The week of 8/22, I was very lucky to have a work assignment that required me to be in the SF Bay area. This was good because the prior weekend (8/19-8/21), Sid and I planned on packing up the Expedition (see post below of the packed car) - and head up to Sacramento. The main goal here was to get the Baby Gear, Car, Carseats, etc to Sacramento for the "upcoming event". The drive went well; we visited Sid's family on the way (where his Niece announced she is pregnant ... Circle of Life !!). We made it to Sacramento Saturday by 6pm, and headed over to Heidi & Jeremy's, where they gratiously let Sid cook for them. Sid made carne asada & pollo (beef and chicken), with help from Jeremy's grilling skills, and along with mexican rice, and canned beans (we were on a short time frame), we had the meat in tortillas taco/burrito style. Heidi's kids loved it! We were happy that we could spend time with them, and do something small for all of the work they have had to put into our project - you know, being on the "business end" and all (Heidi with an ever growing belly full of baby).
Sunday 8/21, Sid flew back to Phoenix from Oakland, and we had a few hours to visit with my Sister and Niece. My Niece was about to turn 12 on 8/31, so it was great to see her before her b-day, and just before starting 7th grade (wow!).
It was kinda business as usual the week of 8/22 - me on a work trip, and Sid at home. Until....
On Thursday 8/25, I was trying to work it out to meet Heidi in Sacramento for a doctor visit. Due to a long string of events (in Heidi's post linked below), the timing didn't work out. I stayed at work in the Bay Area, and although I really was starving, I didn't go to lunch. That turned out to be a very good thing...
At around 1pm my cell phone rang. No big deal, happens pretty frequently. I looked down... and saw Jeremy was calling. I think I instantly went into shock! Everything faded away from my conscious as I answered the phone, already out of breath (maybe holding my breath). Jeremy informed me that the "routine" Fetal Monitoring appointment turned into a concern, so they sent Heidi to the hospital. At the sound of the word "hospital" and "labor & Delivery" I think I was half out of the door, ready to drive to Sacramento. I told Jeremy I would be there ASAP; he cautioned me that it could be noting. This was the beauty of me being in the Bay Area though; even if it was nothing, I could still come back to the Bay Area and continue the Wait.
I called Sid... and I'm not too proud to say that at the sound of his voice on the phone, I started bawling like the babies that were possibly on the way. I told him that I HAD to have him with me; go find a flight, and get your butt here quick!! Luckily he listened.
Click the link below to get Heidi's rendition of the story.... (Yes, I'm plagerising, but I need to be efficient now that we are Dad's of Triplets !) ...
As it was throughout this journey, our Birth Story was a bit of a roller coaster. I was an emotional wreck at the end of the day, I didn't know whether to laugh, cry from happiness, or just get lost in all of the wonder an amazement that had just happened. In the end, Heidi did an AMAZING job of carrying the Triplets to 33 weeks, 6 days gestation - better than 90% of all Triplet births. The babies had a bit of a rough first day, but within several hours, things were working as they should be, and the only issues were "normal" Preemie-realated things.
We are blessed in so many ways. Great Family, Friends, and now three beautiful children that we INSTANTANEOUSLY fell in love with at first site. Thanks, one and all, for continuing to follow the "Arizona Triplet Tales" - now the fun is really about to begin !
More to follow soon with the details about the kids !
|Three Amigos Sid, Aaron, Jeremy - Ready for Action|
|The NICU Team awaiting the delivery ready to "Catch" the Babies|
|After seeing the arrival of our first Baby - Caitlin Marie, Baby A|
|With Kelsie Jeanne in the NICU just after delivery - lots of tubes and wires, but things were looking good|