9 Week Update

On Friday, we went to see the first high risk OB.  I must say I was very impressed with the place.  I was there for 4 hours and talked for an hour each to two different doctors.  They said they’d been talking about my case for a week and studying my records.  That alone brought comfort to me.  I think they are rather fascinated with us.  They said it was very rare, if ever, that someone would have a loss such as mine and subsequently get pregnant with triplets.  They talked to me at length and asked very pointed questions about what happened when I lost Greyson and I could tell they learned a few things not in my records.    They talked to me about all the elevated risks of… basically everything and the precautions such as cerclage and progesterone shots later in pregnancy.  They said they would be watching me very closely.

I expressed concern about bypassing my regular OB, this place is an hour away and what if there’s an emergency.  I was told there is a Maternal Fetal Transport system that will come get us, where ever we are, helicopter if needed.  I liked hearing that…like having my own personal bat signal.  I also believe this hospital has the best NICU in my area and would be the best place to deliver.  It’s a level 3 and I was told there is a neonatal doctor physically there 24/7.  We go back in 3 weeks…which I know is good…it’s less than a month.  But previously I’ve been spoiled by seeing the Sparks every week.

They are all three doing well.  The smaller one seems to have caught up.   This makes me happy.  I can already feel this pregnancy advancing faster than my previous one.  They are already pushing on me some days and every day I feel them siphoning off of me….my energy and nutrition.  I cherish feeling that… but …. I wish I weren’t so scared.  Mom just told me she wished I would glow like I did with my Sweet Pea.  Don’t get me wrong I’m enjoying every single moment.  But also every single moment I’m terrified that I will lose them all because I wasn’t strong enough to sacrifice one.  I also worry about money a lot.  In whatever form, be it babysitter or daycare or something else, I figure childcare will cost about half my income and I’m not sure we can make it on the other half alone.  Mom already wants to talk about adding on to my small home but I know that just will not be possible.

I’m hoping that as time goes on these fears will quiet.  We’ve done alright so far and I should just go on the thinking we will continue to do so.

Working on the premise that the average triplets come at 33 weeks or so and are by then developed enough to survive outside….9 weeks down … 24  to go.

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6 comments on “9 Week Update

  1. Oh, sweetie, I am so glad that you and the three sparks are doing well. I am thrilled that the high risk OB is so thorough. Hey, I could move there and help out. Do you know of any school library positions?

  2. This is wonderful news! I’m so glad you like your MFM. That to me is extremely important. Like any physician/patient relationship, I think this one is particularly special. I love my MFM. But I worked with him as a professional before being a patient. I believe you will receive excellent care and the Sparks will be cared for just as much. You will glow, and you probably do in the moments of excitement. However, you have a lot going on and you will always worry. We’re all here cheering you on and knowing you glow no matter what anyone can see…your writing says it all 🙂 So happy things are progressing well! ❤

  3. I always lose my posts since I never log in except for here. Glad you all are doing well and the appt went well. I learned while waiting for my twins how blessed we are to be in this area with so many axing hospitals. Whether BJC, MoBap or Mercy you will have pros and cons but they are all fabulous. We actually have specialists at all three. And no matter where you plan to deliver, I highly recommend the multiples class at Mercy. It’s amazing and the instructor is super sweet. They have graduates come back the last day and I would love to be in your session if you do go. :). And we have a great MoMs group here and our next sale is in August so that may help you out. If I have anything left that may be useful, I am willing to help too. Worrying is natural but with this we can stress and worry all we want and still it can take so many different avenues. I was blessed to be prepared for preemies and having two amazing 37 weekers – keep faith, be positive and just be well educated and your own advocate. 🙂

  4. Paige, I worried through my entire pregnancy after having a miscarriage at 9 weeks…I can only imagine the worry that you must be feeling. I don’t think it will go away until they’re safely here, but I bet it will get a lot better once you make it to 24 weeks. In the meantime, keep enjoying all that you can – this truly is a magical time.

    As for the money part of things – it’s going to be tough. I know there are lots of companies that give out things to moms with multiples, and I bet other resources will come your way. I just have a feeling that the universe will provide. (Roll your eyes if you need to, but I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t believe it!) It is your time.

  5. Glad that MFM docs made you feel comfortable. That is huge. Many good thoughts coming your way for minimal drama and as little worry as possible in the coming weeks.

  6. Glad the OB visit went well. They sound very comprehensive & ready to do what it takes to get your babes here safely. I can’t imagine the fears will go away until you have all three babes in your arms. Taking it one week at a time is good. Plus the more they grow & you feel them, at least you’ll have that excitement as well as the fear. It’s ok to be scared shitless & overjoyed at the same time.

    An on a light note, have you started thinking names? I only ask since I had a heck of a time coming up with ONE name, how do you decide on 3?!!?

    I know it’s none of my business but I was also curious what your cousins thoughts were on your success?

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