Friday, September 21, 2012

Six Flags!

Triplets.  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear this word?  Is it: wow, that’s a lot of kids, crazy, oh how cute, good luck with that, etc.?  I remember my first encounter with triplets, it was 2 girls and a boy at church when I was young.  I don’t remember their names, I don’t even remember what state we lived in at the time, but I will always remember them.  I don’t remember thinking much of anything except, “that has to be fun.”  Looking back, it had to be a lot of fun, for the kids.  For the parents I would imagine it was a different kind of “fun”.

Here we are, however many years later, and we are going to be the parents of triplets.  Wow.  It has been such an emotional roller coaster ride for us.  When we had our first ultrasound, we were told it is definitely twins with a possibility of triplets.  Triplets honestly never even crossed our thought process until that point.  It turns out after a few very interesting other ultrasounds, we are most definitely having triplets.  Today, Friday Sept 21, 2012, Emily is 21 weeks and 4 days pregnant with the trio, and it is still an emotional roller coaster.  Just imagine the biggest, scariest, most exciting, loopty loop, corkscrew, straight drops, with a little bit of water splash in your face roller coaster.  We have been on that ride for the last 5 months. 



Of course I realize that this is just the beginning, and this little ride I’m about to describe is strictly the pregnancy and the anticipation of the first few years of their life.  On this roller coaster ride so far, I feel like we are just in the beginning part of the ride, where you just have a little bit of ups and downs, and we are now climbing to the peak, you know that part of the roller coaster where if you look around at the remaining track you can see everything that is coming and you are excited, yet at the same time completely freaked out of your mind about what you can see coming up, knowing that you will go through each and every part of it.

Have you ever looked at a roller coaster and thought as you are standing in line, “that doesn’t look too bad”, then you get on the ride and think, “what in the world am I doing on this thing?”  I have kind of always had that thought about raising multiples (twins, triplets, etc), "Oh, that doesn’t look too bad."  Now that I’m on the ride, my mindset has changed a little bit.  AAAAAGGGGHHHH!  Imagine that look on your face in the photo that they take of you on the drop.  Yup, that is the feeling and the look that we have right now!  You don’t know whether to scream, laugh, cry, or shout with your arms in the air.  This is our moment, we don’t know how to react.


It feels like there have been several times throughout the pregnancy so far that we have felt, like on a roller coaster, we are so focused on the upcoming scary parts, it is hard to enjoy your current stretch of roller coaster track.  It is so difficult to focus on the enjoyable parts of raising three beautiful babies because I think that we are so focused on the stressful parts that may or may not come.  It is so easy to psych yourself out with the feedings, the diaper changes, the crying, the feedings, the diaper changes, the crying, and remember it is all multiplied by 3.  It does seem at times that our entire life is going to be consumed with the aforementioned minor things.

Now, please do not take this the wrong way.  We are SO thrilled that we have been blessed with the triplets, and I understand that they will bless our lives so tremendously.  Just like the roller coaster ride, at the end of the ride you get off and realize that those parts that looked scary actually wound up being your favorite parts!  Who knows, maybe the diaper changes will wind up being our favorite part!  Yeah, right!  Unlike a roller coaster after you have gone down it once the first thing that you usually want to do is get back in line and ride it again, this little roller coaster of ours called triplets is a one-time ride, no more roller coaster for us!  Though we will gladly encourage, and possibly try to persuade others to get on and try it out!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Some Advice



Emily went to Georgia last week for a whopping 1.5 days, that is a very long (distance) trip for a bearer of triplets and not a lot of time to spend there (A huge thanks to those who made it possible for her to go, and to Emily Maycock for getting married and making the whole trip worth it-Congrats!!!).  She was a nervous wreck before her flight to ATL, the only option available to her for the flight was any middle seat of her choice, she even called Delta and told them that she is pregnant with triplets and that she has a hard time breathing which can escalate to a panic attack, just so she could get out of a middle seat.  Believe it or not, someone at a call center actually listened!  She said she got on the plane, which was completely full, and there was nobody next to her!  Everyone else had to sit 3 to a row, not my wife!  On the way home, the same thing happened, she was the only one that had no one sitting next to her.  Moral of the story: when you are going to go on a flight, call the company and tell them that you are pregnant with triplets and you get panic attacks, apparently it works!

She had such a great time in ATL, she got to see her roomies from The BYU, and she even got on the dance floor (thank you to whoever got the photographic proof of this!):


So, not only did Emily have a great time, but I'm sure the triplets were loving the dance party going on in the belly, usually they are the ones making the movement, but now their mom was teaching them some sweet moves!

She got back on Sunday, because she had a very important ultrasound on Monday (yesterday) to get to.  It was the 21st week ultrasound.  Every time we have gone in for an ultrasound something has changed, number of babies, sex of the babies, etc.  This time she went in and there was nothing different!  Wow!  There are still 3 babies, and it is still 2 boys and 1 girl, heartbeats looked great.  Baby A (boy) was measuring at 21W6D, Baby B (Boy) measured in at 21W1D, and Baby C (girl-Taya) came in at 20W6D.  Everyone was measuring well, and they are not worried about anything at the moment, there were no red flags.  That is awesome news!

So, we have thought, and debated long and hard about what to name the boys.  Naming kids is a huge responsibility, unless you just don't care or think you are cool and it doesn't matter what you name your kid because you are a rockstar and you can do whatever you want in life.  I am not going to allow us to name a child Apple, Moon Unit, or Jermajesty (these are real celeb's baby names).  So, for the boys, we have decided to go with Dean Don and Harry DeGuy.

Dean Don

Harry DeGuy


If some of you think that I am kidding, you would be absolutely right.  We really like the names Bennett and Davis for the boys.  We have not come up with any middle names.  We like to do a family name for the middle name, at least that is what we have done with our current children.   Here are some ultrasound pictures for you to go "what in the world is that?"  



Taya Rebecca
 
Baby B (Maybe Bennett)
Baby A (Maybe Davis)

  

Sunday, September 9, 2012

HELP!!!

So, since we are not getting too many suggestions from anybody in the name department, we have decided to let the brothers give it a shot.  This is what we have so far:

Cooper:
Boy-IRON
Boy-Screw
Girl-Juicy

Luke:
Boy-Decepticon
Boy-Shaqtamode
Girl-Princess

Ethan:
Boy-Captain America
Boy-Boba Fett
Girl-Princess Leia

I think that we have decided to use Ethan's Boba Fett, Luke's Shaqtamode, and Cooper's Juicy.  If you would like something different for your grandchild, niece, nephew, cousin, friend, etc, PLEASE send us some suggestions.  We do actually have a girl name that we are sticking with: Taya Rebecca, sorry Gary we are not using Rosie.  The boys names are free game, we don't even have one that we can agree on, so rack your brains and send the names our way!

Emily also wanted me to include the pictures of her belly as requested by some of you.  So here are her 16 1/2 weeks, 18.5 weeks and 20 weeks: