Hi. That’s me. The one with pink hair, not the brick butt. That’s art. Supposedly.
After battling infertility for nearly 18 months, I’m now the mother of TRIPLETS!
… am Jenny. I’m also called Jennifer and Jen. I embrace the variants of my common name. You might also know me as Jen(n)andtonica – a username I held for many years and have only recently given up.
… write exactly how I speak with friends. This includes words I would not say in front of a toddler, your grandmother, clergy and my BFF’s parents. Of course, if I stub my toe hard enough in front of these people, they just might hear something R-rated. That shit hurts.
… find great difficulty in keeping serious topics 100 percent serious. My favorite brand of mood-relief is self-deprecation. I am a Chandler.
… have a journalism degree I‘m currently only using to write about my life for free once put to work in newsrooms but am now using in the blog world – both personal and freelance writing. Something tells me this is a bit wonky exciting.
… love breaking the journalistic, serious-news rules here by gratuitous parenthesis-use, ALL CAPS and starting sentences with “and” and “but.”
… read what makes me happy. A lot of the books I love fall under the Young Adult genre, and that’s A-OK by me. Some of my favorite books are picture books. I love a good story, and good stories are not limited to Serious Adult Fiction.
… am married to the perfect man. Rob’s my favorite mechanic, comedian, handyman, therapist and rockstar. He supports me better than any bra ever will, and I’m thrilled to call him mine forever and ever.
… have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and am working worked with a team of Reproductive Endocrinologists to make a mini-me, or a mini-Rob AND a mini mix of the two of us. It’s a heartbreaking, frustrating, expensive task, but I hear now know parenthood also claims these adjectives. I’d like to say I have faith in God and modern medicine that Rob and I will successfully procreate, but I’m too rational and know that infertility doesn’t always have that specific happy ending. ** We are fortunate enough to now be an infertility success story.
… am the proud mommy of Tobias, Eleanor and Callista – three fighting babies, born at 28 weeks, 1 day.
… have faith that God is teaching me what I need to know for the plans He has for me.
About my reproductive system:
Meh. I hesitate to include this, as I do not define myself by my infertility journey, but I have a feeling there are at least a few readers who don’t have my medical history memorized.
Dec. 2008 – quit birth control, start charting cycles with suspicion of wonky cycles
Jan., Feb. 2009 – normal cycles, ovulation
March, April 2009 – long, anovulatory cycle – cycle ended without medication
June 2009 – anovulatory cycle, prescribed Provera to end cycle
June – September 2009 – anovulatory cycle, prescribed Prometrium to end cycle
June 2009 – tentatively diagnosed with PCOS, decide it’s time to move forward with medical intervention
Aug. 2009 – consultation with RE, made first RE appointment
Sept. 2009 – first RE appointment, official PCOS diagnosis via ultrasound (bloodwork was normal), HSG shows no endometreosis and clear fallopian tubes; first medicated cycle was canceled because of an ovarian cyst, prescribed Prometrium starting cycle day 17 to end cycle (and not have a long cycle); semen analysis results are stellar. Only one of us has a fertility issue.
October 2009 – prescribed Metformin, Femara and Ovidrel; my body responded well to the medication, and I found out I was pregnant. The pregnancy ended less than a week later.
Nov. 2009 – Feb. 2010 – Metformin, Femara and Ovidrel – body still responding well, but no pregnancies
March 2010 – Metformin, Femara, Ovidrel and Gonal F – added the injectables to produce more eggs
April 2010 – Early miscarriage #2; taking a break and spending the money usually reserved for medication and doctor-visit copays on a venture with a definitely positive outcome – a kitchen makeover!
May 2010 – Metformin, Femara, Gonal F, Ovidrel, Vivelle and Prometrium – IT WORKED!
June 1, 2010 – positive home pregnancy test
10 dpo beta hCG level – 55; 12 dpo – 222; 15 dpo – 706; 18 dpo – 2,175; 23 dpo – 13,154
June 21, 2010 – first ultrasound revealed TRIPLETS, due Feb. 14, 2011.
June 29, 2010 – experienced some bleeding
June 30, 2010 – ultrasound shows we’ve lost Baby C, but Babies A and B are doing great.
