OMG, We Are Suburbanites!!!

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The closing on the house went on without a hitch!!!!  We are thrilled.  Our children will have a room a sleep in cribs!   We aren’t going to have to put them in dresser drawers to save space!!!  I just wanted to post a pic of the new house for everyone.  We are on our way to living in Suwanee!  We really do have a wonderful life!

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Big Day!

Today is a huge day for me and Raj.  There are so many changes that are occurring.  Today, we close on our first house…not condo!  Today is my last day at work.  I am going out on modified bedrest. Last night, I assisted on my last c-section and walked out the doors of Northside Hospital for the last time  as a Nurse Midwife…for at least a while.  Leaving Northside was hard.  That is where the majority of my adult life has been spent working.  I even worked as a nurse there before getting a job as a Nurse Midwife.  My world is changing.  Yes, there are certain things that make me very sad, but there are other reasons that I know this is for the best and excite me. 

For the past decade my job has been to care for others.  Some days I have loved it,  Other days, not so much!  That is just the way it is with any job.  I have poured my heart and soul into other people’s lives.  I have helped them through hard times.  I have laughed with them through thrilling times.  I have gotten to “catch” so many of their children, and I have sen many of them grow up.  I still think about the little boy I delivered on September 11, 2001.  Can you believe his 7th birthday is coming up this year?  Overall, the last decade has been a wonderful, growing experience for me.

Today, I start a new experience in life.  I get to take care of myself, my husband, and my children.  I am going to be focusing on my family now.  I am going to give all of the love and energy that I have given to my patients over the last decade to the most important people ever, my family.  My babies need me to rest.  They need me to eat more.  They need me to increase my fluid intake.  They need me to help them grow into strong, healthy children who can go play, ride bikes, and learn in school.  I know I have been pregnant for 17 weeks, but today I get to do what I have wanted and tried my hardest to do since I got pregnant.  I get to focus on my babies and only focus on them.  I have tried so hard to do everything right since finding out I was having three babies, but it has been very hard being pulled in two directions.  Now, I only have to focus on the most important direction….loving my husband and big babies!

Well, I have to get into work one last time.  Please pray that the closing goes smoothly and quickly today.  Pray that I have peace as I leave work and head to the closing.  This really is the new beginning.

Triplet Poem

This poem was posted on my triplet bulletin board.  I think it is the sweetest thing ever.  I hope you enjoy.

There’s three to wash, three to dry.
There’s three who argue and three who cry.
One’s in the mud having a ball,
One stands on the chair, waiting to fall.
The other holds a crayon, marking a wall.
Some days seem endless, my patience grows thin.
Why was I chosen to be a mother of triplets?
The answer comes clear at the end of the day,
As I tuck them in bed, and to myself I say
There’s three to kiss and three to hug:
And best of all, three to love!

I already love my little beans who are growing into wild children!

Baby Names Stats

I was reading on ajc.com the other day about how many children were named different names in 2007.  It was so very interesting.  I was actually a bit surprised.  I feel like I can gauge how popular baby names by what I hear in the office and at the hospital.

Joshua:  greater than 18,000 little boys were named Josh last year.  I am stunned!  I   did not think there were that many Joshuas!  However, that is the name we have chosen.  We love it!

Margaret:  greater than 2,000 little girls were named Margaret last year.  That was actually much less than I thought.

Evelyn:  greater than 800 little girls were named Evelyn last year.  However, I was at the hospital Thursday, and there was a little girl who was born named Evelyn Rose.  Isn’t that amazing!!!

All of the babies are doing great.  I am growing by leaps and bounds.  When I went to the OB on Friday, my tummy was already measuring 25cm.  That is equivalent to a single pregnancy being 25 weeks.  That is amazing.  I love looking pregnant and rubbing my tummy.  I talk to the babies all of the time.  I really think the babies enjoy Raj talking to them at night before we go to bed.  It is wonderful to know they are going to recognize our voices when they are born.  Life is good.  I will update more often.  The website has been down for the past few days.  Otherwise, I would have posted sooner!

