Shower before bed rest!!

Luckily, I was able to attend this shower my college girlfriends threw for me just 24 hours after doc told me to not go back to work. I had to sit the whole shower with my feet up so that was tough to have people come to me. It was a blast and again we are so blessed! I had never seen so many gifts and friends and family in one room. It was a reminder of how fortunate we are and how I am a lucky gal!

My hostesses were my college pledge sisters Courtney Carroll, Janna Koehn, Kara Rother, Jamie Matlock and Sarah Welker. Love you gals thank you for making the day special.

Week Three Bedrest: Compassion, Cupcakes, and Carbs

I am on week three of bedrest and there are a few things that I have learned:
1. I would never make a good shut-in or a hoarder like those folks on TV.
2. Being at home in bed you have two choices: Be productive on your laptop or watch “Bringing Home Baby, Making Room for Multiples or a Baby Story on TLC” enough times to scare the heck out of you. I choose the laptop.
3. People are kind and generous. We have amazing friends and family. We are so blessed with recent meals and visitors, phone calls, emails and texts to check on me, Bryan and the girls.
4. This may be the only time its good to celebrate gaining weight! Lots of carbs (pasta!)Β and lots of desserts like cupcakes, Klondike bars or ice cream in this household.
5. This is a time I should cherish the peace and quiet being alone during the day. But, it makes me even more excited to meet our girls everyday.

A recent visit to the Doc was cautiously optimistic. As always a blessed report for Avery, Emily and Camdyn. Although we have not assigned names, I can tell you the “twins” are thriving and A was 2lbs, B was 2.6 and my singleton was 2.9! Growing babies are awesome. I am seeing lots of moving on the outside of my belly lately which is both reassuring and creepy at the same time. I can’t determine if they are feet or elbows, heads or bottoms.

My physical health is still excellent. I am feeling the contraints and aches and pains of must being in bed or in the chair all the time. My belly is growing by the minute so lots of pressure. Heck, there are three babies in there πŸ™‚

We are closer to getting the rooms ready thanks to my husband, my parents and my in-laws. When I can take a break, I sit in a chair and give commands. Sounds cool, but I’d rather be putting bedding on my girls bed or hanging things myself.

But, Doc said that I still have premature cervical shortening and I am still dilated to about a 1. If it continues when I go back on Friday, January 28, he will admit me for hospital bed rest. Yuck. As a “just in case” measure, he told us to bring a bag to our appointment. So, I think that is a sign…But, I am still holding out staying home.

I am 28 weeks tomorrow (January 26). The girls have more than a 90 percent survival rate at this point and that is so reassuring. They will look at their lungs, heart, brains etc again Friday in addition to how they are doing practicing breathing. Yes, practicing breathing. Although they are not actually breathing their lungs begin to initiate the movement needed to do so when they are born. The human body is amazing!

Again, all the love, food, support and prayers are working and we could not appreciate them more. This has been a journey of great personal reflection, inner peace and witness of the power of prayer. All amazing God things. Thank you for joining the ride with us and pray these babies know what is good for them and stay inside a little longer!

Letting go of control: week one of bed rest

This week was interesting. After our update from the last appointment where Doc told me I could not go back to work I took a deep breath and gave it all I could this week and adjusted to two things: one was working from home and two – letting go of control and attempting to let people help me. Part two has been the hardest adjustment. As most people know, I pride myself on multi-tasking and being three steps ahead of myself planning wise. My way of doing things has come to screeching halt with a much of mini wardens telling me to stay put!!! I get up to pee and all of a sudden I have committed a felony. I know people have great intensions and love me, but relinquishing control is not a characteristic you learn how to do overnight. But, it’s for girls so I will of course do what is best. God is teaching me patience and the kindness of others for sure.

I was able to work from home pretty well until Friday. We had another marathon doctor’s appointment to see if any more significant change had occurred. I had not physically left the house all week so I was excited just to get out!

Appointment was again positive for the girls. But, I’m still showing signs of premature labor that may or may not happen. They did what is called a fetal fibronection test. Ladies, it’s like when you go for that fun annual visit. Anyhow, if it’s positive it can be a sign of labor within the next 14 days. But it’s only about 20-25% of an indication. Well, we got the call at 4pm that it is positive.

My emotions went nuts and I just envisioned these girls coming any day and it finally hit me how real this is. Doc gave me the choice to stay on strict bed rest at home or be in the hospital. So I will still kick it out home until further notice which is next Friday.

