I can’t believe that 35 weeks has gone by so fast. We arrived at the hospital at 6am yesterday ready to get started.
After some paper work, blood work & lots of questions, it was time to get started. The staff explained that there wouldn’t be enough room in the operating room for both my husband & the IM. We had to make a decision. We all agreed that the IM would come in for the births & my hubby would come in while they tied my tubes & stitched me up.
It felt so surreal laying on the table looking at all the lights, equipment & people. There were over 20 people squished into this little room. I leaned over the table to get my spinal & laid back, praying that things would go smoothly. The IM looked over at me & asked if I was ok. I assured her that was & begin to listen to the team calling out instructions. They explained everything that they we’re doing. It surprised me at the way it felt. I didn’t feel any pain. It was like someone was pushing my belly around, rolling it from side to side. My blood pressure started to drop slightly & I was feeling a little nausea. They quickly put some meds into my line & I was much better.
Next thing I knew, they pulled out baby A & held him in the air for us to see. Within 2 minutes babies B & C followed. They were all born within a minute of each other. They pulled them out & each baby was given over to a team of nurses. My IM looked over at me with tears in her eyes & said, “Thank you so much.” I, of course, starting crying, too. This journey of carrying triplets was so worth it in that very moment.
As she attended to the babies, my wonderful, inquisitive husband came in. There was no way he was going to sit down & not look over the drape. He stood wide-eyed & full of questions. I do believe he got to see all of my lower inside body parts. “Babe, I love you even more, now that I’ve seen your bladder, fallopian tubes & ovaries.” Yep, that’s my hubby & I love him for it! He keeps things so interesting in our house. I truly couldn’t have gotten through this journey without him.
The babies are doing so great!
Baby A weighed 4 lbs 10 oz. He had an Apgar Score of 8/9. They kept him in an incubator to regulate his body temperature. The IP’s got to feed him today & love on him.
Baby B weighed 4 lbs 11 oz. He had a apgar score of 8/9. They kept him in an incubator to regulate his body temperature. He also had to have some oxygen to help him out a little. That has all been removed & he’s doing well. The IP’s got to feed him today & love on him.
Baby C weighed 5 lbs 5 oz. He had a apgar score of 8/9. They kept him in an incubator to regulate his body temperature. The IP’s got to feed him today & love on him.
I’m doing so much better than I thought that I would. I was really nervous about the c-section recovery & how I would feel about the babies after they were born. I can honestly say that my pain level has been no higher than a 2 since being in the hospital. I have been up & walking around since about 8 hours after surgery. The bleeding seems much less than when I had my vaginal births. I know that when I go home tomorrow that my pain level may change some. I’m just going to try & take it easy. My connection to the babies was what I had planned for all along. I went into this journey with the mindset that these weren’t my babies & I was just babysitting them. It really is awesome to look at the family you helped create & not want to interfere with it. I got to go see the babies, change them & rock them like a friend would do. Then I got to go back to my room & I’m really ok with that.