Joe

joe01.jpgAbout four and half years ago I moved into the condo.  At the time, I was very single and alone.  I really wanted a dog, but I knew as a midwife that was not possible.  So, I decided to get a cat.  I have always been a big fan of furry animals.  So, I decided to get a Persian or a Himalayan.  I ended up meeting a doctor at the hospital who had one of each.  They were older cats, and boys, but I decided I would go and check them out.  The night I went and met Joe and Moe, I had not planned on taking them home with me.  I was just checking out my options.  In the end, they came home with me that night.  All three of us cried the entire way to the condo.  To make matters worse, I had to stop by the grocery store to get a litter box and food.  I felt so bad.  I felt like I had just ripped two cats away from everything they had ever known and loved.  Moe hid the entire first night.  Joe walked around the condo crying all night night.  I felt so bad.  I wondered if it was going to work.  I almost took them back.  However, I already loved them.  It was odd.  It was so wonderful to have little creatures to greet me and “talk” to me.  Joe was the loudest Mrrrrer I had ever been around.

Over the years, we have definitely had some crazy experiences.  The boys caused me to never wear black.  If I did, I wore them as an accessory!  I always have wanted to get home to see them as soon as I could.  I loved giving them treats every morning before I left for work.  I love how they ALWAYS would remind me about the treats!!!  Joe reminded me incessantly.  I love how Joe was never afraid of anyone, while Moe always goes and hides.  Joe would just torture Moe.  He would just push Moe out of the way and not care a bit.  Joe always has followed me to the bathroom.  He always sat on the scale as he protected me!  Even when I took showers, Joe would sit and guard the door.  It was always so precious to me.

One of my favorite stories involves Raj.  Raj said he would check on the boys while I was on an interview in Oklahoma.  We had just started dating.  Raj picked me up from the airport and brought me home.  The moment I walked in the door, I knew something was amiss.  As I looked around, I saw the cats had used the bathroom all over the house.  Joe was the right there with me as I inspected everything.  He knew he had not done anything wrong!  Then, I figured out what happened.  The litterbox has a hood on it.  Raj had put it on backwards!  It was not funny at the time.  Joe watched as I cleaned up everything.  Raj thought he was a goner.  Luckily, I continued to love all of my men…including Raj!

It has been a wonderful 4 1/2 years with Joe-Baby.  He has always been my “grumpy old man.”  I would always tell him his “mama loves you.”  Well, a few weeks before Christmas I found out Joe had cancer in his mouth.  There was nothing I could do to stop it or change the outcome.  All I could do was “love him to death.”  That is what I have tried to do since I found out.  I worried he was not going to live through Christmas and the New Year.  I needed him to live through the holidays.  I wanted him here for one more Christmas.  He did great.  I cried daily.  I petted him extra.  I tried to give him as much love as I could.  Nothing was stopping the cancer though.  Today, Joe was the sickest he has been.  I knew it was time.  I didn’t want to.  I knew I had to.  That was truly the only way I could show Joe how much I love him.  He purred the entire way to the vet.  I cried the entire way.  Then, as quickly as he came into my life, he was gone.  I stood there, petting him and telling him his mama loves him.  Over and over and over.  The vet was kind.  Everyone knew it was time.  I think Joe was even glad to be out of pain.  None of that means I can’t miss him.  I love him.  He was my grumpy old man. 

I just wanted to say one final goodbye to Joe-Baby.  I will always love you.  Bye my grumpy old man.  Mama loves you.

We know for sure who they are!!!!!

Yesterday, I went to the perinatologist for a growth ultrasound.  While I was there, we were able to see the gender of all three babies!!!!!!!  I am going to give you their stats as I tell you about each baby!!!!!!!

Baby A

Evelyn Rose “Evie”

4 oz

Fetal Heartrate 148 bpm

Baby B

Margaret Hayes “Maggie”

4 oz

Fetal Heartrate 164bpm

Baby C

Joshua Paul “Josh”

5 oz

Fetal Heartrate 166bpm

Can y’all believe it?!  I am so stunned.  I really thought we were going to have 2 boys and 1 girl!  I am so excited to be able to talk to them now!  I know where they are in my belly, and I will put my hand over each area and talk to each baby.  It is so wonderful.  I also think I am starting to feel some flutters!!!  It is the craziest sensation.  It almost tickles!  I think I can feel Josh the most.  Who knows, it may just be gas!!!!  I am going to try to register now that I know who everyone is.  Raj and I are thrilled.  I love you all.  Have a great night!

