My Pregnancy {The Good & The Bad} -

Hello? (echo echo echo).

Hi everyone :)

It’s been awhile hasn’t it? Yeah, like a long while. I could keep you here all day reading about the trials and tribulations of my pregnancy thus far but I’ve decided to just keep it short and sweet.

My morning sickness was/is a nightmare. I take each day an hour at a time but I will say in the last week to ten days things are getting better. Every day I tell myself this is what you wanted and I truly couldn’t be more grateful for these gifts.

The main reason this post is really late is that I have some bad news that is difficult to talk about. Since so many of you had read and followed along with my infertility story I certainly couldn’t lie when I discovered my pregnancy.  As soon as we had our viability confirmed I was ready to tell the world the shocking/amazing news that we were expecting triplets.

Around 10 weeks we knew that something was wrong with one of our babies due to repeated screenings which told us that there were growth discrepancies and heart rate issues. We had prepared ourselves for the worst. On October 29th we were informed that one of the babies no longer had a heartbeat and it was a loss. All the mental preparedness I had for such news went out the window and my husband and I were heartbroken. It was a very terrible time. The days that followed and the complications that arose were nothing short of terrible themselves.

After multiple hospital visits, bed rest, and lots and lots of medications later I am fine and my twins are doing wonderfully. We had our most recent appointment yesterday and the babies are laying head to feet with each other, measuring on target, with great strong heartbeats.

Next week is our unofficial “baby moon” cruise. We had the cruise booked since long before I got pregnant but I’m so looking forward to the trip now that we have been given the “all clear” from my new and WONDERFUL Obstetrician. She is watching over me like a hawk and paying very close attention to detail on my labs and ultrasounds. She’s my protector and advocate and I’m so happy she is to be a part of our journey.

I will be 15 weeks along tomorrow and we are planning to find out the sex of the babies in December just in time to announce for Christmas.

I took a picture today (a day early) of my now obvious baby(s) bump :)

I’m going to do my best to keep you all better informed and I wanted to thank those of you who have reached out to me via email, or text to see how I am doing.

It means the world to me that there are kind and wonderful people out there rooting for my babies and I to make it to the end. We were given a tentative delivery date for April 22nd which is just over 37 weeks gestation. I will keep them baking for as long as this body will let me.

I miss you all VERY much and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Comments

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss Rachel, but I am so excited for you and the twins! You look adorable! Enjoy the cruise!

  2. Michellelhb says:

    I am so sorry to hear or your loss but hopeful that the rest of you pregnancy will be uncomplicated. Best of luck.

  3. Hi Rachel! you look wonderful! When I saw your post in my reader, I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to click through and read it. My husband and I have been TTC #2 for the past 4 1/2 years, so baby news is usually something I try to avoid. I knew from your previous posts that you also have had some fertility issues, and it’s always encouraging to see “success” and healthy pregnancies. I am so sorry to hear that you lost one of the triplets. I can’t imagine the heartache and mix of emotions that you are going through. I will be praying that you and your husband will have peace and grace to get through the rest of your pregnancy. I think I commented a while ago about how much it seemed that we had in common as far as design styles and projects, and everything home. Who knew infertility was another commonality to add to that list.
    I can’t wait to see what you come up with for their nursery!

  4. Catherine Thomas says:

    Rachel,
    I am so sorry for your loss however it is wonderful to hear from you and to know you are doing well and “cooking” up those babies really good. You are taking such great care of yourself and you look so sweet in the pic!! Sounds like you have a wonderful doctor!! I know the sickness isn’t fun but hang in there..it will pass and you will be filling vibrant and have lots of energy. Thanks for letting everyone out here that cares for you know how you are. YOU ARE BLESSED!!!!

  5. This is the first I knew of you being pregnant, but am so happy for you. I prayed that God would give you your heart’s desire to have a baby, but didn’t know He had already answered in a BIG way! Both my daughters are pregnant and going through the dreadful morning sickness thing. Hope you are all through that difficult stage very soon.

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss. Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly. You look so great! :)

  7. So sorry to hear about the baby…I am sure that no matter how much you tell yourself it is a possibility…it does not make the news any easier to hear! Thankfully the other two are doing well and you yourself, is starting feel better too.

    Glad to “see” you back…have a wonderful trip!!

  8. Hi Rachel,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My most sincere condolences.

    I am very happy to hear that the other 2 are growing and thriving. And YOU look GREAT!!! I will pray for continued wellness from here on out!

  9. I was so thrilled to see a new post today. You have been missed terribly. I’m sorry about the baby. I believe that God will comfort you and Mr. Hubs. Be careful on the trip, enjoy, relax and take good care of the babies. At the end of all of this it will have been worth it ALL and the babies will be thrilled to meet their mommy and daddy…then you can tell them of your journey to meet them too.

  10. Denise Hunt says:

    Oh, I am so happy to see a pic of you, you look fantastic!!! I have emailed you previously with my story. At 17 weeks, I miscarried (again), deeply sadded, but was thrilled to find out there was another heartbeat there, we never knew there were two. Thrilled to find out I was still pregnant, but sadded to know I had lost my daughter’s twin. I carried her to 27 weeks, when she was fighting all medical procedures to get out. Happy to say she is a happy, healthy, driving, beautiful 16 year old. I have been wondering how you are doing, I know the loss is awful & hard, but stay positive for those 2 blessings.

  11. Hi Rachel, I’m sorry about the loss. I know what it is like to miscarry. I’m praying for you and your family. Can’t wait to see more pictures of you and your blessings from God.

    oxoxo
    Patty

  12. Dear Rachel :
    Today is the first time I have visited your blog. I read all of your furniture makeovers. You write the instructions very well. I really enjoyed it.
    Then I read the Fertility Story. Definitely a drama that you and your husband have been thru. You are both strong . You and your husband seem to be a great team. This bodes well for your future parenting.
    I have experienced severe pregnancy illness. It can really effect your mood and your outlook on life. I’m not sure if it is the hormones, the vomiting, dehydration etc. Getting IV fluids helped a lot. I remember people telling me, ” Oh, its just a few more months” and feeling like a month was the rest of my life ! All you can do is breathe. Take it one moment at a time. Keep in constant contact with your Drs.
    Women are tough. We can get thru this. We do get thru this. It’s hard to believe, but later on, you won’t care about this time at all.
    God Bless you and your family.
    ~ Christie

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