Thursday, September 11, 2008

Our Experience Having Triplets

Well its been almost a year since we had our first visit with a fertility specialist. We tried for 16 months and nothing was happening. I always knew I would have trouble getting pregnant, just always felt that way for as long as I can remember. So in October of 2007, we decided to go see a fertility specialist. They did so many tests on me, it was unbelievable. I had problems with my insulin and with my thyroid and one or two other minor things. They tested Josh also and he came back just fine, actually, double the normal! So we knew it wasn't him with the problem. The doctor diagnosed me with Polysistic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). That just means I don't release eggs, I ovulate, but they never release. So after many blood tests to make sure my hormones were normal, they had me take Clomid for 5 days, if I remember correctly, starting with the first day of my period. It was 50 mg I believe. Then I had to inject myself the day I ovulated with Ovidrel. The Ovidrel was to release the eggs. They did an ultrasound to see how many eggs I had, I had four ready to be released. They were hoping one would take! If I had too many, they would have told me not to take the Ovidrel and try the next month. So we wait and wait and finally, positive pregnancy test! I knew something was different...I felt different. I had this heaviness in my abdomen that I had never had before. The positive pregnancy test could have been from the Ovidrel I took , so they had me do a blood test and called me a few hours later and said it was positive, that I was pregnant. My levels were double the normal, but that didn't really mean much at the time. So then we went in for an ultrasound at 5 weeks pregnant. She says, there is the sac, oh, and another sac. "You are having twins!" We were so excited. I remember talking about how we would be able to keep the car and hoping we had a boy and a girl. We decided to wait to tell anyone until Christmas. They wanted me to come back in for another ultrasound a week later. So when I was 6 weeks pregnant, we went in, hoping to hear a heart beat! So the tech lady is looking at the sacs and finds heart beats and says they are all the correct size and look good. She spent about 10 minutes measuring. And then we hear, uh oh! I see another sac, and a heart beat. "You are having triplets!". I had tears in my eyes, I wasn't sure what to think! We then decided that since we were excited about two, what was one more! So that is our story, took us one try!!! And we got three! The doctor said it was a failure to them because they don't like to see more than two. It was a blessing to us! When we told my mom, I thought she was going to have a heart attack! It was Christmas Eve, once it sunk in, she got very excited! As for Josh's mom, she just ran around telling everyone she was going to be a grandma of triplets!! We went to see a high risk doctor to discuss all the problems we may have and what we need to do. He asked us about reducing and told us most triplet pregnancy's only end up with one or two babies. We decided to keep them all, we couldn't choose. My pregnancy went great, they all stayed very healthy!

Hospital Pictures

Maysie, Makenna, Jaeli
Maysie, Jaeli, Makenna ( I think)
Well here are the hospital pictures. They turned out really good! It took awhile to get them back, but we are very happy with them! They are even going to post them in the NICU and Nursery for everyone to see! I think they are even going to put them in a hospital in Michigan! My kids are famous! They were about three weeks old when they were taken, since they didn't get out of the hospital until they were 2 weeks and 2 1/2 weeks old.

The girls are doing great, they are starting to wake more, so it gets more difficult at times because they usually want to be awake at the same time. It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't want to be held all the time, but I manage! I got my first official smile today from Maysie, it was so cute, I wish I had a picture of it!