The envelope, please…

28 Apr

Boys? Girls? Eh?Nothing smacks you between the eyes quite like the sight of that positive pregnancy test and, from what I understand, the only moment to top it is the instant  your child–or, for us, children–are born.  But, thanks to ultrasound wizardry, contemporary parents get to enjoy a very specific pre-birth moment of adrenaline about midway through the 9 month journey.  And for Carey and me, that was today:

Today we found out what our children are.

For us, it wasn’t a question of whether or not we wanted to find out ahead of time.  We both agreed immediately: we need to know.  Life is loaded with enough surprises, particularly if you’re expecting triplets.  You’ll remember we calculated the odds and collected guesses from friends and acquaintances.  We had our secret druthers, but we knew that all the prayers and predictions in the world wouldn’t change any XXs or XYs in those little ones’ chromosomal soup.

Carey had her fingers crossed for two boys and a girl.  I didn’t really have a preference, as long as a boy was somewhere in the mix.

We headed back to Magella Medical Group today for the official anatomy scan.  They asked us up front: did we want to know?

Oh, yes.  We wanted to know.

So, the ultrasound tech did her thing and told us, one at a time, what we had.  Baby A was obvious, as was Baby B.  Baby C was a little more stubborn, but the kid finally moved the offending foot out the way and gave us a look.

Anyhow, enough wind-up.  Here’s the verdict:

I guess the Bear family name gets another go ’round.  And then some.

It’s true, the news hit Carey a little hard.  It’s difficult to resist the romance of a little girl… the cute outfits and the the perfume-y, sweet little moments that most every mom-to-be fantasizes about.  It’s difficult to trade dollhouses for action figures, dresses and hair ties for fart noises and broken furniture.  And she’ll probably need to mourn the daughter we’ll never have a little bit… and, I can’t lie, so will I.

But holy cow.  Check us out.  Three boys!  Three sons!  Can you beat that?

It’s time to get to work on the names, that’s for sure.  We’ve been putting it off, but the time for procrastination is over.  Truth be told, I think we’re fairly solid on two of the three.  So far, we’ve got two legitimate first name contenders and a middle name that now may need to be promoted to first name status.  But I suppose it’s all still up for grabs.

Hah.  “The Bear Fellows.”  I can honestly say that, of all the combos, it might be the one I expected the least.  But I guess that’s par for the course at this point.  Because, brother, who knew, I’m now a modern-day Steve Douglas (the TV one, not the guy Lincoln beat).

And I can hardly wait to meet these gentlemen.


21 Responses to “The envelope, please…”

  1. mark April 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Congratulations! BBB triplets. Wow. That’s exciting news indeed. They can date our GGG triplets when they are older 🙂

  2. Ami Bunch April 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Congratulations! And not that this will happen to you, but 2 days after we we had 3 enormous baby showers for our BBB triplets, we were told that Baby C was in fact, a girl and not a boy. Talk about irony. So tell Carey there’s still hope! 🙂 But really, 3 boys will be so awesome! So exciting! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Dirk April 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Holy crow. Holy. Crow.

  4. lauren April 29, 2011 at 4:42 am #

    So excited for you guys!! These boys are gonna be fantastic! (And Parker isn’t outnumbered anymore in the cousins lineup!) And… as one who has “3 of the same”… I must say when we found out Girl 3 was, well, a GIRL, I had lots of mixed feelings. Excited for our daughter, but knowing we were “done”, and sad to know I’ll never have a son. I felt a little guilty about it, and then a friend of mine reminded me that it’s entirely possible to “mourn the loss of what will never be” with out taking ANYTHING away from the excitement for what IS. And I didn’t want HER to be anything different. But I allowed myself a little sadness for the son I’ll never have. Anyhow, now that she’s out, we can’t imagine life any differently, and you’ll feel the same. Woohoo for boys!

  5. Randy Bear April 29, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    This seems a no-brainer to me.
    Doug, Gary, & Hank.
    What’s to think about?

  6. Jon April 29, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Congratulations, Bears! That’s three future weddings you’re not obligated to pay for. JACKPOT!