This week I am praying for peace in my heart that this situation will be ok and secondly for the peace to let go and let people help me get ready in the event they do come soon.

I am blessed with great family and friends who have checked on us, offered dinner or just company. Thank you so much!!!

Keep y’all posted!!!!

Chant tonight:
1 baby, 2 baby and 3 baby Coy
Bed rest for mom should be a joy
These girls need to cook for more time
Coy babies Coy babies please stay inside!

Ok, I have official cabin fever.

House Arrest: Day One

25 weeks and five days. Officially on house arrest. Well, bed rest that is. My appointment Friday was a little stunning when I was told I could not go back to work the following week. The girls are doing great – C is 2lbs, B is 1.11 and A is 1.9.Β  I, on the other hand, am showing signs of early dilation that concerned the Doc, so bed rest for me it is.

As a precaution, I had two steriod injections to prepare the girls’ lungs in the event that labor in the next few weeks is inevitable. But, we are hoping that is not the case at all! My goal was 34 weeks, but that seems like a long grueling two months away, but I am still optimistic.Β  For reference, most triplets are born between 29-34 weeks.

My blood pressure was slightly elevated, so guess who had a date with the orange jug again this past weekend? Me! I tried to persuade Doc to avoid the jug treatment by letting him know that it was a very emotional week with the funeral for my friends, one of my best friends Sarah (also about 24 weeks pregnant) was in a car accident with her kids (she is ok and so is baby), one of my dear friends growing up, Andy Brown, his dad passed away Friday…Just a gammit of events that I believed caused the rise. But, he was not buying it and said, “Take the jug home.” So, I did.

Here is a look at my first weekday of Bed Rest:
1. Woke up at normal time, as though I was going to work.
2. Got positioned to have my little office set up so I could work from home today.
3. Participated in a conference call with office.
4. Had the help of a wondeful co-worker to get me set up remotely from home.
5. Worked for several hours.
6. Bryan came home to check on me and then took me to the lab to say goodbye to the orange jug and had some blood drawn. Yuck.
7. Worked a little more at home.
8. Closed out the day getting up a few times to just take a potty break.

Even in the background watching “Whose my baby’s daddy” on Maury and other trashy TV was not entertaining. Sounds appealing to be in your jammies, when its snowing outside to do those sort of things but not for a Type A’er like myself. I will adjust because it is all about the girls and their best needs.

I had some really sweet emails and texts from friends and family checking on me so thank you so much! Means a lot to keep me normal and distracted.

Fortunately, I can shower and get up to go potty. Yippee. But, most time should be spent in a chair with feet up or in bed.

Bryan entertained me this evening by putting together two of the babies’ bouncers. So proud of you Dad! I know he feels helpless too trying to make the best of the situation. He flew home from the middle of nowhere Colorado this past weekend to make sure I was ok. Good to have him home..just in case. We are lucky that family is a five minute drive away so that is reassuring too!

Keep the entertaining emails and suggestions for TV coming. I am sure I will find my groove over the course of time that will make all of this sudden change just a moment in time I will look back on and cherish before their arrival.

I am lucky to have little furry friends like Stella to make sure I am not overdoing it either πŸ™‚

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers! Keep’em coming! We are praying for a good return appointment this Friday and no signifigant changes that cannot be stopped πŸ™‚

25 weeks today: My little eggplants

So, the books say these girls are about the size of an eggplant. Roughly 1.7lbs and about 9 inches long. So far, the girls are on schedule like just one baby in there. But, I go back to the doctor on Friday so we will be praying they are advancing and developing still right on schedule. I also pray that I am physically well overall. As my belly grows and I feel them kicking and moving, I know these last few weeks or so will be trying.

I am still going all rock star at work. I have reduced my hours some from 10 to about 8 hours per day. The most uncomfortable part is just being over my belly typing at the computer all day. We will see how well this works out. I don’ want to over do it, so fortunately my work has been great to work with me on what is best for me and the girls. I read so many terrible stories of premature labor and I pray each day for God to carry me through the next so they are healthy and safe when they are ready to meet the world.

I have been having them listen to music at night. Not surprising that that I try to choose something soothing like symphony and classical music and they seem to really enjoy more of the pop music. Just like their mom! I have not tried out the rap or hip-hop, I am sure dad will expose them soon enough πŸ™‚

Here is a funny pic of my belly with the headphones on!

Until the next update, everyone please take time to tell someone close to you that you love them and you are thankful for them in your lives.