"I wanted to say something to you to comfort you in your peculiar trial & present affliction. I hope God will give you strength that you may not faint. I pray God to soften the hearts of those around you to be kind to you & take the burden off your shoulders as much as possible & not afflict you. I feel for you, for I know your state & that others do not, but you must comfort yourself knowing that God is your friend in heaven & that you have one true & living friend on earth, your husband."
And now, it's time for an update on this bed rest/babies thing. For the most part, this pregnancy has just been a whole lot of sitting, laying down, getting stuck with needles occasionally and WAITING. So updates have been quite infrequent. But the countdown to baby time is beginning!
Here's what has been going on this past week. Most importantly, I am now 32 weeks!!! This has been the goal for this pregnancy and we've reached it! Secretly, my personal goal has been to carry these babies longer than Charlie and Liv (34 weeks, 1 day), and for all three babies to weigh more than the twins did (4lb 4oz and 4lb 9oz.)
Besides that great news, my blood pressure has elevated from what it has been most of the time I've been here. However, my blood pressure has been lower than what it is typically. Soooo...my blood pressure is now back to normal or just slightly higher than normal. This is typical for someone carrying triplets, so I haven't worried about it. To cover our bases though, Dr. M ordered a couple blood tests and urine tests on Wednesday night. Everything came back normal. So we had a brief "scare" (and by scare I really mean a very, very slim possibility) that I would deliver the babies within the next two days if the test results came back that I had Preeclampsia. But I don't, and so the babies are still snug inside.
I also had an ultrasound yesterday to check my cervical length. Result? 14mm! No weights for the babies, but we did get another 3-D pic for Luke and Wendy. I think Jack is going to keep his little mug a surprise! Which is fine with us. :)
Everybody knows it's Wennndy.
Given all of the above information, this is what the next couple of weeks are looking like for our family. Dr. Melillo said that he would be fine sending me home next Wednesday, but he is going to be out of town for a few days immediately after that, so I don't feel comfortable going home if something should happen once I get there. So instead, I will be released on the 29th after he's returned from his trip. I will be able to go home and spend a few days there with my family before the triplets arrive. And of course, a nesting mother who hasn't been able to nest has a few other items on her TO DO list! :) Technically, I will no longer be on bed rest, but this body of mine has deteriorated quite a bit, and as I'll still be carrying this large load in front of me, my contribution to the basic functioning of our home will be limited.
For now, there isn't a set time and day for the c-section. Dr. M is looking into that. But it will be either September 1, 2 or 6. Unless I actually go into labor myself! Amazing that I might come out of this having 5 children and not having experienced actual labor. I actually had to ask Melillo what I should do if labor does start! Haha! Jack, Luke and Wendy are in our near future. After months of focusing on NOT having them, it's strange to think that we actually WILL have them. Time to put all of those great organizational ideas I've collected on Pinterest during these last few months to good use! :) We're in the home stretch baby! I mean...babies. :)