Sunday, April 26, 2009

Could you repeat that?

Are you sitting down? Because you might want to.

I started to spot last night, and called the RE on call, crying. She said it was probably the hematoma and to come in Sunday (today) for an ultrasound. It didn't stop, and I felt terrified, so we went to our local urgent care and they did an ultrasound. The sonographer who said she'd been doing OB ultrasound for 20 years, didn't see the hematoma, and it looked like it bled out. She did, however, see something unexpected: a third baby. I told her she was wrong about ten times, and then my husband said, "I see it too." The look of shock on his face, while the sonographer giggled were quite a contrast.

An ultrasound at my RE revealed today that yes, in fact, I am carrying triplets. Apparently, one of the blastocysts we transferred split into identical twins. Holy. Shit. All babies are measuring at exactly 8 weeks (perfect!) and their heartbeats were all the same at 175. The good news is the twins are in their own amniotic sacs, which protects them from many complications.

We are in shock- and our thoughts are all over the place. Here is a sampling:

1. Obviously, triplet pregnancies are more risky than twins. Some of the complications: preterm labor, lower birth weight, preeclampsia.

2. Identical twins can have Twin to Twin transfusion. We don't yet know if they share a placenta.

3. We would LOVE to have all these babies. I stay at home and we have resources to hire a nanny when we need help. We can afford a minivan.

4. We only want a healthy pregnancy. If we are counseled to reduce the pregnancy by terminating the twins, we will, but we really do not want to. We COULD NOT reduce to twins, since they are in the same sac. If we had to reduce, it would most likely be to the singleton.

5. I want to embrace this and go with it, but we are taking the time to let it sink in. I am going to meet with the MFM doctor this week for more counseling. I am hoping they can help us make a really educated decision.

6. Our RE said they cannot counsel us, but that this situation is unique and could have lots of problems, or none at all.

We are so unsure of what is going to happen, but we are so thankful that all of the babies are doing well, and growing inside mommy. We so appreciate everyone's support and positive comments!



39 comments:

  1. OMG!! I'm so sorry you had some bleeding from your hematoma. I know how scary that can be. But three!! That's amazing. I would have thought if there were going to be three they would have seen it already!

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  2. Holy cow!!! Incredible! Well...they say this happens in what, 1% of cases? Maybe you should buy a lottery ticket!

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  3. wow! three. 3! It must be stressful right now. Hope you are all doing ok. Wow, what a development.
    EB

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  4. Unbelievable!! I was not expecting that! I'm sure you weren't either. Wow! I imagined you going in there expecting the worst and then to find out about a third baby. . . What a surprise.

    Just think of all the care you'll get with a triplet pregnancy. I see a lot of cute u/s pics in your future.

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  5. As soon as I saw your title, I KNEW what you were going to say!!!!!!!!!!!! Crazy!!! It must be so much to absorb right now. Why did it take until now to see the identical twin? I am guessing b/c the babies are so small right now?
    What a shock! Take time to let it sink in...I will be thinking about ALL of you!

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  6. Holy. Shit. is right!!

    Good luck wrapping your mind around it, and best wishes to all of you!

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  7. Wow. Wow, wow, wow. How thrilling and terrifying and everything inbetween! Sending you lots of hopeful vibes that all three will thrive and do wonderfully.

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  8. OMG!!!!!! Congrats! I will pray so hard for you guys. I would love to be able to watch you have all three beautiful babies. What a miracle, indeed!

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  9. OH MY! Welcome to the triplet club, Carrie!!! :D

    What an incredible surprise, especially after the hematoma scare. I know it's daunting and overwhelming, but just let the news sink in for now. Breathe in. Breathe out. Your heart and mind will soon come to terms with it all, and what the best way forward is.

    I was really scared in the beginning, but feel more hopeful and excited now despite the risks. Reading triplet blogs help.

    Wowee, this is such big news!! I'm sorry if this is selfish, but I'm really happy to have someone to share all the joy (and anxiety) with, especially someone who is going through it at the exact same time.

    Hang in there while you try to get your mind around it all. It does get easier every day.

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  10. OMG!!! I cannot believe it!!! I'm in shock;) I'm very happy for you honey!! I'm sure everything will be fine and all will work out and you will be blissfully happy but tired;) That is truly amazing!!! LOTS OF LOVE ((HUGS)) Give those three little ones a pat for me;) PS...I think they are all girls!!

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  11. Wow...really, wow!

    I can only imagine how you're feeling. Good to hear that everyone is measuring the same and you heard the heartbeats.

    You are never far from my thoughts and prayers...

