I am a serious rollercoaster enthusiast, but I had already signed off on the idea of riding any coasters this summer thanks to finally being pregnant. One summer without my bunny hops and G forces isn’t bad.

Except I didn’t account for emotional rollercoasters courtesy of the little fetuses (no longer embryos!) I’d be carrying.

Because seriously? Whoa. This last week has been the biggest rollercoaster of my life. Cedar Point should hire my brain. No, really. Cedar Point? Let’s talk.

The long story of this week’s lows can be found here.

The short story? We had three good embryos and three heartbeats. A week later, I started bleeding. An ultrasound the next morning showed two good embryos and one that was a week behind with no heartbeat. The doctor said that baby had expired.

Fast forward to Sunday night (July 4). I had another bleeding scare and went into the doctor the next morning (yesterday). The on-call doctor wanted to check me out even though I had an ultrasound scheduled with my doctor for today.

For those who like the gory details, Sunday night’s bleeding wasn’t nearly as bad as last Tuesday night’s. It only lasted 10 minutes and wasn’t as heavy. I didn’t have any cramping, but the doctor still wanted to see me just in case. Blood can be nothing, but in my experience, it never had been anything but bad news.

So in we went.

The nurse set up the ultrasound machine to record three babies, and when I asked about it, she said the doctor was checking to see if the bleeding I had Sunday night was due to the expired baby passing through my system.

OK. That makes sense.

The doctor came in and found the two babies we were expecting right away. Then he said, “Yep, you’ve still got triplets.”

Once again, the third baby shocked the hell out of me. Instead of saying, “NO.” this time, I said, “WHAT?”

He told us to watch the baby he had labeled as “A” (their labels are all different now thanks to multiple doctors and multiple ultrasounds), a view from which we could see the sac of the baby currently labeled “B” and that when he moved the wand a tad, the third baby would pop into view.

Hello again, Baby C.

All three have fabulous heartrates (I can’t remember specifics from yesterday or today because, um, MY BRAIN WASN’T REALLY WORKING), all above 170, and all are measuring ahead of my LMP, ranging from 8 weeks, 3 days to 8 weeks, 6 days.

Rob made me keep my lips zipped yesterday until we met with our own doctor today and had another ultrasound. Let’s just say he was demanding a recount. We all know the scandal Hanging Chads can create. Plus, can this story BE any crazier?*

So. We went in again today and saw our own doctor, who also found three healthy babies with three healthy measurements and three healthy heartbeats.

The big question, “Quadruplets?” No one has said anything about quadruplets and maybe losing one with a hiding babe in the wings. Right now, our doctor’s best guess is that last week’s Baby C, the one declared gone, had itself in a funky position that made it measure a little off with no heartbeat easily detected.

Her other theory is that there may have been a development issue, but for Ninja Baby (since the labels are different) to be behind a week last week and then make up two weeks of development in less than one week’s time – well, that’s a little hard for me to believe. Much more difficult than believing we have a big, fat faker on our hands.

The biggest problem with their different labels right now? We don’t know for sure who to point fingers at and tease for being mean and sneaky once the babies are on the outside.

Our doctor is still erring on the side of caution and going with the “triplets today, who knows tomorrow” theory, which, from where we stand, is pretty freaking accurate.

Internet, may I present, on their comeback tour, PB&J:


p.s. The bleeding I’ve had is being explained as being caused by the fact that I have three babies digging in and am building three placentas. Apparently I should expect to see it off and on throughout the pregnancy.

*”Friends” reference for my friends who insist we name one of the babies Chandler.

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77 Responses to And then there were 3 … again

  1. Becca says:


  2. How absolutely amazing. Congratulations on the reappearance (or whatever kind of miracle that was) of Baby C! Hopefully all of these kids will remain where you can see them from now on!

  3. Katy says:

    Holy moly! I’m not sure how you’re keeping up with this roller coaster of emotions! I am in shock and awe – what amazing news to hear. Keep growing strong PB&J!

  4. Michele says:


  5. Angel says:

    Oh.My.Gosh. Wow!

  6. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh, that’s incredible! Congrats!

  7. Pamela says:

    Talk about a rollercoaster! I bet these three will be keeping you on the edge of your seat for….well, forEVER! That was not a funny trick to play on their momma, though. Congrats to you and your hubby! :)

  8. crystal says:

    That is awesome! Ive been reading for a while, but no comments… congrats on your 3 miracles!

  9. Rachel B. says:

    Sweet fancy Moses. What a crazy week you’ve had! Welcome back, Baby C!

  10. Yay ninja baby!! SO exciting! Also: hanging chads … hilarious!

    Big hugs!

  11. LCW says:

    I’m so happy you are blessed with three babies, still! And that pesky little baby #3 needs a good talkin too when it arrives in the outside world! Let’s hope he/she is not that sneaky on the outside or you’ll have a ninja kid on your hands too!!!

    And remember when I visit the in-laws they’ll be belly rubbing and then baby holding.

  12. Heather says:

    Yay! Silly little Ninja Baby.

  13. Melissa says:

    How amazing is that! It truly makes you wonder what actually is taking place inside you! I cannot imagine to emotional rollercoaster you, your husband and family have been on but what an amazing ride to know that little one is still holding on!!!

  14. Marcy says:

    I had to comment here too, because a tweet just isn’t enough.
    This is by far some of the craziest shit I’ve heard, and I’ve heard some crazy IF, TTC shit. It’s crazy, but absolutely wonderful!

    I can only imagine the emotional upheaval you guys have gone through! The shock of twins, followed by a bittersweet u/s showing one loss, but two healthy babies and then another u/s showing all three growing strong! I mean, damn. Damn.

    These babes are already driving their momma and daddy crazy, aren’t they?

    I’m so, so happy for you guys and I’m so glad baby C (or a sneaky D?) made an appearance. Um, I think it’s safe to order Dr. Luke’s book now! 😉

  15. This is crazy and amazing! What a roller coaster indeed. I truly hope Ninja Baby holds on for you two. Thoughts and Prayers!

  16. Jenni says:

    that wasn’t a very funny trick to play on your mommy baby!
    Congrats on triplets, (again). Hopefully that ninja baby won’t pull anymore shenanigans.

  17. Way to work a “Friends” reference in! Of course I read that sentence in my Chandler voice. So excited and will continue praying for you, Rob and PB&J!!

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  19. Jarrod says:

    Yay!!! Great News!!! So happy I’m gonna have 3 little nieces/nephews to terrorize my brother!!! Hey you remember 3 Ninjas?, just sayin.. Congrats Jen, Love ya sis. 😉

  20. Wow great news!!! Congratulations. I found your blog through Adventuroo on her Friday Favorites….so glad I did….look forward to following your story.

  21. Britt says:

    Wow what a rollercoaster you have been on! I’m glad I found your blog recently so I can follow along on your pregnancy journey. Hoping for good things for you and pb&j from here on out!

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