Yes sir! We have hit the 32 week mark. This is the goal I set at the very beginning of our journey. I can't believe that I have already reached it! Now, we are counting down the last 13 days until our trio's b-day.
I wanted to share a little about how I am doing physically. I know most people are thinking that I am really huge & uncomfortable but the truth of the matter is that I am not all that big nor am I at all uncomfortable. I read so many other triplet mommies' blogs about their experiences in the last weeks of pregnancy & "hitting the wall" where all they wanted was the babies out of them. I thought for sure when I was around 28 weeks that I would also experience this b/c I started getting tired & found that I could not eat as much but that passed. Then I got sick w/ that stomach virus & I thought for sure that the misery would soon set in. Well, here I am...32 weeks along...and I am not at all miserable. On the contrary, I am pretty happy w/ how I am feeling.
I know, what about being in bed all the time? I totally think it is the frame of mind you are in & whether you have other children to take care of. Since the strict bedrest began at 18 1/2 weeks, I have not let my attitude be anything but positive about the situation. I have taken up digital scrapbooking & making siggies for my friends. I have a wonderful online community at Just Mommies & Triplet Connection that also keep me busy. The computer has become my closest friend & alli during these past 13 1/2 weeks.
Do I get crampy or sore? The first week, yes I did. After I got my Snoogle body pillow, I was able to find a way to stay comfy on my left side which is the only side I lay on during the day. I know that it is the best side to be on for circulation so it what I do day in & day out. I also do no recline what so ever. From my neck down, my body is flat on the bed. This is the best way to keep pressure off of my cervix. I even eat this way. My back doesn't hurt at all. I've only had a day or 2 that it has hurt but went away quickly.
Am I swollen? Surprisingly...no! My rings still fit if you can believe that. My friend came over the other day & was shocked that I was still wearing my wedding & engagement ring. My ankles still look normal as do my toes. I do swell at night while sleeping but that goes away in the morning once I wake up. I don't know why it happens at night, I am laying flat all day long!
Can I still eat? Not much now days so when I do eat, I try to eat something that is high in calories & fat. I don't eat much at all. A day's worth of food is the following...
*Breakfast ~ 9-10am ~ 1/2 a bowl of frosted mini wheats (very high in iron)
*Snacks ~ 8am, 4pm ~ 2 protein shakes, piece of candy here & there
*Lunch ~ 2pm ~ Grab bag size of doritos or a piece of bread w/ cheese or ramen noodle soup
*Dinner ~ What ever I am craving such as chicken strips, 1 piece of pizza, or french fries...not all of them together, only 1 of them.
I am still drinking about a gallon & 1/2 per day of water. I also drink the protein shakes which is made w/ a protein powder & milk. Every once in a while I will drink Sprite or a rootbeer.
I do however have other normal pregnancy woes such as the wonderful hemriods & the emotional moments. I still have food cravings & aversions. I have gotten the nesting bug but can't do much about it although I was able to help sort through baby clothes & put them in bins yesterday. I do have acid reflux which requires a prescription of Pepcid.
Other than that, I keep counting my lucky stars b/c this ride could have been much bumpier. I am blessed to have the smooth ride that I am having. I think I freaked out about the hospital experience & realized just how well I am doing at home. I don't even mind the terbutaline pump. At first it was a nuisance but I have gotten use to the booger. If this is what keeps me at home in my own bed, then so be it.
Is there anything I miss about a "regular" pregnancy? Yes...I miss the interaction w/ strangers at the store. I miss getting up & dressing in cute maternity clothes. I miss shopping for baby items or just roaming Target for hours on end. I miss driving and going for a walk around the neighborhood. Most of all, I missed out on being able to help w/ the nursery which if you know me, you know it kills me that I couldn't be up there painting, etc. It's ok...I don't have much longer & then I will be able to enjoy the little things in life again.
Until our time is up, I will continue to be positive & strong. I look forward to every morning I wake up & know that we are 1 day closer to meeting our trio.
Again, thank you all for your support! It means the world to Todd & I that we have such wonderful family & friends praying for us & coming over to help out. We love you all!