December 29th- 4 weeks old





















I can't believe that 4 weeks have gone by. What a difference these 4 weeks have made. The boys are doing great and progressing well. They have been moved up to the 3rd floor NICU and now have a room to themselves. Isaac and Jeremiah are now co-bedding (sharing a mini crib). Samuel is still in his isolette but is moving right along as well. All 3 boys are starting to take their meals directly from a bottle.



ISAAC


Now Isaac is still my big boy and usually doesn't waste any energy by staying awake too long. He just loves to eat and then go back to sleep. Some nurses call him a dream baby because he's so easy to watch. He has gone from 4 lbs 1 oz to 6 lbs 2 oz.







JEREMIAH

Jeremiah is still my wiggle worm. He loves to be awake and he wastes lots of energy. Since he is now sharing a bed with Isaac I think he may be waking him up at times. I don't think Jeremiah will be sharing a bed with anyone once I get him home. Now Jeremiah has gone from 3 lbs 3 oz to 4 lbs 15 oz. He will be 5lbs in no time.


SAMUEL

Samuel is still my fighter. He was actually off his IV's before his big brothers. Now they have tried a few times to take him off oxygen and he will start off by doing ok then he begins to desat too often and they have to put him back on. He is currently on oxygen but at the lowest dosage. They hope to try to take him off again in the next few days. Samuel just needs a little extra help. He did go through a major surgery at 2 days old so he is doing very well considering everything he has been through. Now Samuel is very alert and loves for you to talk to him. He has big eyes and loves to look around with them. He looks like Lil Vic to me. Samuel has gone from 3lbs 2 oz to 4 lbs.

Now for Christmas one of the nurses, Stephanie, spoke to the doctor about sneaking in Lil Vic to meet his brothers. The doctor also doesn't like the new hospital policy and thought it was a great idea so the day after Christmas, December 26th, Lil Vic met his little brothers. It was such an awesome Christmas present.








































































December 15th- 2 weeks old


ISAAC










JEREMIAH












SAMUEL











Well our baby boys are now 2 weeks old. What a 2 weeks it's been. For anyone who has ever had a baby in the NICU I say bless your courage and strength. There are no words that can prepare you for the ups and downs and emotional rollercoaster that you will be put on. Well our ups have out weighed our downs however when it's your child a down is still a down. We do however feel very blessed that our boys are in such great hands and we know that this is just a time that they have to get through and they will be stronger for it.

Isaac
Well Isaac is doing wonderful. He had a minor set back last week where they had to stop his feeding for 1 day but he is back on track and eating 27 ml. He is now weighing 4 lbs 6 oz. Now one thing to know is that all babies lose weight in the beginning so they had to work their way back. Now compared to his brothers Isaac looks so big, even though he isn't. Dr. Newhide (his doctor in the NICU) says he's determined to get out of there. I think so too. He is a good baby, he eats and sleeps and is wasting no time to grow.

Jeremiah
Well Jeremiah has had a few set backs. He had some blood in his tummy and although this freaked me out the doctors and nurses seemed like this is just something that happens. So they had to stop Jeremiah's feeding for a couple days. He has just started his feedings again and since they are taking it slow not to irritate his stomach he is back down to 5 ml. Although he was up to 21 ml at one time, we have to start over again. Hopefully he wil be up there again soon. He is now weighing 3 lbs 8 oz. Now when I talk about the boys feedings this is of course through a NG tube. Non of them are able to bottle feed yet. I stress yet because they will get there.

Samuel
Now our lil guy Samuel has had some setbacks as well but has also had many strides. Samuel lost the most weight in the beginning since he had his operation and couldn't eat for much longer than his brothers. He dropped down to under 3 lbs and it was noticeable. He is now eating and doing very well. He is now eating more than Jeremiah at 12 ml. He is also now weighing 3 lbs 1 oz, just shy of his birth weight but looking much better everyday. Now yesterday was a little scary as I walked into the NICU and saw a nurse giving Samuel an ultrasound and looking at his heart. Also he was having a hard time with his breathing so they had to put him back on the nasal oxygen to help him. They were checking his heart (echo) but no official results yet. The tech didn't think she saw anything but did tell us we would have to wait for the official results from the doctor. So we are hopeful it's nothing and that he just needs a little more time for his lungs to develop. He also may have an infection in his eye since he was getting some gunk in it so they sent out for a culture and we will see what the result are today.

