In case you’re counting, we are now at 33 weeks — the average gestation for triplets. (Funny — THREE babies at THIRTY-THREE weeks.) Yet, it still seems rare to make it this far, especially in the condition the babies and I are in. I haven’t been on bed rest, I’m still working, I’m up and moving around, the babies are healthy, and they’ve continued to have great fluid levels.
But you think that’s something???
How about this — we had another “measurement ultrasound” today (my favorite kind!) and we discovered that the average weight of the babies is now 4 lbs. 12 ozs.
(Pause for dropped jaws and/or giddy laughter.)
That’s just under 5 lbs. each!!! I’m basically carrying a 15 lb. baby over here!! Needless to say, we were all smiles in the ultrasound room. I practically had to pick my mom up off the floor — she was screaming for joy and tearing up. I was in shock — how do they fit so compactly in there? While fluid levels are still healthy, the ultrasound tech. commented that my stomach is “all baby,” meaning they’re pretty crammed — and I believe it! They’re now starting to spread out to my sides — so much so that it was very difficult to get an accurate measurement for Baby A today, as her head is apparently in my hip.
Despite this terrific news, I was a little disappointed to learn that we couldn’t set a delivery date (well…not one that I’m happy with anyway). Because the babies and I are still fine and there are no signs of danger yet, Dr. D wants to wait just a little longer (and rightly so). Unfortunately, “longer” isn’t until December 28!!! I was really hoping it’d be next week sometime. That way, we’d avoid Christmas week, my sisters and brother-in-law could see the babies while they visit in a couple weeks, and we’d still be early enough to get most everything covered by insurance before the end of the year hits (am I being shallow here?).
HOWEVER, we also discovered that I’m already dilated 2 cm. and 70% effaced. Soooo, ya never know — we’ll probably be seeing these babies much sooner than the 28th. At this point, I’m almost trying to send myself into labor. (If you see me roaming the aisles of Target without sitting down for awhile, you’ll know why. 😉 )
Even though I want this to be over soon and the babies to come, I’m still extremely nervous about the delivery. I’ve never had a C-section before and the thought of an incision through major surgery scares me a bit. (Any readers out there had a C-section before? Feel free to comment below and tell me about your experience.) Plus, I was induced with Hannah, so I really don’t know what the whole “water breaking, rush to the hospital” bit is about. I’m nervous about the potential hurriedness of it all.
Aside from the appointment, we’ve just spent the last week hanging out with family and getting ready for Christmas. We’re pretty set on triplet stuff, so that leaves us with time to focus on other things. I even got to attend my company Christmas party last Friday night. It was a great time! I bought a new dress and shoes and Hannah had her first sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa Jansen’s so mommy and daddy could have a nice night out. My sister Lindsay dates a great guy who also works at ExactTarget, so she was there as well. It was so great to see my co-workers again after being secluded at home for so long. They were all very surprised to see me out and were extremely complimentary! I really love the people I work with — they’re so supportive.
Oh! And speaking of Christmas, I thought I’d give you a heads up that you won’t be receiving a Christmas card from us this year. Instead, I plan to send out New Year’s cards that will also serve as a birth announcement for the girls. We’ll see when I get around to that!
Lastly, I’ll leave you with a little “triplet humor” that I came across this week. I wonder if we could get onesies that ALL say “I wasn’t planned?” 🙂