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Welcome To The World…

It is my distinct pleasure to introduce to you all with much fanfare…

KAREN'S BABIES!!

Baby Boy 'A'
Born 9:45ish
Eighteen Inches
Three lbs. Twelve oz.

Baby Girl 'B'
Born 9:45ish
Seventeen Inches
Three lbs. Twelve oz.

Baby Girl 'C'
Born 9:45ish
Sixteen Inches
Two lbs. Eleven oz.

After sitting for like, what seemed like fourteen excruciating hours in a chemotherapy treatment room, patiently waiting, with not only my cell phone, but also my husbands cell phone AND my laptop in my lap. I thought I was going to have a ginormous nervous breakdown if I didn't hear from Seth or Karen herself very soon. Knowing full well that the surgery could have been bumped by somebody of higher importance (who could POSSIBLY be more important though??) I tried to rationalize that all was totally fine. I got home from chemo, got Jonny settled, and my au pair mentions to me that Seth called… OMG. WHAT??!?!?! WHEN!!! WHAT DID HE SAY!?!?!?!?!? She tell me that he really didn't say much, and that he sounded kind of "bored"(!!!!), not like she would have expected the man who just had three babies to sound. I was utterly LOST. He didn't leave a MESSAGE?!?!? Nope. No message, just told you to call him. UGH. Did he say if Karen was ok? Nope. Ok. cool.

Proceeded to call Seth. No answer. Called Karen's old room. No answer. Called The hospital, KAREN WASN'T IN A ROOM YET. (this was at 2pm) This was when the nursing end of me kicked in and freaked out. WHY THE HELL ISN'T SHE IN A ROOM? The operator had NO answer for me. I hung up. Sat on the floor and thought about crying, knew it would do me NO good, and figured I'd try calling Seth ONE more time. He answered. Thank You.
I know he couldn't hear the panic in my voice, but if it had been Karen, she would've laughed at me. Because that whole scenario I just played out for you?? Totally me. It's completely what I do. And it's completely what Karen has done to me throughout this entire pregnancy, so I'm not surprised that this is what she did today… She stays calm, I freak out enough for both of us… It's fine.

Anyway!! The babies!! Karen!! Ahh!! So good!! Perfect even… Seth wasn't completely positive of the time of birth, so lets just go with a round a bout 945ish eh? He said Dr. Mattias did the delivery, Karen was at ease with having her spinal placed, and as we spoke it was beginning to wear off…The babies were all adorable (of course!) He was only sure that Baby 'A' had hair… Not too sure of the others yet… All of them are on supplemental oxygen, TPN through an IV in their belly button, and no really huge interventional stuff right now. Karen was able to see the kiddos in the OR, but has yet to check them out up close. She was still in the PACU due to a lack of beds on the main floor.

I'm still planning on heading up to see everyone tomorrow… I'm hoping to come home with all kinds of fun pictures to share!!

Yay Karen, Seth, & a Huge Congrats to J on becoming a VERY big Brother!! We love you all!!



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Like, Ohmigod Karen!

I’m so WICKED excited to tell you all this!! (It’s still Jessica btw)

Karen will be having her C-Section TOMORROW MORNING, Wednesday the 19th, at 9am!!

I am beyond excited for her, and when I got off the phone with her, she sounded AWESOME. Totally at peace with the decision and really very gleeful. I know that in her mind she still wants that vaginal delivery, and she’ll probably mention it at least 14 times tomorrow before they tell her to be quiet and take out the last baby 🙂 But at least she’ll have tried right?

Now, onto the reasoning behind this ‘impromptu’ delivery. As one of Karen’s readers “hadjare” had asked yesterday, the growth of Baby “C” has been a little off for a bit of time. When Karen and I chatted about this last night (since I wanted to be a good guest blogger and answer Hadjare’s question) she told me that the last time they scanned her, Baby “C” was still smaller but not so small that it warranted them ending the entire pregnancy on his/her behalf. I asked if they had any other growth ultrasounds planned, and to Karen’s knowledge, they didn’t. Until today… When they did one. Found out that Baby “C” has now become discordant. They’re estimating Baby “A” to be in the mid 4 lb range, Baby “B” to be in the upper 3 lb range, and for Baby “C” to be in the mid 2 lb range. So while with the margin of error being within a pound for the ultrasound, the executive decision was to go ahead and take the kiddos out. Good decision.

