27 Weeks – We Have 2 Lb. Babies!!

27 weeks today! We’re getting close! According to my weekly email the babies should be “almost 2 lbs. this week.” This is the weight of a head of cauliflower, another food that we don’t eat in my house (Brian hates it; I think it doesn’t have much flavor. Either way, we don’t eat it). The babies should  be about 14-15 inches long. Getting huge!

We had another ultrasound this week. We apparently have some overachievers! Baby A and Baby C weigh about 2 lbs. already (more than my weekly email said). Baby B is our little guy. He weighs about 1 lb. 13 oz. this week. He’s also the only one who showed his face this week. Here’s his picture:

 

He’s a little blurry because he actually had his hand in front of his face (like every time) and the ultrasound girl had to “look through” his hand to see his face. Baby A and Baby C didn’t want their pictures taken this time. But everyone is doing great! We saw Dr. Wendel and he is happy with the babies’ growth and mine too. The babies all measured within a few days of each other, which is perfect. They all have strong heartbeats (all 148) and plenty of fluid. And they have eyebrows now (or eyelashes. I can’t remember). Baby C was even doing his practice breathing. This gets him ready to breathe for real after he’s born. 
Me? I’m hanging in there. I still feel pretty good actually. I have started having trouble sleeping and just getting comfortable in general at night (I’m usually ok during the day when I’m staying busy). And I get heartburn at night. Yuck! I feel bad for people who have heartburn all the time! I also woke up with a monster cramp in my calf yesterday morning. Apparently this is normal. But I’m pretty sure it is the absolute worst way to wake up ever!
I’m feeling bigger by the day. Dr. Wendel said I’m the size of a 38 week single pregnancy now! That means that the only place I have to grow is out. I can’t even imagine how that will work. We’ll see I guess!  Here’s my weekly picture:

Yes I did wear this to work today! Yoga pants and flip flops are perfect lawyer attire. At least at my office they are! Lucky me! Oh and yes I’m still working for the time being. I guess Dr. Dora will reevaluate next week. Dr. Wendel did say to avoid all stress. Most people have stress just going to work because they have to (1) get dressed up and (2) get there on time. I don’t have these issues luckily! I did scare Jack today when I was a little late though! He called to make sure everything was ok! Oops. 
We had a great Easter and a pretty relaxing week. Well I did. Brian stayed busy! We had our first Easter at home because we couldn’t travel. But we made the best of it. Addison and I made Easter dinner. I’ve never made a holiday meal before because my mom or Brian’s mom always does the cooking. First time for lots of things this year! Addison made the green bean casserole all by herself! And it tasted perfect! My in-laws will be happy to know that I even made gravy (the kind out of a little package where you just add water, but still gravy). I do not like gravy but I made it just for Addison because she doesn’t like mashed potatoes (unless Nina makes them and they have gravy). I couldn’t be Nina but I could make gravy. Here’s our spread complete with the gravy:

Then we had a nighttime Easter egg hunt. Even though we didn’t have any plans on Easter Sunday, we somehow didn’t get around to hiding eggs until about 9 pm. Addison had fun though:

And she gets all the eggs because she’s the only one to find them. Belly did try to eat one egg but I heard the crunch and stopped her just in time! The Easter bunny also hid eggs (filled with candy and money of course) but she found those in the morning. Here’s a picture from Addison’s morning Easter egg hunt:

In case you’re wondering . . . no, Addison did not break her arm. She sprained it during her soccer game on Saturday so she gets to wear this awesome splint. She feels cool wearing it I think. Luckily she’s doing much better and it doesn’t even really hurt anymore. So she’ll be back on the soccer field this weekend.
Finally, did anyone see Parks and Recreation this week? If not, stop reading so I don’t spoil it. If you don’t watch Parks and Recreation, you should. It’s hilarious. Well this week, the episode title was 1 in 8000. Guess what that means?! Even without reading the title, I already knew because several people said something to me the night it aired or the next day before we watched it. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Leslie (Amy Poehler) found out she’s having triplets! 1 in 8000 (really 1 in 8100). Just like us! If you watched the show, you now have a pretty good idea how we reacted to the news. I was like Leslie (kind of). Excited and optimistic (but terrified). But not as cheery as her because that’s not normal. Brian was definitely like Ben. Very overprotective and scared of everything – from work to sleep to food. He’s still like that but he’s tuned it down some. Thank God! I may have strangled him by now! Just kidding (kind of). I know he meant well.

