Monday, September 29, 2008

20 Weeks and Counting.....

Family and Friends.....I have made it to 20 weeks and still not on bed rest!!! Woo-hoo! Typically 20 weeks is the time when a expectant mom-to-be of supertwins (3 or more babies) goes on bedrest. My high risk doctor said I shouldn't have to go out for another 4 to 6 weeks. He's extremely pleased. I'm doing very well. Better yet, the babies are doing wonderfully!! They are about 6 inches now and growing like crazy. I had my checkup this morning. I have now gained over 30 pounds!!!! I'm so excited! So far, I have followed just about everything the doctor has told me to do. I think I'm getting the hang of taking in my 3,000 to 4,000 calories a day. Seems like I'm eating all day long. I LOVE my protein shakes...and drinking TONS of water. I feel good. This weekend is when I had my first actual flutter. We think it's the boy. I know I will feel them move around a lot in the upcoming weeks. But again...not pushing it. I'm sure there will be a lot of that to come. Bronson is doing great as well. He's gearing up to be Daddy! He's also had to take on other roles already. Now that I'm "out of commission", he's been my caretaker more than he would care to admit. But he's doing a fantastic job. I'm grateful to have him by my side. I think he's finally getting used to the idea of having 3 kiddos on the way. He's going to be a great father!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

After the Storm

I hope all of our family and friends in Houston and the surrounding areas are all okay from Hurricane Ike. Bronson and I stayed home. Lost power around 1:00 am Saturday morning and didn't get it turned back on until Monday night about 6:30 pm. We're fine. Had minimal damage to the roof (yes, ceiling is leaking a little bit) and a section of the back fence is down. Needless to say, we really got to know one another all over again!!! We've had a great time with our "Uno marathons" by candlelight. Okay...update on the babies. This morning was supposed to be another doctor's visit with my OB. Unfortunately due to the hurricane, he's out of commission. This Thursday I had another appointment with the high risk doctor, but again, they're out of power. We'll have to reschedule in the next week or so. As you can see from the above picture, I'm growing every week. This is my 18th week. Just think, I'll be twice this size by the time the little ones are born. I'm wondering where they will all fit! My abdomen is stretching every day. I have felt a couple of flutters, but nothing significant. I'm expecting to feel them this week or by the beginning of next week. We haven't registered yet....but will soon enough. This hurricane has really put a damper on everything. I praise God that we didn't experience anything life threatening or lose our belongings. Drop us a line if you have any questions or want to know anything we haven't written about yet. Until then......

Monday, September 8, 2008


Not a whole lot is going on right now. My next regular appointment is September 16th and the high risk appointment is September 18th. The babies are definitely growing this week. I feel like my lower abdomen is stretching to its limits. I'm sure this is just the beginning. I'm doing pretty well on the diet. I think I'm only bringing in a little over 3,000 calories a day; mainly because I'm only eating healthy foods. It's a little hard when you're not eating fast food or any sweets. Some of you have tried to leave comments but had to sign up. I went ahead and opened it up for anyone to leave comments. I think I will be feeling them move this week. So far, I've felt little flutters here and there. Kind of neat. I'm not pushing for feeling them any time soon. I know once I do....they will be keeping me up all the time! I'm trying to post pictures but I'm still new to this website. I'll see what I can do. Will write more later this week. the picture posted here, I'm 17 weeks along (as of today).

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Just the Beginning....

Okay....the appointment on Thursday, August 28th: Confirmed....2 girls and 1 boy!!!

Dr. Rowe was wonderful!! He said the babies are developing beautifully. He had nothing but positive things to of them being: you are very blessed!!! I have pictures and a dvd. As soon as I can upload the video to youtube, I should have it posted. Please be patient with me as I take FOREVER getting anything done these days. But I promise that I will do my best to keep this updated as much as possible.

The fun stuff...what did Dr. Rowe tell me to do to have a successful pregnancy???? I must take in at least 3,000 to 4,000 calories a day, drink no less than 100 oz of water a day, drink 2 to 3 protein shakes a day, 6 calcium caplets (in addition to the prenatal vitamins) per day, and have anywhere from 6 to maybe 8 small meals a day. Anyone that knows the way I eat would say "no problem....Jennifer can do that in her sleep". Think again! It's harder than it seems. But I'm slowly getting used to it.

I had another appointment today with my regular OB. My mom joined me on this one. She got to see the babies squirming around on the ultrasound. As you can imagine, she was ecstatic. Our little boy was showing off....and the girls (as I hoped they would be) were very modest.

I'll see Dr. Rowe in 3 weeks and Dr. G (OB) in 2 weeks. Seems like all I will be doing is seeing the docs.

By the way, we have been thinking of names. Nothing is set in stone as of right now....except for Baby A..the first born. Her name will be Mollie. I've had that name picked out for years. Bronson is leaning toward Van for the boy. And Baby B, well....we have several ideas, but still need some time to think. Middle names are undecided. are some pics of the babies (and of me at 16 weeks). I tried to put them in order, but this blog has a mind of it's own! You'll have to look at the top of the picture to see if it's Baby A, B, or C. Baby A - Mollie. Baby B (name undecided - our second girl)....also...if you look in the right upper corner, you'll see feet of another baby. It's so cute! And Baby C.....our little boy.

