less than 5 minutes, something I always took for granted. The last thing I will not miss (however, I think it will haunt me for while) is the freak show that I create when in public. Never have I been pointed at and talked about so much. I know people are just curious, but I am not sure I can hear, "I've never seen a belly so big" or "When are you due? You are huge!" Last weekend, I was walking out of Target and a lady that was coming into the store started saying, "Excuse me, excuse me" quite rudely. I mistakenly looked up to find she was talking to me. She then proceeded to ask if I was having a multiple pregnancy. I quickly affirmed her suspicions and tried to keep walking, but failed at that. She wanted to know how many, which I answered quickly, and once again turned away. Apparently this woman wanted to know everything because she would not leave me alone. I understand people are curious, but do complete strangers really need to know everything? I always think of come-backs I would love to say in my head, but never have the courage, or the meanness to say them, for example:
"How many babies are you having?" Reply: "One very large 15 pound baby, thanks for a
"Were you due last week?" Reply: "Ohmygosh! Thank you for reminding me that my water did break last week, but I just forgot to go to the hospital!"
"Are the babies natural?" Reply: "Why, no, actually. They are synthetic."
I think I could go on and on about the comments people have made, but I am afraid it will not be much better when I am pushing around a triplet stroller. I am thinking about making a sign to post on the stroller that answers most of the questions people have, but maybe that would be rude, or invite people to ask more questions. I guess we will quickly learn!
In wrapping up this blog, I do want to extend a huge THANK-YOU for all of the help, support, and love everyone has shown us. We truly appreciate everything that has been done to help us with this incredible journey and we are looking forward to the future!!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday we hit the 35 week mark!!!
Sorry there was a delay in these pictures, but unfortunately my computer decided to die on me the other day. It was not recognizing the electrical plug, so I took it to a local computer store and sure enough the cord was bad. Needless to say, they had to order a new cord and it will not be in until Tues. or Wed. Wow! Can I say how dependent I have become on using a computer! Simple things that I would previously had looked up elsewhere, such as a phone book, I now rely on the Internet. How the world has changed!
I know...the stretch marks are not so pretty! Al made a comment that even my stretch marks have stretch marks! You can also see that the babies must really prefer my right side. Even from the beginning, my belly has been quite lopsided. I guess it's the small price to pay for such miracles :) (oh, and no, it does not hurt like everyone thinks it looks like it does...my body has just adjusted and is used to carrying around the extra weight. But I do have to say, that I am excited about feeling lighter!)
If you noticed the lovely yellow bowl in the last two pictures, you can see the catastrophe that has hit our house. Unfortunately, the other day, our only bathtub/shower in the house had decided to start leaking!!! Great timing :( For the time being, until it is fixed, we are taking showers in our camper, and let me tell you...they do not make camper showers with pregnant ladies in mind! I cannot really turn around without my belly hitting either the wall or the shower curtain. Oh, the pleasures of living in an old house!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The next appointment was the non-stress test. Ususally the babies are VERY active; however, typically I do the appointment in the afternoon. I think because it was morning, they were a little more sluggish, so they had to be woken with a little buzzer/vibrator and then later poked, so they could measure movement in correlation with heartrates. Even though it took a little longer, all babies did pass once again.
Lastly, was the appointment with Dr. Kanios. She is very pleased about how everything is progressing. My blood pressure has been great the whole pregnancy, with today's being 119/74. According to Dr. Luke, one of the leading nutritionist for multiple pregnancies, she recommends mothers expecting triplets to gain between 60-75 lbs. To date, I have gained just a little over 60 lbs., which is perfect! I will feel like a new woman when I get all this extra weight off of me (which reminds me of a funny phone call...the other day, my brother called and asked if I ever just tipped over forward because there is so much weight in my belly. Sorry to disappoint him, but I just don't think it works quite like that :) Dr. Kanios also measured my belly, which is somewhat subjective. If I were to be having one baby, my belly would be measuring the size of going 46 weeks! When I got home, I had the nerve to measure around my belly, and I have a very attractive 48 inch waistline.
All in all, we are very blessed to be doing so well. Needless to say, I think everyone was very surprised to see us today, including the ultrasound tech who said she had never measured triplets this far along. Tomorrow makes 35 weeks, so whenever they decide to appear, we would be ok with (except this weekend, since Al still is planning on going to Hillsboro for work :(
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
(The retail price for one is listed behind each item)
2 Mega-packs Huggies diapers (almost equivalent of 4 packs) 17.99
2 packs Huggies diapers
2 bottles Old Spice body wash (if Al does not like these, they will be donated)
Guessing time? How much did I pay for all four items? If you guessed $1.98, you would be right!!!
Who says I can't diaper 3 babies for a reasonable price? You just have to be a smart shopper :)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Here are some great pictures of some of the people who were there. From left to right, Dani (my brother Mike's girlfriend), me, Becky, and mom.
Whenever Becky or I are home, this is a typical event - Mom trying to feel her grandbabies move. She insists that the babies kick on her cue, but I'm not convinced yet.
Becky and her mother-in-law, Adele.
Here are Becky's sisters-in-law, from left to right , Jen and her baby, Shelby, Becky, Emily, and Janene.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
We did not plan on wearing outfits that look so similar, but both showed up wearing these tanks. I guess we still think alike! :)