Hey GIRL Hey!

It’s confirmed!!! I had another ultrasound this morning, and we’re 100% sure now — all three of the triplets are GIRLS!! While we were of course hoping for a little boy somewhere in there, I’m overjoyed at the news because some of my best memories are of my two sisters and me playing dress-up, accessorizing Barbies, and having tea parties — and I can’t wait to do that all over again with my four girls!!

If you know my husband, Greg, you know that he’s “a man’s man.” One of four boys, he’s always loved sports, action movies, and “hangin with the guys.” At the same time, I know that having four girls doesn’t disappoint him at all. (I love it when he calls us “his girls.”) In fact, when we were dating, I always used to tell him that he’d have daughters. I just didn’t know how many!!

Having all girls is a positive thing in my mind for a couple of reasons:

  • We already have a girl and know what they are like to raise.
  • We don’t have to buy a completely separate wardrobe of clothes — they can share! (At least for the first few years… 🙂 )
  • Girls tend to develop quicker and better before birth. They have a better chance of having more fully-developed lungs.
  • While any kid can be a handful, I’ve witnessed firsthand that boys are just more rambunctious! Don’t deny it…
  • I have two sisters, and the “drama” that people say is in our future is really not all that bad.

Aside from officially finding out the sex of the babies, we had a great ultrasound. They’re all healthy and moving around like crazy! Two are measuring perfectly at 17 weeks (6 ounces each), while one is measuring a little smaller at 16 weeks and a couple days (5 ounces).  We saw spines, brains, faces, femurs, bladders, and more — and they’re all looking great.

Today was also my first appointment with my new doctor, Dr. Dunlop. We actually already knew Dr. D and his family through church and some of my mom’s friends. I’m confident in his abilities, considering his track record with triplets (6 sets) and how calm he seems to be. I know I’m in good hands! Luckily, St. Francis (where I’ll be delivering) is right next door to the practice, so it’s always an easy trip if we need to take quick action.

When I got into work after my appointment, I was welcomed by a swarm of teammates — you’d think there was free food right by my desk (which there normally is in our marketing “circle”). All the women were so excited and loved seeing the ultrasound pictures. It was amazing to see such a bright and warm response from my friends and co-workers. We also chatted about possible names, and they’re starting a Google Doc to send me all their favorites! 🙂

Overall, it was a good appointment and a good day. Thank you God!

Weeks: 17

Weight Gained: 6 lbs.

Feeling: Great, but stomach feels a little funny after being poked at all morning!

Outlook: The best it’s been in 4 months.

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12 responses

  1. Officially submitted “Helen” as a name for consideration 🙂 My grandmother’s name! Also Lyn, because that’s the heroine of my first novel – and that has to say good things 🙂

  2. Great news Stef and Greg! Yeah for the blog~I just thought this afternoon that I hoped you would do something like this! It must have been ESPN!

  3. awwwww. I LOVE your blog…. I got teary eyed because I’m so happy for you. really.
    (The blog design is awesome by the way!) I’m really proud of you and so happy to see that your outlook is excellent. You’ll rock this triplet thing, girl!

  4. Thanks for including me in this BLOG. I never heard of such a thing. I guess I did the right thing to get started. So glad everything is going so perfectly. Waiting for more good news. GRANDMA & GRANDPA GOEDDE

  5. If Grandma and Grandpa can blog so can I 🙂 I want to tell you that I am new at blogging but am already loving it. I am excited about the news and glad that your feeling ok. Just let me know what week I need to ask off at work so I can come and help you rock and feed those girls!
    Aunt Laura

  6. The Howe’s are so excited for “the 6 Jansen’s” and know that you & Greg will both be amazing parents to these 4 little angels. You have both embraced this new journey that God has presented and are truly living your faith out loud. Call, email or text if you or Greg need anything. We will keep lifting you all up in prayer.

  7. Glad you are doing the blog. Hope you continue to have a blessed and uneventful pregnancy. Hanna will have the toughest time, so she may have to spend some time with her cousins as she gets older. I’m sure the girls would love it. Aunt Mary Ann

  8. Nice blog! This is the first time I’ve seen a photo of Hanna (an absolute doll baby!) (who by the way was born on my birthday) (and, who, by the way, I still owe a gift to), and also the first time I’ve heard you and your sisters sing–Susan had told me long ago what great voices you had. With all those good musical genes, there’s gonna be some terrific harmony in your house. Biscuits AND Gravy?? It’s ALL good! (That’s an old quote from Greg–odd things stick in your head.)
    My own little guy is about to get off the bus from his first day as a fifth-grader.
    Will favorite your blog.
    –Donna

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