Today is April 10, 2008.
That is pretty obvious, I know. But you might not know why this date is significant to us. Today is the girls' due date. What I mean is, today is the day that they would have been born had I gone 40 weeks. Of course carrying triplets 40 weeks is virtually unheard of, so pretty much since the time we found out about all 3, we knew their birthday would probably not be April 10th...or even in April for that matter. However, everything, every step of the way was still based on this date. Every ultrasound had this listed as the due date, every test referenced this date to see how far along I was, every nurse would ask me for the due date and this was the date, every person who asked when they were due was told this date...but then had a quick follow up of..."but 36 weeks is pretty much max for triplets so I'm shooting for March", which then this comment probably confused even more people.
Today is also important to recognize when understanding the girls' adjusted age because they are preemies. They were born at 34 and half weeks or 5.5 weeks early. They may reach developmental milestones based on their actual age (based on their birthday...today they are 5.5 weeks old) or they may reach milestones a bit later because it will be based on their adjusted age (based on their due date...today they are 0 weeks old). It's not that I think we will be saying their actual and adjusted ages every time someone asks how old they are, but instead it's helpful for us to understand that they may, for example, crawl when other babies do, but cut teeth a bit later....which that would be fine. :) I guess "they" say that most preemies catch up with full-term babies by age 2. Just thought you might be interested in case you ever heard other preemie moms mention an adjusted age.
Today was THE DAY...today was the day that I had dreamed of and looked forward to so much when finding out I was pregnant. Today was THE DAY that I was so excited to reach...I guess God knew that I am a tad bit impatient so he decided to not only bless us with 3 beautiful babies, but also allowed us to meet them a little early. March 3, 2008 is now THE DAY! The day that all things Jeff and Marie changed into "+3"
I have to say...if I would have carried the girls 40 weeks, I might have been a bit uncomfortable to say the least....look at how big they are in these pictures taken this morning! Oh and fair warning: In two of the pictures, they are not in their normal order of Anna, Ava and Alexis. I had to switch it up a bit due to some slouching issues. :)