Our first doc appointment was 3 weeks later on July 26th. It was an initial appointment to make sure the baby had a heartbeat and all was well. We settle in for the ultrasound and the doctor begins looking for the baby. She hesitates and looks confused. Of course it worried me and I asked, "You DO see a heartbeat right?" to which she replies, "Yes! Actually I see two!" TWO! TWINS? We were shocked. Twins do run in my family (my grammy is twin) so I always knew it was a possibility but certainly didn't expect it. After calling our families and getting over the initial shock we were so excited. It would mean some changes to the plans but we were certainly excited.
Now because there were two heartbeats they sent us to the main office for a more thorough ultrasound. On that appointment, August 6th, the ultrasound tech was happily measuring our twins and listening to heartbeats and all looked great. And as she was trying to get a good angle on baby B to measure it, she saw something. She says, "I see what appears to be another yolk sac here. That only happens if..." We look at each other and said, "IF?" She moves the wand a little bit and says, "Yep, there's a third baby in there!" A third baby. Triplets! Omg.
So now its Aug 22 and we've had a few weeks to process it, but I have to admit its a bit overwhelming! First, I am very excited and feel very blessed that God would entrust us with such a huge responsibility. But I worry about so many things! How am I, little 120lb 5'3 me, going to carry 3 babies? Where in the heck am I going to put them!! Carrying triplets also puts us in the high-risk category and so it means seeing a specialist called a Perinatalogist. Why high-risk? Well, it just means that I'm more susceptible to pregancy issues like high glood pressure and gestational diabetes. The babies will most certainly be born premature. I've been told that full-term for triplets is only 34 weeks. Thats 6 weeks shorter than a normal singleton pregnancy. So the babies could be born with health issues, so of course I worry about that. And then there's the financial worries! Can we fit three babies into our little 2 bedroom villa? We will need a new car. A triplet stroller new costs about $1200. We'll need 3x as many diapers and clothes! As much as I'd hoped to breast feed, we'll probably have to supplement with formula which brings another cost in itself.
Despite all the worries, I do have faith. God gave us these babies and I believe he'll lead us in the right way to be able to support and raise them. I have to admit though... I'm scared to go back for another ultrasound! Every time I go in they find another baby in there!! :)