I also had my 2 weeks check-up yesterday, all looks great physically with me and then the doctor I guess was checking for postpartum depression asked if I was depressed. LOL! Are you kidding me? I told her I don't have postpartum depression but I am depressed at times because I have 3 babies in the NICU that I have to leave daily. She looked at me and said yea that's understandable. I don't think there is any medication for that.

Now all 3 babies are more alert and starting to have their eyes open more often. They are all changing so much too. Now Isaac and Jeremiah don't look alike to me but I'm not sure if that's because Isaac is much bigger. Isaac's hair also looks darker. We will have to wait and see when they get bigger. Now Samuel looks like himself and starting to fill out too.

Now just a quick update on Lil Vic. He is doing good. He says he still feels like an only child. He also had a bit of jealousy the other day but we sat down and spoke to him and he is ok. I think it's just hard for him to have a connection with the babies since he's not allowed to see them. The rules at the hospital are making it very difficult for him to bond with his brothers. I know once they come home he will feel a connection and love them with all his heart.












December 6th- 5 days old

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 5:41 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments


























Not only is this day Victor's 33rd birthday but it's the day that our Lil Samuel was taken off the ventilator. Now all 3 boys are breathing on their own. Samuel also has endured a surgery at 2 days old and is our lil fighter. He had some intestine and bowel issues that has him now with a colostomy bag. It is temporary and with 2 more surgeries all by the time he's around 6 months old the doctors say he will be fine. We have faith that he will be fine and he has some wonderful surgeons looking after him. Our Samuel has fought this whole pregnancy and we know he will prevail again.

Now Isaac and Jeremiah seem to be competing on who can eat more and even though Isaac started off much bigger than Jeremiah, Jeremiah is giving him a run for his money. Although we knew they were identical twins, they did look different in the beginning. Now with each day that goes by these two are looking more and more alike. This should be fun!

The Babies Are Here! -December 1st 32 weeks 3 days

4:16 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
Samuel Anthony


Jeremiah James

Isaac Nathaniel

The day has arrived! Our triplets are coming! At this time I am thinking that Victor can be in the room taking pictures of the babies as the doctor's perform the c-section. Nope, wrong again. Nothing about this pregnancy should surprise me at this point. Since my platelets are so low they don't want to risk numbing my bottom half only and possibly hitting a vein, which they say is usually not an issue, however with me it could be very bad. So they decide to put me completely under and Vic has to wait by the door for the babies. They also have another IV hooked up for platelets that they are putting into my blood as the operation is going on. Well of course I don't remember a thing other than them strapping down my legs and then my arms, like a cross. All I could think about is, this looks like Jesus on the cross, oh no, am I not waking back up from this, is someone trying to tell me something. All I could do was pray the Our Father and think put me out already... Of course looking back I have to laugh at myself. What a sight I must have made.

Well our boys have arrived and in order A, B, and C!!!
Isaac Nathaniel Maldonado was born at 5:19 pm
4 lbs 1 oz and 16 inches

Jeremiah James Maldonado was born at 5:20 pm
3 lbs 3 oz and 16 inches

Samuel Anthony Maldonado was born at 5:21 pm
3 lbs 2 oz and 16.5 inches

Nov 27th- Nov 30th (31weeks 6 days- 32 weeks 2 days)

3:33 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments

So I went to my Friday November 27th doctor visit like any other visit. I was going in for my NST-non stress test then on my way home, or so I thought. They hooked me up and began monitoring the babies and all was well. The fluids also looked good and I was just about to get out of there when they took my blood pressure. Yikes it was 156/106. Not so good! They took it 3 times and had me rest between each time and it didn't change much. So they called the doctor who immediately ordered me to go upstairs to Labor and Delivery to be monitored. I was monitored for several hours and was then told I was not going home that day. The next day was Saturday and instead of being released the doctor informed me that she wanted me to be monitored until at least Monday. It appeared that the platelets in my blood were low. Which is not good if you need to go into surgery any time soon, ex: c-section. My blood pressure was also still high, edema (sudden swelling), and elevated protein in my urine, seeing spots, and headaches. You name it and I was getting it, PIH (Pregnancy Induced Hypertension), preeclampsia/toxemia, and the start of HELLP Syndrome. I'm not sure if they offically diagnosed me with everything but each one was mentioned. It wasn't looking good but I didn't realize it quite yet since they just kept saying they were just monitoring me. They said they would check all the results from my various tests and let me know Tuesday what the next step would be.

The doctor came in on Tuesday December 1st to go over my results of the past 3 days. I was alone, Vic was at work and my mom had went to go see Lil Vic get his reward for Principal's Honor Roll! Straight A's! This by the way was the first time I was going to miss my son get an award.
So she pretty much told me that it was no longer safe or feasible for me to continue with this pregnancy and that they needed to deliver the babies right away for my health and theirs. The time was around noon and she said that the c-section would take place sometime that day after 4 pm. She looked at me and said you better start calling your family. The babies were coming today!

November 23rd- 31 weeks 2 days

Monday, November 23, 2009 8:23 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
What a busy couple weeks it's been for this pregnancy. On November 8th we had another scare. I went back into Labor and Delivery for more bleeding and contractions. I received a shot to stop the contractions but on a good note the babies all looked good. So it looks like any small outings that I would partake in are not an option anymore. My low lying placenta of the identicals are causing the bleeding so the doctor prescribed me to stay off my feet as much as possible.

All had been ok since then until Friday November 20th when I went back to specialist for a routine check-up. The babies once again looked great. They checked their fluids and that looked good as well. They are now weighing in at Baby A- 3 lb 8 oz, Baby B- 3 lb, and Baby C- 3 lb 5 oz. So I now have 9 lbs 13 oz of just baby. Now the bad news is that my blood pressure was high enough for the doctor to be concerned. He had me go back into Labor and Deliver on Saturday the 21st to have it checked and have some blood work done. On Saturday my blood pressure was still high and the blood work showed my platelets were low. Since I already had an appointment scheduled for today they decided to check it again. I am now being seen 2 times a week for a non-stress test. The NST checks the babies heartbeats to ensure they are not in any type of stress. They of course checked my blood pressure again today and it appears to have gone up. I was sent back to do the blood work again and as of the end of day today I have to go back to do blood work again tomorrow. The doctor fears that I am developing HELLP Syndrome. HELLP stands for Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzyme levels and a Low Platelet count. These are problems that can occur in women with this syndrome. Women with HELLP syndrome may have bleeding problems, liver problems and blood pressure problems that can hurt both the mother and the baby. The only thing that usually corrects this is to deliver the babies. So I may be having our babies sooner than we wanted. We are praying that we receive some good news tomorrow and that I can carry the babies for a few more weeks. I will keep you posted and please pray.

November 5th- 28 Weeks 5 days

So it's been a while since I posted an update so I thought it was time. The biggest news is that I am past 28 weeks which is awesome! What this means that if the babies come after this time the survival rate goes up to about 90% with minimal long term complications. Yea!!! There was a time I wasn't sure if I would make it this far. My stomach is pretty big and heavy at this point and although I hear I look small for having triplets, I don't feel small. I think everyone expected me to get huge all over and so far it seems to have mostly gone to my stomach. I use the word mostly very loosely in this example. I am at 30 lbs gained so far. Yikes!

We went to the doctors on Monday to see the babies and get their measurements. Baby A is 2 lbs 11 oz, Baby B is 2 lbs 9 oz, and Baby C is 2 lbs 5 oz. So I currently have almost 8 lbs of just baby in me now. What an amazing journey that God has entrusted me to take. Both Baby A and B are in the 70th percentile which is great and Baby C is around the 50th percentile. The doctor did say that Baby C may actually be bigger but because of the angle of where he or she is, it is hard to get a good measurement. He or she has taken up residence under my right ribs. Of course the doctor did look to see if she could see the gender of Baby C, which of course again she couldn't see anything. The doctor is calling the baby the elusive Baby C. At this point they are just getting too big to see between the legs. I definitely think we will be waiting until their birth day to finally see what Baby C is. Some more good news... Since I am now past 28 weeks the threat of the Twin Transfer Syndrome between my identical boys is also gone so the specialist said instead of seeing me in 2 weeks she doesn't need to see me until 3 weeks. So that would put me at 31 weeks. She also said to make sure and get everything ready because I probably wont go further than another month to month in a half longer. I can't believe the time is coming near to meet the other half of our family. We will be going from 3 to 6. The other day it suddenly hit me that we are going to have 3 infants. That may sound odd but with a triplet pregnancy there are so many things that can go wrong that you really don't believe they are really coming until the time gets closer. Well the time is coming closer and we can't wait to meet them. They are pretty active now and at times keep me up at nights. I guess I should get use to this. Please continue to pray as we head down the final weeks of this part of our journey. There is still an uphill battle for my little ones since they will probably be at least 6 weeks early.

On a funny note I was contacted through my triplet mom's group about a nationally televised cable program that is looking to do stories on triplets. Not for us but thought it was funny just the same.

October 17th- 26 weeks


Well I'm 26 weeks today! Yea! Another milestone! We had a doctor appointment yesterday and they checked fluids. All looked good with the fluids on all 3 babies. They will check measurements in 2 weeks. We also tried to see if we could take a peak to see what Baby C is again. No success. Baby C would not cooperate. Believe me the doctor tried. She spent alot of time on Baby C. So maybe in a couple weeks or maybe we will have to wait until delivery. Of course with Baby A and Baby B my identical boys there was no problem seeing their winkies, they have never been shy. I am feeling really good just starting to get a bit uncomfortable at night. My stomach is so heavy and I am tossing and turning all night. I guess it's good that I am not working anymore, I couldn't imagine worrying about work as well. I attached the latest ultrasound pictures. They are in a row, from top to bottom, Baby A, B, and C. We will also be having another baby shower this week so I will post those pics later.

October 9th- 24 weeks 5 days

Friday, October 9, 2009 8:16 AM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments


Well we had our first baby shower and am so thankful to everyone. We received so many wonderful gifts. We also received a lot of diapers and wipes which I know will be put to good use. The amazing thing was that we received gifts from people we didn't even know. From my in-laws neighbors and their work friends and friends of friends. It was truly a blessing. Our family and friends were of course awesome as always. My mom took pictures and as soon as I get them I will post them from that day. I am attaching some pics of the items we received. I have a lot of organizing to do. I am waiting until after our 2nd shower to do that. It's in about a week. I can't wait to see family of mine that I haven't seen for a while. I can't believe that we are here already. There was a time that I wasn't even sure I would be having a shower or if I would still be pregnant and be able to hold these precious babies but am so thankful for the journey thus far. I just pray daily to be able to hold them long enough for them to be healthy. So although I am so happy to be at this point we still have some more milestones to reach. I am not taking anything in this pregnancy for granted. It really is a unique experience and am so thankful God chose us to walk this journey. As far as updates on the babies, I have nothing new to report except to say that they are really kicking now. The identical boys are more active then our unknown Baby C. It's probably because they are fighting for space. Baby C has it's own little apartment. I also think we are narrowing the search for names. It's been tough. Since Baby C is unknown we have to have both a girl and boy's name ready. I have been receiving many pink items so I may be making some exchanges in the future if Baby C turns out to be a boy. Also the babies love music! That's to say they come to life when I put music on. Our next appointement is next week so I will update in about a week.

