2nd Trimester has arrived…

Hi everyone!  Well today marks the beginning of wk 13 and the 2nd Trimester.  It’s a great milestone to make it here with triplets and we haven’t had and loss and of course I’ve had absolutely no Morning Sickness…Yeah!!!  I’m just as surprised as you are….I always thought I’d get it with multiples.  I read today that 25% of women don’t get it and there’s no explanation.  I’d like to know why, but I’m ok not knowing too. 🙂

This is going to be an exciting trimester.  I (and you) will be watching my belly grow and I can’t imagine how feeling 3 little babies move around in my belly is going to feel like…. One can be crazy…. My husband call it a little alien….lol

You still can’t really tell that I’m pregnant.  I kind of look like I’m getting fat…lol… I’m struggling to bend over comfortably and put my socks on or get something from the cabinets under my island.  My work shirt I had to go up in a size. I wish my work shirts came in maternity size.  I can’t keep paying $35 for bigger shirts….I’m not even sure what I’m going to do for a work jacket. I’ll be in a 3xl b/f it’s all over…lol…

I received a portion of my maternity allowance and spent almost 1/2 of it today on 6 pieces of clothes…lol…  most of it was on sale too.  These clothes are so expensive and they just don’t last.  I have some left over from previous pregnancies, but it’s not enough.  I guess I’m going to have to check thrift shops especially for bottoms.  It was interesting trying on about 20 things and walking out with only 6 items…  I was looking for an xl pair of pants as I don’t want to buy another pair in 2 months.  I asked the girl at Motherhood if she had the xl in the particular style I was looking for and she looked at me and said…. “Oh, you don’t need that size”.  “Thanks! I appreciate that, but I need more growing room”. I said.  She said “You get 30lbs if growth by buying your pre-pregnancy size”.  I said “I’ll being growing more than that…lol…” She said “oh!” and looked perplexed.  Then I said “I have triplets, I’ll be huge with a smile”.  She didn’t say anything else.

My husband and I went to dinner  at a Mexican restaurant afterwards.  I got Steak fajitas and could only eat two corn tortillas filled with meat & veggies.  I did eat some chips & guac…yumm!  I packed the rest of it up for lunch tomorrow and then had Flan…. Oh, it’s so good!  They brought it out with chocolate sauce first….yuck!  I asked if I could have another one b/c it totally ruined the flavor.  They did and I ate it all. 🙂

How baby’s growing:

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

I’ ve spent the last 45min searching for a color photo of what triplets look like in the womb.  That is very hard to find!  I can find several twins and the only triplets is ones with 2 wombs (very rare condition).  I guess I’ll have to change up the way I search to find a picture that shows what we have.  A set of identical twins sharing 1 placenta and a single baby with it’s own placenta.

I get to visit my OB office a day after I turn 14wks.  I’ll be seeing a different Dr. this time…. I wonder if he will push the Flu shot onto me?  I’m seeing the Dr. that asked me last time with my surro pregnancy everytime that I saw him.  The answer last time was NO and it will be this time too!

Have a great week and I look forward to your comments.  Please don’t hesitate to share my blog with others.  If you know my full name just please don’t share that.  Thanks!

Here is my 13wk photo pic

 

13 wks

12wk photo and update

Welcome to all my friends.  After I finish this post I’m going to let my fb friends know that I’m pregnant.  I’ve kept it quiet from most people to make sure the pregnancy was progressing.

I’ve had a busy week, I’ve had to clean out my closet of my ‘normal’ clothes and move in my limited maternity clothes.  I need to start buying some, but I have a feeling in the end I won’t be able to fit into anything…lol

I had my 1st visit of many with the High Risk Dr.  They did a nuchal translucency test.  Everything measured great, but the scan and the apt took 2 hrs.  The babies weren’t cooperating very well to get the measurments.  The Gentic counselor said that there weren’t really any test that were valid for triplets.  Both of my IPs (Intended Parents) were able to come and it was great to see my IF as this is the 1st time he’s been able to see his babies on the screen.  Both parents were very excited to see the babies moving around.

Measurements: I was 11wks 5days on the day of the U/S

Baby A  11wks 5days

Baby B  12wks 0days

Baby C  11wks 3days

I didn’t get to write the heart rates down.  They were in the 150’s-160’s.  These babies are growing big and right on schedule.  I can def. feel and see that my belly has grown some, more than last week.  They’ve had a nice growth spurt.

I had food sensitivity test done and found out some foods that I’ve been eating were reactive to me.  My Holsitic FDR (Functional diagnostic nutrition) said that with growing 3 babies I want to keep them in as long as possible and grow them nice and healthy.  She said that I also want any food that I eat to not affect me in a bad way.  There were some surprising foods on the list and some I didn’t really care about.

I don’t have any u/s pics this time and my 12wk belly pic is below.  Any comments that you’d like to leave please do.  I love reading them.  Also, if this is your 1st time here please go back and read from the begining to know how triplets came to be and my journey thus far.

12wk belly

12wk belly

11wk photo & update.