July 4, 2010 – experienced more bleeding
July 5, 2010 – It’s triplets! Again! Baby C, who we lovingly call “Ninja Baby” from this point on, made a miraculous comeback.
Nov. 3, 2010 – Preterm labor lands me in the hospital for five nights at 25 weeks, 3 days pregnant. The experience is traumatizing and miraculous, all at once.
Nov. 22, 2010 – Our triplets were delivered via emergency c-section after my membranes prematurely erupted. Tobias was born at 9:11 a.m. and was 2 lbs. 8.5 oz. and 14.37″ long (Baby B in utero); Eleanor was born at 9:12 a.m. and was 2 lbs. 5 oz., 15″ long (Baby A in utero); and Callista was born at 9:13 a.m. and was 2 lbs. 7 oz, 15″ long (Baby C – ninja baby! – in utero). Happy birthday, babies!
About my blog:
“Jennandtonica” is an homage to Adam Sandler, one of my favorite funny people. “What the blog?” reflects my most excellent sense of humor.
Actual Jenny – I’m real, I exist in fact, I’m current, I’m actual. And my name is Jenny. It’s really not that complicated, and neither am I.
My very first entry, written back in October 2007, sums up pretty well what you’ll read here.
I’ve blogged about a myriad of topics that have dominated my life since: weight, fitness, health, cooking, eating, reading, infertility, being pregnant with triplets and now my new life as I work to combine the old me with this new person, the mother of triplets.
Through it all, I aim to keep things honest and personal – just not the kind of personal that sends creepers to follow me around town and peep through my windows.
Behind the scenes:
Do you like my blog header and badge? I’ve proudly rocked work from Lisa at My Little Buffalo in the past. I love her work and am thrilled with what she designed for me. I’m currently using pieces and parts I mixed together from Miss Tiina, and my elephants were illustrated by Audrey.
For hosting purposes, the ladies of Twenty70 Hosting take good care of me, and I completely recommend them for all your hosting needs!
First movie theater experience: check plus plus plus!
Tea, obviously. (I meandered into World Market on Black Friday & ended up being one of the first 100 shoppers. Free mug, huzzah!)
"Come sit on my lap, Buddy!" #triplets #BFF
Real life. My amazing juggling act falters when I'm called to cuddle my sick babies. 2/3 are on the mend, but they're flanking me while I hold the third in my lap. Spot the piles of clean laundry! The forgotten toys! The stalled ornament hanging! The tote
They're impressed with the tree lights. ✨
I found the big-kid ragamuffins wandering the Christmas tree lot, thought they'd look cute in a photo. #latergram #triplets
I might give him a hard time for his Monica Geller approach to life (rubber gloves & perfectly positioned chairs), but Rob does a great job rigging up these lights. I just wonder how creative his swears will be this year.
Jammies, juice, popcorn & movie. Welcome to our weekend. Not pictured: frequent coloring breaks, fevers, occasional vomit & countless boogie wipes.
Before I take my sick self to bed, I have to share the pretty custom necklace I ordered from @meganluvsjewels! Ruby for me, aquamarine for Rob, & citrine for ETC. Merry Christmas to meeeee! #smallbusinesssaturday #smallbizsaturday
They always play like this. #liesalllies #triplets
This magic moment #triplets
I first held Eleanor 3 years ago today. Maybe I shouldn't continue writing about things that happened 3 years ago, but ETC's birthday & #PrematurityAwarenessMonth always make November a month of reflection for me. And to be honest, I still feel the effect
As a kid who sucked her thumb entirely too long, I find Callista's bed-only thumb-sucking habit encouraging. That doesn't mean I don't feel the warm fuzzies when she sneaks in a fix in my view when tired or sick, like today. A mild cold, a sleepy day, a c
"Everybody say, 'Cookies!'" #triplets
Couch snuggs. E in my lap, T at my side, holding my hand.
Natural grip! Do you know how many years teachers had to fuss at my two-finger grip? E is a pro.
ETC haven't gone far from this spot all day. Three small marker-wielding kiddos in close proximity means I've already learned how easily dry erase markers comes off skin, but laundry is TBD.
#fbf: Our 1st @MarchofDimes March for Babies & ETC's 1st public outing after #NICU & RSV lockdown. Our team raised more than $11,000 that year (2011)! #PrematurityAwarenessMonth #triplets