The huge news is that tomorrow marks 33 weeks gestation for Karen, Seth, and the Babes… This is huge. I can’t express how well Karen has done, how much of a trooper she’s been, and how through it all… just HOW awesome she’s been. I unfortunately cannot be there tomorrow, I had SO few days that I had made her PROMISE she wouldn’t deliver on… Being as defiant as she is, it doesn’t surprise me that she did this. But, I’ll be waiting VERY patiently with my laptop and both cell phones, waiting for any news from Seth updating all of you. I will be out to the hospital on Thursday to see these beautiful miracles with my own two eyes… I’ll bring lots of pictures back, I promise!

Until then, please keep Karen, Seth, J, and all three of these most precious babies in your thoughts and prayers over the next 24 hours. It is SO appreciated!! Updates about the babies to come tomorrow!! YAY!!

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Like, Ohmigod Karen!

I'm so WICKED excited to tell you all this!! (It's still Jessica btw)

Karen will be having her C-Section TOMORROW MORNING, Wednesday the 19th, at 9am!!

I am beyond excited for her, and when I got off the phone with her, she sounded AWESOME. Totally at peace with the decision and really very gleeful. I know that in her mind she still wants that vaginal delivery, and she'll probably mention it at least 14 times tomorrow before they tell her to be quiet and take out the last baby 🙂 But at least she'll have tried right?

Now, onto the reasoning behind this 'impromptu' delivery. As one of Karen's readers "hadjare" had asked yesterday, the growth of Baby "C" has been a little off for a bit of time. When Karen and I chatted about this last night (since I wanted to be a good guest blogger and answer Hadjare's question) she told me that the last time they scanned her, Baby "C" was still smaller but not so small that it warranted them ending the entire pregnancy on his/her behalf. I asked if they had any other growth ultrasounds planned, and to Karen's knowledge, they didn't. Until today… When they did one. Found out that Baby "C" has now become discordant. They're estimating Baby "A" to be in the mid 4 lb range, Baby "B" to be in the upper 3 lb range, and for Baby "C" to be in the mid 2 lb range. So while with the margin of error being within a pound for the ultrasound, the executive decision was to go ahead and take the kiddos out. Good decision.

The huge news is that tomorrow marks 33 weeks gestation for Karen, Seth, and the Babes… This is huge. I can't express how well Karen has done, how much of a trooper she's been, and how through it all… just HOW awesome she's been. I unfortunately cannot be there tomorrow, I had SO few days that I had made her PROMISE she wouldn't deliver on… Being as defiant as she is, it doesn't surprise me that she did this. But, I'll be waiting VERY patiently with my laptop and both cell phones, waiting for any news from Seth updating all of you. I will be out to the hospital on Thursday to see these beautiful miracles with my own two eyes… I'll bring lots of pictures back, I promise!

Until then, please keep Karen, Seth, J, and all three of these most precious babies in your thoughts and prayers over the next 24 hours. It is SO appreciated!! Updates about the babies to come tomorrow!! YAY!!

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Weekend Wellness

Jessica here…still
How was my weekend you ask? It was fine. Full of romping, running, and enjoying the brisk early autumn weather… How was Karen’s weekend? It was fine… Full of contractions, kicks to her bladder, and most recently enjoying her newly itchy hands and feet! Ahh… The joys of pregnancy.

I have a SERIOUS case of writers block tonight, but need to get the info out to Karen’s pep squad! 🙂 So let me give it to you in bulleted form… OK?

  • Karen is still Pregnant.
  • The babies are all still doing well!
  • No we still don’t know what she’s having (but I have some SERIOUS hunches)
  • Her Doctor from this weekend scheduled her for a C-Section on Friday the 21st.
  • Karen didn’t agree with this idea and now we’re back to having no scheduled date.
  • Yom Kippur begins Friday at dusk.
  • On Saturday evening Karen developed intense itching in her hands and feet.
  • Her Doctor from this morning thinks the itching may be a pregnancy condition called Cholestasis.
  • They also think this may be what is causing the slightly elevated liver panels from last week.
  • This is not to say that the pre-eclampsia is still not an option.
  • Karen’s Blood Pressures have been good, but still elevated.
  • When I talked to her on Saturday she had a terrible headache…
  • On Sunday she felt and sounded much better…

That’s all I’ve got folks… I hope you’re all doing well and that you all enjoyed this awesome weather we had this weekend!! I’m absolutely worn out from running after the kids outside all weekend! Feel free to post in the comments if there’s something I missed, or if there’s questions you have, I’ve been keeping up with the comments… So I’ll see any questions ya’ll throw out there!

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Weekend Wellness

Jessica here…still
How was my weekend you ask? It was fine. Full of romping, running, and enjoying the brisk early autumn weather… How was Karen's weekend? It was fine… Full of contractions, kicks to her bladder, and most recently enjoying her newly itchy hands and feet! Ahh… The joys of pregnancy.

