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Sunday, October 3, 2010

With being on bedrest now, one of my goals is to get started on their baby books. I want to make sure to fill it with memories/photos before they're even born but also from God's Word.
Here are some of my favorite verses on children:

I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me (x3) what I asked of him.
1 Samuel 1:27
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made
~ Psalm 139:14
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.
~ Psalm 127:3
Every good and perfect gift is from above
~ James 1:17

...including our 5 yr. old pup, Dixie, who we call our "hairy" baby. As you can see below, she isn't doesn't always sit or lay like a typical dog. But we love her just the same!

Most Recent Belly shots..
28 weeks

31 weeks, 3 days
Sorry for the random blog and pictures....I wasn't feeling very inspired today and I also am not loving the layout of blogspot. I've only been using it for a few months but I'm thinking its time to find a new blog tool. That's all for now...

Favorite Ultrasound Photos

Like I mentioned one of the benefits of a triplet pregnancy is being able to see our babies every 2 weeks or more through ultrasounds. It's so special to be able to see the little munchkins growing from the previous ultrasound. I have a notebook full of ultrasound pics, but thought I would just share a few of our favorites...

10 weeks (left)- first picture of our 3 precious babies all together: Jackson, Josiah, and Madison

17 weeks (below)- "meeting of the minds"
This is when Dan and I knew that we're truly outnumbered!

20 weeks (left)- Baby C (Jackson)

28 weeks (below) Baby B (Josiah)

24 weeks- our little girl, Maddie (Madison), waving :)
Cute profile of Baby Josiah (he's always been the most photogenic)

(Below) This is proof of Jackson's elbow hitting up against all my organs- causing me a good amount of pain! This is definitely one I'll be showing him when he's older :)

At our 31 week appt. on Friday, we found out their weights:
Madison- 3 lb., 11 oz
Josiah- 3 lb, 11 oz
Jackson- 3 lb, 15 oz
It sounds like these are excellent weights even for a single baby (maybe its all the calcium and fiber I've been trying to eat!), so this was a very encouraging update. If I can make it another 4-5 weeks, there's a really strong chance they could be over 5 lbs!! It will take quite the beatin' on my body but it's what would be best for the babies. Nov. 4th (36 weeks) is my scheduled c-section but it's pretty unlikely I'll make it that long since average triplet pregnancies are 32-34 weeks.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

28 weeks- hoping for 6 more weeks...

Can't believe our babies could be here in just 6 weeks or less! It feels more real now than ever before. Of course, the idea of parenting 3 children right away- won't seem like a reality until they're here- completely dependent on Dan and I- as PARENTS! Some people have said that we'll probably pick up on the parent thing quicker since we're having 3 all at once- I think it might just mean we'll be making mistakes x3- but hopefully it'll be a humbling experience and we'll grow from it. The good thing is that we won't know any different. Before your parents its hard to know and understand the kind of love
you have for your children- it's even harder for me to understand how I'll have enough love to extend to 3 babies at the same time- but even now I'm praying that God will give me grace, even in all my faults and the countless ways I'll screw up as a parent. It's awesome to know that it's only because of God's love that I can give our children even a glimpse of that love.

So as you can tell from the date of my last post that I'm not doing such a great job with this blog thing. I'll be on bedrest in less than 2 weeks, so hoping to be able to keep up with it better then (as long as my belly isn't too big and my hands don't cramp up on me like they already have). Anyways, so here are just a few random updates...

- 28 1/2 weeks (measuring the same as 38 weeks though)
-Csection will be scheduled b/w 34-35 weeks, but I could start going into labor sooner
-My weight: 178.9 (as of Fri)- I've gained 33 lbs. total
-Babies' weight (as of Fri)- Baby A and Baby C are 2lbs. 8 oz. and Baby B is 2 lbs. 6 oz.
(The doctor said these are great weights- even for a single baby!)
-No major complications, just aches and pains as each weeks goes by and the extra weight (as you can see from the numbers above- I'm already carry about 9 lbs. of baby)
- Main pain symptoms: lower back pain, cramping in my hand (using a wrist band at night to prevent carpel tunnel), pain in upper stomach around gall bladder, and just plain feeling crowded. I've gotten some tips from my doctor on some of these issues, but of course the main thing that will relieve it is delivery. And we don't want this happening anytime soon!

We are doing pretty good with all our "baby gear" since we had 4 showers. This was such a blessing and we're truly grateful for everyone's generosity! The nursery is coming together- once we have a dresser, we can put more clothes, etc.. away and make the final touches. (Pics to come) All I can say is that our babies are going to be better dressed than their parents! Such cute clothes- can't wait for them to be able to wear them :)

26 Weeks~ Aug. 28th, 2010

Looks like I'm carrying a bowling ball!

Baby Showers (More pics on facebook)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Registering Extravaganza

Well, most of you probably have already heard from facebook that our last ultrasound showed us that we are for sure having 2 BOYS and a GIRL! We would have enjoyed any mix really- but this was really our top choice (First I wanted 2 girls, but then I thought about having to pay for 2 weddings and changed my mind!) It's been fun to be able to think about color and decor for the babies' room- definitely the neutral colors come in very handy for me!

