Happy New Year!

Well, I have made it to almost midnight….only 23 minutes to go!  Raj and I have enjoyed a quiet evening at home watching football.  This is exactly how I wanted to spend the end of 2007!  It has been perfect.  Well, 2007 has had so many surprises that I can’t wait to see what happens in 2008!  We just want to tell each of you how much we love and appreciate each of you.  We also want to wish everyone a fantastic, happy, and healthy 2008! 

We are now in the SECOND TRIMESTER!!!!!!!!

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to give an update.  Things looked great today at the perinatologist appointment!  All of the babies look fantastic!  They are growing like little weeds in there!  The ultrasound was mainly done to check for an abnormally thickened nuchal fold and for a nasal bone.  A nuchal fold is the thickness of skin on the back of the babies’ necks.  A missing nasal bone is another marker.  These are only markers for Down’s Syndrome.  All three babies passed these tests with flying colors! 

It is amazing to see a little bit of each baby’s personality.  Baby B was the little stinker today.  He/She did not want it’s picture taken.  That is why you only get one little picture of him/her.  The ultrasonographer was concerned Dr. Feng would not like the pictures taken of Baby B, but he was okay with them!  Baby C did the best with the ultrasound.  We were able to see him/her immediately.  Baby A was jealous of Baby C, so he/she decided to show off immediately after Baby C was finished!  Can you believe the babies are each almost 6 centimeters long?!  Oh, I just loved seeing them today.  I am so glad we are out of the first trimester.  I am feeling better about everything now!  We will go to see the specialist again in three weeks.  I am really starting the every other week of appointments now!  I go see Dr. Fairbrother next Friday.  It is overwhelming if I think about how many appointments I am going to have.  I am just going to try to enjoy each one of them.

Raj went with me to the appointment today!  He thoroughly enjoyed seeing the babies.  He loved seeing them wiggle and squirm!  That made the appointment even better for me.  It really is amazing to think that these are our children!  I think he really understands how many appointments I am going to have, and how long they are going to take!  He is glad Mom can come to some of the appointments with me.  I know that takes a ton of pressure off of him. I don’t mind going to them alone, but it sure is nice to have some support.  Raj and I both only wish we could know who the babies are!  I am ready to shop!  Oh well, that will be soon enough!

I, personally, am feeling much better today.  My headache is completely gone!  That is a huge answer to prayer.  It was nearly unbearable.  It actually scared me.  I am not used to feeling like that poorly.  Things seem to really be looking up!

Well, on the home front.  Raj and I are not sure if the person who was supposed to look at the condo tonight came.  We are really hoping they did.  We did have a realtor and a client just show up earlier today and look around.  We hope these are good signs.  We will keep you updated.

I hope you enjoy the pictures of the babies!

Baby A

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Here is close up of the face!

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Here is our only picture of Baby B!

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Baby C

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Here is a close up of Baby C’s face!

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Okay, I want to show off my tummy!  Here I am…all babies inside!!

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We love you all!  More updates later!

 

 

 

I only wish I had drank (lots of) Egg Nog

Well, I can’t believe the Christmas has come an gone for this year.  Next year, we will have Santa Claus come and see our sweet babies!  That is so exciting to me!!!  I had a rough couple of days, but I am starting to feel better.  I woke up with the spins early, early Christmas morning.  I thought the world was coming to an end.  Poor Raj was up for several hours with me.  He was so sweet as he brought me juice and tissue for my runny nose.  He was such a great support to me.  Now, I have a horrible headache that does not want to go away.  It has been there since I had the spins.  My nurse has cut back my dosage of Zofran to see if it will help make the headache go away.  My headache is better, but it is not totally gone.  I am still taking Tylenol every four hours like clockwork.  All of these side effects make me wish that I had just gotten to drink some Egg Nog.  Then I would have a reason to feel as poorly as I felt…..and it would have been my own fault.  It is hard to control medication sometimes.  As soon as I can eat, I will be off this medicine!  I know that will be very soon.

