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A few updates
Car Woes
Monday Seth was driving home and hit some tire shrapnel on the Beltway. He couldn't have avoided it without hitting another car, and he didn't really have enough time to react, and it happens. Usually hitting tire shrapnel isn't a big deal, but in this case, it ripped apart the front bumper cover of the Accord which left it dragging along the road and he wasn't really certain whether there was any other damage underneath the car as well. Since I know the cost of the front bumper cover on an Accord is about twice the cost of our deductible, I had him call the insurance company to deal with it. This had the added bonus of getting rental coverage.

You'd think that we wouldn't need rental coverage since we've got two cars and I'm mostly not allowed out of bed, but I do have the occasional doctor's appointment, and I also don't love the idea of being stranded here if I had an emergency and needed to get to the hospital quickly. So Seth's driving my van and yesterday, Enterprise came and got me so I could have a rental. They gave me a Dodge Neon. My humblest apologies to anyone on my friends list who has a Dodge Neon, but this car sucks majorly. I admit, part of it is bias, because right now I BARELY fit behind the wheel because I'm so short that my feet won't reach the pedals without my belly up against the steering wheel, which is decidedly unsafe, but aside from that, this car is an absolute piece of crap. Bleh. I could, theoretically, rent a car from Hertz, where I know I'd get a better car (I always get shitty cars from Enterprise, and great cars from Hertz, for some reason), but my insurance company (USAA) does direct-bill with Enterprise, so it's a lot less hassle to just deal with Enterprise. Plus Enterprise will come to me to pick me up, which is a lot easier than me getting to Hertz. Therefore, I am stuck with this crappy car.

I know, we should all have such problems, right?

Job Stuff
I will write a more extensive entry later that I will lock, but in the meantime... The guy that they brought in to fill in for me while I'm gone is very competent, but an arrogant fellow who absolutely does NOT want to be there and has made that clear to everyone. Meanwhile, it doesn't really matter, because the client has decided that they will not renew our contract at the end of the year. They are extremely happy with our work (particularly the work that's been done of the last year (hello? I totally rock!), but they are frustrated because they need a company that can consistently staff 8-10 people, and we can't consistently staff 2-3. I don't blame them. In theory, I'll still have a job with my company when I'm ready to come back to work, on some other contract somewhere else, but I think it's fair to say that after the triplets are born, I'll be looking at other opportunities. I'm not looking now, and I don't plan to be looking until after things settle down a little, but for the moment, that's how things are looking.

Other Stuff
As for the whole pregnancy thing...I had my 30-week appointment yesterday. Things are okay. 30 weeks is a huge milestone. 32 weeks will be even bigger. And 34, if I make it there, will be huge. My cervix shortened a little, but it's not cause for serious concern yet, so long as the fetal fibronectin test comes back negative (which we pretty much assume it will). If it comes back positive, they'll admit me to the hospital until I deliver. If it comes back negative (likely), they'll probably tell me to hang in there. Fetal heart rates were all excellent. My blood pressure was great as usual. I've lost another four pounds. Go figure.

One of the babies' growth curves has slowed. This isn't a matter of one of the babies being smaller than the other two... that could be entirely attributed to genetics (are you saying I'm short??). It's a question of the baby not keeping up with it's own growth curve, which is more troubling. Is it something to worry about? It could be, but it might not be. The only way to know is to wait a couple weeks and remeasure. So in the meantime, there's nothing I can do about it, so I'm choosing not to worry. It won't make a difference in the outcome. If in two weeks the problem has exacerbated, they won't take l the way to 34 weeks. Otherwise, they'll likely decide it's "just one of those things that happens." And that's okay.

Also, they're going to take me off of the home contraction monitoring on the theory that it's not giving them any information I can't give them myself. They know I'm contracting a lot. I know I'm contracting a lot. The monitoring gives them no additional information on that front. What it does is keep me up later at night with monitoring and re-monitoring and what not. And if I get to a point where I say, "hey, this is totally normal for me, I really don't want to re-monitor again" they have to call my doctor and say, "hey, she doesn't want to re-monitor" and the doctor says to them, "Well, she's pretty smart, and she'll know if this is out of the ordinary for her, so let her go to sleep." And that's how it works most nights, so what advantage is there to the monitoring? I don't care either way. To me, so long as it's a useful data point to the doctor I don't mind doing it. If it's not a useful data point, I don't care whether I do it or not. It gives me something to do to pass the time, but beyond that, who cares?

I asked the doctor how I know if I'm allowed to give myself a demand dose if I'm not monitoring and she said, "Karen, if you're having contractions and you're tolerating the terbutaline, give yourself a demand dose, for heaven's sake." Oh. You mean I can do that? Without permission? Cool. I didn't know I could be trusted to do that! Nifty. (not that there's much, or any, abuse potential for terbutaline, but still...) ANYWAY, the point, really, is that it's not like I'm having contractions and not realizing it... or having significant changes in contraction patterns and not realizing it. I'm not going to fail to realize if I go into labor. So there isn't a whole lot of point in me continuing with the home monitoring. So once the discharge goes through to Matria, I'll stop doing that.

