Six Month Milestone

Wow! I can’t believe we are halfway through the first year! These boys are starting to move around now! Everybody is rolling but Myles and Jack are the most active. Colton has become our little observer and is quite content to just lay on the floor and relax. Our other major accomplishment is that within the 5 month mark everyone was able to sleep through the night! There are still occasional trips back and forth for pacifiers. Are glow in the dark pacifiers a thing?  Anyway, we have 5 feedings during the day. It’s becoming more and more manageable to wash and prepare bottles now that we are down to 15!

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I love watching these boys as they are starting to realize that they can interact with each other. They all absolutely love Kylie. She can make them laugh by just looking at them. It’s so sweet to see everybody begin to play with each other and it makes us excited for all that is ahead!

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Before we made it to our sixth month, one of my greatest fears became a reality. I have always been worried about how we would manage when any of the babies got sick. Of course it was going to happen at some point. Our house got hit with a pretty violent stomach bug. It started with Myles on a Saturday morning. The poor child couldn’t keep anything down. By the next day, all six of us had fallen ill. I don’t even know what else to say about it other than it was the worst couple of days we’ve had in quite awhile. Thank goodness that’s over!

As much as that experience made me want to stay away from people and GERMS, we also had to venture out into the public at some point, too. After all, it’s been six months! There’s a first time for everything… there’s also a last. Ha! We tried to ease into the community with a Target run. I tried very hard to look inconspicuous as I wandered the aisles with my three babies and toddler who also insisted on wearing HER baby. Not sure it worked…

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We also headed to the zoo… but it turned out that we could have been our own exhibit. Apparently bright lime green strollers with four seats attract some attention 😜

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So here we are… Six months! Everyone is 25 1/4 inches in length. Myles weighs 14 pounds 14 ounces while Jack is 15 pounds 3 ounces and Colton is 14 pounds 3 ounces.

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I’m so proud of Myles, Jack and Colton for all they are able to do. It’s so fun to watch them learn and grow! They are so close to be able to sit up and currently Colton is in the lead. I’m also proud of Kylie as she figures out her new role as big sister. She loves being a part of all the day to day “chores” involved in taking care of babies.   It’s been half a year but John and I still look at these four kids of ours in amazement. We still can’t believe these little faces are ours to love!

 

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Four Month Milestone

These little boys are growing up! I can’t believe how fast time has gone. It seems like just yesterday we were stumbling through our days exhausted and in a daze. I will say this… we are still exhausted but I definitely feel like we are starting to turn a corner. These guys are getting so fun!

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Shortly after they hit two months we received the results of the DNA test. It confirmed what we suspected… we have identical triplets! We couldn’t help but feel lucky all over again learning this news since the odds of identical triplets are in the one-in-a-million zone. These little boys were simply meant to be a part of our lives and a part of our family. Honestly, there are times it feels as though this entire last year never happened. It all feels so amazing and so surreal. Then I look at our four beautiful children and realize it did. It DID happen. I’m so very, very glad it did. Now, I’d be lying if I told you that everything was rainbows and butterflies. There are still a lot of ups and downs, a lot of steps forward and steps back. There are still tears. But there are fewer moments in which I feel like we’re drowning and more moments in which I think we just might make it yet….someday. We’ll get there. People often tell me they don’t know how I do it. Well, it’s simple really…skittles. Lots of them! In reality, we aren’t doing it alone. We have so much help and for that we are grateful daily.

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Myles, Jack, and Colton are four months old now.  Myles weighs 13 pounds, Jack weighs 13 pounds 6 ounces, and Colton weighs 12 pounds 8 ounces. They smile and giggle and are so sweet to cuddle. We are down to 6 bottles each a day and they only take one bottle in the night. We are now getting a good chunk of sleep at night which is life changing. I no longer argue with John in my dreams so I have to believe we’re making some level of progress. I am back to working two days a week for a total of 16 hours. It can be overwhelming at times but overall it feels like a good balance. Kylie is an incredible big sister. She loves helping to take care of her baby brothers. She reads or sings to them, helps pick out their clothes, and has a lot of fun playing with them. When I look at these crazy kids of ours I can’t help but think we are in for a lot of adventures. I am excited for what’s to come. Like I said, we’ll get there… I don’t know where the heck we’re going yet but as long as we arrive there together I’m happy.

