Checked the cervix yesterday - a whopping 6 cm long, hard and closed. The peri checked it twice because she couldn't believe it. She' said, *ok, this is not normal, but I don't suppose it's anything to be worried about." We scheduled a c-section for the first days in January (I'd be 37+4), but she said I'll be begging for a cesarean before then. I scoffed -- I have tons of room to grow (I'm a very tall woman) and of course I want to cook these kids as long as possible -- but last night in the middle of another uncomfortable and sleepless night I felt a little worried about how I can manage the next 6 weeks physically. I can hardly walk because of the PSD now, and I'm only 30 weeks. Things are looking brighter this morning. One day at a time. I've got a crazy super cervix and I'm going to take advantage of that to have three 3kg babies in January
Leslie, solid advice on taking care of my older girl now. I've been haning out with her exclusively between 4-7p.m. each day (no cooking, no phone calls, no visits), and we're having a lot of fun. In Sweden, where I live, the parents live in the NICU with the babies (or rather, the babies live in the same suite with the parents in the hospital) to have 24-hour access to feeding/pumping/kangaroo care, etc. So that makes me especially intent on spending tons of time with her now in case I'm absent for a month. Of course, she can visit us there (her grandparents, who she adores, will be staying at our house with her) and dad can come home and stay with her too. But it's going to be a huge change. Also, we get a helper from the government when the babies come home for 20 hours a week, so we thought we'd continue with my mom/daughter afternoons afer babies come and have helper take care of babies for a few hours a day. Dad also gets paid paternity leave, so the other alternative is that he and I trade off baby/big girl time and helper does dinner/laundry/cleaning stuff. I'm so glad this (triplets) happened to me in Sweden... You must have a similar experience in Canada with social help and quality health care at no/little cost. Just the thought of sending 4 kids to college in the US at the same time is frightening. Thank goodness for free education the whole way in Sweden. Thank goodness I fell in love with a Swede!
I will definitely come and update when babies come. And I will be on the lookout for your updates to see how you are doing with young triplets!