Too Many Decisions

Okay, so you all can laugh at me.  I got all motivated earlier today and went to Babies R US (BRU).  I had planned on trying to make some decisions regarding the registry.  Raj is pretty laid back and likes whatever I like, so he told me to go and start trying to make some of the decisions.  He was at home doing schoolwork.  He was not being a slacker!! 

So, I start with carseats.  I am certain on those.  I wish Graco had more patterns for the Snug-Rides, but I have found three I can be happy with.  Then, I started to look at swings.  Well, how many do we get?  What if one of the babies hate the swing.  Should I get gender neutral swings or one boy swing and one girl swing?  Do the swings need to match the carseats?  I did not see swings in all of my carseat patterns.  Once I got really frustrated there regarding which to choose, I went to bouncy seats.  I found three that are okay.  I know I am getting one of those for each of the babies.  The only girl bouncy seat I saw wasn’t great, but I know it will do what I need it to do.  Plus, it is pink.  That helps a lot. 

After looking at swings, carseats, and bouncy seats I am starting to feel overwhelmed.  So what do I do?  I go to look at Pack ‘n Plays.  I can’t find a single twin one in the store.  However, the question is, do I need one or two?  Are they a waste of money?  Will one twin Pack ‘n Play work for all three babies?  How often will it even be used?  What pattern do I choose?  After I have barely glanced through the Pack ‘n Plays, I am overwhelmed. 

Instead of leaving at that point, I go to look at crib bedding.  Stupid, stupid me!  What do I think is going to happen?  Do I really think I am going to find to two bedding sets I love?  Oh why?  Why did I do it?  I was only looking for boy bedding because I am getting the girl’s bedding from Joy.  Of course, I only find one set I like.  I really think we are having two boys and a girl.  Thus, I must find two different sets for the boys.  I didn’t like two sets.  I have wanted each child to have their own things, so they would feel like individuals.  Now, I am almost at the point of not caring.I feel so guilty about it too!    

After I had looked through the bedding for 45 seconds or so, I sat down in one the rocking chairs and called Raj.  I was near tears on the phone with him.  I told him I don’t know how we are going to do this.  I can’t even decide on swings and bedding.  How can I be a good mother if I can’t make these “simple” decisions.  He told me we are okay and will survive.  He was very sweet.  After we hung up the phone, I did shed a few tears.  Then, I gave up and came home. 

I know this is all going to work out, but it is slightly overwhelming.  I did find one thing I LOVED.  It is a Boppy pillow with three peas in a pod all over it!  I definitely want three of those for the babies!  They are precious.  Thinking of those has really made me smile!

As one side note, we are working on the website.  My ticker with the three peas in a pod should be back up in a day or so!  Now, everyone go chuckle at how illogical and emotional I have been today!!!! 

I love you all.

Ginny

Exciting News!

Well, we have some exciting news!  I got to look at the babies today.  Well, I didn’t get to look, but Sandra did!  I promised Raj a while back that I would not find out what the babies were without him.  Sandra was able to see what two of the babies MAY be.  The third did not give us anything that we may be able to count on.  Sandra put the pictures of the babies into a sealed envelope.  Raj and I opened the envelope together when I got home from work, and we found out about the babies together.  It was so exciting for us!  So for all of you, here we go………

Questionable Baby!

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Possible Boy!
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Possible Girl!

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Raj and I are so excited we can’t stand it!!!  We do have first names for these two babies.  We are not going to tell middle names until we know who the third baby is.  The name for the boy is Joshua.  We will call him Josh.  The girl’s name is Margaret, and she will be called Maggie.  We hope you are half as excited as we are!!

On one other note, I am off the Zofran pump!!!!!  I am so excited!  I am feeling human again!  Things are really getting better by the day.  Thank you all for the love and support through my first rough patch.  I love you all.