So after several hours back and forth at Babies R Us and Target, we have pretty much completed our registry. I think most who have gone through this before would agree that working on a baby registry is much more overwhelming than your wedding. But thanks to my wonderful sister-n-law, Andrea, I had a coach and consultant through it all. We tried to stay conservative knowing that the babies will be sharing a lot of things, but things like- car seats, crib sheets, mattress pads, high chairs, and bottles- x3 really adds up.It makes me really glad that we got so many things at garage sales (bouncy seats, exer saucers, pack n play, cribs, changing table) It's pretty crazy how pricey these little peanuts can be!! Oh yea- and I didn't even mention that we'll be going through at least 30 diapers/day for the first several months!!

When I feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff 3 babies need and how to provide for them- I start to think of all the positives- that I've already experienced- even before they're born:

- care and ongoing generosity from others (this is true community and we're so thankful to be surrounded by such wonderful people)
-specialized medical attention
- ultrasound every 2 weeks or more- it's amazing seeing our babies so often!
- benefits and support from multiple groups
- for these 7- 7 1/2 months I get to play the "Excuse me, are you carrying 3 babies in your belly?" card for just about anything- but especially with chores around the house.
-it will be the only time in my life that I don't have to worry about how many calories I'm consuming. The multiples books I'm reading says I should be consuming about 3,500 calories/day! If I were actually doing this- I'd be eating all day long- with no time for anything else. About 12 servings of grain and 5 servings of dairy are recommended- I won't complain since I'm a big fan of anything in the bread category and of course ice cream.

The last thing I wanted to say is that our little girl can really hold her own- in the last ultrasound it looked like she had one of her brothers in a headlock position!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2 Boys and a Girl??

Well, the sonographer said she thought it was 80% chance that Baby A is a GIRL! I have my next ultrasound this Friday so I'm hoping will know for sure. I'm super excited about the idea of having a mix. Back at my 17 week appt. we were surprised to be able to find out about our 2 boys (Names to come...) so early. Dan was very pleased, I was excited but a bit nervous about the possibility of having 3 boys. (We're already being outnumbered by our kids, so I don't need to feel more outnumbered with the # of males v. females in the house!)

We really enjoyed our time away to California- it was just so nice to get away. And I think the babies enjoyed it too because they sure grew a lot. All I know is that I seem to be "waddling" more than walking by the end of the week. Here are a few pics (more are on facebook)- this would be at 17-18 weeks.
Not only are they growing, but those little peanuts are moving and shakin'. I remember feeling movements for the first time last Weds. Of course by the time I put my hand to my belly they'd be napping already :)
And since I've had requests for an up-to-date belly shot- here's the most recent at 19 1/2 weeks

So, my pregnancy journal for tomorrow says the "baby (or babies) look more like mini- newborns. Their faces look peaceful with closed eyes, nostrils, and nicely formed mouths And every once in awhile, their thumbs or finger will slip into the mouth and the baby will practice sucking!" (it starts early) I enjoy reading these little details because it reminds of the joy of new life and how God has already begun crafting our little babies (Ps. 139).

On the flip side, trying to plan for having 3 babies all at once brings a lot of concerns for the future, especially in regards to our finances. We know ultimately that God will provide for our every need, but for one who wants to have it all figured out- it's hard to completely trust. I've been thinking and praying through my favorite verse from 3rd grade-
Prov. 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."

I need to pray that I would give my anxieties and burdens to God- while still doing my part in the planning and preparations. That's it for now- maybe I'll become a more faithful blogger... eventually.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The past week has been an eventful and exciting one! First, I'm now 4 months (17 weeks to be exact), which means that I could be 1/2 way through my pregnancy if the triplets end up coming at 32 weeks. It's wild how quickly the time has flown by! It's also a bit nerve- racking knowing how much we still have to do. Regardless, I decided to finally take my first prego-belly shot. I can definitely feel the growth in those little ones even in the past week! Before we know it, they'll be making themselves even more known by their little kicks! :)

Dan and I also celebrated our 5 year anniversary on Sat!! We certainly would have never thought we'd have 3 babies on the way within just 5 years. God sure does have a sense of humor :) Even though it was a big milestone in our marriage, we didn't really get to celebrate :( Dan just got home from his 8th gr. missions trip on Sat. night. He was pretty wiped so we decided to just go home- we still carried out our tradition by watching our wedding video (Kyle Going's version!) and browsing through photos. I also made a little booklet for Dan with highlights from each year of our marriage (posted pic below). This was really fun and special for me to make b/c it allowed me to reflect on our adventures- and also see God's sovereignty throughout
different stages. And he surprised me with a necklace with 3 hearts (hmmm..wonder why?)

Sunday we celebrated Dan's first Father's Day. We spent most of the afternoon with my in-laws. It was special to celebrate the future role Dan will have. Then to continue on with the idea of an "instant family" we bought a van!! (the thought of it makes me feel 5 years older!!) But really, we're so thankful for the sweet deal (no car payment!) we got and for Dan's mom for scoping it out for us. I'll post a picture soon, but it's a White 2001 Toyota Sienna with just 62,000 miles.

So, that's a recap of our eventful week. Tomorrow I have appointments with both my doctor and specialist so I'll have more ultrasound pics to post! 3 more weeks (or less) and hopefully we'll get to find out the sexes of our babies. And in case you're wondering- we're hoping for a mix! :)
Happy Father's Day!! (i think this may be more of a nervous excitement but oh well- he'll be an awesome dad)