No, I Live Here

“Are you checking in?” a Labor and Delivery employee I haven’t met asks me. “No, I live here.” I’ve been “living” at the hospital for two weeks now. Nothing has really changed, except that it has become my new normal and I’ve accepted the situation. My daily highlights include any visitors, showering, and my daily jaunt outside. I had to fight hard for daily outside time, but I won. It’s the little things.

My friend Dane took this photo after a rousing game of Scrabble. We’ve had a few friends over to my new apartment for game night.

I’m still pretty mobile and healthy and the babies seem to be doing great. I’ve occupied my time with reading, watching Netflix, Hulu, and some of the movies a friend brought me, befriending the nurses and cleaning staff, doing a puzzle, and most recently, playing the ukulele. I tried the knitting thing, but it hasn’t stuck.

Baby monitoring selfie. They monitor the babies 2 times a day now just to make sure everyone is doing well.


The end is not quite in site yet, but I’m at least 1/2 way done with the hospital stay.

Here’s the nursery, pretty much complete, right before I left for the hospital. Awesome mobiles over the cribs courtesy of my baby shower.


Since going from zero to three babies will be shocking, at least returning to my own home will feel like a victory. Stay tuned!

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A Few of My Favorite Things… #delusionaloptimism

I’ve been in the hospital for 6 days. The consensus seems to be that I have an overly cautious and pessimistic doctor who thinks I’m developing preeclampsia. Meanwhile, all my lab results are negative, there is no sign of labor, and my blood pressure is in the normal range. A nurse even tried to reason with him. It didn’t work. I’m here. I’m not going to lie, it’s incredibly frustrating and I’ve spent more than 20 hours crying, but it is time for an attitude adjustment and working on things I can control. Let’s not even get into the fact that I’ve lost control of my own health care.

I read this article today about how happy thoughts can help you be happier. Since my personal happiness is important for the health of the babies, I immediately started instituting some of the ideas… specifically: “Positive Mental Time Travel” and “Being Optimistic, Even to the Point of Delusion.” Positive Mental Time Travel is somewhat obvious, I think back to all the amazing places I’ve been and the good times I’ve had. Favorites include our Grand Canyon Trip in 2012, ski trips up north, or just time at the lake or on the beach. In all of these fantasies, I feel myself mentally transcending my body and I literally feel the happiness I felt at those times permeating through my body. It’s weird, but it feels great.

Wow, I look happy here proving TLC wrong. Let’s pretend we’re in Havasu Creek.

We’re so happy here! Let’s pretend the hospital is actually a backcountry ski hut in British Columbia! (photo by Emily Polar)

Delusional optimism involves mental time travel that includes the triplets. Examples include:

It’s 20 years from now. The triplets are fine musicians and performing on stage at Coachella and I’m right there – they give me a bit part playing some instrument. The crowd is loving it!

It’s 5 years from now and we scored a Grand Canyon permit! We bring all of our best friends and have a perfect time – costume parties every night, games at camp, great weather and hikes.

It’s 10 years from now. The triplets have become competent sailors. We decide to sail to Europe for the ski season so the boys can train under Austrian coaching. We spend the fall sailing and traveling and then spend the winter and spring living near Salzburg. We decide to complete our sail by swinging back around Iceland and I show them the Shifting Ice route in April.

The list goes on and on and it’s pretty fun!

Music, also music, like this performance by Solange. The dance moves cheer me up. I think the babies move more when I play this.

 

Upbeat pop music always lightens the mood.

I feel better already!

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Tahoe Triplet Update

It’s becoming quite the scene to go out in public and I’ve decided the only acceptable thing to ever say to pregnant women is “you look great!” or “you’re all belly” or some variation of those and “let me know if you need any help.” Inappropriate things vary from “you’re about to pop” to “it’s Saturn without the rings.” It does seem that many people have an opinion to share about triplets or twins, like today at Trader Joe’s a woman told me her niece carried triplets till 40 weeks and they were born at 8 lbs each. Um, I’m pretty sure that was a blatant lie since I read this about some record triplets a while back – 22 lbs of baby to 36 weeks. Anyway, despite what you may know about me, this is not a competition I’m trying to win! I’m just trying to take the triplet pregnancy one day at a time. I figure that is good practice for raising triplets too.