October 3rd- 24 weeks!

Saturday, October 3, 2009 7:29 AM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments



Well today is the first big milestone, 24 weeks. At this time the pregnancy is considered viable and the babies would have a chance of survival if born after this date. This is of course still very soon so we are looking forward to the next milestone of 28 weeks. We got to see all the babies yesterday and get their measurements. Baby A is weighing in at 1 lb 5 oz, Baby B is 1 lb 3 oz, and Baby C is 1 lb 5 oz. These measurements are all in line with the weight of a singleton baby so this is great news. They did mention that Baby B is a little behind Baby A, it's identical, so we will look at them to make sure this isn't the start of a pattern in 2 weeks. This is somewhat worrisome because it could be the beginning stages of TTS-Twin Transfer Syndrome. The doctor also said it could be nothing so we are praying for nothing and trying not to worry too much about it. On a good note Baby C has caught up weight wise, which is awesome because he or she has always been smaller than his or her brothers.




Well on a funny note, we still don't know what Baby C is. They couldn't get a good look between his/her legs and since it's pretty squished in their Baby C can't really open them. So we may not know what Baby C is until they're born. We are fine with this and I guess will have to have both a girl and boy name ready for Baby C. Although we have many grandma's dying to buy pink they will have to refrain until the babies are born and think green and yellow. Either way healthy babies is what's important and if it's all boys then I guess I am a mama to little boys and am raising 4 men to be. Lil Vic has come out great so far so we must be doing something right. The pictures attached are all of Baby C. I guess they were concentrating so much on Baby C that they only ended up printing us pics of this baby.

September 23rd- 22 weeks 4 days

Well today I had an Echo done for the babies. This is when the perinatal doctor goes in and checks very dilligently the hearts of all 3 babies, chamber by chamber. It was awesome to see them and the doctor even did a 3D ultrasound. It was so cool. Well we got another surprise today! No we are not having 4. Well we have been told that we are having 2 identical boys and a girl. Well our Baby C is looking more like a boy than a girl. I wish I could say that the doctor was for sure one way or another but he wasn't. So Baby C is still in question but leaning towards boy now. I just laughed. I always felt that maybe I was destined to be a mom of boys. Can you imagine 4 boys! I am so happy either way, when you wait this long to be blessed with more children you don't question what God has blessed you with. If Baby C turns out to be another boy then God must think I can handle it. He never gives us more than we can handle, right? LOL! Well the best news is that their hearts are text book great! Which is awesome news! We are so truly blessed.

September 16th- 21 weeks 4 days

Well its been a while since I posted. Not much going on here with the babies except they are really starting to kick now. I have been feeling them since about 16 weeks, you know the fluttering. I think I was able to recognize it right away because I already had a baby and all mothers know, even though it's been 10 years for me, you don't forget that feeling. It's wonderful! They move randomly throughout the day but really get moving around 6 pm but calm down by the time I am going to sleep, I hope that's a good sign for future sleeping patterns. For all those mom's who ask me do I feel them all over. Yes, it feels like I have a full term baby in there and he or she is kicking me and then punching me and that's why I feel it in different spots. However we all know that's not the case. I go in for another ultra-sound on Friday and hope to report great progress. I feel like I am always eating so I hope it shows in their weights because it's not showing in mine. I've never been the kind of person to have problems gaining weight before but I am having a hard time now. Go figure! If that's not irony for you, I don't know what is.

