Saturday, February 07, 2009

The Triplets Story part 4: How many do you count?

Right after the doctor left I decided to get comfortable and perhaps nap. I had just found a good position where my gown and warm blanket covered me and just closed my eyes when another knock came at the door and in rolled the ultrasound machine with Shana, the technician.

Shana first prepped me for an abdominal ultrasound. She had the monitor facing her. I was concerned and really wanted to see. So I asked her if I could watch and she agreed and turned the monitor toward me. I couldn't really tell what I was looking at. She was trying to see if there were any cysts on my ovaries.

Shana said, "As far as I can tell the ovaries look okay."

Then she turned the monitor back toward her. I was relieved. She typed and said, "hmm" a lot. She continued to type. Then she said,

"Well, clean off this goo and then use the bathroom. Then we'll do an internal ultrasound."

So I de-gooed my stomach and hurried out to the bathroom. That's when I discovered my friend Candace was there and made it past the security to my room. :) She had overheard someone at church asking Danny, "How is your wife doing?" So she came over to keep me company knowing that ER visits could last for hours.

During the second ultrasound, Shana, the tech, first checked the ovaries again. I worried a little, we hadn't discussed the baby yet; I wondered about the baby's heartbeat. Then she turned the monitor toward me and said,

"How many do you count?"

Candace and I were speechless. To be honest, I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking at. Then I said, "Twins?"

Shana said, "Yes. I thought that's what I saw with the abdominal ultrasound; I had to be sure."

I couldn't stop laughing and exclaiming, "Oh my goodness Candace! I can't believe TWINS! What is Danny going to say?"

Candace was clearly thrilled as well saying things like, "This is incredible! This is so great!"

Then Shana asked me, "Please be very still while I get their heartbeats. They are still very tiny."
It's really hard to hold still once someone has told you you're expecting twins. So I tried not to laugh knowing my abdomen was shaking when I did. I just kept grinning at Candace and whispering, "I have to think of a great way to tell Danny."

Shana was taking a really long time scanning and typing. There were occasional "hmms". Candace and I had so many questions, but tried not to say anything because Shana seemed to be very intent on something.

After much silence I said, "Umm... I'm sorry I'm probably still moving. I'll hold still. I'm just so excited."

Shana replied, "Oh, that's okay. It's just... I think I see another heartbeat."

to be continued . . .

The Triplets Story part 3: ER people and their questions
The Triplets Story part 2: Unexplained Pains
The Triplets Story part 1: The pregnancy tests


Kelsie Maher said...

so when jen hall told me this story i about died for you!!! wow... triplets, oh and I told cameron the story last night.... he says goodluck :)

Piglet de' Erin said...

That is CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY...ok, I know, I will stop calling your house and telling your husband how crazy you guys are...I will come up with a more constructive term.

Renee' H said...

Thank you for sharing this Nikki. I find myself running to my computer to see if you've posted the next addition to your story. I can't wait for the next chapter.

Nick and Emily said...

that's so awesome that your having 3 awesome blessings. i'm glad you stopped by my page. i'll have to stalk your blog now. ;)

FluffyChicky said...

Good heavens! I am still in shock that you've got 3 buns in the oven...what a master baker you have turned out to be! :)

Cynthia said...

Oh MY! I had a similar moment- except that it really did turn out to just be twins. Triplets is a big deal! Congrats!

There is a wonderful book called "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads" by Dr. Barbara Luke. It is the ultimate book for Moms expecting multiples. What I learned in it literally saved my babies' lives. It's basically all about how to have the healthiest pregnancy and babies. Please treat yourself to the book (or strongly hint to someone else, LOL!) A multiples pregnancy is vastly different than a singleton. This book helps you know what to do to make it a great experience.

Again, congratulations and good luck!

The Schooley's said...

I am soooo glad Candace was there with you!! She is so amazing. I love reading your cliffhanger!! Miss you!! Wish I was there to bake for you!!


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