It started with the doctor asking, "Were you on any medications?" My mind raced and went blank simultaneously.
As of three months ago I was unsure of the prospect of having a 2nd child. We knew twins were a possibility, as they run in my wife's family. And seeing my brother in law go from one kid to three after having twins, we knew how much our world could be potentially turned upside down. Or so we thought...
My wife told the doctor that no, she was not taking anything besides vitamins, just in case. He turned to the nurse practitioner and asked if she was seeing what he was. We still had no idea what was going on. He turned the ultrasound screen to show us the first baby, and the second, and the third...
My initial thought at that point was, "if anyone can do this, my wife can."
I've since read that the frequency or spontaneous triplets is somewhere between 1 in 6000 and 1 in 8000, or something ridiculous like that. Either way, it is difficult to comprehend. And I don't think I'm to the point of comprehension yet. As I went for a run this morning to clear my head, I was reminded that we are truly blessed. I am sure that I will need to be reminded of that many times over the next 6 months to 18 years!
For the rest of our first entry, I'd like to list some of the thoughts that have helped us laugh our way through the first few days:
We won't have a "middle" child
It like a real life 101 Dalmatians
We need a new house...and two new cars
We'll still be reasonably young when our 4th kid graduates
I had to make a wisecrack to my grandmother a few weeks ago about them only having 1 great grandchild (our oldest) and that we were doing our part
Apparently normal people often joke about having triplets, because no one believes you
Everyone is so excited for us...so I'm making up a commitment list for tasks after the babies arrive
My wife said she was more nauseous with this pregnancy...as it turns out it's exactly 3x as nauseous