Ok this is completely off the baby topic but as I am typing I received a call that said unknown name, which I didn't answer because I figured it was a sales call. Then a minute later the Rancho police called and said that 911 was called from my number and if we made a call. I said no. He asked if I maybe was dialing a 951 number my mistake and I said no. He said he would stop by just in case, I said no problem. Well I began to think and realized I did call my husband Vic to see if he was on his way home from work, his number starts 921. So the police came, they were very nice. I felt like an idiot and apologized for wasting their time. They told me that dispatch called me but it went to voicemail, oh I said that was the unknown name and number. He asked me what did it say when he called for me to pick-up. I told him it said private name/private number which I told him half our family comes up as private so I answered. I again apologized and he was very nice about it. So Vic just called me and I told him what happened, he said how sad that I am resorting to 911 calls to get some excitement in my life. He cracks me up! Well just a warning to everyone becareful when you dial.

Ok back to the update... I have my 1st Baby Shower coming up and am starting to get excited. It has been hard to really enjoy this pregnancy like I should with all the complications. The first 14 weeks I was so sick and nautious then I had about a week of non-complications between the nausea ending and when the complications began. So these last 3 weeks of rest and relaxation have kept the complications away and I think I am just now getting a chance to enjoy this pregnancy. It's also hard to get excited about the babies when you are so worried about their survival but I am staying positive, praying, and leaving this in the Lords hands. Only he knows what plans he has for us. I can't wait for my 24 weeks because that's when they consider the pregnancy viable and chance of survival if delivered after that is possible. So a few more weeks to reach that major milestone. Well must go eat some more it's been a couple hours since I've had a meal and that's too long. Must feed and nourish my babies!

September 4th- 19 weeks 6 days

So this was the follow-up appointment with my OB, who seemed slightly relieved to know that they had seen full placenta previa because it at least explains the bleeding. The exam he gave me was good and I was immediatly put off work and disability paperwork submitted. So of course moderate bedrest continues.

September 3rd- 19 weeks 5 days

2:40 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
Baby A and his family jewels. Baby C (top) and Baby B (bottom)




Well we already had a Perinatal apt scheduled so I was told to keep it. I hadn't had anymore bleeding so that was nice. I never knew going to the restroom would be so frightening. Lets just say I pray every time. One thing this pregnancy is doing is aging me from the sheer worry. The other triplet moms call it mommy bootcamp.

Well at this appointment we got the weight of the babies for the first time. Baby C (our girl) was the smallest which stays true to how she's been this whole pregnancy, she was 8 oz. Our Baby boys were 11 and 13 oz. They were doing very well. The doctor wasn't too worried about Baby girl since she's always been smaller but was told to drink even more water and eat even more protein. So I drink a protein shake everyday. The doctor did however say the water would help the blood flow and possibly the nutrients get to her. Since the boys are in 1 placenta they are taking alot of nutrients and we want to assure that she isn't getting shorted. You should see the amount of calories I am supposed to be eating. I eat when I'm not even hungry because it's for the babies and I have to.

The second thing we found out was that I have full placenta previa. Hence the pressure on my cervix and bleeding. Finally a reason! This doctor instructed me to tell my OB doc and also felt that I was done with work.

August 27th- 18 weeks 5 days

2:25 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
So the 3 weeks leading up to this date had been much better. I was now working 2 days a week from home to help with gettting more rest. However on this day that all changed.

I woke up around 1 am to more blood. Lots more. Of course all I could do was pray and know that it is out of my hands and give over this journey to God. Whatever our path is he would have to help us through this because it was more than I could handle on my own. I look back at that night and was actually pretty calm, believe it or not. I knew I couldn't freak out or cry because then I would really lose it. Vic and I were headed to Labor and Delivery. Once there they hooked me up to monitors and since I was over 18 weeks I didn't have to go to the emergency. After they monitored me for a while they told us that I was also having contractions. I was given 3 shots to stop them and an exam was performed. Now the good news was that I wasn't dilated or anything crazy like that, so labor had not begun. I was put on bedrest for another week and told to follow up with my doctor. I was also prescribed meds by my doctor, since they were in contact with him, that I would have to take every 6 hours for contractions.

I did have one more visit to Labor and Delivery on August 31st but all was ok.

