Now, look at my modifications to this picture to fit our situation (of course, this is not exact):
All you can do is laugh, otherwise you'd cry! This is going to be a theme in this post. Now, onto the weights of the babies (the technician said on several occasions that these are just estimates). Again, they should be a little over 4 pounds. Beginning with the smallest, Baby C (Taya): 4 lbs 9 oz, Baby B (Bennett): 4 lbs 15 oz, and the sumo wrestler, Baby A (Ander): 5 lbs 7 oz. If you are keeping track, that is 1 oz shy of 15 pounds of baby! That doesn't even begin to account for the placentas, the fluids, etc. The projected weights at 39 weeks are...Taya: 7 lbs 6 oz, Bennett 7 lbs 15 oz, and Ander 8 lbs 6 oz. Again, if you are counting, 23 lbs 11 oz.
Needless to say, Emily is hurting. We understand that it is SO good for the babies to stay in as long as possible, but when you have that much weight, and not to mention that much movement by foreign objects that you have no control over that like to kick, roll, punch, etc in your ribs, it is VERY hard to want to continue your pregnancy to 39-40 weeks! The doctors seem to be content to have Emily set some kind of record for triplet pregnancy, not only length of baking, but birth poundage as well! This is not very amusing to Emily. That said though, all you can do is laugh, otherwise you'd cry!
Anyway, back to the babies. Everything, I mean everything looks absolutely perfect with them! We consider it such a blessing and an answer to not only our prayers, but yours as well. We are so happy by that news for our gigantic threesome!
What happens from here? Next Wednesday (12/19/12) Emily is going in for an amniocentesis which will determine the maturity of their lungs, and if they ALL have good lungs the doctor will plan for the c-section the following day (12/20/12). We are really hoping for this date, since that is the day before the end of life as we know it (12/21/2012 according to the Mayans), and it would be nice to see these little guys before we all have to say goodbye! If the amniocentesis shows that the lungs are not quite ready, the doctors will schedule the c-section for 36 weeks, which is 12/31/12. Awesome birthday, especially for tax purposes! However, that would mean that Ethan (12/30) and Luke (1/1) would be the bread to the triplet sandwich of birthdays! Poor kids! But, all you can do is laugh, otherwise you'd cry! 5 kids birthdays within 3 days! AAAGGHHH!
That about sums it all up. We did not get any pictures this time.