We go to the perinatologist tomorrow.  I am so excited that Raj will get to see the babies moving and playing tomorrow.  We will definitely post some new pictures of the babies tomorrow evening!  Also, someone is coming to look at the condo tomorrow.  Please pray that they will love it and decide to buy it.  We really need our own Christmas miracle regarding the condo.  I really, really do NOT want to bring the babies home to the condo.  I have absolutely loved living here, but having three babies and cribs in the dining room will be tough.  We may be able to rent it, but I want to sell it.  I think we are going to have so many other things going on, I don’t want the responsibility of being a landlord, too.  It only takes one person to fall in love with the condo, maybe this will be the one!

We will update y’all more tomorrow after the doctor’s appointment.  Thank you all so much for your love and support.  It means the world to us.  Pregnancy is nothing like I expected, but I would do all over again if you asked me to!  I know the babies are going to be so worth it!

Merry Christmas!

This has been a crazy year.  Needless to say, I have just not had the energy to address and mail Christmas cards.  So, instead, we are sending this e-card to everyone. 

This has been a wonderful year.  Raj and I have both grown so much.  We are more in love today than we were two years ago when we got married!  Raj is doing great in school!  I know it is so hard for him to balance work, school, me, and his computer fun time!  I think he has given up most all of his computer fun time!  He has so much school work every night.  He has been so diligent in his work.  He has been very happy being back at CSC.  I think the job he was at for two weeks really showed him how wonderful CSC really was!  Raj did give me one huge scare this year.  He had chest pain.  He ended up spending the night at St. Joseph’s.  In the end he was fine.  He found out a few days later he has extremely high cholesterol.  It has to be genetic.  There is no other good explanation for his numbers.  Now he is on medication and his cholesterol is perfect.  I am very glad.  I want him around for at least another fifty years!  Otherwise, he is doing wonderful. 

I am doing okay myself.  This has been a crazy year for me.  After Raj and I decided it was time to have a baby, my life drastically changed.  I never thought it was going to take what it took to get a baby….or might I say babies!  I did get to run two half marathons this year.  I am still so proud of both of these races.  Work has been good this year.  The volume has been much better than previous jobs!  Infertility was something very new for me.  It caused many emotional hurdles.  However, now that the babies are on the way, it was all for the best!  It has been a good year.

Raj and I are looking to the future now.  We are trying to sell the condo.  Please pray that it sells quickly.  We need a house to bring these babies home to.  We are about to buy a minivan!  We need the room for three carseats.  I am not planning on working after the babies are born.  I will go back to nursing at some point down the road.  I would also like to teach later on.  Right now, the babies need to be our main priority.  I am planning on being out of work on bedrest in the near future.  That will be a new challenge for us.  I know we are going to make it just fine.  We are so excited about the babies!  This new year is going to bring so much joy to our lives.  We promise to keep you all updated on everything that is to come with our family.

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We want to thank each and every one of you for your love and support.

Merry Christmas!

All of our love,

Ginny and Raj

Zofran=Life-Changing Event

Hey y’all!  I have been on my Zofran pump since last Thursday.  My world has changed 180 degrees since that day.  I can eat food!  I know I have always loved to eat, but since becoming pregnant, eating has been very difficult for me.  I feel like calling the pump my magic machine!  Each day since I began using the pump, I have been able to eat more!  I still have my times during the day when I feel nauseated, but I give myself a bolus of Zofran.  Within thirty minutes……I feel better!  Today, I have eaten the most!  I even ate a few bites of chicken!  Raj gave me one small piece of chicken to try.  It tasted good!  We were both amazed!  He brought me three small pieces of chicken in total.  Each time I decided I wanted another piece, he sweetly brought it to me.  I could not look at the entire piece of chicken.  That was too overwhelming for me!  He is the most wonderful man in the world.  I am now going to eat a sugar cookie!  Raj baked those too!  I can tell things are going to get better by the day.  I am learning to trust my body and my providers.  This is quite a growing process for me….in more ways than one!

Drama

I am going to start this update with a disclaimer……I have had a little drama in the past 24 hours.  I am going to talk about blood, just deal with it!  I say that with love.

Alright, here I go.  I have been vomiting a lot the past two days.  I know I have felt sick for weeks, but the past two days have been the worst.  Last night when I was getting ready for bed, I saw blood where I should not see any.  It scared me to death.  I tried not to scare Raj too much, but I was scared.  I didn’t do anything last night about the bleeding.  I know that if I would have called my OB, they would have told me to go to the ER.  Those people (the ER) do not do OB well, and I was not willing to do that.  Plus, I was not bleeding that much.  I would have gone if there would have been a risk to my health.  I promise.  It was rough trying to sleep.  I was so scared about what I would see in the morning.  I gave it my best shot though.

Well, morning did come.  When I got up and went to the bathroom there was still blood.  It seemed old, but it was still there.  It still scared me.  I called in sick to work because I wanted to figure out why I was bleeding.  Then, when the OB office opened, I called.  When I talked to the nurse, I told her about the bleeding and about how good the babies looked yesterday.  She basically told me I was fine and to keep my appointment at the end of the month.  From what I understand now, I was too calm.  I should have just told her I wanted to come in and be seen.  I hung up the phone and went NUTS.  I called my friend at my OB’s office sobbing hysterically.  She told me to come right in and see her.  Then, they called me back and told me to go the perinatologist and have an ultrasound first.  I was even happier with this plan.

Raj was not able to go with me to the doctor today.  I need him at the important appointments.  Even though I was bleeding, I just believed the babies were okay.   He did too.  Because Raj could not come with me, Mom came down for my appointments.  The babies looked great.  They were all wiggle-worms on the monitor.  They did get renamed.  What we have been calling Baby A is now Baby C.  Baby B is now Baby A.  Baby C is now Baby B!  Oh how confusing.  I was told at the perinatologist that the lowest Baby is Baby A.  The real important information I learned is why I was bleeding.  The new Baby A’s placenta is covering my cervix.  Hopefully, it will move up as my uterus gets bigger.  The reason I bled is because I have vomited so much.  All of the pressure vomiting exerts on the lower abdomen also put pressure on my uterus, and thus on Baby A’s placenta.  All of the vomiting and pressure caused the bleeding.  however, all looks great now!

When I went to the OB’s office after the perinatologist and saw Mitra, she was worried about my vomiting.  She wrote me prescription for more medication to add to the Zofran.  She is now getting me set up with Matria.  I am going to get a pump to give me Zofran continuously.  I may not end up needing it, but I am more than willing to give it a shot.  I just want to stay healthy for these babies.  Plus, it is hard to function  when you feel so poorly.  I feel like I have a plan now.  I know these babies are going to be fine.  I just have to keep myself feeling well.  If I can do that, the babies will do great. 

I know this has been a play by play post, but I just wanted to let everyone know what is going on.  I don’t plan on any more drama for a while.  That is at least my goal!

Quick Pregnancy Update

Hey all.  Wow.  Pregnancy is the most interesting event ever.  I am ready for this part of the event to have it’s final curtain call.  I am ready to see what is to come without nausea.  The nausea is challenging.  I am taking my medication around the clock to help, but it is not helping much.  I have moments of feeling pretty crappy.  However, every time I get sick, I know my three precious children are growing and healthy.  That always makes me feel a little bit better.  Otherwise, things are just going like they should be.  I “popped” over the weekend.  When we left for New York City I had two inches to spare in my maternity pants.  By the time we came home, I only had about a half an inch to spare!  It was crazy.  My friend Amanda sent me protein powder and protein drinks.  I am so excited to try them.  They are flavored like fruit punch.  Right now I am having trouble with milk, so I am even more excited about the protein.  I am going to be able to use these to grow my babies!  The only issue is I actually have to keep it down, so I am waiting until I feel a bit better.  It just gives me hope.  I now know I am going to be able to give my babies everything they need to grow and be healthy. 

The babies are doing great.  I looked at them today.  If you click on the links below, you can see each of them moving.  I know each clip is only about 2 seconds, but you definitely can see them move.  Baby C did not want to play with us as much as the others did, but you do see him move his arms and wave.  It is all so amazing.  Also, I have no idea of the genders.  I just called Baby C a boy for the heck of it. 

Here are the links to see the babies!

Baby A

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Baby B

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Baby C

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Christmas in New York City!

We had a fantastic trip to New York City!  It could not have been more fun.  Every part of the trip was wonderful.  We loved the Rockettees!  They were wonderful.  It was magical to see at Radio City Music Hall.  The inside of Radio City Music Hall was gorgeous.  It was stunning!  That is a memory I will never forget.  We went to Bryant Park.  It was only 2 blocks from out awesome hotel.  There was an ice skating rink in the middle, Christmas music playing over the louspeakers, and small shops that we were able to peruse.  We were able to find some wonderful Christmas presents.  We went to the Rockefeller tree.  It was beautiful.  It was so much fun to eat from the vendors on the street.  I was even able to get cotton candy on the streets of New York.  I love New York at Christmas.  I hope we get to take the babies one day.  I had long talks with them about how much they will love the city!  It felt just like Christmas in every way.  It was so wonderful to spend a weekend with Mom and Raj.  It was an absolute blast!  This is the most wonerful time of the year!

First OB Appointment

Well, today we went to see Dr. Fairbrother for the first time.  I can’t believe we are already at this point!  It is so exciting.  I have to admit, though, it was the longest morning of my life.  I probably need to get used to long appointments though!!  We had our ultrasound to start off the morning.  The lady did it so fast, Raj did not get to see much.  I feel bad about that considering I get to look at the babies when I am at work.  I have gotten to see the babies move and wiggle.  I was so sad the ultrasound was done so quickly Raj did not get to see any of that.  I hope he sees it when we go for our next ultrasound at the specialist.  All of that to say, the babies looked great.  Baby A’s heartbeat was 172bpm.  Baby B’s heartbeat was 167bpm, and Baby C’s heartbeat was 172bpm.  It is amazing how fast their little hearts beat.  They were beautiful to see on the monitor.  Also, we saw my cervix.  It measured 4.3cm.  That is wonderful!

After our ultrasound, we did all of the OB paperwork and my bloodwork.  I will admit to picking on Raj while getting my blood drawn!  He HATES having his blood drawn, so I picked on him about how much I had to have drawn!!  It does not bother me in the slightest!  If it bothered me, I would he been in a lot of trouble!  That gave me the biggest chuckle of the morning.

After we finished all of those things, we finally saw Dr. Fairbrother!  She was wonderful.  She just jumped into the “nitty gritty” upon entering the room.  I guess since she knows me, she felt she could skip all the pleasantries.  I have to admit, I was happy about that.  We talked about all of the risks……including, but not limited to…..Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH), Gestational Diabetes (GDM), preterm labor (PTL), preterm delivery (PTD), etc.!  Okay, that was a little overwhelming.  However, she was very reassuring and positive.  She told me I need to be prepared to stay at “Hotel Northside” for a significant portion of the pregnancy.  I know all of my HRP (High Risk Perinatal Unit) friends will be overjoyed to see me!  Just kidding.  We also discussed work.  She was very firm on what I can and cannot do.  In fact, I was a little suprised about how much she already wants me to stop doing.  I will do whatever she tells me.  I want three happy, healthy children.  I will do whatever it takes to get them, too.  She was also pleased to see my cervical length.  I am starting with a great cervix.  I hope it holds up for me! 

I know this has been a long post.  I just wanted to give a complete update on what is going on with me and the babies.  Things are looking good.  Please just keep praying for us.  Some days I feel more emotional than others.  Today, I feel pretty emotional.  I just want all of the babies to be okay.  I know they will.  I am just interested to see how it all goes.   I am going to leave you with some pictures of the babies!

All three babies in one picture!

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Baby A is our show off!

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Sweet Baby B!

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Precious Baby C!

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Please pray for all 5 of us!  We need it!

Love,

Ginny

 

Two Wonderful Years!

I know I am a day late in writing this post, but the importance of this post is no less.  Yesterday was mine and Raj’s second wedding anniversary.  I can’t believe we have been married  for two years.  It has been the best two years of my life.  I am so glad we found each other.  We are so right for each other, even on those less than perfect days.  We have had so many things, good and bad, happen over the past two years.  We have had dreams come true and goals reached.  We have become better friends and partners.  We are able to read each other’s thoughts more easily.  It is amazing to see what we have coming next.  We have three precious babies to help complete our family.  I know the challenges to come are going to be harder, different, and more wonderful than any other challenges we have faced.  I am so happy to be married to Raj.  I know that together we can face anything that life throws in our way.  Happy anniversary to us!