I don't even know where to begin. I guess I'll just start from the beginning of yesterday.
Yesterday was my first OB/GYN appt with this pregnancy. It was long awaited for and I was over the moon excited about it. We've known for a little over 7 weeks that we are expecting. To the rest of the world the 7 weeks seemed to crawl but to me it flew. When I was pregnant with Elijah I felt like I was at the doctors all the time so I was looking forward to not having to go all the time. Boy, was I ever wrong in that thinking!
We got to the doctors and I was taken back pretty quickly. Because it was my first appointment my doctor had to do a few different exams and then also go over my medical history. Before long I was getting my first ultrasound! As soon as I saw the screen I knew we were having multiples. My doctor asked "did you see that?" I said "oh my gosh, yes!". Justin looked at me with a confused look but then nervously smiled to reassure me. She began to count "one, two, three, four... oh my gosh, oh my gosh!" I started to cry. I knew we were having more than expected and I immediately thought "how are we going to do this? how can we afford 4 babies!"
As the ultrasound continued we heard and saw three healthy babies. All great size with strong beating hearts. Then we got to baby D. The sack wasn't empty, but the baby had already passed. There were no fluids pumping through any organs. Our sweet baby D went to be with Jesus at around 8 weeks gestation. My heart sank a little. I continued to cry and began to pray for the Lord to protect and watch over our three healthy and thriving babies.
Once Justin realized we weren't having 6 or 7 he just smiled and laughed. He held my hand and kissed it a few times. He assured me that God would provide for each of these babies.
After the ultrasound we went to my doctors office. We sat down and talked about some major details that would affect the pregnancy. The major one was that because there are so many we will have to deliver them early. My due date isn't till September 5th, but as long as all goes well we will be welcoming ABC (as they are being called right now) in the first few weeks of July. They will spend a few weeks in the NICU growing and developing some more before coming home. I also will have to have a c-section which does not thrill me at all. I'm actually more nervous about that than taking care of three little ones. At about 24 weeks I will be transferring my care to a doctor who specializes in high order multiples. More than likely at around that week I will also be put on bedrest. It is very common to spend many weeks on bedrest with multiples and the more you have the sooner you will be on it.
So far I haven't had any major complications. No bleeding, contractions, or major pains. We are continuing to believe that God will protect and keep these babies for as long as need be and that I will have very few complications.
We ask that you be praying for both the babies and myself. The chances of miscarriage are higher with three. Every week I am pregnant is a week they get stronger and have a higher chance of surviving. Also, my uterus is stretching and growing at a much faster pace than normal so the odds of it rupturing are higher... Again, we have faith that God will continue to hold us in His hands.
Isaiah 43:7 says "Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him."