"What?! Is it in the uterus? There's three? I'm having triplets?!" I blurted. "Am I dreaming? Is this really happening Candace?"
I was in SHOCK. I was ELATED! Not only was there nothing wrong with my ovaries, and nothing to really explain the pain (except a few cc's of liquid in my abdomen- most likely blood), I was now expecting TRIPLETS!
Candace and I could not stop laughing. Shana asked me to hold really still while she got Baby C's heartbeat. Shana labeled each to distinguish which one she was looking at. The baby closest to my cervix and slightly larger was labeled "Baby A." The other two, who appear to be in the same gestational sac were labeled "Baby B" and Baby C."
Candace asked Shana if we could get a picture to show Danny. Shana apologized that the machine wasn't hooked up to a printer and couldn't print. But I wasn't too discouraged because I knew I had a regularly scheduled OB appointment the next day; my OB always does a first trimester ultrasound to determine the due date.
I think the tech, the nurse, and the doctor all asked me the following questions:
Do twins run in your family? Did you take fertility drugs? Do you watch John and Kate plus 8? Have you heard about that woman who just had octuplets?
Then the doctor said, "Do you still need pain killer?"
I didn't. I was in so much shock that the pain seemed greatly reduced. The doctor joked about a painkiller for my husband.
"Candace," I said, "I have to think of a really great way to tell Danny."
We talked about what comes in threes or little rhymes or something. It was Sunday, so I wasn't going to go shopping at a store- or three tiny onesies might've done the trick.
"Three blind mice," Candace brainstormed. "One, two buckle my shoe. Three, four shut the door. Five, six, seven- gifts from heaven?"
I laughed, "Pretty creative. Maybe we could check the hospital vending machines for a candy bar or a snack that could tell the news." I was thinking a Baby Ruth bar and Mike and Ikes; but feared that would jinx me into having 1 girl and 2 boys. My preferences are leaning toward 2 girls and 1 boy. ;) Our resources were limited.
Another friend from church, Liz, showed up. I blurted, "I'm having triplets!" Liz was excited for me as well. Liz was also there to visit our friend Jill who was still recovering upstairs. On our way to the vending machines we ran into Alona- another friend from church. I wanted to tell Alona, but had decided I should probably let Danny in on the secret before I told anyone else.
Candace offered me a ride home. I called Danny and told him that everything was fine and she'd bring me home. It was REALLY hard not to tell him over the phone. But it's not every day you get to announce to your husband that you're expecting TRIPLETS!!! So when I called Danny and didn't tell him the news, I had to focus on Candace so I wouldn't crack. I crack so easily.
We headed down to the hospital vending machines. Twix? No- that's too similar sounding to twins. Nerds? hahaha. nah. I think it was Candace that spotted the Combos and said, "You could say, 'The Combo for this pregnancy is . . .' as a start." So I bought the Combos and the 3 Musketeers bar. It was kinda of silly, but it was something.
We giggled about the craziness of it the whole way home. Candace promised she wouldn't tell anyone except her husband Brian. I told her she could, but she insisted this was my special thing and she wouldn't. I was still in a daze wondering if it could all be happening.
We pulled into my drive-way. Candace gave me a bag of Hershey kisses saying I needed them. lol I thanked her profusely for everything- staying in the ER with me, helping me figure out how to tell Danny, and for driving me home. She's just so awesome.
As soon as I walked into the house Danny said, "Welcome home. How are you feeling?" He was being the perfect daddy making peanut butter and honey sandwiches for the kids. :)
Grinning, worrying I was giving it all away already, I said, "Good. I need to tell you something. You should probably sit down."
to be continued . . .
Read the start of the triplets story