Next up – Dr. Dora next Tuesday. I’ll keep you posted! 

Ultrasound Update

Second post this week! Bonus! We had another Level 2 ultrasound today! All 3 babies are doing great and they look perfect! 2 of them weigh approximately 1 lb. 2 oz. and the other one weighs approximately 1 lb. 1 oz. all 3 heartbeats are in the normal range too. And they all have lots of fluid. All good signs.

We saw Dr. McGann today instead of Dr. Wendel. He’s also an MFM and he’s good too. And very informative. He answered every question I had (and I had lots of questions). Most importantly he said I can keep doing everything like normal because everything looks good. Yay! That means I can keep working as long as I feel ok. And I like working so that’s good news!
Now for the pictures. We got some really good ones! The babies look like little newborns (or little old men depending on how you look at it). 
These 2 are Baby B and Baby C side by side. C on the left, B on the right. They are separated by a thin membrane but you can’t see it in these pictures. You can really see Baby C’s face in the first one! 

The ultrasound technician was thrilled that she got 2 in 1 picture. Apparently multiples don’t usually cooperate for this. So I’m surprised mine did!

Here’s a single picture of Baby A. I’m so amazed by this one. It’s so clear. Looks like a photo! 

Here’s 2 of Baby B. He likes to keep his hands by his face so we couldn’t get a clear picture of his face. In the second one you can see his little hand and fingers. And he was pushing one of his brothers away!

Here’s a profile of Baby C. This one isn’t as clear as the first one above. 

Obviously I’m in love already!! They are so perfect! 
Here’s a bonus picture for today:
A very sad Otis! He does this to me every time I leave the house! He’s especially bad this week after we boarded him last weekend. He’s pretty pitiful! 
Next appointment is April 15 with Dr. Dora. Then April 21 we have an appointment for another Level 2 ultrasound and we’ll see Dr. Wendel again. 

22 Weeks

I’m on time this week! 22 weeks today. The babies are each about 11 inches long (almost 1 ft tall!) and about 1 lb.! They’re growing for sure. This week’s food baby analogy is spaghetti squash. Now I’m pretty adventurous with my food  but I’ve never had spaghetti squash. Nor do I know what one looks like. I assume the inside is like spaghetti? Maybe my baby app needs to reconsider their food choices. Luckily it tells me actual length and weight too.

We went to see Dr. Dora yesterday. Everything is going perfectly still. Yay! I’ve gained 29 lbs. total now (16 in the last month) so the doctors are happy with me. I’m on track to gain the 60 lbs. Dr. Wendel wants me to gain. I’m pretty happy too. I feel like that’s what I needed to gain this month. My blood pressure is still good too. So I get to just keep doing what I’ve been doing for now. Next appointment with Dr. Dora is April 15 (Tax Day) so unless things change I’ll stick with my normal routine until at least then!
Best part of this week is that we saw the babies again! Yay! I cried the whole time. I couldn’t stop the tears! This hasn’t happened before so it was new to me! But in my defense, I haven’t seen them in what seems like forever! They are so much bigger than last time we saw them! Dr. Dora couldn’t get all 3 in one picture anymore! But she did get 3 individual pictures.
Baby A:
Baby B:
Baby C:

 

As you can see, they didn’t want their pictures taken this time! Dr. Dora worked really hard to get these pictures. They were moving a lot though! Baby A is still really low and he’s starting to get squished. Supposedly this won’t affect his growth or development. Baby B is on my side up and down (head down butt in my ribs) and Baby C is on my left side a little under my ribs. Baby A and Baby B are in pretty small areas but Baby C has lots and lots of room. Hopefully Baby B will shift and use some of that extra room! But the good news is that they all really have plenty of room because they have lots of fluid in their sacs. Dr. Dora said it’s like they each have their own little swimming pool.
I’ve been feeling the babies move a lot this week. I can feel Baby B shift positions but I usually don’t feel when Baby A or Baby C shift positions. I think it’s because of where they are. But I feel all 3 of them kick all the time. Brian hasn’t felt them kick yet. Every time he puts his hands on my belly they stop moving! Maybe he has a calming effect on the babies. That will come in handy!
I’m still growing too. Here’s my picture for the week:

I thought I would try out a new pose if we’re gonna do the same picture every week! Ha! Addison will be so proud.

