Pi Phi Pledge Class Reunion Day at OSU Homecoming

 

This past weekend, my friend Katie Hull Rathkey planned a get together at OSU homecoming to tailgate with some our sorority pledge sisters. It has been almost 10 years (gulp!) since we graduated from O-State. We pledged in 1997 when we were just 18 years old! That is when is button up shirts and scarves were popular. Trust me, I think we all wore those in our class pictures that year.

Janna and I drove up from Edmond and I thought we would probably just see some of the same faces we see a few times a year, but I was pleasantly surprised! We had almost 20 of us that came to the tailgate to catch up and talk about yester-year. It was so much fun to see everyone. We laughed a lot about how we all wore XL sweatshirts and t-shirts to class and now all the girls wear shirts that actually fit their body. Don’t know why that was popular? There were lots of trendy OSU game day t-shirts and cowboy boots being sported at the game. Wish I thought to be that cute at 18? But, like I said, different era I guess 🙂  Ironically, one of my pledge sisters Gina lives literally about four house up the street from me…In the same neighborhood!  We laughed about how we never have passed each other in the neighborhood, but hopefully we will see more of each other now.

Of course, lots of questions about the Coy babies. I expected that going in to this gathering.

It was a great day, despite some crazy windy and a little rain, to really remind ourselves how thankful we were to have such a great experience in college together. All the girls looked pretty much the same!

My friend Courtney came up from Dallas and then stayed the rest of the weekend with me too.

Bryan had a Man Day with the boys and watched football all day at our house, so it was a Win-Win!

Here are a few pics from our OSU day!

Latest Update: 14 weeks and a gender identity crisis!

Amazing what a difference two weeks makes. At our last appointment, I felt great, small weight gain and they thought the twins were two boys and a girl.

This time, these past few weeks not so pretty in the sickness department. I hate to be this blunt and share but, I actually experienced the grossest mom thing yet. See how I said, “Yet.” I left lunch with a friend and all of a sudden I did not feel so good. That feeling where you feel like you are trapped and thinking, “Where if I wanted to toss my cookies, would I do so?” I only saw a plastic cup in my cup holder in my car that might work if it came down to that. I turned the car on and began driving back to work. Down the busy highway, I had no room to pull over or stop. The cup became my only refuge as I grabbed it and hurled into it…as I was still driving. Grossest (if that is a word) thing to date!

I was pretty sick all weekend. I think I had a bug that was unrelated, but you never know. I have also had a cold off and on and you can’t take much while you are pregnant. Tylenol and Benadryl. They say your sinus tend to overact with the increasing hormones.

My back has really hurt. Amazing when you don’t even have a real belly yet. Doc told me because my uterus is growing so quickly that I will continue to have back pain. I got the okay to do a massage or light prenatal yoga when I feel better.

I finally entered into the maternity pants and it was such a relief. Its like you wake up and there is a belly that you cannot suck in anymore! There is was…The true outward sign that I was indeed pregnant. I savored the moment. Did not take any pictures just yet, but I better document this moment before I wake up again and I am twice the size which is very possible.

Also, within this time period, I have one best friend that just had a baby girl. Her second! She was beautiful and Janna already looks fantastic just weeks later. My oldest friend Jamie, who lives in Texas, is pregnant with her second boy. She has been really sick and she is about four-six weeks in front of me. And lastly, my dear friend told me she is having third and is about a week behind me! I won’t reveal her name just yet 🙂 But, it a wonderful time to share with my dear friends.

I did a little shopping for myself to feel good about a few clothes in the upcoming months. Bought some nice jeans and a few tops and pants for work.

Okay, now onto the Gender Crisis. So, at week 11, we got a premature prediction that the babies were boys (identical twins) and a girl (singleton). At our 13 week appointment Dr. Mirabile now thinks they are all girls!

I thought Bryan was going to die! Doc said, “Hey man, you determine this!” and his other funny comment was, “I see a lot of little ladies in here.” But, in the end he said, “Don’t go paint the room just yet!”

Trust me….We are not! More to come…

Biology 101 – How did the Coy babies become triplets

For everyone who does not remember biology and the typical formation of a embryo, here is a little lesson for you.

At my age (currently 31) they say you have about a 10-15% change of becoming pregnant each month. At least my doc says so. That does not seem like a big chance at all considering it has to be an exact time frame (About 24-36 hours) each month.

Each month, women release one egg naturally. In this situation, I released two. I know, I pride myself in being an over-achiever 🙂 haha. It is what they call hyper ovulation, which means you release more than one egg in a monthly cycle.

In addition to the two eggs, the other tricky part is obviously the compatibility and reliability that those two eggs become fertilized. Rare that one does each month, but for two? And….they did. Bryan gets a lot of “Congrats Man!” Even the specialist said, “Wow, a whole family is one shot.” Not to brag, but honestly this was a dual effort 🙂

Okay…So, we have two fertilized eggs. The logically possibility is fraternal twins right? Well, something more special happened. One of the eggs split. So, now we have still have two eggs, but now they result in a set of Identical Twins and the one Singleton baby.

Not only are we having triplets, its almost like we get one single baby and a set of twins at the same time!

Experiencing pregnancy and the Trio at 11 weeks

So far, (knock on wood) I feel pretty lucky to this point. I have felt pretty decent. Lots of nausea but no real sickness. I have had good energy and getting through the work day without thinking about them at least part of the day 🙂

My last appointment I had only gained about two pounds. I am just now showing and need a little assistance in the pants department. Buttons are not my friends right now. I have been encouraged (somewhat mandated) to drink these Boost drinks. Bryan and I laugh because when we bought them at Sam’s, two young girls looked at our cart and snickered. They said to each other, “That is what my grandpa drinks!” Real cool Stephanie. But, the drinks are pretty yucky when you feel nauseated, but they are high in protein which is good for growing babies so I am sucking them down when I can.

My mom and mother-in-law are already ready to buy things. Makes me feel good they are so excited! I warned them to just keep tags on everything. We never know.

Here is a pic of the babies at 11 weeks. They are carefully watching the twins for any signs of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Basically, if they are sharing important blood vessels, stealing blood supply or nutrients from each other etc. I have seen a lot about mother’s who go through procedure in utero with babies who suffer from this.

They did an early gender prediction. Can’t believe they can see that at 11 weeks. They think the twins are boys and the single baby is a girl. But, I am not painting the room just yet!

Telling our close friends

Bryan and I decided that whatever God brought our way that we wanted our family and close friends to know early on. We needed the power of prayer like known other and we thought the stronger that chain the better.

Bryan told a few guy friends over the weekend and I called my best girls. Here are some of the typical comments that have started:
– WHAT!
– Are you serious?
– OMG!
– WOW. I have heard this one a lot. I think its the nice thing to say when you have no idea what to say at all. I know I would probably default to this.
– Are you sure?
– That is going to be so expensive. (Like we had not thought of this before).
– Do you have twins that run in your family?

The answer to that is sort of. My mom (which they say it comes from your maternal side) had twin aunts and twin first cousins, but I am not sure how generational it becomes at that point.

This is a true blessing. A complicated one to wrap your head around but the biology and timing behind this event is remarkable. Thank you God.