Monday, April 7, 2008

Way to go, Babies!

28 weeks 5 days - April 7, 2008

76 days of bed rest (1 month in the hospital)

We had a BIG ultrasound today! Everything is going well. I will cut right to the chase:

Baby Aidan:
-measuring 28 weeks 6 days
-weighs 2 lbs. 14 oz.
-156 heartbeat
-amniotic fluid 3.8
-46 percentile (keep in mind...these percentiles are for single births...not too shabby!)

Baby Brooke:
-measuring 28 weeks
-weighs 2 lbs. 13 oz.
-146 heartbeat
-amniotic fluid 3.9
-43 percentile

Baby Cal:
-measuring 27 weeks 4 days
-weighs 2 lbs. 10 oz.
-146 heartbeat
-amniotic fluid 6.5
-28 percentile

Reena was unable to get Aidan's head measurements because he is simply too low. Dr. Nugent said it must feel like I am carrying a bowling ball in between my legs (that about sums it up).

Today Dr. Nugent also decided to check my cervix...and GUESS WHAT? I am still dilated 2 centimeters. That is what I was when we got here 1 MONTH AGO today. Dr. Nugent said the membranes seemed to have thinned a bit more, but we are essentially in the same place. He set our new goal at 34-35 weeks. He said he would be pleasantly surprised if we made it that far. I don't think any of us thought we would make it as far as we have. The power of prayer is amazing! Paul and I are going to continue to set short goals for ourselves. Two more days from now we will be 29 weeks and then head into the 30's.

Speaking of which I have a good friend heading into her 30's this week...HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAYME! Jayme has provided with me endless letters, cards in the mail, visits, video tapes of my favorite shows, missed her airplane flight, taken a day off to stay with me and so much more. I SO wish I could be there to celebrate her 30th, but I promise to make it up to her one day. As a matter of fact, I have a lot of favors to repay after these last few months to all of you. I will try my best to get started when these little ones come. It may take me many years, but nothing will be forgotten. Every kindness, prayer, visit, present, etc. is forever with both Paul and I. Thank you!

Dr. Van de Ven said that I could take a gurney ride outside today and enjoy the sun for awhile. I would love to do that, but am feeling a little bit crampy from the ultrasound this morning so I am debating.

Paul is at work for a few hours today. He has been FABULOUS through this whole thing. I am truly the luckiest wife/mom in the whole world. He rarely leaves my side and is such a great support. These last few days have been difficult on me: trouble breathing, heartburn, acid reflux, leg and feet pain, cramping, bowling ball in crotch, pressure, heaviness, side aches, etc. I do my best not to complain, but sometimes I have to let it out. I have had two crying episodes in the last week or so and Paul is nothing short of amazing. That man was sent to me straight from God and I still can't believe how lucky I am to have him. He is going to be the best Daddy to these three peanuts!

That's all for now. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!


Tiffany said...

Tim and I have been checking your blog on a regular basis. We are so happy that your babies are growing and thriving. It brought a tear to my eye when I saw the photos of Daisy in your room. I certainly understand the bond you have with her. Please know that we are thinking of you, Paul, Aidan, Brooke, Calahan and Daisy. I hope that you are able to take the gurney ride outside today. The sun will brighten your day. Take care, keep praying, keep blogging and stay focused on the miracles inside of you. Lots of love to you all, Tiffany & baby Heffron

kathielgin said...

hello my dear friend kristin :)

i am writing this through the happiest of tears...
i am so PROUD of you are so STRONG and you and that guy of yours, paul, are so selfless as you are preparing for the happiest time of your lives (smile)

i think about you and pray for you and your itty bitty babies every day...EVERY day (smile)

can i come and visit you???
i miss you ALOT!

love and a big hug,

Gayle said...

Way to go all of you Doods. You guys are doing so well. You are bioth and inspiration to so many who think they can't find the strength to get through tough times. The silver lining at the end of the rainbow is the beautiful babies you will hold in your arms. This is all so worth it. I love you and miss you everyday. Gayle

Danielle & Kevin said...

Your family inspires me!!! All five of you!! Kristin is sooo determined! Paul is so sweet and dedicated! And of course the three fighters!!! You all are AMAZING!! Kevin and I might come up for a visit this weekend if you guys are up for it! We would love to see you guys and all of our nurses too!!! Let me know! Danielle

Samantha said...

Hi Kristin,

I have been thinking about you a lot lately and have been eagerly anticipating every new blog (I keep the rest of my family up to date too). I am so excited for you and the 3 new wonders that have taken over you life so much so long before they are even born.

I certainly can't imagine what you have been going through but your spirits seem to be high. I am very excited for you to begin the new chapter in you life as I will soon begin a new chapter in mine (Yeah!! I'm getting married!!).

My positive thoughts are with you many times a day.


Ann Maguire said...

Kristin and Paul,
Way to go Doods! So happy everyone is where they should be...sort of. I think all of Winchester has switched calendars, we are now following the Dood Triplet calendar. Today is 28 weeks and 5 days. Looking forward to the start of week 29 on Wednesday.So proud of you all. We think and pray for you each and every day! Hand in there!
Ann Maguire

hollisbri said...

The strength you two have is so impressive. We all know how strong the bond is between sibling "multiples". Not only will they be close to each other, but these little babies will quickly learn how wonderful and fun life is in a family where mom and dad are each others biggest fan. You guys have sooo much to look forward to- stay strong and and love are precious! Love, Brian and Alli

the vaughans said...

Oh my goodness, we all heard the news! congratulations!! You had your babies! We hope you are feeling good. Haha, Anna, Aidan, Brooklyn, and Calahan all share the same birthday! What good news. We hope the babies are healthy and happy for there stay at the hospital!
Kepp us updated, love you lots

-Taylor, Beth, Craig, Fran, Travis, Meghan, Maggie, Owen, Grant and Baylee!

Brad and Meg Brus said...

I saw pics of the new babes! Congratulations!!! They are beautiful and look really strong! I am so sorry that we haven't visited or sent you anything our life has been turned upside down in the past few months! I can't wait to meet Brooklyn, Calahan and Aidan!!!
love you guys!!
Megan and boys

Ryan & Kay Wantland said...

Great job!!!
I am so PROUD of you both but most of all you Kristin you are a real woman My GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR NEW FAMILY!!!!!! Take care and get some sleep Are prayers are with you during this time and as for always.. With lots of Love Ryan & Kay

Gayle said...

Congratulations! I'm so proud of you Kristin, you are a great mom, Paul is a great dad and Daisy a really good big sister. I'm so glad everything went well. I am still praying for all of you. Rest as much as you can. You deserve some wonderful sleep. I will wait to hear from you as to when you would like some visitors. Family is first at this time. Please congratulate the grandmoms and dads on their beautiful new grandbabies Love all of you! Gayle

the vaughans said...

Congrats on your awesome three !!!

The Vaughans

the vaughans said...

Congrats on your awesome three !!!

The Vaughans

Nancy said...

Hi Mommy and Daddy,
CONGRATULATIONS welcome to the family Aidan, Brooke, and Calahan!! Hope you are feeling well Kristin!! We are proud of you and love you soo much!! We will be down soon to see you all!! We love you and you are all still in our prayers!!
Aunt Nancy and Lauren

bormdi said...

I had a wonderful start to my birthday that I now share. Congratulations!!! Can't wait to see your new family when your ready for it. Rest up, you both deserve it.

Celia said...

Dear Mrs. Dood,
I miss you. I hope you are at the end of year party. You are a great teacher. Are your babys healthy?

your student Celia