Last week was pretty eventful, so much has happened – we picked up a baby crib, changing table and twin stroller. Everything is coming together so well. It finally feels like this is the REAL DEAL. The shock factor has worn off and it seems like this IS going to happen!!! 🙂
Thank you to our co-workers, friends & family! We now have 3 brand new Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 infant car seats. They have excellent safety ratings and have received high praise in consumer reviews. On Friday after work I did a “test fit” to make sure we could get them all in the van. I was worried that there would not be enough room side to side to securely fit the seats in the Odyssey. I was also concerned that the drivers seat would have to be moved forward to accommodate the second row installation. I am 6′ 3″ and I need the leg room, so this could have been an issue for me – not for shorter people. The 2 outboard seats were installed using the LATCH connectors (these are required as standard equipment in all cars 1997 and newer). The middle seat was attached using the seat belt. We were SUCCESSFUL! If there is anybody out there wondering/worried about putting 3 infant car seats in the second row of a 2007 Honda Odyssey, worry no more. I had to move the driver’s seat forward a couple of inches, but not a lot. 🙂 Hahaha, who would have ever thought I would be worried about fitting 3 car seats into a mini-van? Not me!!!
On Wednesday morning we went to the Kaiser Lab for the Glucose Challenge Test or GCT. These are performed between 24 & 28 weeks gestation. The test is to see how efficiently Rachel’s body processes sugar. If the readings are too high, it means that she is at risk of Gestational Diabetes. To pass, her blood sugar level needs to be 139 or lower. A failed test happens in 15 – 23% of the women that take it. The doctor did not require that Rachel fast prior to having her blood drawn. They gave Rachel an orange colored sugary drink (she said it tasted like a flat soda pop) that she had to drink in under 5 minutes. After drinking the sugar water, we waited at home for an hour, then we headed to the lab to get her blood drawn. Unfortunately, the test results came back a little higher than expected (192). What does all of this mean??? It DOES NOT MEAN that Rachel has Gestational Diabetes, it simply means that she is at risk of having it and more tests are in order!!! Next up a (GTT) Glucose Tolerance Test on Monday (today!)
On Saturday we went to Rachel’s brother’s house for baby shower #3. This shower was mostly Family and close childhood friends of Rachel’s. A special shout out to our Nurse Practitioner – Aunty Melanie for coming, she has been so helpful and kind since day 1. She did our first sonogram when we initially discovered we were having triplets! We have been so blessed to have her with us on this journey. There was a great turnout (once again). We are very fortunate for all of the love and support we receive from our family, friends & co-workers! We could not do this without each and every one of you! I feel the need to send out a special thank you to you all, but I am afraid I will leave somebody out. Just know that we need each and every one of you in our lives, please consider yourselves honorary Aunties & Uncles to the boys!!! 🙂
I left the party early to get one last trip in up to the mountains.
Rachel 25 weeks
A special note to our dear friend Little Lori: Your smile, infectious – your love, unconditional – your maternal instinct, protective – your friendship, cherished. Big Love Little Lori, Big Love!!! You will be missed! May you Rest in Peace, God Bless…