Monday, May 04, 2009

7w4d ultrasound: it's all good

I started bleeding the night before the ultrasound and was nervous that something had gone horribly wrong with the triplets. We waited longer than usual in the waiting room. Torture. The nurse eventually called me in for the blood pressure check.

I undressed for the u/s, as instructed, only to be told 10 minutes later that they'd prefer to see me in the room with the newer ultrasound equipment. So I happily dressed, moved to the other room, and waited another 30 minutes. By that time, I had to use the bathroom. So I got dressed again, went to the bathroom, and undressed again. Hopefully three time's a charm!

Finally... the Nurse Practitioner came in to do the u/s. For the first time ever, we saw all three embryos on the screen simultaneously. "Family photo!" the NP said. I could see all three heartbeats clearly flickering on the screen and the relief was instantaneous.

All three are indeed doing great. She isolated each baby's heartbeat so we could hear them individually. Strong heartbeats: two at 162, and one at 165 bpm. It was the most beautiful sound I have ever heard.

They are all measuring exactly on target. Their Crown Rump Lengths (CRL) are 1.52, 1.42, and 1.38 centimeters, perfect for their gestational age. We are so relieved and excited to know they're all doing well so far.

We graduated and when my RE came into the examination room to bid us a fond farewell, he had his palms together, his head bowed, a sheepish expression on his face and then said, "Guys, please forgive me!!" It was so funny. My RE is one of the most compassionate people I know, and I will surely miss his professionalism, optimism, and sense of humor.

Thank you all for your beautiful, supportive, encouraging, and funny comments. They make me proud to be a part of this amazing, caring community.

19 comments:

meinsideout said...

Yay! Great news!

T said...

Great news...

Did they happen to say what the bleeding was-- I had it with my 2 IVF pregnancies, just a blood clot..

165bpm-- all girls you think? :)

armouris said...

info on ultrasound here - Seeing Unborn Baby Using Ultrasound

Jennifer said...

AWESOME update :) I am soooo happy for you and your 3 babies :) I am praying for all of you :)

Carrie said...

Yay triplets! I am so glad they are growing like they should and you got to see their perfect hearts beating away! It is a beautiful sight, to see them all together- we saw ours today and love them more each time!

We have got to talk! I'd love to hear your thoughts on triplet gear! Email me at carehamilton AT hotmail DOT com if you want. :) It is so fun having a triplet buddy!

Hugs,
Carrie

My Endo Journey said...

I wish the REs could deliver too! Hehe. I love my practice too. Its a good feeling!
Congrats on graduating! So very exciting!!!

The Patterson's said...

So glad things are still going well. Your RE sounds a lot like mine. He probably would say that same thing to me, but oh well, what a blessing, huh?

Nichole said...

That is all excellent news! Glad the spotting wasn't anything serious. Your RE sounds amazing! Good luck with the OB!!!

K said...

Such great news! Peace...

Gina said...

YAY I'm so happy to hear all 3 are doing wonderful!

Keep up the good work beans, keep growing big and strong!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful news!! As time progresses you'll only be able to dream more about the future...and your family to the fullest. Talk about an instant family :) WOW!

Just one moment at a time, each day at a time, each step at a time...at least at this point all is "on target".

Our prayers and thoughts are with you over this journey...and indeed it is just that....a journey....a long one coz the fun begins when they enter the world...a journey nonetheless. Keep writing...loving the updates :)

Love Shaz

Jennifer said...

Your RE sounds AWESOME. I am soo happy to hear all is well :) God is an AWESOME God!!

Tam said...

That's wonderful news. So glad that everything is going well, I think that seeing all three heartbeats etc was worth the undressing three times!!

donijanderson@yahoo.com said...

OMG! We just went for our 7 1/2 weeks on May 05. We found out a week ago we were having triplets!! I'm still in shock! Our Baby C is still about a week behind the other two. "He" is measuring at.75 with a 140bpm. Baby A is 1.44cm and Baby B is 1.29cm. Both have a BPM of 158/152.
Well Good Luck to you!!

annacyclopedia said...

Wow! I haven't been over in a while - so glad all is well and your three little sprouts are doing so perfectly. Congratulations and I hope there will be nothing but good news to come.

Your last post about the cravings made me laugh with recognition - chocolate just seems so gross now, devoid of pleasure, although now that I'm in the second trimester it is easing off a bit. And the aversion to red meat and the profoundly passionate love affair with pickled beets - are you spying on me?

I've been lucky enough to be able to eat protein earlier in the day with little incident - supper is when it really seems icky - and I'm only incubating one, so I've decided to just let my cravings and aversions guide me. But if you're concerned about getting enough protein, I highly recommend hemp hearts (sometimes called hulled hemp seed) - they are very bland and can be added to smoothies, muffins, salads, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, whatever - and are really high in protein and make the fruit and veggie meals a lot more filling if you feel you're needing extra sustenance. Just if you're getting sick of chicken and haven't encountered the wonder of the mighty hemp heart yet...

Lorza said...

I read a while back, but forgot to comnment- I am glad you got to see all the babies. How are you doing? I haven't heard from you in while. How is three affecting your body?

Good luck girlie!

Mo and Will said...

so glad you got more good news - this is so so exciting : ) filled with happiness for you!

Mo

Chelle said...

YAY!! Post your family photo! I love u/s pics!

I am so happy things are going well with you and your babies!

A said...

Havent heard anything new in a little while... Hope everything is going well. Praying for you daily!!