In other news, I’m losing my belly button. I still have one but it’s steadily shrinking. And in case you didn’t know (I didn’t) it really hurts when you lose your belly button. You’re welcome for that fun fact. I didn’t lose my belly button with Addison so this is new to me. Dr. Dora assured me it’s normal. I’m just hoping it doesn’t turn into an outie!
Also I bought a bunch of baby pants today at Target. $2.50 each so I had to buy like 15 pairs of course. (I didn’t buy “like 15 pair” . . . I actually bought 15 pairs). In different sizes though so I’m being practical. Hopefully Brian believes that.
We’ve made some progress on the nursery this week too! My parents came through town Monday night and Brian and my dad moved the extra furniture out of the baby room and then we put the cribs where they’ll go. I love it! Then my mom ordered the baby bedding so that should be here soon too! Oh and we decided how we will paint the room. I’ll post pictures when it’s done. I’m so excited to get this done!
Next appointment is next Friday, March 28, We’ll get the big ultrasound and see Dr. Wendel.

My 3 Boys

That’s right. The Mann triplets are all boys! I don’t know what to think. Again. This keeps happening. I have no idea what to do with boys so of course they are all boys. I guess we’ll learn.

Today we went to our big appointment with Dr. Wendell. He’s a maternal fetal medicine (MFM) doctor, or a high risk specialist. Everyone in Little Rock recommended him because he’s really good – actually he’s the best. I was really against a male lady doctor but because he’s the best I didn’t have to think twice about it. Only the best for my babies!

We had a big ultrasound that looked at the full anatomy of each baby. I say “big” because it was an hour long ultrasound on the Level 2 ultrasound machine. They’re definitely boys! The first 3 pictures from our ultrasound photos from today are penises. I won’t share them on here but if you don’t believe me just ask. I can prove it. Trying to keep it PG on here!

All 3 babies are looking great still. Baby A and Baby B weigh approximately 7 oz. each and Baby C weighs approximately 8 oz. This is what they are supposed to weigh if you were wondering. Also they all measured within 1 day in gestational age which is perfect. 
The ultrasound technician checked all of each baby’s organs and limbs. (They are all there. Yay!) They were pretty mobile today and moved around a lot. Baby A completely switched from one side to the other during his ultrasound. We got lots of pictures and a DVD today. I teared up a little at one point. This is the first time that’s happened to me with this pregnancy. I was way more emotional with Addison. Here are some pictures.

Baby A (above)
 Baby B (above and below)

Baby C (below)

And we got to see them in 4D today too! I wasn’t expecting this so it was an awesome surprise. All 3 boys like to keep their hands by their faces so we got a good shot of Baby A and Baby C in 4D. Baby B was hiding close to his placenta so his picture isn’t as good. But it’s amazing how much you can see in these pictures!

The scary news of the day – Dr. Wendell is really worried about preterm labor. I apparently have all of the risks –  (1) triplets (2) low pre-pregnancy weight and (3) history of preterm labor with Addison. My water broke at 30 weeks with Addison and she was born at 32 weeks. Dr. Wendell thinks the babies will definitely come before 32 weeks, which is average for triplets. To put things into perspective, my uterus is about the size of a normal single baby uterus at 30 weeks already! And my body doesn’t know that I have 3 babies in there. This is pretty scary to me. Good news is that I’m bigger than I ever got with Addison already. 

Dr. Wendell said the goal is 30 weeks (May 14). Brian and I are still hoping for 32 weeks (May 28 – our anniversary). Dr. Wendell said ideally I would be a 240 lb. 6 foot tall black woman. Exactly the opposite of myself. Pretty much he just meant that the babies need lots of room. And I’m not a good size for that right now. Hopefully I’ll get there! Please pray that I can get big and fat for these babies! Seriously. I can diet and exercise later.
So basically I have to take it easy and get fat. Dr. Wendell wants me to gain 60 lbs.!! That means lots of ice cream. We went straight to Sonic after the appointment and I got a Reese’s blast and chili cheese tater tots. Yum! Also I’m not allowed to exercise. Not even yoga. Good thing I didn’t really like yoga. Any extra exercise takes calories away from the babies. And they need lots of extra calories so they have plenty of room to grow and stay inside as long as possible. 
For now I’m going to keep working and doing normal stuff (just with more food). I will likely be put on some form of bedrest around 24 weeks or shortly thereafter. The doctors will reevaluate this as we go along. 
I am staying with Dr. Dora as my primary doctor for now. That’s good news. Dr. Wendell has been reviewing my file and ultrasounds as I’ve had appointments up to this point and he will continue to do so. I will see him and Dr. Dora from here on out though. Dr. Wendell wants the ultrasounds at his office so he can view them live and look himself if he so chooses. I’m pretty happy with this decision too because that means he’s right there if something comes up.
So right now we’re scheduled to go back to see Dr. Wendell on March 28 for another ultrasound. We’ll see Dr. Dora sometime before then.