And that's pretty much it.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 30th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no problems fitting into the Odyssey. Yesterday there weren't any options about the car situation because I didn't GET the rental car until after Seth had left for work, and my appointment was at 12:45. At this point it doesn't make a lot of sense for me to make Seth take the teeney car, since I don't have another appointment until next Friday, but if we still have the rental next Friday, I'll make him take the rental to work. I'm not allowed to drive anywhere except my doctor's appointments, so it's not like the car will be used between now and then anyway. And if I needed to go to the hospital for some reason, it's a mile away, so it's not the end of the world.
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ouiserboudreaux From: ouiserboudreaux Date: August 30th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
They should SO give you another car. Call and complain!!! That you are 30 weeks pregnant with triplets is a completely valid reason for an exchange there!
From: have_inner_lady Date: August 30th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seconded.

Very happy congratulations on thirty weeks!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2007 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I would totally complain if I needed to drive the car anywhere other than my doctor's appointments. But I only have to drive to my appointments, and I'm not ALLOWED to drive anywhere else. My next appointment isn't until next Friday, and if I'm still driving the rental that day, I'll make Seth take it to work and I'll keep my Odyssey.
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: August 31st, 2007 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
30 weeks, yay! lol of the thought of you in the Neon. You'd have thought they'd offer you a free upgrade after seeing you waddle in there.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2007 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it was what they had available. It's not a big deal. At least I'm not paying for it. And it's not like I'm allowed to drive anywhere other than my appointments anyway. (and to be fair, my appointments are only about a mile and a half away at most)
gingy From: gingy Date: August 30th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have boxes of baby clothes for you. When would you like them? I am sort of short of space in this house.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2007 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Anytime! We've got very little living space in this house, but TONS of storage space.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: August 31st, 2007 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you need baby stuff? I just moved to a MUCH smaller space, and I have a whole ton of Rivka's baby things, lots of them have never even been worn, or only worn once or twice. She had the oddest growth spurts and would change sizes overnight. Relatives got her clothes that she grew into at the wrong seasons. Sweaters fit in the summer, shorts and tanktops in the winter!

Just let me know and I'll box them up and send them over. :-) If you end up having all boys, then you can donate them to your local charity of choice.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have very few baby things at this point. We only got the absolute essentials (car seats, cribs, stroller) in advance. So we certainly won't turn down anything at this point! :) (I'm suddenly realizing how close we are to having these little monsters on the OUTSIDE!!)

I do know, however, that your financial situation is not ideal right now, so I would happily compensate you whatever way you think is fair (I haven't the foggiest what you think would be fair or reasonable, so you'll have to give me an idea here). Just let me know.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: August 31st, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
How about I send them UPS Ground (least expensive way, I think) and I'll let you know about shipping costs?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 2nd, 2007 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
sounds good to me!
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: September 5th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Great! Send your address to Rivkasmom AT earthlink DOT net
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: August 31st, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Making it to 30 weeks is great, and every day they stay in does them good. Hope the test comes back negative!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 2nd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I am assuming it came back negative, because generally if something comes back positive, they call me. I didn't call to follow up because I decided that no news was good news.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 2nd, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Weird. Never saw this when it was first posted. Still, it is great that you made it to 30 weeks, but weird on the job. I'd be glad to refer you in to Circle A ranch and you could see if either Chantilly or Columbia would work for you. I could also pass your resume to my friend Marshall (who doesn't live that far from you, on Covington Dr) -- he works for MITRE in IA, and could likely refer you in. I also have friends working for Noblis (nee Mitretek), and a fair number of the beltway bands/CCTLs in the area).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 2nd, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I definitely want to hold off on any job searching until after I see what we're in for once the babies are born. I don't know if they're going to be in the NICU for four days or two months at this point, and I'd like to have a better handle on THAT situation before I go figuring the rest out. The job situation isn't entirely unexpected, but I'll explain more in a locked entry once I get the energy to write it up.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 2nd, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was referring to when you were ready to reenter the work force. When you do, I'll refer where needed.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 2nd, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Much appreciated. You're definitely top on my list of people to talk to when the time comes. Heaven knows we can't afford to have triplets if I don't have a job!

(My real hope is to be able to stay on the contract with BAH, because I love the client, the commute, the work, etc. But I'm open to whatever when the time comes)
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 2nd, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
We could always pass your resume to Steve Rome, who runs the BAH CCTL out of (I think) Columbia to see if he could use you. He also knows a lot of the security folks elsewhere. I know Steve because we work together on ACSAC.
bookworm1212 From: bookworm1212 Date: September 2nd, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
First of all, hooray for 30 weeks B"H

Second of all, I have driven a Dodge Neon, and I cannot even fathom trying to give that car to a woman pg with triplets. For that reason alone, they should have given you a free upgrade to a more spacious car. For heavens sake, the one time I rented one, I was at one of my skinniest points ever, and still felt like I was wearing the car.

Third of all, just to keep in the back of your mind, when you're ready to job hunt let me know. This past month has been all-IA-all-the-time for me. I go through phases, and depending on the timing I would like to think I can be of some assistance.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 2nd, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think on that day it was the only car they had available, and if I really cared enough, I probably could have called later to see about exchanging or upgrading, but since I've only had to drive the car once and won't have to drive it again until Friday (when I may make Seth switch cars, I'm not sure), I just don't care enough to go through the hassle of switching cars.

I'll definitely keep you in mind once I'm job hunting. I'm definitely not going to think about it until after the babies get here and I get a handle on what's going on with them and how long they'll be in the NICU, etc. I'm definitely going to take my time on this one. I don't want to jump to a position I'll hate, or a commute that I'll resent, or whatever. There are a LOT of really good opportunities in IA, so I can afford to be picky right now.
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