Let me start off by saying that I haven't been avoiding my blog... I have just been absolutely EXHAUSTED these last few weeks. :) Clif says that he has never seen anyone sleep as much as I have been sleeping. Seriously, on average... I'm embarrassed to say that I've been sleeping right at twelve hours. Might as well enjoy it while I can, right? I know that within a few months I won't be able to sleep anymore... and then once the babies (oh my gosh still can't believe I am typing that!) are here... I will be getting even LESS sleep.
Well, I am sure that most of you have already heard the news via Facebook... but just in case someone missed it... it's worth repeating.
Clif and I went for our second prenatal visit with Dr S, our RE, yesterday afternoon. We were taken to the ultrasound room (he wanted to check the babies out and make sure their heart rates were doing good) and soon thereafter, the ultrasound began. Dr S was extremely quiet for what seemed like hours... and I was starting to get very nervous. All I could do was pray, and squeeze Clif's hand. After a long while, Dr S looked at me and said..."Desiree, you're having three pregnancies". Clif immediately started laughing, while my reaction was much different! I came back to reality when I heard those five words escape his mouth, and all I could say was "excuse me?" Dr S turned the screen so I could see - and sure enough, there before my very own eyes, I saw "Baby C"... a third sack, with a third baby...and a third beating heart. I was in complete shock - all the while, Clif was making jokes such as... "I told you that we were selling your car and buying a mini van!" We've been arguing about this for a week now. When it was twins, I was like... I am almost 23 years old... and I will NOT drive a mini van. I'm too young for that. Well... it looks like we will be getting a mini van sooner than later. :) God sure showed me!
Needless to say, we have been on Cloud 9 for the last several weeks, and yesterday's news just sent us over the top! We are so incredibly grateful for the THREE blessings God has given to us.
Now after Dr S showed us our three babies, and their three beating hearts (we still haven't heard them... but seeing them is just as good!!) he told me to get dressed and come to his office. We sat down, and he started telling me that he has patients all across the board, all from different backgrounds. And that he, as my doctor, had to discuss something with me. He started telling me about this doctor in Richmond, Virginia... his name is Dr Christmas (interesting). He specializes in Fetus Reduction. Dr S said that some parents of multiples opt to have a Fetus Reduction done to increase the chances for the other babies. Okay, so you show me my babies, THEN you show me their beating hearts, and if that's not enough THEN you tell me that they look perfectly normal - that their heart beats are great, and that they are all growing as they should...and they're all around the same size...and THEN you sit there and practically say, "oh and we can get rid of one of those if you'd like."
Now, I know that he is my doctor, and that like the amnio testing, and CVS testing, they are obligated to let me know my options. It doesn't necessarily mean that these are the beliefs or views of Dr S. I was just in shock. He started talking, and I started glaring. He finished up by saying that no one in our area did Fetal Reduction, and that he could get me into contact with Dr Abortion. I told him that was NOT an option and that I would not be needing the phone number.
God has given Clif and I three very special gifts. Gifts that we have prayed for, longed for...for months. I have no doubt in my mind that His will will be done in our lives, and the lives of our triplets. I also know that He will not give us more than He will give strength to handle. :)
So I ask you all to join with us in prayer, once again. Praying that God would protect me, and give me a safe, healthy, uneventful pregnancy... and that He would also keep our little ones safe inside my womb. That He would grow them as they should grow...and that sometime in August we will bring home three healthy babies.
Also on the prayer request board - as I type, Clif is in an interview. I feel like it took forever, but he finally got one! :) We don't know for sure how many people got an interview, but we fully believe that if God wants Clif to have this job - that it will be given to him. :) So pray with me on that too! Hopefully we will know something in a few weeks.
Oh, and a few other prayer requests.... I have SEVERAL friends that are pregnant right now. :) And I just ask that you all pray that Mothers & babies remain safe throughout the remainder of the pregnancies. I am so looking forward to all the little people running around here!!!