On Monday I had a regular appointment with my Perinatologist. The babies were all doing fabulous. Moving all over, as always, and measuring incredible. Our Doctor surprised us with some 3D pictures, which was AMAZING. I used to think 3D pics were strange until I, of course, see them of my own babies. I was bawling my eyes out just to see their darling little faces.
Charlize Hope 2lbs 7 oz
Sawyer Reed 2lbs 8 oz
Unfortunately, Sawyer is currently smushed between his brother and sister, so we didn’t get really any amazing ultrasound shots of him. My poor boy!
Jax Ryan 3lbs 2 oz
Check out his smile:
They are rocking it in the weight category. Grow my little munchkins grow!!
My Doctor checked my cervix and that was the downfall. Once again my cervix shrunk to a 1.6. The minute she told us I knew it was likely I would be set to triage to monitored and sure enough, I was.
I was so blessed that my sister, Deanna, could join us for our appointment. They wheeled me up to triage where my contractions were monitored and babies, as well. I could feel my contractions and definitely know now that I have been feeling them for a couple weeks, just didn’t know it. Our nurse, Jessica, was the sweetest. It blesses me to be around such amazing staff at our hospital. I was also given steroid shots to help with lung development for my babies. Thankfully I have had a lot of practice with shots in my bum, it made the steroid shot pretty easy. Our Doctor came in to check my cervix. She happened to be monitoring it in the middle of a contraction where it shrunk to a 0.6. Unfortunately, it was right above my cerclage and we were told then we would be admitted for the night, at the very least.
They got me to my room and immediately started monitoring my contractions. My uterus was very irritable and I was contracting every few minutes. My night nurse, Katy, was amazing. I was given a medicine, nifedipine, to help with my contractions. She told me to be prepared to be at the hospital for longer because after hours they were not seeing much a change with my contractions. My sisters and brother-in-law were angels and brought us clothes, comfortable pillows, and food and just hung out with us. It was nice to have their company.
It was late in the wee hours of the night. I was miserable, uncomfortable, and exhausted. My sweet Ryan slept on the chair next to my bed. I was up all night peeing. I had to contact my nurse for help every time I used the restroom and it brought my anxiety because I was peeing every 30 minutes. I had so many things hooked up to my body: an IV, my contraction monitor, and leg sleeves that were around calves which would blow up with air to help prevent blood clots since I was laying for so long. By 3am , I had had it. I finally had my own little melt down. Tears poured down my cheeks as I cried out to the Lord. I was worried for my babies and exhausted. I tried to cry quietly, but my emotions were kind of uncontrollable. Ry woke up and and held my hand. His love was so comforting. My nurse came in because i, of course, needed to pee and she told me I could take of the leg sleeves for a little bit if I wanted. I was so thankful and able to get about an hour of sleep. I asked her in the morning if she has ever had a patient pee as much as me. She said “No, but you’re having triplets.” By morning, my contractions had changed a bit and my nurse seemed more optimistic that we may be able to go home, depending on my cervix. The second dose of the nifedipine seemed to do the trick, which they said sometimes happens. I was still having about 5-6 contractions in an hour, some 6 minutes at a time and my uterus was continually irritable. We needed my contractions to drop and my cervix to look good and if all checked out I could go home.
My nurse, Trisha, was with me all day yesterday and she was incredible. She monitored me for several hours. I was mostly impressed with her fast skills at getting the heart beat monitors on. She had an all time record, 3 minutes and 58 seconds. I couldn’t believe it. The first time my babies were monitored like this, it took 3 nurses. Trisha rocked it. And she was so sweet and so loving and so real!!!
Our Perinatologist finally arrived to check out my cervix and we were so happy to see that it was at a 1.4. My contractions were also looking better. I was going to be discharged. I was ordered strict bed rest at home and can only get up to use the restroom. I also will continue the nifedipine for the next few weeks to help keep my contractions calm. We have new goals to reach: 28 weeks, which is this Sunday. 32 Weeks. Anything after 32 weeks will be miracle status. For every day they stay snuggled in my womb, we lose 3 days in the NICU. So every single day matters.
I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t worried. I am terrified and want to do all I can to keep these little ones safely cooking and am praying so much that my body can handle it. Ultimately, I know God has so beautiful designed every little detail of our story and He is with us now as we wait upon their arrival. Charlize Hope, Sawyer Reed, and Jax Ryan are destined to be and so beautifully made by the Creator of the universe. So, although this is not easy, I know God is good and He will see is through this. THANK YOU for your ongoing prayers and encouragement. Your love, prayers, and encouragement is such a blessing to us. You have no idea the impact it has on our hearts!!! Our little trio is so loved by you!!!