Well, after a long week(weekend) of multiple hospital visits, NST’s & numerous other tests, things for Rachel & the boys have finally stabilized. We now have a scheduled delivery date. 😮
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Update: Changed to Wednesday, September 16th!
On Saturday, Rachel was diagnosed with Severe Pre-eclampsia. Since then, Rachel & the babies were placed on monitors for over 40 straight hours! Rachel was given an IV w/Magnesium to help lower her elevated blood pressure, along with some morphine to combat the pain she was experiencing. By Sunday morning, it seemed like we had a 50/50 chance of the babies being born so I let our friends and family know that if they wanted to be there when the boys are born, it would probably be a good idea to head down now – unfortunately it was a FALSE ALARM! The staff finally gave Rachel some food around noon on Sunday and she perked right up! The contractions lessened and grew further apart and she started to feel better. Everything really stabilized after that and by Monday afternoon they removed her & the babies from the monitors and removed the IV.
After speaking with the Walnut Creek Perinatoligist (Dr. Mota), we decided that it would be best to induce labor at 34 weeks (Thursday, September 17th, 2015). On Monday afternoon we went for another growth scan. The boys are all measuring BIG and healthy (especially considering we’re only at 33 weeks 4 days!)
- Kaleo – 5lbs 3oz
- Makani – 5lbs 10oz
- Keoni – 5lbs 7oz
The biggest question now is whether Rachel will have a C-Section or deliver them naturally? The perinatologist has delivered 3 other sets of triplets vaginally and she seems fairly confident that we could be her fourth! She has some basic criteria that has to be met before she would even consider recommending a Vaginal delivery vs. C-Section:
- Does the mother have successful prior vaginal deliveries?
- Past 32 weeks?
- Big & healthy (good weight)?
- Do the babies have a good track record of being monitored successfully?
- Are they all about the same size?
We can answer YES to all of these questions. One other thing to note, Dr. Mota claims that it is her personal opinion that naturally conceived triplets fair better than their IVF counterparts when it comes to vaginal delivery. For some reason, she said – the body seems better equipped to handle the natural childbirth – INTERESTING!!!
What do you guys think?
Rachel is currently resting in Labor & Delivery, I think she is as ready as I am to finally meet our boys!!!
Next update – Fatherhood… 😀
We got a great profile picture of Keoni on Monday
I swear, Rachel is in this picture somewhere – Rachel???
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As it is in Heaven
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