Saturday, June 29, 2013

Family of 5!

I was laying in bed last night, and like a crazy person, outloud was saying "I have three babies. Wait... I have THREE babies? This can't be real". Luckily, no one was around to hear me sound like a crazy person. And luckily it IS real and I really do have 3 beautiful children. I can't believe it happened so fast. 
I had a Dr appointment last friday and my blood pressure was high so they went me to the hospital for tests and let me know there was a possibility of being admitted for preeclampsia. Triplet pregnancies are always at higher risk for it. So we did a 24 urine test and they admitted me on Saturday afternoon.
The babies were all moving great, but the doctors said preeclampsia is super unpredictible and because of that I might only last a few days before I had to deliver, or I could go another 2 weeks. So we hoped for the best, keeping in mind that I had just turned 29 weeks, and that was a huge milestone should we have to deliver. 
Sunday night we had an ultrasound and saw that Baby C, the little girl, still hadn't grown at all in 3 weeks. The dr wanted more tests with ultrasound but they didn't have time that night so they brought us back Monday morning. And i'm so grateful we had to go back because that morning Baby C stopped moving. Completely. I've literally never seen a baby so still for a whole hour during an ultrasound while being pushed and buzzed. I'm pretty sure I felt my heart break. 
The Dr came in to discuss our options. And thats when the worst hour of my life started. He said we would repeat the Biophysical Profile one more time to see if she would move. After that, we had a choice to make. 
A. We would deliver ASAP to give the little girl a chance. But delivering early while the other 2 babies were perfectly fine inside of me put THEM at risk. They were at risk for developmental problems or chronic lung disease...
B. Wait on delivery, almost surely losing the little girl, but possibly giving the boys WEEKS more to develop in me, giving them a much better chance at being healthy. 
I couldn't believe it was happening to me. I will never forget that feeling. Or the look in Matt's eyes while we had to make a decision. 
The Dr. gave us a minute, and we said a prayer. I felt like we were being forced to choose between our children. But we couldn't forget the fact that I had preeclampsia and I may have to deliver within a few days anyway. 
We agreed that we felt like we should deliver and at least give our little girl a chance. As soon as we told them our decision everything happened so fast. Matt and his dad gave me a blessing. I was taken to the operating room where there was already a whole crew waiting for me. Before they let Matt in and got started they did a quick ultrasound and saw the little girl's heart rate was dropping fast so they sped things up. A minute later Matt was next to me and I heard "Out!" Baby A came out at 1:03 pm. Then "Out!" again. Baby B was out a minute later at 1:04 pm. It took a couple minutes to get Baby C out because she was tucked pretty far in but she was born at 1:06 pm. 
They took them away right away to take care of them. Each baby had 3 nurses and there were multiple doctors. Matt was able to follow them to the NICU while I went to the recovery room. After tests they told us that the little girl probably wouldn't have lasted more than a few hours if we hadn't delivered. There is no doubt in my mind that we made the right decision. 
They are 5 days old today and they are all doing so well. I feel SO blessed. They are all breathing well, with just a little help. The boys no longer need their lights for jaundice. And right now they are all taking their feedings well. 
They are the cutest, tiniest, wrinkliest babies I've ever seen. I'm so in love with them. I definitely haven't been able to see them enough because i've been stuck in my room with high blood pressure, but Matt has slept with them every night and spends all day long with them. He's honestly the best dad ever.  He is so good with them and I can see how in love he is. We've been able to change a few diapers and I got to hold Baby A for the first time yesterday. It was the best feeling in the world. I'm hoping we will decide on names today so we can stop calling them "A, B and C" :) 
I'm so grateful for our families and friends that kept us in their prayers this week and even fasted for us. We are so blessed and so fortunate that everything is going this well. 
We still have long way to go. The babies will be in the hospital until probably September. But at least they are here, and safe, thats all I could ask for :)

 Our baby girl and her first bracelet... Matt's wedding ring 


Chelsea Johnson said...

Congrats! Kate and I are sitting here crying and so happy for you guys! I can't believe all that you had to just go through. I'm sooo glad everything is going well thus far and we hope and pray things continue to go well! We love you guys and can't wait to see more pics of your little alphabet!
Love Chels and Kate!

Kristin said...

Holy smokes! This post has been live for 4 whole days and I'm just now seeing it! I love those little babies, and I'm so happy about their amazing progress. Especially Little Miss Sterling! What an awful, awful feeling that must have been to think about losing her. Those kiddos each have their own team of guardian angels, that's for sure. Love you FIVE!

Adria said...

That picture of Matt's ring on Sterlings little arm shows how tiny she really is!! They already look so much bigger in the pictures you posted yesterday. We are so happy that the babies are progressing so well!! Kylee and Brock have been nervous...Kylee for the babies and Brock for you:) That boy sure does love you! Love you guys!!

Teresa Boyd said...

What a sweet sweet story! Love you all!

Stevenson's said...

Thanks for sharing your story. What 3 sweet miracles!! I need to come see them. Congrats. You guys will be amazing parents.

Jaimie Boyd said...

I finally had a chance to read your story and couldn't help but cry. It's so wonderful that they all are doing better now. Congratulations and many blessings to you and your family.