Wednesday, June 13, 2007
22 weeks 4 days
I had another doctor's appointment today. They didn't measure the babies today, they just measured their heartbeats. Everything looks good. Things are holding up really well so far. Many triplet moms are already on bedrest at this point, so I feel very lucky to still be up and about and feeling pretty good. I get tired easily and I take a nap every day and I sit around a lot, but I'm not throwing up and I feel pretty normal most of the time. I'm getting big and uncomfortable, but I know that this is as good as it's going to get for awhile.

I'm looking forward to the 24 week mark because the babies' chances of viability will increase every week we can get past that. Whenever people ask me when the babies are due, they get a long answer. Because with one I would be due October 13, but with three, it's really hard to say. The national average for triplets to be born is 33 weeks and the doctors won't let me go past 37 weeks. So, the very latest they could be born is September 22nd, but we would be really lucky to get that far. I'm hoping to make it to late August.

I've gained 25 pounds which is not that great, but the babies are measuring a little ahead of schedule (or were two weeks ago), and that's what really matters. I've been able to eat more these last few weeks and hopefully that will keep up. I think the weight I gain now will be the most important. I weigh more than I did when I was full term with either of the girls.

The babies are moving around a lot more which is cool. My belly seems huge to me (it feels about 8 months pregnant) but everyone tells me that I look small. I think they expect a freak show because there are three babies in there. The freak show is coming I'm sure, I'm just not sure I'll be leaving the house by the time I get that huge (not because I don't want to be seen, because I'll likely be on bedrest).

Grace talks about the triplets a lot more than Lillie does. She's always coming up with names (she spends a lot of time looking at popular baby names on the social security website and she's been campaigning hard for the name Hazel (she spent about 3 weeks trying to convince me to go with Piper and has since tired of it herself). We're still thinking about Elsa, Ingrid, Greta, and, yes, Hazel. Our boy choices remain Will, Frank, and Jack. Maybe Jesse and maybe John, too. David likes Peter because it's a family name. I'm not as keen on it, but I like it for a middle name.

I was thinking that Lillie was maybe a little more reluctant about their arrival, but yesterday we were talking about the fact that my mom is coming for a month and David's mom will come a little after that. Lillie said, "The grandmas aren't going to hog all the babies, are they?" I just laughed and told her there were more than enough babies to go around and anytime she wants to hold one, she can.

The phases of finding out that we're having triplets has so far gone like this: shock, denial, acceptance, shock, denial. I was starting to get used to the idea, but as it gets closer and a little more real I still can't believe we're going to have three babies. I know it's going to be amazing in so many ways, but I don't think it will really sink in until they are here. Then, I suppuse I'll just be too busy to analyze how I feel.
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