    ((HUGS))

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  12. wow... I just can't imagine how overwhelmed you must be feeling. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way!

    ICLW

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  13. yeah, um...could you repeat that???
    unbelievable! So thrilled for you. And sending prayers your way for an EASY and HEALTHY pregnancy. What a thrill!

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  14. The three little bears,
    three little amigos,
    Gossie, Gertie, and Ollie...
    what a miracle!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sending lots of healthy pregnancy vibes your way and I can't wait to toast you with an extra large milkshake! :)

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  15. WOOOOW! What an amazing news!! Wow! I so wish you all the best of luck with all 3, but you're right, you have to do what's healthy and hopefully the doc can help you out with making the bestest decisions on this! Hugs with support!

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  16. Oh my gosh! To go from thinking you may be miscarrying to finding out you are carrying 3 babies! Congrats! I can only imagine how overwhelming this feels right now, but just think. . . You want from needing IVF to now being pregnant with 3 healthy babies! What a blessing. :-D

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  17. Seriously this is film material :) I am sure this just mental for all of you - What a shocker but soooo beautiful. Thinking of you. Sylvi

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  18. Anne -Infertility ReduxApril 27, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Holy Crap! Wow. Amazing. I wish you tons of luck.

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  19. Over from L&F. Glad that the bleeding stopped, amazed at your surprising news. I hope everything works itself out that the triplets are all healthy and you can carry them to triplet term.

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  20. WOW! Hoe exciting and so much to take in! I'm so happy the bleeding stopped. Congrats!
    *HUGS*

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  21. Wow! Grats (here via L&F) - I hope things go smoothly and the MFM has only good news for you :)

    Since I am in Seattle too, I am more than curious to hear who your RE is and which MFM you end up seeing. If you are so inclined, can you send me an email? lellowg at gmail dot com.

    Grats!!

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  22. Wow -- congratulations!!! I'm thrilled for you, and sending lots of thoughts and prayers that things progress well.

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  23. Wow, wow, wow!!! Just out of curiosity, I researched this in the past. Obviously, I know nothing about your personal case history, but from what I found, the biggest key to sustaining a healthy high order multiple pregnancy is high weight gain. Wishing you the very best of luck and lots of blessings.

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  24. Here from LFCA: Congrats! The same thing happened to me at 8w; baby + hematoma became identical twins. Good Luck on your amazing journey!

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  25. Oh my goodness Carrie! I'm both excited and scared for you.

    And I'll keep reading and supporting no matter what decisions you have to make.

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  26. Oh goodness--I hardly know what to say. I can only send you my best wishes and good thoughts for strength and wisdom in the coming days. It's an exhilirating situation, but one frought with so many "what ifs...". I'm hoping for the very best for you and your babies.

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  27. omg congratulations! I'm hoping all the best for you and your bubs

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  28. WOA!!! That is friggin awesome! I bet you two are just bundles of nerves! I am hoping that everything turns out wonderfully and that you getto bring home all three of your babies. You deserve it!!!!

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  29. Holy S**T! That's amazing! And also wonderful. Congratulations. I'll be keeping all of my various digits crossed that you end up with a healthy pregnancy and healthy babies.

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  30. Reading your post gave me goosebumps! Very happy for you! The right thing will happen when it's the right time. And I too, think you should buy a lottery ticket.

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  31. Guess there's no reason to be jealous of Heidi--you're doing just fine evening the score!!! Congrat's on the big surprise.

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  32. Here from LFCA.....

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh!!!! Wonderful! I can't really find words to register my sheer awe at this!!! Wow Wow Wow!

    Hoping everything is fine and continues to be so!!!!

    All the best!

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  33. WOW!!! congrats! You are catching up to Heidi Klum fast :-)

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  34. Holy Smokes! What a roller coaster of emmotions you must be experiencing...take a deep breath! Congratulations!
    ~Jenny

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  35. This picture is worth one million words. What is most amazing to me, is how not just one, but three little lives got lucky enough to have such an amazing mommy!

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  36. The very same happened to my dear friend Joy of www.larkinfamily-joy.blogspot.com She now has GORGEOUS triplet girls who are 17 months old and thriving. Her pregnancy was not without complications but she successfully carried them until 33w6d. I hope she is an inspiration to you! Congrats on your miracles!!!

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  37. wow! what a tremendous blessing! here's to a safe and healthy pregnancy...

    my RE was telling me that with IVF it is possible for an egg to split because of being forced into and out of the catheter for transfer... i NEVER knew that until i asked about otco-mom!!!

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  38. I am here from What If?'s blog- what crazy exciting news! I am so happy for you!!!

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