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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

23 Weeks

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With their sense of movement well developed by now, your babies can feel you dance. And now that they're more than 11 inches long and weigh just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see them squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in their lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your babies' increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing them for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze them when they hear them outside the womb.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Shower Pics & appt. update

My appointment this morning (cervical check) went great. I am up 29.8 lbs from my starting weight which is right on track. My cervix is holding strong at 5 cm-they like to see it at 3 (I'm always an over-achiever). My doc says if I can make it to 24 weeks (one more week) with this strong of a cervix then PTL (pre-term labor) is very unlikely! He did warn there still could be pre-ecclampsia that has me deliver early but one less thing to worry about it great and there's really nothing I can do to prevent the pre-e so no use in stressing over it. Growth u/s is in 2 weeks (August 10th).

I had my first shower this weekend and am simply amazed by people's generosity. We received so many useful and wonderful things. It really was surreal to know that the shower was for us and our babies. Barton was at this shower since it was family but he won't be at this weekend's with all my friends;)

Here's a couple pics from the event: Thank you to my Mom & Barton's mom for throwing an amazing shower!

FYI-You can click on any pics to make it bigger

Baby carriage fruit bowl

Favors (no reason everyone else shouldn't drink)

Me & Barton

Awesome onsies that you know will come in handy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

22 week belly pic & update

How Far Along: 22 weeks!

Total Weight Gain:
26 pounds at my last appointment - new weight Monday!I"m still on the low end for weight gain!

Maternity Clothes: All maternity clothes

Stretch Marks: none

Best Moment this Week: Feeling more movement and getting to see the movement on the outside.

Movement: Often but only when I'm laying down or sitting.

Food Cravings: Broccoli cheese soup (yes, it's been 100 degrees here)

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button Innie or Outtie: Still inne but just barely

What are You Looking Forward to this Week: My 1st shower on Sunday!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

22 Weeks

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your babies are starting to look like a miniature newborn. Their lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and they're even developing tiny tooth buds beneath their gums. Their eyes have formed, but their irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers their bodies and the deep wrinkles on their skin, which they'll sport until they add a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside their bellies, their pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nursery Progress (picture post)

We are getting there with the nursery.


After painting

With chair rail and a crib

Lucky helping us decide on crib mattress height...LOL

Girl Bedding (not our room)

Boy Bedding (not our room)

Boys' letters of their first name. The dots will be painted blue and then hung over each of their cribs

Girl's letter w/ dots painted

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

21 weeks

Your babies now weigh about three-quarters of a pound and are approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like they're practicing martial arts as their initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to their activity as you get to know them better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Appointment Update

We had a cervical check and growth ultrasound today.
My cervix is great, long and closed like it needs to be.
The babies look great! Baby A (girl) is measuring about 4 days ahead of our due date and is topping the scales at 15 oz. Her brothers are right at our due date and are both weighing in at 13 oz. Babies B & C (boys) were kicking each other like crazy during the ultrasound, it was cute but it also makes sense why I'm so uncomfortable on my left side. I have two baby heads (the boys) poking me on my left side (see 3rd pic) and right under the left ribs are 4 baby feet (see 2nd pic). Baby A (girl) is laying low right above my pelvis. She's active but not like her brothers.

Here are some pics:

All three heads

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Breastfeeding Multiples

Yesterday Barton and I went to a Breastfeeding Multiples class at Rose Medical Center here in Denver. I've been asked several times if I actually plan on breastfeeding the triplets and my answer to that is YES!! Even if the babies are born premature I plan to pump and give them the milk via bottle in the NICU. If everything goes according to plan (does it ever?) I would love to be able to breastfeed for at least 6 months. We took this class to learn the basics of breastfeeding but also how to do it with multiples. I have a great twin nursing pillow that will help support two babies at once to feed and then when one is done the 3rd will be put on to feed. It will definitely take more than just me there to get these babies fed:) The class was very informative but at the same time very eye opening that we have THREE babies coming in the next 3-4 months.

We continue to work on the nursery and will be able to start putting the cribs up this week!

We have a growth ultrasound tomorrow to see how the little ones are doing. One of the best things about being high risk is that I get ultrasounds every two weeks so we never have to go too long in between seeing the babies.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

20 week belly pic & update

Things are going well. I am definitely feeling tired and need to rest a lot more in the last couple weeks. I have started to feel little flutters in my belly when they are moving around. It is mainly when I am laying down, laying on one side and change to the other side. It is crazy to think those are our babies! The flutters have gotten more and more frequent just in the last couple days so I'm sure in no time I will be getting kicked and punched from every direction. My next Dr. appointment is Monday but so far everything looks great and there are no signs of pre-term labor (knock on wood).

We have started working on the nursery. Pam (a retired teacher from my school) came over this morning and did all the taping (THANK YOU!!) and Bart scraped off the stickers that were on the top of the walls. We got the tape up where the chair rail will go and Bart plans to start painting tomorrow! I will post before and after pics when we are done.

I will leave you with this week's pic, not as great as the last one in Mexico but the belly is definitely growing!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

20 weeks!!

Your babies weigh about 10 1/2 ounces now. They're also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, they're measured from head to toe.)

They're swallowing more these days, which is good practice for their digestive system. They're also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in their bowels, and you'll see it in their first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

Thursday, July 1, 2010

NICU timetable

I was on the MOST website and I found this information very helpful to give me a guess as to how long our babies might have to stay in the NICU after they're born. My doc thinks I can make it to 36-37 weeks!

Average days in the NICU by Multiple Type and Gestation

<25 weeks......60.8 days
25 weeks......113.5 days
26 weeks......90.0 days
27 weeks......82.0 days
28 weeks......55.2 days
29 weeks......46.9 days
30 weeks......39.6 days
31 weeks......30.7 days
32 weeks......22.6 days
33 weeks......16.8 days
34 weeks......11.4 days
35 weeks......6.2 days
36 weeks......3.0 days
37 weeks......3.5 days
38 weeks......9.3 days

*Note: Hospital stays for infants born after 35 weeks may vary depending on the size and overall health of the babies.