  7. pam April 29, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    HOOORAY!!!! I am so, so, so excited! And I will be happy to tell Carey in great detail how wonderful it is. I don’t regret not having a girl at all, honestly. I love, love, love having three boys. I swear I’m not just saying that because that’s what I have.

    Plus, as someone said to me when we found out we were having three of the same (we didn’t know they were ID at that point), it really “reinforces” the triplet-ness, which, in my opinion, is really fun. If you like the attention. Um, which I kind of do. 😛

  8. Helen April 29, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Congratulations! 3 boys is a ball! Your life will be filled with rough-housing but not too much drama – especially in the teenage years 😉

    It’s ok for her to mourn though – I did a bit. In fact, my very first thought was “Crap, my brother was really accident prone. How am I going to handle that times three?!”

  9. Andrea April 29, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Stopping by from M&M. Congratulations! I been stalking your blog waiting for the announcement. How very exciting!

  10. Jason April 29, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Congrats you two! As someone above mentioned, it may not be set in stone. But, they’re pretty darn accurate usually… Oh, and if they can make out the distinctive “turtle” via ultrasound you definitely got boys 😉

    Our ID twins (A & B) were easy to identify pretty early on. But, baby C was a bit harder to be sure about. It took about 2-4 weeks after we found out about the boys to know fraternal baby C was indeed a girl.

    Again, congrats!!

  11. Jenny Lovette April 29, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Wow! This is way out of my territory (being 1 of 4 GIRLS!) Congratulations 🙂 !!! This is going to be so fun to watch. And I just can’t resist…you can name them “Moe, Larry, and Curly”…if they are anything like their dad…a total crack-up!

  12. Bob W. April 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Congrat’s you guys. Three boys, wow. Not that you’re looking for any advice on names but if I remember my Greek Mythology correctly, Heracles (Hercules) fathered triplet sons named
    Agathyrsus, Gelonus, and Scythes. One of them became a king, I think. Just sayin’….

  13. Lorie (Martin) Nagy April 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    3 boys are the BEST! Loud and chaotic during the preschool years, yes. But so little drama and so much fun and action! Congratulations!

  14. Erin April 30, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    As I told Parker the news last night as I tucked him into bed his eyes got as big as saucers. He said, “Yay! I thought they’d all be boys.” Having only one other boy cousin, he’s more than ready for these fellows. Congratulations. They will be lifetime buddies. And, having both a boy and a girl, I agree with some of the other comments–other than getting more stitches, boys ARE easier than girls. What fun!

  15. nikandthetrip April 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    HI! I bumped here from Pam (pyjammy)’s fb page! I’m glad I did! I also have triplets, two boys and a girl though! they are 3 years old like Pam’s. I will follow from Italy! Congratulation and welcome aboard!


  16. Rachel Joiner May 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Congrats Jeremy and Carey!!! 3 boys is truly wonderful! James and I have decided if we want that ever-allusive girl, we’ll adopt. Just invest in some well-stocked first aid kits and costco-size detergent and let the good times roll! Oh and maybe a couple of rain ponchos for you and Carey during diaper duty (if they’re anything like my newest little guy). The distance at which he can pee has got to be defying the laws of physics!

  17. Angela Ogden Dephouse May 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Congrats! Those 3 boys are going to be so much fun! Boys are rough-and-tumble, but they really love their mamas. When Carrie gets that first spontaneous cuddle and smells that sweaty head, she won’t be able to remember wishing for a girl! 🙂

    • Angela Ogden Dephouse May 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

      Carey, sorry I spelled your name wrong. It’s 2am and my brain is off.

  18. StayatHomeTripletDad May 12, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Congratulations!!! Note to Mom…. boys like hitting, breaking, and throwing thing. They also like throwing things at and hitting people and it IS fun! Don’t tell them it is not fun, that is a LIE! Just work on telling them it is not nice and ask if they would like it done to them. Also, don’t ask, “why did you do that?” The answer “because I wanted to.” ha ha!

    Have fun,



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