1 + 1 = 3??
We lost our first child at 23 weeks, but we were determined to try and have a biological child.
We became pregnant after 3 years of progressively aggressive fertility treatments. The 6-week U/S showed twins, the 9-week U/S showed triplets… how did that happen!?!?
The pregnancy was difficult. I was taken off work at 13 weeks due to cramping and bleeding. Insomnia and nausea added to an already stressful time. We prepared ourselves for another potential loss.
Every week gave us hope.
January 25, 2013 – 27 weeks into pregnancy
|3:30 am||I awoke to light bleeding|
|6:00||Brian (husband) took me to London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)|
|8:00||Sent home – cervix closed, bleeding stopped|
|11:30||Water broke, contractions started|
|12:30 pm||Went back to the hospital|
|1:30||2cm dilated, moved to a birthing room. Steroids given.|
|3:30||No change, epidural ordered and done.|
|4:30||No change, Brian went for coffee.|
|5:00||Contractions progressing. Triplet A heart rate started dropping. Checked and now 8cm and a foot!! Paged Brian to get to Operating Room.|
|5:23||Triplet A born vaginally. Continued to monitor Triplet B + C, membranes still intact. Heart rates started to drop, decision was made to deliver by c-section|
|6:06||Triplet B was born|
|6:08||Triplet C was born|
|10:00||Met my babies for the first time…|
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
– 3 bowel, 1 hernia
6 septic events
– 3 NEC, 1 pneumonia, 2 unknown
1 cholestasis event
1 leg blood clot
1 cardiac arrest
1 PICC line
12 blood product transfusions
PDA, ROP and PVL
Many long lines and IV starts, x-rays, ultrasounds, bloodwork…
…and apparently our stay was fairly uneventful
Cory – came home April 23, 2013 – 89 days in NICU
Amie – came home April 29, 2013 – 95 days in NICU
Ben – came home June 19, 2013 – 133 days in NICU
– 11 days on Paeds
Follow-up Continued… (and still continues)
PICC line care and bloodwork
Head molding helmets
Look at us now!
We are 10 months old (as of November 2013) and doing well!!
If it takes a village to raise a child… it must take a city to raise triplets!!
These special people have helped make our dreams come true…
Dr. Stephen Power & the Fertility Ontario team
Dr. Barbra deVrijer & the Fetal Medicine team
Dr. Shannon Arntfield & the Obstetrical team
Dr. David Lee & the NICU team at London Health Sciences Center
Our primary nurses – Cheryl, Melanie & Kathy
Our social worker – Dolores
Dr. Sharon Jones & the Pediatric Surgical team
The Ronald McDonald House