Monday, October 25, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

When are you due? A simple answer would be April 16th. However, that is a date set at 40 weeks gestations. The average triplets are born at 33 weeks. Which puts me in the last week of February.  Of course Ryan and I are all about beating the odds these days so we are praying for March babies. I would LOVE to make it to 35 weeks. So please be praying and rooting for MARCH!

So do Triplets run in your family? A simple answer would be NO. However, there is an explanation for these babies.  Did you know that 1 in 10 couples suffer with infertility?  Did you know that it could take a NORMAL healthy couple 8 mo. to a year to conceive? Did you know that a YEAR of trying is a really really long time?? It's a really long time of answering questions like "so you've been married a while, when are you going to have a baby?" "Don't you want to have kids?" There were so many times that I just wanted to scream: It's not a matter of WANTING! I've been WANTING for a really long time.  Did you know that with every woman's cycle she only has a 20% chance of conceiving in any give month? 20%!!! How in the world are there so many pregnant people out there?!  If this blog post achieves only one thing, I hope it informs people that each pregnancy is a unique and a special gift from God. Pregnancy and pregnancy achievement should not be taken for granted and fertility should not be assumed.  It is a personal question to ask someone about their plans for children, given that you don't know what they may be going through privately. I would not wish the struggles of infertility on anyone, but I do feel like Ryan and I have both grown so much in our experience. We have grown together and we have grown in our faith. God has definitely taught us patience and has taught us to be faithful and with a triplet pregnancy I'm sure he's ready to teach us more and we are ready to learn! Anyway to get back to the question...We tried for a year before seeing an OB. Of course the OB wants to do standard testing before sending us to a specialist. Checking hormone levels, thyroid levels, counts, tube blockage, ect. These are all planned around the monthly cycle so again we are trying for more months during the process. We are sent to a specialist because of unexplained infertility. Ugggghhh!!! So frustrating. We started fertility hormone meds. I of course get my hopes up that it's going to work this month because we are being proactive and we are getting help......and of course....nothing. For four more months. Of course with medication comes an increased chance of multiples because of the overstimulation to the ovaries. A chance Ryan and I were both on board with. But after 4 months of this I'm thinking....sheeesh even this ISN'T working!!  By this time we are on our 18th month of trying to conceive and BINGO, we get not one, not two, but three! I'm thinking back on how many months went by with nothing and then the ONE month an egg takes it's actually three. I don't really know if I call that so much of an explanation, as I do a MIRACLE.  God has blessed us tremendously and makes the 18th months on an emotional roller-coaster worth every minute.

How are you feeling? A simple answer would be crummy.  I did have a good month of daily throw ups. Still do throw up on occasion.  Daily heartburn and a whole range of other not so fun symptoms. But I can still think back to 6 months ago like it was yesterday, listening to some friends complain about all their pregnancy ailments and I was thinking to myself  I would give anything to be puking my guts out right now if it meant that I was pregnant.  So how can I complain about something that I've been so desperately praying for? So you ask how I am feeling? I am feeling extremely thankful and grateful!

Who is your doctor? Well I can't see an OB in Visalia, all the doctors here don't see anyone with more than twins. So I'm going to Dr. Thomas, on OB in Fresno. He monitors my health. I also see a perinatologist in fresno, Dr. Woods and she monitors the babies.

Well that's all the questions for now, if you have more questions feel free to ask!!

We have only purchased one thing so far for the babies. And yes the purchase was X3. The cribs:

They make the room look super small!!!

Here's a cute picture frame my aunt made for us:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Two Lines!!! there really two?

August 1st.....a Sunday morning.  5 days before my test day, I thought what the heck....I'll test.  I started the test and thought what am I doing?! It's way too early in the week to test, and month after month of negative tests you kind of just expect every one to be negative. It was what I was used to so I knew this one would be negative and a waste of time. So...I went back to bed.  Wait, I can't go back to sleep knowing it's on the counter! So I hop out of bed to check, this time waking up Ryan as I jolted out of bed.  He asked what I was doing. I looked at the test and said I think I got two lines!! He said what do you mean you "think". So I showed him but he wasn't too convinced.  One was nice and dark and the other was barely there. I mean you really had to look at it closely to see it.  I agreed with him, it looked kind of "iffy"  At this point we both didn't want to get our hopes up. So we kind of shrugged it off. I would test again tomorrow.
Monday: same thing two lines
Tuesday: mom was coming over to hang out. If I'm going to tell her about this I better be sure. So I took two tests that day, yup still two lines
Wednesday: still one good control line and a tiny faint line.

Thursday my doctor ordered a beta hcg blood test. Hcg =450 at 14 days dpo!!  It's official I am finally pregnant!! The woman at the doctors office congratulated me and then proceeded to tell me that 450 was a rather large number and "there might be more than one in there" but we wouldn't know until my first ultrasound. WHAT?!  So I told Ryan the good news and the crazy news!! We couldn't wait for our ultrasound!  We kept thinking one or two, one or two?
August 26th....Supposed to be a super exciting day!!! Unfortunately Ryan was out of county on a fire in Riverside. I was so sad and disappointed he wasn't going with me for our first u/s. So I go alone. The entire way there and while waiting in the exam room I'm praying. Please let there be something there and let it be in the right spot.  Of course, when the tech gets the u/s screen up and tells me there is more than one....I'm shocked, overwhelmed and concerned all at the same time. A million things start flying through me head.  I think crying is a pretty natural reaction in that situation. I was able to call Ryan after the appt. to let him know and through my tears I told him the news to which he responded with his ever so positive attitude he has about everything...."well this is better than none! I think you would have different types of tears if they found nothing there. We've been extra blessed and our prayers have been answered!"
We have learned sooooo much about the risks and blessings of a multiple pregnancy in the past few months.  We have had so much emotional support from family and friends already. We are truly blessed! We feel it is an honor to be chosen by the Lord to take on such a unique experience and challenge.  I am starting this blog to keep people informed through out the pregnancy. So many people have questions and of course want to know how things are going. I will try to post something every week.  Maybe more often once I'm bored and on bed rest.  I make NO PROMISES however, to keep this thing going once the babies are here!
Here's our first recorded U/S of the Holguin Triplets:

(I was laughing during the recorded heartbeat of baby C, that's why it sounds funny)