And the babies will have names soon. I promise to share them. Also, if you have name suggestions, keep them to yourself. I don’t really care. Brian and I are naming these boys ourselves. Not trying to be mean! Just honest! 

18 weeks is when the clothes stop fitting

So we are 18 weeks today (tomorrow if you are reading this on Tuesday night). The babies are supposedly the size of bell peppers! According to my internet research, the babies should be around 7 oz. each this week and about 5 1/2 inches long! That seems a little big to me, but I guess I don’t feel very small anymore so maybe.

I had a regular checkup with Dr. Dora Tuesday. She said everything is going great! All 3 babies have perfect heartbeats. Yay! And Dr. Dora checked to see if they are boys or girls again. She confirmed what we learned last week. Baby A is a boy, Baby B is a boy and Baby C is a girl. She’s almost 100% sure about Baby A and Baby B. We’ll confirm Baby C on Monday when we go to the high risk doctor. Dr. Dora gave us a brief overview of this visit so I think we’re ready. Also, I gained . . . 11 pounds this month! Whoa! So that’s 12 lbs. total through 18 weeks. Dr. Dora is very happy with that. Brian is too. I can tell he’s relieved because he was so worried that I didn’t gain any weight during the first trimester.

Here are some pictures of the babies. In reverse order so C can go first for once. 

Baby C – you can see her little arms by her face!
Baby C’s tiny feet! So precious!
Baby B – looks like he’s smiling!
Baby A

I love getting to see my babies at every appointment! Dr. Dora is the best ultrasound picture taker! She gets each baby’s face every time! I kind of wish she could go with me to the Level 2 ultrasound!

You can’t tell by the pictures but they are little wiggle worms! I thought I felt one of them kick the other night but I haven’t felt it again. I know it’s coming soon. Then I’ll probably wish they would stop! So far I can only tell when they shift their entire bodies to one side (because it doesn’t feel good!)

Biggest event this week . . . I outgrew my regular clothes and had to stop buttoning my pants. Remember last week when I said I had court and wasn’t sure if any of my suits still fit? Well they don’t. I found this out Wednesday night and I had court Thursday morning. Luckily I had already bought a belly band so I wore that over my unbuttoned suit pants. And I left my shirt untucked. I hope the Judge wasn’t offended! I won my motion and the a judge gave me everything I asked for so I guess I was ok. I felt like a slob though. I had to wear a suit Friday too. Also unbuttoned with the belly band and untucked shirt. I felt more comfortable that day though for some reason. I think the shirt I chose Friday made me really look pregnant instead of just unprofessional. Who knows really. 
After the realization that I can’t keep wearing my clothes much longer I went shopping on Saturday. Not fun. I like shopping for clothes but this was different. I had a very limited budget and most of what I tried on looked terrible on me! If you’ve never been pregnant and had to shop for maternity clothes, this compares to swimsuit shopping somewhat. I did find a few things I can stand wearing. And luckily for Brian I skipped the front of the maternity clothes store where they keep the designer jeans. I’m kind of a jeans snob if you don’t know. But I don’t pay full price ever. And I’m not starting now! If someone has some designer maternity jeans I can have I would be your BFF forever. For real. But no pressure. 
Did you hear about the woman in Mississippi who thought she was having triplets then delivered quads? Surprise! How did they not know?! I mean I’m 18 weeks and I’ve had 6 ultrasounds already. That’s just crazy to me. But what if it happened to me?! I asked Dr. Dora and she said something isn’t right about this story. She said she’s positive I am only having 3!