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Two Month Milestone

Shortly after getting everyone home we had family pictures taken. I had been looking at newborn photos of triplets throughout my pregnancy as a sort of motivation to get through the rough parts. We were so lucky to get beautiful pictures that capture the miracle and blessing of our triplets. (Photo credits to Kelli with Bearfoot Photography in Bettendorf)

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Our first weeks home with Myles, Jack and Colton were a blur. In fact, they still are a bit blurry but I will start from the beginning. We were on a three hour schedule for feeding them and everybody stayed on that schedule. Yes, that meant we often had to wake a sleeping baby… Really, they didn’t do much in between eating other than sleep and, well, you know… We changed at least 24 diapers a day and prepared and washed 24 bottles. Our life existed in 12 hour blocks of time which was spent trying to prepare for the next 12 hour block of time. Luckily, we had a lot of help! One of our neighborhood friends helped during the day and John’s mom stayed to help at night so we were really never alone. I had the goal of trying to nurse at least one or all of the triplets but it was a struggle to fit that into our already busy routine. Instead I pumped every two hours and they took all their feeds by bottle. In the beginning, I was able to produce about 2/3 of what they needed and we supplemented with bottles of formula at night in hopes of them sleeping longer.

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About two weeks after we all came home, right around their one month milestone we started seeing Myles struggle with eating. It started with him spitting up more and progressed pretty rapidly over a period of only a few days. The spit up increased to the point of him throwing up a good portion of his bottle at times even though other times he could take the bottle well only to throw up a few hours later. I knew something wasn’t right but it didn’t make sense why at first his symptoms seemed to come and go. By the next day, he was barely keeping anything down and was more tired and just seemed less alert. We took him to our pediatrician who said it could be either reflux or pyloric stenosis. He ordered an ultrasound to rule out the latter but it turned out to be positive. We were informed we were to go back to the University of Iowa Children’s hospital as it would need to be corrected surgically. I cried. The thought of my tiny little baby who hadn’t even reached his actual due date yet going through surgery had me terrified. We packed our bags and headed back to the children’s hospital and all the emotions that went along with it. That night Myles was hooked up to IV fluids and laparoscopic surgery was scheduled for the next day.

Thankfully, all went well with his procedure and he spent the next 24 hours being monitored and returning to normal bottle feeding. It was a two day stay and then we were discharged home. And so began the next chapter of our journey which I will not so fondly refer to as “the month the pyloric stenosis diagnosis kicked us in the rear…”

We brought Myles home and tried to find our new normal again. He struggled with chest congestion for the week following the surgery but otherwise returned to his old self. I brought him back to our pediatrician for his one week post op check up and all looked well. I even looked the doctor square in the eye, smiled, and gave a hopeful promise he wouldn’t see us again until our two month follow up with the triplets. It was not to be. One week after that both Colton and Jack started spitting up a little bit more. This time I thought for sure it was just reflux but scheduled an appointment just in case. After all, I was told pyloric stenosis was not that common of a diagnosis. We went to our doctor on Friday and were prescribed reflux medication which we started that night. On Saturday morning, I had myself convinced that Jack was showing the same symptoms that Myles had but was instructed to give the medication a day or so to start working. Colton seemed to be staying about the same and I figured he was just going to be one of those “happy spitter” kids. Jack went on a downward spiral quickly and by Saturday night wasn’t keeping much of his bottles down. We went straight to the ER and requested an ultrasound. It, of course, confirmed that Jack also had pyloric stenosis. Since it was the weekend, we were instructed that we had to go through the Iowa City ER to get admitted. Once there, the pediatric surgeons said it was logical that Jack would get it as he was identical to Myles. Poor Jack went through the same procedure. He was not as tolerant of it as Myles though and he did not appreciate the night he had to spend on fluids and not eating. Thankfully the nurses were kind and Jack was cute and they snuggled him at the nurses desk while I managed to snag a few hours of sleep in between the crying. It was terrible to see another one of my babies go through something so uncomfortable. John would visit during the day and then go home at night to take care of the other two boys and Kylie with his mom. Jack was discharged on a Tuesday and I felt so happy to once again walk out of that hospital but I was fearful it wasn’t the last I would see of the place.

That Saturday we got lucky with a good deal and finally bought our minivan! We took Kylie with us and she was thrilled to be a part of this major family accomplishment. Kylie of course wanted to ride in the van with daddy while I followed them home in the car. I laughed as I followed behind John in that van because it reminded me of a time 10 years ago when he bought his first truck. At the time, I thought there was something kind of attractive about a guy driving a truck. This time I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself because…there’s something pretty attractive about a guy who owns a minivan 😉 I was so happy because this purchase felt like our last step in our transition to a family of six.

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That night, Colton took a turn for the worse. He started the classic projectile vomiting after his bottle in the evening and when we woke him to feed during the night he just continued. This time we were smart enough to know that we just needed to go straight to the Iowa City ER since it was during the weekend. Once there, we shocked the pediatric surgeons who consulted with us with a third diagnosis of pyloric stenosis. We returned to the children’s hospital. I spent another two days sitting in a rocking chair holding my sick baby while watching HGTV and eating pop tarts.

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I told the doctor this made me question if Colton really was the fraternal triplet or if they were all identical. They really do all look the same. The doctor said he would be highly suspicious of them all being identical. He said he sees this often in twins but has never seen triplets that all three had pyloric stenosis. So, I’ve ordered a simple DNA test to find out. Stay tuned!

In the meantime we’ve hit the two month milestone! Myles and Colton weigh 9 lbs 4 ounces and Jack weighs 9 lbs 14 ounces. We are still going strong on a three hour schedule. They go through about 90 ounces a day now but I’m only able to provide around 50 ounces. We can go about 4 hours (5 on a good night) in between bottles at night but there’s still a lot of time spent patting and shushing and finding pacifiers. In all reality, they are super good babies… it’s just that there are three of them to keep things exhausting! It’s starting to get pretty fun now though as they are becoming more alert and interact a little bit. We are starting to see the smiles and hear the coos and the snuggles make it all worth it. They are really calm most of the time but they all like to be held. They get a little more fussy in the evenings so that can get a little more hectic while trying to convince a two year old that going to bed is a good idea. We have a crazy life right now but we’re surviving! It helps if John and I just agree not to speak to each other in the wee hours of the morning. And there are times all we can do is laugh at the amount of us crying at one time! Even in the chaos of it all we know we have a lot to be thankful for and we are grateful for the little milestones that make it worth it!

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All Together Again!

One week after the triplets arrived, I had hit a wall. I had just been discharged from the hospital again the day before. Monday, January 29, I felt like I was spiraling downward. I had no appetite, I could barely eat, and felt like I was on my last reserve of energy. I was worried this was still some residual effects of hellp syndrome and was advised by the nurse on call to go get checked out again. So back to labor and delivery I went. My blood pressure was even higher than the day before. They repeated some lab work and even though they labeled it as “stable” it was clear that my liver was not happy. They admitted me to monitor me again. John stayed in the children’s hospital with the boys at night and during the day would bring Myles to visit me.

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I stayed two more nights and was discharged a third time on Wednesday. By then I was feeling a lot better and I felt comforted by the fact that my blood pressure was getting pretty close to normal. I was hoping I was done with this fun little game of being discharged, re-admitted and pleading with these doctors to just listen to me! I joined John that day in the children’s hospital. Kylie came to visit and enjoyed one of her picnics.

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We stayed that night in the room with the boys and then headed home on Thursday. Myles had his first pediatric appointment. I was so happy to see he had already gained a few ounces from birth! It was great to be home that night and feel like we could get some of our chaos under control. The best part was NOT eating hospital food!

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On Friday morning we headed back to Iowa City and our “home” in the children’s hospital. Jack and Colton were doing better with their feeding and it was looking optimistic for Jack to discharge soon.

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We were watching their little personalities develop already. Jack was calm and mostly would just sleep. Myles required a little more attention. He liked to be snuggled and he seemed to love his pacifier. We were wondering if Colton will have a bit of a temper. He had these little outbursts and set his alarms off with his heart rate most often. He already spent a lot of his time trying to break out of his swaddle. So far, he seemed like he would be the most like Kylie. It made for fun nights with all of us crammed into their room.

We stayed the weekend and our days became a mad frenzy of diaper changes, bottle feedings, pumping, washing bottles,  and repeating… We are over achievers so we even threw in a few baby baths and a load of laundry. Every now and then we’d get this wonderful little lull in activity where all babies were fed, changed, and sleeping and John and I could just sit and stare at each other in wonder and say, “I can’t believe we have triplets…”

On Sunday, John even got to have his first Super Bowl party with “the boys.”

