The Story of How My Three Came to Be

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Here’s the continuation of my post from two weeks ago.  I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.

Part II

Rich and I had walked into that ultrasound appointment hoping to hear that our baby was healthy and wanting to know if that baby would be a boy or a girl.  We were in such a state of shock by what we were told that we never even thought to ask if the babies were boys or girls.  In fact, it would be hours later before we even realized that, as identicals, they would be ALL girls or ALL boys.

Later that night, as we tossed and turned, trying to fall asleep, I saw an image of three little girls dressed in red velvet holiday dresses sitting on my piano bench.  It was like a dream.  I rolled over and whispered to Rich, “We are going to have girls and that baby is going to be fine.  She’s going to be able to walk on her own.  I saw her and her legs looked normal.  She wasn’t wearing leg braces.”   

At my next appointment, the nurse made the comment of, “Well, you know the odds.”  It was in regards to a successful outcome of this type of pregnancy.  After she left the room, Rich asked me, “What are the odds?  Did they ever tell us exactly what the odds are?”  I responded with, “No.  Don’t ask.  I don’t want to know.”

This pregnancy proved to be ripe with complications but thankfully, there was nothing serious enough to endanger the girls.  I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem during my first trimester and then I failed both the one hour and three hour screenings for gestational diabetes.  There were two nights that I ended up in Labor & Delivery after experiencing too many Braxton Hicks contractions.  Thankfully, again, an IV of fluids kept real contractions at bay.

I waddled into the hospital at 35 weeks and 6 days for my scheduled c-section.  The girls were delivered without incident and I was able to see Anna and Emily before they were taken to the NICU and the Special Care Nursery.  Rich was able to spend time with Allie, which is why the nurses did not bring her down to see me, and to see Anna and Emily in the operating room.  Allie and Emily spent two days in the Special Care Nursery for observation and then were released to my room.

The girls never showed any signs of twin-to-twin transfusion in utero.  Their birth weights were 5 pounds 3 ounces, 4 pounds 13 ounces and 4 pounds 13 ounces.    

Anna’s first surgery occurred within hours of her birth.  A neurosurgeon closed her exposed spinal column.  A few days later, she underwent another surgery to place a shunt in her brain to drain excess fluid to her abdominal cavity.  The shunt required revision surgery a few days later after the doctors determined that it was not functioning properly.      

I look at my girls today, more than two years after their birth, and I am still in awe of their being.  I find amazement in all that they do and say.  They are so much more than I could have ever dreamed of.

Did you experience any complications during your pregnancy?  How did you cope/manage with any negatives?

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6 thoughts on “The Story of How My Three Came to Be”

  1. Thanks for sharing your story. What an amazing gift of love your girls must be. It is always good to hear when complications have a happy ending!

    When I think of my pregnancy complications I always have such a grateful heart for my doctor and the team that was looking after me. Although I had a few SCARES of blood clotting in my uterus, pre-term contractions, and fluid levels everything ended up being okay in the end.

    I remember during my pregnancy thinking my doctors bed-rest orders and his many restrictions from work hours to marital intimacy were crazy. There were days I would just cry after visiting the office because of what seemed like impossible restrictions.

    He obviously knew what he was doing and our full-term, completely healthy babies will join in my thanks to him and his very hands-on, proactive care one day!
    .-= Vicky @ thecitycradle´s last blog ..Exactly 7 months of twin beauty… =-.

  2. Thanks for sharing your story. I missed Part 1 so I look forward to looking back and reading more of the history — wow, identical triplets….amazing! I’m so thankful for such a positive outcome for your girls.

    We have identical twin girls and also had the TTTS risk. We had our first ultrasound at 12 weeks when we discovered twins and got the low down on TTTS. It was quite scary for us and took several weeks for it to all soak in and process it all. I become easily anxious [but what new mom isn’t?] so that didn’t help!

    I’m a Christian, so as soon as I gathered my bearings after hearing the news of the possible risk of TTTS on top of having multiples [all in the same day!], I decided to pray and open my bible. I was reading Psalms and ran across Psalm 145:9 which says, “The Lord is good to all and his mercy is over all that He has made.” God giving me such peace about the next few months, even if things didn’t turn out the way that I had envisioned, that He made our babies and He will have mercy on them, however He sees fit. That really helped me to be reminded of His faithfulness and trust Him more through the entire pregnancy.

    I also had preterm contractions from week 26 on which put me on modified bed rest. At 34 weeks I landed on hospital bed rest for preeclampsia. Though the pregnancy took a toll on my body and I had many restrictions, our girls were born at 36 weeks through labor induction and no serious complications. We had a wonderful community of friends and family that were praying for us and helping in all different ways from bringing meals for months on end to cleaning our house to doing yard work let alone just being there to listen when things were hard after weeks of bed rest. We couldn’t have done it without them.

    Thanks for sharing. I love this site as a way to hear experiences of other parents of multiples from all walks of life and support one another!

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Our daughters are TTTS survivors. We were diagnosed at 19 weeks and the remainder of our pregnancy was a terrifying stress-filled experience that can’t be summed up in just a few sentences. We actually started our blog to keep our family and friends updated on our pregnancy because we couldn’t cope with repeating the same updates to everyone over and over again. 4 years later and I still get a knot in my stomach when I think about it and I have to fight back tears. We were so grateful to make it to 30 weeks that the 6 weeks our daughters spent in the NICU were almost a relief.
    .-= Rhonda´s last blog ..this here’s the Rubber Duck =-.

  4. I had a mo-mo twin pregnancy (one sac/ no membrane separating them) and my girls were given a 50/50 chance of survival. I ended up choosing to go into the hospital at about 27 weeks to be continuously monitored and they were born, completely healthy, at 34 weeks.

    I always knew that I would continue the pregnancy (and yes, the doctor asked if I wanted to terminate it) even if they were given a 5% chance … in the hospital, I kept their ultrasound photos up and tried to think loving/positive thoughts as often as possible.

    My father was terminally ill at the end and in the hospital as well, so in a strange way, that helped me keep my mind a bit off of my situation. My Dad held on through several serious complications that should have killed him … but managed to spend six weeks holding and feeding my girls before he passed.

    Oh, one last thing that helped get me through – a website for those dealing with a mo-mo pregnancy – what a lifesaver to read others’ stories!!!

  5. This story was truly amazing and brought so many tears to my eyes. I found out 10 weeks ago that I am expecting identical triplets. One placenta with two thin membranes separating the three. All three girls. I could not believe almost how identical our situations were about the fertility drugs question. My OB actually told me my uterus was entirely too large for only being 8 weeks along and then violated me with the transvaginal wand. That’s when we found 3 babies. I cried so much… This is my first pregnancy. I was told right years ago that I would never be able to conceive. Here I am after all these years carrying identical triplets. My complications begin when I hit 12 weeks when my ultrasound tech found cysts on both of my ovaries and they were growing with the babies. My 16 week ultrasound we found more cysts and tested them for cancer. I have 8 cysts on my right ovary with one measuring at 15.9cm and 6 on my left ovary with one measuring at 10.6cm. I have also been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was told it is too risky to have any kind of major surgery while carrying my three miracles. So when I actually do go for my scheduled c-section, I’ll also be having a full hysterectomy done. Then I’ll have to undergo a few weeks of radiation to make sure there are no cancerous cells left. As of right now it is a wait and see kind of thing. I still have 17 weeks to go. Your story is truly inspiring and gives me hope that my girls will be born with good weights and healthy.

    1. Wow Heather! You’ve been through a LOT already, even before your precious girls arrive! We’re here for whatever you need. I wish you the very best.

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