August 21st- 17 weeks 6 days

2:16 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
Well we went back in to see the Perinatal doctor. All looked well. At this point we knew our identical twins were boys. There was no disputing that. Let's just say I have many ultra-sound pictures of winkies. Now Baby C and my smallest baby has been a little more modest. The last 3 ultra-sounds Baby C's legs have been crossed or he/she was hiding under my ribs. So at this ultra-sound we wanted to know. The nurse came in first and was not able to tell, Baby C still had their legs crossed. At the end of our appointment we asked the doctor to see if she could see anything. It took her a while but before long she showed us 3 lines. So of course Vic asked what are 3 lines, the doctor stated her vagina. We had to laugh, we were not use to seeing 3 lines. Winkies we know. So we found out we were having 2 boys and a girl. That night we bought them their first outfit. They were very cute 3-piece outfits and were reasonably priced at $14.99. Well it's not bad to buy 1 outfit but to buy 3, by the time we were done we paid $45 dollars for 1 outfit for the 3 of them. We had to laugh again, how crazy is that. This is going to be very interesting.

August 6th- 15 weeks 5 days

Well easy streak is over. This day I started to bleed. Not a good sign. Since I was not 18 weeks yet, labor and delivery would not see me. I had to be looked by the ER. Being pregnant and bleeding at any stage of your pregnancy is a terrifying experience and all you can do is pray. Well the babies were fine and all looked ok and they weren't really sure why I was bleeding but they were concerned. They did a thorough check on the placenta to make sure there wasn't a tear or something else that would have caused the bleeding. All looked ok.

June 19th- August 5th

4:50 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
During this time things were going along well. We got to see the babies every couple weeks and were going to 2 doctor's now. My OB and the Perinatal Doctor, this is the high risk pregnancy doctor that would be monitoring the babies throughout the pregnancy. We also hit the 12 week mark during this time so that was the first milestone that we crossed. We would learn later with triplets there are many milestones and every week of pregnancy you make is another sigh of relief.

During our first perinatal appointment we were given the speech. All multiple moms knows the speech and knows that it's coming. I have a support group on-line of mom's of triplets so I knew what to expect. With any pregnancy there are risks. We all know this. With multiples it's like taking those risks and multiplying them. They tell you all about what can happen and how reducing the pregnancy to two babies may be safer for the babies and give them a better chance of survival. This was the selective reduction speech. Also since I have a set of identicals, there is another risk. Something call Twin Transfer Syndrome-TTS. With TTS, since the babies share a placenta the nutrients can be distributed more to one baby than the other causing the other twin to not grow or get the nutrients it needs. This obviously can be fatal for one or both twins. As you can imagine these are all things that one would never think unless you went through it. I knew all of this before going in that day and thanked the doctor for the information and that she did not tell us anything that we were unaware of however for us and our family this was not a choice.

June 18th- 8 weeks 5 days

4:48 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
We went back to the doctor's to check the babies and found out that Baby C (our girl) was a fighter. She was still a week behing in growth but her heartrate went from 121 to 167. She was doing well. We were relieved! Thank you Lord!

June 11th- 7 weeks and 5 days

Monday, September 7, 2009 5:00 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
I went in for this ultra-sound alone. It was Vic's last day of work and he couldn't miss. I told him it is just a follow-up and hopefully not too eventful. I can see the irony in this now. So I'm sitting there waiting for the doctor to come in and perform my ultra-sound and the only thing I can think to do is pray. I pray the Lord's Prayer when I get nervous and need his strength. I prayed to him that all was ok and that they would be able to hear the heartbeats. All they we had gone through to get to this point.

Well at this time I am thinking we are having fraternal twins- 2 separate eggs and sperm to produce 2 babies.

So the doctor begins to do the ultra-sound and says oh your having identical twins. I told him, no I'm not. I'm having fraternal twins. He said nope your egg split and you have yourself a set of identicals, he then scanned to the left and said yup there's the other egg with 1 baby. So you have 3 babies. I looked at him and said triplets? He said yup and the nurse gasped and put her hands over her mouth. I looked up to the heavens and chuckled and told God boy does he have a crazy sense of humor.