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Jack was looking like he was going to discharge on Monday with Colton not far behind. However, once they started letting Colton have a little more control over how much he could eat, he decided to catch up. On Monday morning, we got the best surprise that both boys could go home! We were supposed to get a lot of snow that day so it became a mad scramble to get all three boys ready to go and on the road.

B5E15A68-782A-4498-B181-154D637B6D72EF25B0C8-2309-46D3-9A3F-5BCAF3782C4AExactly two weeks after they were born, we were going home with the triplets! We were so excited to see Kylie again and have our family all together. I will always consider our family so blessed to have been able to have minimal complications throughout this triplet journey. One of my greatest fears had been pre-eclampsia and  if that would shorten the pregnancy. We are so lucky that that fear was the only one that became a reality and it was after the triplets were born safe and sound. These little boys are one of our greatest gifts given to us in life along with Kylie and we know that these four children will bring wonderful adventures. We are so happy to be home! Let this new chapter begin!

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Our First Week

Wow! This week has been quite the ride! The triplets were born on Monday and for the first day they were all in the regular nursery and able to be in the room with us. We were so lucky to get to cuddle and snuggle them as much as we could. We also got our first glimpse of how crazy things were going to be while we tried to keep logs of feedings and diapers for all three of them. Again, this burden landed squarely on John’s shoulders as I was still pretty much bed bound and just getting feeling back in my toes. The boys were pretty sleepy so they were all difficult to feed and instead quite content to just snuggle. They did every once in awhile need to return to the nursery to the warmer to get their body temperature back up.

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We were in love with these little boys and so excited for Kylie to come meet them. She was finally a big sister! We were planning to have her come the next afternoon and couldn’t wait to see her reaction to them! Unfortunately, by Tuesday, poor little Jack decided he was too tuckered out. He was transferred to the NICU for some help maintaining his body temperature, breathing, and feeding.

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On Tuesday, Kylie came to visit. I will never forget the look on her face when she first walked in the door. She was so sweet, holding flowers with three blue balloons proudly floating above them. She was able to open a gift of her own from her brothers- a teddy bear and pink, sparkly bracelet that labeled her as a big sister along with her very own giant “kissy treat.”

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It was so fun to see my special little girl, my first baby, and now new big sister. I’ve never seen someone have so much fun in the hospital. I’ve also never seen someone enjoy hospital food quite as much as her. She loved sitting in my bed with me munching on apple slices, crackers, and juice. But what she really enjoyed was holding her new baby brothers! She had to go to the NICU to meet Jack and I’m sure someday he will be able to tell her how much he enjoyed her singing to him.

On Wednesday, we struggled to run back and forth between the NICU to see Jack and our room to be with Myles and Colton. It wasn’t long before Colton decided he was going to go hang out in the NICU as well. He was struggling with the same issues of feeding while maintaining body temperature and oxygen levels. Kylie came to visit again that afternoon and enjoyed proudly wearing her visitor sticker. She requested that she be called “sunshine” as she really liked it when a girl at CVS called her that earlier that day. People would say “Well hi, sunshine” while she was walking in the halls and she would just beam. Myles also enjoyed all the extra attention.

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On Thursday, the plan was for me to be discharged. We weren’t sure if Myles was going to be discharged with me or not. He was still struggling a lot with feeding so we were pretty unsure about trying to take him home with us. I was also a little hesitant as it was day four after Kylie’s birth that everything went haywire for me last time. Ultimately, poor Myles was struggling just enough that he joined his brothers in the NICU.

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I was still worried that my blood pressure was creeping up slightly over the past few days although it was still in the “normal” range. I decided I could discharge, after all, I would be returning to the NICU in the morning and could get a recheck of my blood pressure just in case.

We went home Thursday night. I was more emotional over it than I thought I would be. I had felt guilty over leaving Kylie all week and wanted desperately to be able to get her back in her own bed. On the other hand, I then felt very guilty over leaving the boys in the NICU. My heart goes out to parents everywhere that have to do this for weeks or months on end. We are so lucky our stay will be short. Anyways, we spent a little time with Kylie that evening. We watched Curious George, of course. I slept in my own bed that night for the first time in months. It was great!