Our Journey

I have finally started our blog! I never thought I would finally get to do it. To bring those who don't have a myspace up to speed, below is what I have posted:

I found that this may be the best way for me to get all the news out of what's going on with Bronson and I. And it's the perfect way to tell you how awesome our God is.
Most of you know that Bronson and I have been married for 12 years now. Three years into our marriage, we began to try for kids (well...we never did prevent). It wasn't until during the 3rd (1999) year that my mom suggested we go to a fertility specialist. Needless to say, we were not in a huge hurry to get pregnant (well....Bronson wasn't!).

In 2003, we had extensive testing. Of course, Bronson passed with flying colors. Absolutely nothing wrong there. It took almost a year for the doctor to diagnose me as part of 1% of the population....."unexplained infertility". Couldn't tell me what was going on.
From that point forward, I was believing God for a miracle. In His Word He tells us to be fruitful and multiply (Gen 1:28). He also says that I will be a happy mother of children (Psalm 113:9). There's another scripture that says children are a heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Psalm 128:3). So...having a family is God's idea. Having children is His will. And for those who know me....that's what I believed wholeheartedly. Besides, God also said, "And this is the confidence we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us" (1 John 5:14).

Month after month disappointment came and went. We tend to keep ourselves busy. And besides, being a part of a children's ministry at church was major therapy for me. In 2005, I began to proclaim "double for my trouble" and prayed for twins. If you read the story of Elijah and would understand. At the end of December, we had a visiting pastor (Pastor Greg Thurstonson from Dominion Church in League City) come to our church. Toward the end of the service, the pastor was praying for certain people....and then he came up to me. Long story short, he started praying for children for Bronson and I. And then the unimaginable happened.....he proclaimed double for my trouble. He had no idea who I was, nor did anyone tell him what was going on. It's amazing how God really works. It wasn't too much longer after that when another visiting pastor called me out during service and stated that I would have children. And once more....a new teacher in the children's ministry I'm currently over told me of a dream she had of me in the hospital after I had given birth to no other than.....twins. She didn't know me well at the time or anything that I was going through. In fact, she told me that I was in the bed and the two babies were in their "cribs" off to the side of me. She couldn't see if I was holding either one of them (there's a reason I'm mentioning this). That was in January or February of 2007.

In July 2007, I decided to go to a new doctor because I believed I had endometriosis and my current doctor thought otherwise. After one visit with Dr. Edwards, she scheduled me for a laproscopy the following week. Needless to say, I had it, as well as a ligament attached to my fallopian tube causing it to bend. She said it would be 3 to 6 months and I should get pregnant. After the 6 month, I went to another fertility specialist (other than the one I went to in 2003). I told him of the surgery and he said that if I would have gotten pregnant before then, I could have had an ectopic pregnancy. Wow! God is so good! I'm so thankful He made sure I dodged that catastrophe. Since I was adamant on not using fertility treatment, the specialist suggested that he monitor my cycles to see what was going on. The first month, everything seemed fine. But no pregnancy. The second month, my body didn't produce the hormones necessary to conceive. I knew then that I did need treatment and God placed people (doctors) here on earth to help.

I was told the treatment I would receive may take 2 to 3 months before I would get pregnant. I was also informed that I would have a 50 to 60% chance of conceiving, 20% of that being twins and only 5% triplets or quads. Well, I knew in my heart we would conceive twins. I've been praying for a girl and boy twin for quite some time. Anyway...June 9th is when we found out that we were pregnant (took the first try). I was elated! But ready for the next step (confirmation of the twins, seeing the heartbeats, getting past first trimester, etc.) That Friday, June 13th, it was confirmed that we had 2. God is amazing!!! Little did I know that He had a little something extra for us. He always goes beyond anything we could ever imagine or hope for.

Plans were in place....I already had someone lined up to watch them when I went back to work, their names were already picked out, etc. On Tuesday morning (June 17th), I woke up feeling very different. I told Bronson I believed there were more than 2 in there. He was not amused. I tried to explain what I was feeling and why. I tried to prepare him that there's a great possibility there's at least 3. Again, he was not receiving it very well. Later that morning, our doctor's appointment revealed what I already knew. On the sonogram.....3 embryonic sacs showed. Bronson's mouth dropped, I died laughing!!! By Thursday, the doctor saw me (I had been seeing RN's this whole time) and confirmed that all three were developing. Talk about having your plans go out the window. But sometimes I believe God must get our attention on the things of Him and His plan.....and off our own agenda. Now that we're faced with triplets (and not any more.....I think), we must completely and totally trust in Him and what He has in store for us. I no longer can tackle this challenge. It must be Him working through me. This is much bigger than Bronson and I. I firmly believe that with the Lord, all things are possible. But it's only by Him and not by our own strength. I can't tell you how honored I am that He chose to glorify His name through our challenges. This is nothing that Bronson and I did alone. It is only by God that life is given.....and life more abundant!!!

July 1: We got to hear the heartbeats for the first time today. Talk about amazing!!! It was a wonderful experience. Our babies!!! God is good!
August 21: Okay.....I have waited way too long to post anything. But I have been so tired (and sick). Not to mention, I'm still keeping my crazy, busy schedule. We had a wonderful, relaxing vacation. Cruise to Cozumel and then 4 days at the beach in Destin, Florida. It was well needed. I've posted some pics from the beach. I'll have more posted later. The babies are fine. Two are 8 cm and one is 7 cm. So far, the radiologist believes there are 2 girls and 1 boy. All of that will be confirmed on August 28th (next Thursday). I am so excited about that!!! I have finally been able to figure out my diet and what works for me. I was struggling there for a while. I eat a lot anyway....but apparently, I wasn't eating enough for 3 babies! It's a little overwhelming.