Baby A and B- as they are called looked great. Their heartbeats were 171 and 176. However my baby that was all by itself-Baby C was smaller and only had a heartbeat of 121. The doctor said that we have to be realistic since it was still early in the pregnancy and that Baby C might not make it. This was alot to take in by myself and I must have sat in the parking lot for over an hour after.

So I called Vic to tell him all about my uneventful ultra-sound. I told him that the babies looked great and that I heard their heartbeats. However Baby C didn't look as good and may not make it. He said Baby C? I told him yup! The egg split and we have a set of identicals and a fraternal twin so we are having triplets. I then began crying. He asked me are you crying because 1 is not doing well or because we are having triplets. I told him both. It was a huge shock to say the least. I posted their 1st photo together. It was taken this day.

May 28th- 5 weeks and 5 days pregnant

4:55 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
We went in for our 1st ultra-sound. The babies were still too little to really see anything but they wanted to check implantation. They told us that both egss had implanted and that we were having twins. We were so excited! Twins, can you believe it! Wow we thought, after all these years and now we are going from 1 child to 3. This was going to be a big change. We couldn't wait.

May 8th - May 19th

4:49 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
This was the longest 12 days of my life. Shots continued, however they changed to estrogen and estrodial shots. Yuk! So only 1 shot a day and on every 3rd day 2 shots. Now these shots really hurt. Of course it was worth it but lets just say my rear end is still numb.

Went in the doctor's for blood work on Tuesday morning May 19th. I had been feeling nauseous for 2 days already. I was saying that I was either getting sick, pregnant or crazy. Vic told me that he already knew that I was crazy. Thanks love.

I received the call that afternoon. We were pregnant. It was a strong result which was great. Little did we know why it was so strong.

May 7th

4:44 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
It was the day of National Prayer and you can believe that I was praying. It was the day they were going to put 2 fertilized eggs in and hope that at least 1 would implant. As we were told based on our age and test results we had about a 65% chance that 1 would inplant. Of that 65% there was a 30% chance of twins and as far as triplets, well that won't happen. I went on 5 days of bedrest after in order to get the rest my body needed and help the chances of implantation. Our friends and family were praying very very hard as well.

May 2nd

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Egg retrieval: I was put under in order for the doctors to go in and pull out the eggs that were produced. I was sore for days and was given codine for the pain. It however was a succes.

April 17th - April 30th

4:37 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments
Acupuncture continues and the shots begin. Three shots a day to be exact. Also various doctor's apts to ensure I'm not over or underproducing eggs. On April 30th I was given a shot that would release the eggs for retrieval exactly 2 days later. The shot was time exact.

March 11th- April 16th

4:34 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments

Acupuncture begins. As well as various doctor's apts and blood work to make sure that my body is ready for the start of the shots.

The Process

4:26 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments

January 2008- Early March

Various tests that I and Victor have to take in order for th doctor's to tell us what we already knew. That there is nothing wrong with us and that they can't explain it. Unexplained infertility.

We were blessed with our son Victor at a young age and could never imagine that we would have trouble conceiving. After 9 years of infertility and countless years of disappointment including a miscarriage we had all but given up hope that we would ever have more kids. We were so blessed already and figured that was it. We decided to give fertility treatments 1 more chance and in January began the long and painful process of IVF. It is not as easy process but we felt we had to take the chance. We had 2 eggs implanted on May 7th, which was also the day of national prayer, so we hoped that was a good sign. We found out we were pregnant 3 weeks later. We then went in for their 1st ultra-sound at 5 weeks 5 days and it appeared both eggs had implanted. Twins, or so we thought. We went back in for another ultra-sound at 7 weeks and 5 days and low and behold we had a set of identical twins, an egg had split and another baby by itself, triplets!