On Friday morning, we returned to the NICU. Kylie headed off to grandma’s house with her doll and diaper bag for another fun filled day. Myles was still being our little fighter and getting better with his feedings. Colton was struggling the most, still needing oxygen and taking most feedings through tube. Jack was off oxygen but still also taking most of his feedings through a tube. In fact, John and I laughed at how relaxed and lazy he looked during meal times.

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That afternoon, I found a nurse to check my blood pressure. Sure enough, it was higher and I just knew it was happening all over again. I called my doctor who told me to report to labor and delivery to get checked out. Once there, it was almost the exact same story as last time after Kylie’s birth. I had no real symptoms at this point, just the fact that my blood pressure was rising and I was concerned about pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome. Of course, I was tearful, I was terrified of going through this again when I now had four children who needed me. The doctors went down the anxiety road again. I was really frustrated to hear that whole lecture again but ultimately they did blood work which just confirmed my suspicion of hellp syndrome. I was admitted and put on magnesium again for 24 hours and then spent another night after that being monitored. On Sunday morning, I was discharged. My blood pressure was still higher than normal but not high enough to medicate. We also found out that day that Myles would discharge as well and Jack and Colton would transfer to a lower level of care unit to continue working on feeding and growing. They moved them to a room in the children’s hospital where John could enjoy a nice view of Kinnick stadium.

That night we took Myles home to start to get settled in. Kylie absolutely loved having one of her little brothers home!

We had made it through the week. We had one little man home and we were hopeful that the other two were not far behind!

Happy Birth Day!

We made it! Our c-section was scheduled at 35 weeks and one day for Monday, January 22nd at 8:30 AM. John and I drove to Iowa City on Sunday night and I was relieved to know I was only hours away from my scheduled time. John and I both slept minimally that night. I was scared and nervous for the operation but at the same time extremely excited to meet these little baby boys and relieved to have this pregnancy over with. I was on a “high” from reaching the 35+1 goal. I felt like I had just climbed a mountain when in reality I could barely get out of a chair. We arrived at the hospital at 6:30 AM. In my head, I had the Rocky training music montage blaring as John and I walked in slow-motion to labor and delivery… in reality I limped and waddled my way across the finish line with John grinning and laughing by my side. We were led to a room where I would be “prepped” for surgery. They tried to hook the babies up to monitors which just proved to be highly uncomfortable for all involved- we were all just ready to get this over with… They gave me the most beautiful warming gown and got me all dressed for surgery. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly feel more beautiful, they told me I was ready to walk through the halls to the OR. John was left in the room to put on his “outfit.”

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In the operating room, I was given spinal anesthesia and laid down. Things got a little scary from there just because there were so many people and I was just trying to focus on breathing and not throw up. I ended up with Zofran and have to say that stuff works like a charm! John was led into the room once I was all ready. To him, the whole thing went very fast.  Once he was in the room, it was time for “the birthday party.”

Baby A, Myles Alexander Mohr, was born at 9:04 AM weighing 5 pounds 2 ounces and 18.25 inches long.

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Baby B, Jack Benson Mohr, was born at 9:05 AM weighing 5 pounds 9 ounces and 18.25 inches long.

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Baby C, Colton Charles Mohr, was born at 9:06 AM weighing 5 pounds 4 ounces and 18 inches long.

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Everybody was doing great! Each one of them was crying at the same time and I think John and I both laughed as we realized this was what our house would sound like for quite a while! The babies were taken care of and led to the regular nursery with John.

When they were finished with me, I was taken to a recovery room. After a few hours we were taken to our room in the mother/baby unit. It was a very happy birth day and John and I were in love and awe of these sweet little baby boys. This part of our journey was over and we were finally a family of six! Every day since finding out we were having triplets, I have prayed for a miracle for them. We have also been blessed to have the prayers of family and friends throughout this journey. I know God answers prayers, and not always in the way we expect. I am forever grateful that his plan for our lives is better than ours and I will always be amazed at this miracle that God gave us. We are so blessed to have Jack, Colton, and Myles join our family. Happy birth day, baby boys!

