Wednesday, September 24, 2008

FAQ's

1. Wow...triplets....how are you going to handle three??
---First of all, I must admit that Brad and I are already getting tired of people saying "it's going to be hard". We NEVER once said it would be easy. We know that some days are going to be long and busy (and it might be necessary to end them with a glass of wine). We also know that it is going to be the best challenge we've ever accepted and we can't wait for the experience (and we probably won't be able to afford any wine!!). We want these babies more than anything in the world and have no problem giving up some sleep and sanity to raise them. We accept the challenge with open arms!!
2. Should I start buying you diapers now?
--Haha, all we have to say is that if you want to contribute to the diaper fund we will not stop you. I read somewhere that a family of triplets goes through like 900 diapers a month. That requires each baby to go through 10 diapers each day which really just depends on the baby. Regardless of how many each wears daily, it will still be a lot. Since we know they are going to be the smartest babies ever, maybe they will potty train when they're one. ;-)
3. Do you know the sexes yet? Do you want to know?
--It's too early to know what they are right now. Several people asked us when we were only 7 and 8 weeks along. Most of the people that ask have had kids of their own and Brad keeps wanting to ask them if they found out this early. I know that some people just ask questions and don't really stop to think about the timeline. We do want to know what they are when the time comes. I think we still have about 2 months though.
4. Are you going to stay in the same house?
--As much as we need a bigger house now, we just won't be able to afford it with me not working. We were actually looking at houses before I found out I was pregnant, but we were going to wait until I got a teaching job to move. Without that income it would just be better to stay put for a while. We have a very affordable house payment though so we really can't complain.

These are just a few questions that we get asked very frequently. It's so funny to see people's reactions when they find out. Most of our friends and family know what a journey it has been for us and are beyond thrilled when they hear the news. We couldn't be more excited either and can't wait to see what else God has in store for us!

Friday, September 19, 2008

High Risk Doctor's Visit

I had my first appointment with the high risk doctor today. Brad was in between his 12-hour shifts so he was home sleeping. I said I didn't mind going by myself. Since I ended up being there for 2 1/2 hours I'm glad he didn't give up his sleep. First, the nurse did a sonogram and I heard all three heartbeats again. Everyone is doing great so far! The doctor came in after that and went over all the complications that could arise with triplets (and also with the identical twins since they share a placenta). I like that he was honest and didn't try to sugar coat anything. He simply told me everything that we will be watching out for in the next several months. He gave me a prescription for extra folic acid and iron to take along with my prenatal vitamins.
We then went on to talk about my diet and gave me some surprising information. He wants me consuming 3500 calories each day!! I will be working with a dietitian to try and achieve this in the healthiest way possible. This is going to take some work for me because, as most of you know, I lost about 70 lbs two years ago and have worked really hard since then to keep it off. I would guess that right now I consume about 1500 calories a day, maybe 2000 on my "bad days". I will do whatever it takes to make these babies healthy and strong though!! The dietitian should be calling to set up an appointment soon. I took the first step tonight and stopped at Taco Bell on the way home from work. I know that's not extremely healthy but I've been craving a bean burrito for three days now. I finally convinced myself it was ok to give in...as long as it was just one.
Now here's the hard part....he wants to see me back in 4 weeks. We've been really spoiled by having a sonogram every week and now we have to wait 4 weeks?! I don't know if we can wait that long!! Just kidding..we'll be ok.

Oh yes - the doctor said that one of the easiest ways to add extra calories was to drink a 6-pack a day. He said this provided a good source of carbs and calories, but for some reason most pregnant women decided against it. Hmm.....

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Our three little miracles!!!




We had another sonogram this morning to make sure everything was progressing normally. These pictures are actually backwards, but there's a picture of each of them. Baby C is on top, followed by Baby B and then Baby A. (Yes, that is what they are being called until we name them - even by the doctors.) A and B are the identical twins. The doctor said they are about 1/3 of an inch long and we could tell they were bigger just from 6 days ago. We heard all three heartbeats today too which was so incredible!! So as far as we can tell everyone is doing great!
I'm really trying to work through the morning sickness, which only seems to be getting worse. I got "sick sick" for the first time today and it was not very fun. I couldn't even hold down saltines so I knew it was going to be a rough day. They gave me a new prescription to try so hopefully that will work. I have my first appointment with the high risk doctor next Friday and I'm looking forward to that. Our official due date now is April 29, but with triplets I'll probably be at least a month early. We pray they stay in as long as they can though!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Three's Not a Crowd!!

Wow is about all I can say! We got some incredible news at our sonogram this morning. We're having triplets!! There is a set of identicle twins in one sac and then one baby in the other sac. We are beyond ecstatic! We were able to see the heart beats of all three of them which was so amazing. Our approximate due date is April 30, 2009. Usually the doctor says to come back in a couple weeks but since there's 3 of them she wants me back next Friday. We got several pictures of each, but since they're so small I think it's too hard to put them on the computer right now. Hopefully we'll get better ones next week to put up.

Also, we'll start the sign up list in a few months for helpers. Haha!!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The City of Arlington needs something better to do!!

I was walking by the front door a few minutes ago when I noticed something taped to the glass. I opened the door to take it off, thinking it was some advertisement. Boy was I wrong! It is a notice from the City of Arlington that we need to mow our lawn. I will admit that it looks bad right now, but since when do they issue notices for that?!?! It says that we have 7 days to correct this violation and that it is the only violation we are allowed to receive for the next 12 months. I think this is completely ridiculous! Brad is not going to be happy when he wakes up and sees it. I will admit that this is something I "nag" him about. I like the yard to be kept up with, but I help as much as I can. Obviously I can't right now though so it's just up to him. We actually just had a discussion a couple nights ago about him helping out a little more. I tend to do everything around the house just because that's how I am. Since I can't do too much right now, I explained to him that I need a little help. It frustrates me to no end to not be able to do something myself. I'm already anxious because I've spent the last 2 days in bed being so sick that I haven't been able to do anything! (Thankfully the doctor is going to give me some medicine so I can make it to work and school the rest of this week.) However, I can't do anything about the yard no matter how much I want to. I guess I'm doing a little nagging now and I apologize for that. I'm not trying to pick on anyone, I'm simply frustrated with the situation. I think the City of Arlington needs to find something better to do with their time! Seriously.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Countdown to Friday is on.....

First of all, I have to say I'm sorry I haven't written anything in over a week. The truth is I haven't had too much to write about, but since there has been some concern when I don't write anything (sorry Mom!!) I thought I could at least come up with something. We are very anxious for Friday to get here (for the sonogram) and so happy that we have made it this far. I WAS feeling pretty good, but that all changed this weekend. I started feeling sick here and there, but today was by far the worst. I have literally spent the ENTIRE DAY laying down, doing NOTHING. If you know me at all, then you know that I am always doing something! Today, however, I have done absolutely nothing except try not to get sick. It is getting a little better as the day goes on though. Other than that, the headaches, frequent trips to the bathroom, and the complete lack of energy, everything's going great! :) I must admit that I really don't mind any of it...it's so worth it in my mind!!! There's not too much else to report right now. We're staying busy with work (and for me school). Friday will be here before we know it!

Hope everyone had a GREAT Labor Day weekend!!!