It’s been a busy week for these babies as they’ve been growing.  I’m not showing that much, but I can tell that I’m getting more pronounced.  I had another OB apt yesterday at 10wks 6days and I was measuring 16wks.  I usually take a while to show which is a good thing…lol…

My OB Dr told me that I have a specfic kind of pelvis (wish I had wrote it down) that makes being pregnant and birthing so much easier.  Yeah!!  I have a wider pelvis both ways which most women only get 1 or the other Plus it’s slightly tilted….That’s why the babies just slide right out.  See….I’m special!! I will get the name at my next appointment so I can look up the definition and share.  The DR. also said that this will also help since I’m carrying  babies.  Hey! Anything that will help me carry them as long as possible so they will be as healthy as possible.  Now, I know that I’ll be complaining about how uncomfortable I’ll be towards the end, but most pregnant woment do and I will have 3 in there and I earn the right…lol….

So, lets get to my stats and the babies.

My BP was 118/74 and I gained 6.5lbs in 11 days….Very nice as by 24wks it’s recommended that I gain 36pds according the research of Dr. Luke in the book When Your’re Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads.  My DR said to not stuff my self, but to make what I eat count, which since I’m so into healthy & nutrition I don’t have an issue with that.

So the U/S tech was able to measure the babies much easier this time.  She said that the earlier scans are suppose to be more accurate, but since baby C is a little stinker and never cooperated and this time it was much easier.  I think this is more accurate for that one.

Week 11 of Baby growth:

Your baby (now about two inches long) has been pretty busy this week, growing hair follicles, fingernails, and ovaries (if she’s a girl). She has distinct human characteristics by now, with hands and feet in front of her body, with ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth, and visible nipples. What else makes her look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning good-bye to those froglike webbed hands and feet). Hooray!

Remember…. This u/s was yesterday at 10wks 6days:

Baby A 11wks 0days 163hr

Baby B 11wks 3 days 156hr

Baby C 10wks 4 days 173hr

Week 11 of Pregnancy:

I finally told my kids last night that not only was I pregnant, but there was more than 1.  Here’s how I did it.  Later in the evening as I was reading the book Twins, Triplets or Quads.  I said “You know that I’m pregnant, but I’m a little more pregnant than normal.  I showed the book and said that I’m pregnant with one of these, pick one”.  Nick my almost 16 yr old said “Quads”….Thanks son!  Alivia my 12 1/2yr old daughter said “Twins”…. I said “No, It’s Triplets!”.  They were very surprised!

A picture of all  babies, but it’s so incredibly hard.

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Me at 11wks!

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10wk photo and update

As of Wednesday I was 10wks and that’s when I took the photo  below.  Please excuse how lumpy I am…lol… FYI I am in bikini bottoms.

So I’ve done some reading up on how important that it is to watch the set of identical twins that I am carrying as they can have TTTS which can be dangerous.  I am doing all that I can to take the right supplements and eat the right amount of food to ensure a great pregnancy and healthy babies.  Might I add for triplets I have to eat an up seen amount of food a day…lol…Trying to do my best, but wow it’s hard.

I woke up this morning with a headache which turned into a dull migraine.  Not super bad, but enough that nothing would take it away.  I ate different types of food and took some Tylenol (which I hate to take anything, especially when I’m pregnant) & drank a TON of water.  Finally after I ate a Gluten Free pizza for a late lunch it went away.  I guess that there was something in it that I needed.  Trust me…I didn’t want to eat much of anything, but still needed to, in order for these babies to grow.

Holy Cow have I been using the bathroom a lot.  I mean like every 20-30 min.  I’m going to have to camp out in the bathroom in another month or two. Staying hydrated is very important….I guess I have that covered…lol

I’ve told a few more friends that I’m pregnant and with triplets and the reaction is always fun to watch.  They seriously think that I’m kidding… Nope!  I’m serious.  My kids still don’t know.  They know that I’m pregnant, but that’s it.  I felt that since something can still happen (getting out of the danger zone) it’s best not to mention it right now.  If something did happen I would still tell them there were 3, but feel this is the best right now.

I’m still waiting to announce the pregnancy as there have been several others that I know announcing there own pregnancies and don’t really want to ‘rain on their parade’, but really waiting till I start showing as it’s easier to talk about them.  I’m not a big attention getter and don’t want people thinking that I do this for attention.  I do this because I get help build families!!  It’s priceless to see the Intended Parents (IPs) faces when their babies are born.  So amazing!!

Well I have another U/S with my OB on Tues. Oct. 15th (which is a great day because my 1st surroson was born that day 7 yrs ago) and I’ll update after that.

So here is my pic… I’m going to enjoy seeing the pics of my belly growing as time goes on.  I hope that y’all enjoy following this blog. 🙂

10wks w/ Triplets

1st OB appointment with Triplets

This is a very quick update as I’m getting ready to pick up my kids from school and leave town for a nice weekend with the first family that I helped…. Looking forward to it!

At 9wks 2days I’ve gained 11pounds.  This includes any meds that always cause weight gain.  I’m hungry very often…lol, but some days I’m so hungry nothing seems to satisfy me.  They did an U/S and I will see my OB on Oct. 15th to check on the babies.  I also will see the High Risk Dr. the week of the 21st.  to a further check up.

Today at 9wks 2days the babies measure:

Baby A 9wk 0days 181hb

Baby B 8wk 6days 172hp

Baby C 8wk 3days 175hp

My cervix measured 3.19

So far everything looks great.  Pics are below, they aren’t very clear. Have a great weekend and I love reading everyones comments!

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