Update: 34 Weeks

Thankfully, these past few weeks have been uneventful but my obsessive compulsive side requires that I do a 34 week update anyway. I’ve passed my time by watching a lot of movies. Spoiler alert: Don’t ever watch “The Best of Me” unless you want to cry for days. Every now and then I throw in an “online shopping day” on Amazon or Etsy to finish up the nursery. I like to see how many “transactions” I can make before John texts me to see what’s going on with our bank account. Haha I’m only partly kidding there… I think I’ve only left the house twice, each time for our appointments in Iowa City. Each week, we have had an ultrasound to continue to monitor the babies and they’ve all been looking great. I even had my bag packed just in case when I went to my last one on Friday, but all looked good and I was able to come back home. I asked my doctor how many people make it to their scheduled c-section and she just laughed and said, “not many.” This is becoming quite the psychological game for me. “Game” probably isn’t the right word…that would imply it’s fun… Haha I can tell I’m on the downhill slide again, which is only logical at this point. I am already in love with these little babies but I sometimes think they might be trying to kill me…or at the very least they are enjoying teasing me mercilessly. My back is starting to ache constantly but I consider myself very lucky to make it this far without legitimate back pain. My stomach, on the other hand, feels as though it might literally fall off my body! My sister recommended that I measure my waist circumference, you know, for fun… Turns out it’s 50 inches. That kinda made me laugh a little bit when I considered I’m just barely over 60 inches tall! On a positive note, Kylie is starting to really get the hang of this potty training thing! Just recently she’s decided it doesn’t have to be a traumatic event to use the “big girl” potty. John and I are feeling like we might have a chance to avoid having four children in diapers! It’s kind of a big deal. One final update… No, we have not purchased a minivan yet. We’re just risk takers like that… kidding! We’ve been looking at a used Honda Odyssey, but due to a recall the inventory is somewhat limited until March. So, pretty cool timing for people who are expecting triplets. We are not overly worried though as we can safely bet we won’t be going on a lot of “family outings” with all six of us for quite awhile.

I’m getting pretty excited now that I know we’re so close to meeting these little guys. We’re on a 9 day countdown! The “Rocky” music is back full force. It’s crazy to think my next update will be when these triplets decide to make their arrival. I’m just waiting each day to see what will happen but continue to pray that we can avoid complications throughout the rest of this pregnancy and have a smooth and safe delivery for Kylie’s little brothers. Kylie is so excited to be a big sister and we’re all excited to start this next chapter of our family!

32 Weeks- We made it!

Wow! Here we are at 32 weeks! I have to say, this “day by day” routine is working! Each night I thank God for another day and pray for one more. Even Kylie prays for her baby brothers “so that they grow healthy and strong so that when they come out they can play with Kylie.” Recently, things have been going much better. A few weeks ago, I was feeling pretty rough…mostly because I was sick and not sleeping well. Then I finally broke down and just started taking unisom and that has been a game changer! Contractions have still been the same but it no longer takes hours and hours of staring at my phone to make it through each night. Last week, we had another biophysical profile and these little guys were looking great and passed without a problem. Then we were fortunate enough to spend Christmas together…at home! Kylie is at such a fun age for Christmas. The first present she opened was a diaper bag for her baby dolls and then she proceeded to change her dolls diaper 17,249 times over the course of the next 24 hours…which was about how long it took to get through the rest of the presents. Not necessarily because she had so many to open, but more so because she had to stop and play with each thing. Either way, we had a very merry Christmas!

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This week we had another growth scan. They gave us estimated weights but stressed that there is a lot of room for error as these babies get bigger. Baby A is estimated at 4 lbs (54th percentile), Baby B 4 lbs 4 ounces, and Baby C 3 lbs 14 ounces (44th percentile). No matter what, I am so happy that they are continuing to grow and are looking healthy. I can’t believe how much they can still move around! One week, they could be head down, the next head up…Baby C alternates between laying on top of the other two or hanging out beside them. It’s like these crazy kids are playing musical chairs in there or something! This week my doctor finally scheduled a c-section date. It looks like these little boys will make their arrival by January 22, 2018. That’s only 3 weeks away!! We will be at 35 weeks then. It would be great to make it to the planned c-section date but either way I’m feeling really good about having just made it this far. Every day past this is a blessing!

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The truth behind every “bump” picture is that there is a little girl standing behind me with her hand on her hip. I tell her every day “no matter what happens, you will always be my special little girl.” And then her sweet little self looks at daddy and says “no matter what happens you’ll be my special boy!”

