Friday, October 14, 2011

28 Weeks - Getting Closer to Meeting My Babies!

On Wednesday, Tommy and I had our latest doctor appointment so I wanted to update everyone on that. We also hit 28 weeks yesterday, if you can believe it! We are now in the home stretch! On Wednesday, the babies looked good. They did an echo cardiogram where they look at their hearts really closely for defects, not because they suspect anything, but because I guess these defects are more common with triplets. Everything they saw looked normal, thank goodness, but there were some things they could not see so they cannot check off the list just yet. Its very hard now that they are getting so big because there are always other arms and legs in the way of seeing what they need to. There really is not a lot of space in there and even though my stomach feels huge right now and very heavy, I still look down and wonder how 3 babies could possibly fit in there, but somehow they do. The only thing that was off as far as the babies go on Wednesday was Mickey's fluid level was 8.9cm and normal is below 8cm. The doctors don't seem worried about it, they said it could just be unexplained and when I asked how they knew it was unexplained, he said because he doesn't see anything else wrong with him, so I am doing my best to listen to the doctors and try not to worry but after everything we have been through, I am secretly worrying about it. If anything it would be a digestive issue because Mickey has his own placenta so he is not sharing, but if everything could go semi smoothly from here on out, I wouldn't mind one bit. I know things could be a lot worse, I have seen how bad they can get and I am very thankful my babies are ok, but I would be lying if I said I was not extremely exhausted emotionally and physically from this pregnancy. I am very, very tired, but very anxious and excited at the same time.

In my office visit Wednesday the doc said from here on out, my appointments would be weekly again. There are so many risks to mom and babies in triplet pregnancies, they need to monitor my blood pressure and a few other things very closely, so I will have office visits every week and ultrasounds every other week. We were basically told on Wednesday to be prepared for them to hospitalize me at any time moving forward and to make sure we are ready for that. I guess it is pretty common for triplet moms to have to spend at least some time in the hospital before the babies come, Actually, I think I am pretty lucky I have made it this far without having to do that. I know a lot of others who have been admitted at 24-25 weeks, so I guess I am doing quite well, considering.

So, we are at 28 weeks and once we get to 31-32 weeks, if I have not had the babies they will schedule the C section for no later than 34 weeks. That's less than 6 weeks from now at the most . Holy Cow! 34 weeks exactly would be Thanksgiving Day, so we will have 3 new Tommy and Kara babies by Thanksgiving if not sooner. They said to determine when to deliver, it is based on several factors, one being the babies, do they still have room to grow, are they showing signs of distress, etc., and two, am I doing ok physically. Is my body still handling the pregnancy well, my heart, my kidney's, etc. The doc said we could possibly go longer than 34 weeks but that it is highly unlikely. So, the message was clear, and Tommy and I are ready for anything at this point. My goal, again, is to make it to at least 32 weeks (at least) and I think I can do it.

Please continue to pray for us and the babies if you can. Now is a critical time where anything could happen at any moment. I am a little nervous about the C section as we get closer but there is no way around it. Please pray that all continues to go well for us and that the babies and myself be healthy.

I am including some pictures below of Jolynne and Mickey. Georgia is so far down at this point we cant really see her head anymore. But she probably looks just like her sister since they are identical. The first pictures are of Jolynne. In one of them her feet and legs are bent completely over her head. The other pictures are of Mickey, you can even see him yawning.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I am so happy for you!!! I am sitting here in tears...
    You are doing a great job & I am amazed you have made it this far without being in the hospital, keep it up & I see very happy holidays in your near future :)