Here’s a link to the surprise quads story in case you haven’t seen it and would like to read about it:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/17/identical-quadruplets-triplets-mississippi/5567673/

Also, today is Brian’s birthday! He’s 33 if you’re wondering. For his birthday he got to go with me to see Dr. Dora. And he got to see his babies too. And I cooked him dinner. He said he didn’t want anything for his birthday but he got a few gifts too. Here’s a picture of Brian with his mini cheesecake I didn’t make this but I wish I could make tiny cheesecakes. I can only make full-sized cheesecakes and then I have to eat a full-sized cheesecake because Brian usually only eats one piece and Addison doesn’t really like cheesecake. She called the crust cinnamon dust! Ha! She’s a mess.

And here’s a picture of me in my maternity clothes. I feel like I’ve gotten so much bigger this week! Maybe I have. Yesterday my favorite jeans wouldn’t button 😦 I was pretty sad. And very thankful for the belly band so I could still wear them.

Next Monday is the big appointment with the high risk doctor. We’ll confirm the gender of all 3 babies then too! Then I can start baby shopping. Don’t tell Brian.

17 Weeks – Almost Too Busy to Post!

17 weeks today! Sorry I don’t  have any fruit comparisons today. None of my weekly pregnancy emails told me this week and I did not have time to go out and actually research this. The only reason I am actually posting this today is because I wrote a draft yesterday. Just got home from work at 9 and just now eating dinner at 9:30 (I did eat at work too so don’t get too worried).But supposedly they are the size of turnips? That doesn’t help me at all. I also think the turnip comparison is for weight. They should be 5 oz. (and they are!!) And supposedly they will double in size in the next few weeks according to some unnamed internet sources that I looked at before today.

We had the follow up ultrasound yesterday. I was worried the appointment would be cancelled because the weathermen were predicting SNOW!! But we got nothing. Of course. We did get snow Friday night though. About 4 inches. Addison loved it! 

I love this picture. Pure joy. This is why kids are so awesome. Me? I just watched because Brian said the babies weren’t allowed to go sledding. But it was so worth it to see Addison’s excitement. 

Now that my ADD moment is over … Back to the ultrasound. This one went so much better! We checked their size, heartbeats and amniotic fluid. All 3 babies are doing perfectly! Perfect heartbeats and fluid. And all 3 weigh around 5 oz. That’s the right size according to the ultrasound technician. They measure size by measuring each baby’s head, belly and femur. They don’t measure length anymore though so I don’t know how long they are. 
Oh and we looked for sexes today too. This isn’t definite still but … Baby A looks like a BOY, Baby B looks like a BOY (again) and Baby C looks like a GIRL (still). I asked how sure she was and she said 80%. I’ll take it. Brian’s happy because with 2 potential boys he’s thinking they’re probably right about at least 1 of them. I think they’re probably both boys. She pointed out the penises. Weird that there are baby penises growing inside me but I’ll deal with that. Baby A looks pretty clear to me. Baby B isn’t as clear but that’s the one Dr. Dora thought was a boy before. 
Here’s a picture of Baby B from yesterday. So cute! Looks like he’s sucking his thumb!

I hope he doesn’t end up sucking his thumb like Addison! It’s cute but really hard habit to break. Brian finally got Addison to stop when she was 5! Of course his first attempt worked too after I had been trying for years. 

We also got our cribs this week. They came on Monday while I was at work. And Brian built them already!!

Obviously I’ll put them in different places but they’re in the room!  It’s getting real to me finally. We have 3 cribs!

We’ll order the bedding once we find out for sure if they’re boys or girls. Brian finally told me his names yesterday. I’m not sharing any names though so don’t ask.  Also no one else gets a say in case anyone was wondering. 
Next Dr. Dora appointment next Tuesday. Then the next week we go to the high risk doctor and we get a level 2 ultrasound. They’ll check each baby’s full anatomy at that appointment so we should confirm sexes then. I can’t wait! 
Here’s a picture of me. 

Getting bigger finally. Some of my clothes are starting to get tight too. I’m not happy about that but it’s making the pregnancy feel more real. I had to unbutton my jeans last week after lunch one day but other than that I’m still buttoning my pants. Mostly just my shirts are a little snug and some are even a little short. But I have court in the morning and I have no idea what I’ll wear. Hopefully I can find something court appropriate. I think at least one of my suits should still fit.
Also I still love ice cream. Kroger makes Baby Ruth ice cream that is AMAZING! I don’t even like Baby Ruth candy bars but everyone needs to try this stuff. Seriously. Do it.