30 Weeks!

We made it to 30 weeks! In truth, I’m starting to feel pretty miserable. There are a lot of things I could say that would fall under the category of “whining” but you can all count yourselves very lucky. Somewhere out there in Alabama, a woman just gave birth to sextuplets. And just like that…there it is…perspective. I am trying very hard to keep myself in “suck it up buttercup mode.” In reality, I’m just not that strong so I will save all my whining for John. I am incredibly grateful to have made it to 30 weeks even though each day is admittedly getting harder. My goal at this point continues to be day by day, and at night it sometimes seems to be hour by hour. Night time is the worst. I don’t sleep well anymore and it seems like contractions are always worse so I spend a lot of hours just hoping for morning. They are still not very strong but they definitely have been getting more frequent. So it’s not so much pain, it’s anxiety. If there is one thing I am really good at it’s being anxious!
Last week, I took my three hour glucose test. That was one of the more sucky experiences I’ve had in awhile. I have taken a lot of tests in my days, from first grade all the way through grad school, and I think passing that crazy glucose test took the cake. Ha! Cake! I can still eat cake!! Sort of… I really don’t have room to eat much of anything anymore. We are now having weekly ultrasounds/biophysical profiles. The babies score 2 points each for normal fluid levels, movement, muscle tone, and practicing “breathing.” This week, all babies looked good and each of them “passed” their test with a score of 8/8. Sometimes it takes a little while for them to get their points for practicing breathing, but they have no problem getting their points for movements. These little boys are all over the place! We won’t have a growth estimate for another few weeks, but I would hope right now they are each close to 3 pounds if they are staying on track. So, on we go towards 32 weeks. That would be a huge milestone for them! I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen from here. I have been on the verge of going into labor and delivery again these past few days. I’m hoping things will settle down a little bit and I’m really hoping I’ll still be home for Christmas!

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Update: 28 Weeks

We are 28 weeks! This last week was one that was a little more challenging. I managed to squeeze a few more hours out at work to get through 27 weeks but I am officially off now. I started noticing some very mild contractions last weekend when I would first get up or walk around so I decided not to push it with work. That was probably a good thing, considering that by Monday evening I was noticing them more and they continued on through the night. By Tuesday afternoon, I was freaked out enough to just go to the hospital in Iowa City. I had really hoped it would be nothing but I also didn’t want to sit around at home and let myself go into labor either. We went to labor and delivery and they monitored the babies and I for a few hours. The babies were all doing well but they decided to watch me overnight to make sure nothing was changing. They gave me my first round of steriod injections as a precaution to help the babies lungs develop in case they decided to come sooner rather than later. They tried to reassure me that if we did have to deliver, the babies would have a pretty good chance of doing well. I know that’s true but I still don’t find the idea of these little boys coming any time soon very reassuring. They also said every day we can continue shaves a few days off of time spent in the NICU. I had to take my one hour glucose screen prior to the injections because the steriods could potentially mess with my blood sugar. I didn’t pass…so now I take my three hour test next week. The good news is that I was able to go back home after I got my second injection Wednesday evening. I am still having mild contractions but they have decided that this will most likely be my new normal now. I’m trying really hard to stay positive, but this last week has definitely been filled with a lot of anxiety just because I know how quickly things can change. On Thursday, I started wrapping Christmas presents like a crazy person just in case I needed to go back. Kylie has been doing really well with all the bouncing around and has decided that “slumber parties” with grandma and grandpa are actually pretty fun! She now requests them almost daily.
We did have a follow up with our high risk doctor in Iowa City again on Friday for our routine visit and growth scan. Baby A was estimated at 2 lbs 4 ounces, Baby B 2 lbs 11 ounces, and Baby C 2 lbs 9 ounces. So, at least things are still looking well for them and they are sticking to their growth curve. As for me, I’m just starting to hit a bit of a wall. It seems as though I will be sleeping on the couch for the foreseeable future, mostly because even the thought of trying to roll over in bed is impossible. There have not been any discussions of bed rest, but I can tell I’m definitely slowing down on my own. John was so nice to record a plethora of Hallmark Christmas movies so it looks like I’ll be keeping busy with those for awhile. We continue to be thankful for all of your kind words, encouragement and prayers. I’m sure hoping we can hit the 30 week mark but I’m looking at things day by day for now. I have always believed in science and statistics and will be forever grateful for medical intervention, but I’m still hoping and praying for a miracle for me and these three little babies!