Here are some pics from ultrasound #5, they are quite photogenic and always seem to do something silly. Something tells me they will probably be goofy like Phil! Boy these appointments keep getting longer and longer. First couple were about 20 min then next one was 45 min and the last two have lasted about 1.5 hours. Only another dozen or so to go by the time the trio is born. Then they make us wait for about half an hour, so that the radiologist can look over the results, just to tell us what we already guessed from talking to the technician, that every thing is normal. But I guess that's better than getting bad news. They have pretty much done all the anatomical measurements that are usually done via u/s, but they'll keep checking hearts and growth, which is standard procedure. They seem to be doing really well, no abnormalities, which I already alluded to. Same-Sames (identicals) have higher rates of club feet, cleft palates and a few other problems, all a consequence of when and how the baby split into three clones. Most of this would not significantly alter their lives and in fact most of these issues are curable/treatable. Today they checked their lips and all is well, no cleft palates. They all weighed in at about 8-9 ounces, their bellies and heads all are measuring ahead of schedule (19.5weeks) and their arms and legs right on schedule (18weeks) which doesn't surprise me since Phil and I are both short and wouldn't expect our babies to be real long. Phil cracked a joke that made the technician laugh, he said it's more probable for us to have identical triplets than to have a tall child.
As an aside, most of you may know or may not want to know that one of my favorite snacks is pickled pork skins drenched in lime juice, hot sauce and lots of salt. Well, I had the preconceived notion that this delicious treat was unhealthy so I would only allow my self the pleasure of enjoying them on special occasions, like when visiting my family, who also like them. So on my quest to look for calorie dense foods I thought this was my opportunity to 'pig' out on pork skins. So when Phil and I went grocery shopping and got to the Mexican isle I went looking for them, I picked up the jar and was disappointed to find out they're actually not that bad for you! A 2oz serving is only 46 cal of which 18 are fat cals. Besides the 2g of protein can't say they are that good for you but at least they are not as unhealthy as I thought. So the babies have now had their first Mexican treat! I hope they like them since I can't get Phil to eat them.