Heather & Bill Coplin
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Well we had a baby boy, Oliver, April 20, 2008. He is now 16 months old and doing well. We wanted to try for a baby girl in the next few years. July 4th weekend we got a surprise. We discovered we were pregnant again. I went to the doctor at the end of July for my first prenatal visit and was measuring bigger than I should so they did an ultra sound to date the pregnancy.
Well the dates were right, they just saw two babies not one. At the end of August, when I was 12 weeks pregnant, we went for the genetic sequencing ultrasound, to determine risk for defects. There was yet another surprise. It is not twins, it is triplets. I am almost 14 weeks pregnant with spontaneous triplets. I look about 6 months pregnant and know I am going to get much bigger. The babies are measuring a week ahead of their due date and look great. I am due on March 10, 2010 but the hope is to make it to 32 weeks. If I can make it longer that would be great. Anyway, I am told that this is probably because of my age, almost 38, and the amount of pregnancies I have had.
We are thrilled, although scared and overwhelmed,
all at the same time. We do not know what to expect but have had
many people tell us that we would not have been blessed with three
if we could not handle this. We hope that this is so. I will keep
you updated on the birth and their progress.
born April 20, 2008
On May 18, 2006 my husband Bill and I flew from Oakland, CA to McAllen and spent the night in Texas. Friday morning we were picked up and driven to the clinic for surgery. I was too heavy to have an epidural so ended up being put under. I remember waiting up a little from pain when they were moving me from the gurney to my hospital bed. Apparently I did quite a bit of yelling while they were moving me but I do not remember it. We flew home on Sunday and I healed up well. I had no real scar, in fact the C-section scar that they had cut into pretty much disappeared which was amazing.
We waited our three months
before we started to try to conceive. We were to try in September of
2006. In September I began having some health issues that ended up
being high blood pressure and some kidney problems due to my Type II
diabetes. I was told I was absolutely not to get pregnant so we were
not able to try. In December I discovered that my insurance
covered gastric bypass surgery. I had the gastric bypass on March
20, 2007. I lost 116 lbs by 6 months out. I was off of insulin from
the day I left the hospital and all of my other side effects have
gone also. Unfortunately they do not want a patient to get pregnant
for 18 - 24 months after surgery so we did not plan to try again for
at least another year. September 1st I realized that I was due for
my period and yet was having NONE of my usual symptoms. I sent Bill
for a pregnancy test which came up positive. We were shocked.
I went in again on
Thursday for another ultra sound. Yet again it was inconclusive and
I was told that I would have to come back in a week. My hCG level on
that Friday was over 14,000 which my nurse told me was excellent and
not indicative for an ectopic pregnancy. This morning I had my third
ultrasound and have some wonderful pictures of a baby and its
heartbeat in my uterus. The "sac" that was by my ovary has become
irregular shaped and I was told it was most likely a cyst that is
now dissolving which is why it is no longer round. There is no
heartbeat, fetal pole or yolk sac by the ovary and so I am due May
7, 2008 with a good healthy baby growing where it should be.
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