I have a SERIOUS case of writers block tonight, but need to get the info out to Karen's pep squad! 🙂 So let me give it to you in bulleted form… OK?

  • Karen is still Pregnant.
  • The babies are all still doing well!
  • No we still don't know what she's having (but I have some SERIOUS hunches)
  • Her Doctor from this weekend scheduled her for a C-Section on Friday the 21st.
  • Karen didn't agree with this idea and now we're back to having no scheduled date.
  • Yom Kippur begins Friday at dusk.
  • On Saturday evening Karen developed intense itching in her hands and feet.
  • Her Doctor from this morning thinks the itching may be a pregnancy condition called Cholestasis.
  • They also think this may be what is causing the slightly elevated liver panels from last week.
  • This is not to say that the pre-eclampsia is still not an option.
  • Karen's Blood Pressures have been good, but still elevated.
  • When I talked to her on Saturday she had a terrible headache…
  • On Sunday she felt and sounded much better…

That's all I've got folks… I hope you're all doing well and that you all enjoyed this awesome weather we had this weekend!! I'm absolutely worn out from running after the kids outside all weekend! Feel free to post in the comments if there's something I missed, or if there's questions you have, I've been keeping up with the comments… So I'll see any questions ya'll throw out there!

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Hospital, Day Two…

Jessica Again…
After talking with Karen a bit ago, I am convinced… Nothing phases her. Well nothing much at least. I’m pretty sure boredom might drive her batty before the contractions do… Crazy Karen 🙂

All is well in Karen’s gestating world. She’s still pregnant, and the trio is still doing well. Nothing too interesting to report, but I felt it necessary to update since I had in fact spoken to the Momma herself. As of about noonish today, things were on the up and up… The pre-eclampsia that we were so fearful of, it seems may be nothing more than a touch of high blood pressure and possibly just some ill related elevated bloodwork. It’s funny how that works… You get very pregnant and your body gets all crazy. So for right now, that diagnosis is on the back burner, hopefully not to be brought to the front burner anytime soon. If it IS brought to the front burner, the decision is that the babies will be delivered ASAP. ugh. As for the contractions, the Doctors have also decided that if there is still no sign of toxemia, then the Terbutaline can be started again. This is a wonderful decision, not only for the babes, but for Karen. It sounds as though last night was incredibly difficult… The contractions were laughing at the mere mention of the RN’s offers of percocet. In wonderful news however, today is a miraculous milestone of 32 weeks, woo hoo!! Let’s all do a little happy dance for this mile marker…

So the plan (as of noon) is this, the Doctor’s will sit on Karen, and not send her home. So many factors are (in my mind) weighing in on why they’re keeping her… The holidays, J being 4 years old and being home full time for the next few days, being 32 weeks pregnant with triplets, having a cervix less than 2cm, frequent contractions… Do I honestly need to continue this list? Honestly? I thought not…

Regardless, keep everyone in your thoughts… Obviously all the powerful thoughts are working! I also let her know about all of the AWESOME comments you’ve been leaving for her! Seth will share all the words of kindness when he gets to visit this afternoon… Keep it up fellow bloggers!!

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Jessica Here…
First off, let me reassure everyone and let you all know that Karen sounds perfectly fine, very calm, and very “Karen-like” 🙂 Any of us that know Karen in real life know her penchant for keeping cool in crazy situations… Hence her calm demeanor this evening!
Anyway, after talking to the Momma herself this evening, she’s doing well. They’ve admitted her because of her possible pre-eclamptic issues. The tests that were run a few days ago, showed slightly elevated liver enzymes which along with high blood pressure, usually indicate issues with pre-eclampsia. So, for right now, she’s there for observation purposes only… There are no definitive plans as to what they’re going to do right now. We chatted for a bit and she laid out the three distinct possibilities:
1. The MD’s come back tomorrow and decide on a delivery time. (eeek!)
2. The MD’s come in and decide that the pre-eclampsia is not progressing and send her on home.
3. The MD’s come in and decide to sit on her and the babes for the duration…
Tomorrow at twilight marks the start of one of the larger holidays for Karen and her Family, so of course, hanging at the hospital (while not fun) might be the most practical of the options… I’m really hoping they don’t just send her home… But hey, Doctor’s know best right?? 🙂 On that thread of thought also, the Terbutaline pump that Karen has been using to keep the contractions at bay? It has been discontinued… The Doctors see a connection between pre-eclampsia and terb, so no more of that for now! I was reassured to hear that she was still taking some Procardia, but was unfortunately a little uncomfortable regardless… On the upside, they’re 32 weeks tomorrow…
I’ll keep you all posted with information as it becomes available! Please keep them all in your thoughts!

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