So, how are those dudes doing? Well, today they all looked great. They are likely over 3 lbs each – they get a growth estimate next week. I’m doing very well, but had some tests come back that indicate issues to come in the near future, so I was told I may be hospitalized today. The good news is that I wasn’t, I just had to get more blood work and the doctor advised me to rest more, work less, and not swim or do any strenuous exercise. So it’s dog walks only for me.

Is managing 4 dogs under 3 years old similar to managing triplets? Probably not.

Two to six weeks left until they come. We’ll probably never be ready, but at least the nursery is coming together. And, I’m definitely ready to not be pregnant and start the road to recovery!

Super cool glider and poof my mom got for us from West Elm. And a perfectly sized changing table from Pottery Barn Kids courtesy of my Aunts.

Here are the 3 cribs with 3 handmade quilts from my friend Greta and cool decals on the wall from Etsy! Oh yeah, and my giant belly!

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First Public Slideshow on Shifting Ice and Changing Tides!

A week from today, I’ll be giving the first public slide show on the Shifting Ice and Changing Tides expedition from last April. In case you haven’t been an avid reader of this blog, the show will cover the expedition of an all-female team via sailboat to ski first descents in Iceland and Greenland! I was a member of the team and worked on the project for over a year before setting sail last April! The trip was amazing and I hope to bring you along with the slide show!

Just a teaser to get you excited! See more amazing photos like these next Friday!

Details:

Date: Friday, January 9th, 2015

Time: 7pm

Location: Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema, Tahoe City, CA

Cost: FREE!

More info here! 

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Introducing the Tahoe Triplets

One of the reasons I have not been regularly blogging is because I found out in early September that I was pregnant with triplets and it has been a bit overwhelming. We went through many of the stages of grief I guess – not because we were sad, just because it was quite shocking news to receive. While we were trying to have a baby, we weren’t trying to have 3 at once! After the news was broken to us at the 10 week ultrasound, I mourned the loss of skiing through my 7th month of pregnancy and really, just being a normal pregnant person! We’ve totally accepted the triplets now and are even excited (terrified, but excited!). It is quite a unique and special thing to have “spontaneous triplets.” Look that up if you feel the need to ask “are they natural?” It’s like being part of a special club? I think! Anyway, because I miss the old days of adventuring, I thought I’d make a list of all the cool things the triplets have done in utero:

1st Trimester

  • Rode Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Van Sickle, and the Bench
  • Downhill mountain biking at Northstar

I opted not to hit this jump at Northstar, but this girl styled it! I started practicing turning down unnecessary risk pretty early since that has never been easy for me!

  • 3rd Place at the 4th Annual Angora Lakes Triathlon

The start of this years Angora Lakes Triathlon

  • A lot of sailing on Lake Tahoe
  • Learned to be a pretty good waterskier!

I got to waterski about 8 times this summer/fall and really started to improve!

  • Wakesurfed

Surfing Lake Tahoe is always fun!

  • Whitewater kayaked a few Class 3 runs

This is my pal Amanda hitting up Hospital Bar on the South Fork American… I had hit the same line 30 seconds earlier.

  • Rode the Downieville Downhill

Riding the technical section of the Downieville Downhill the day before I found out about the triplets.

  • 3 day backpacking trip in the Hoover Wilderness

2nd Trimester

  • Ran 4 miles in the Chicago Marathon

I’m all smiles here, but a few hours later I realized I wouldn’t be running a lot during this pregnancy!

  • Surfed in Santa Cruz

Surfing at the hook on a mellow wave day. Best part was the sea otters swimming nearby!

  • Sailed in the SF Bay

Rachael Burks and I sailing in the San Francisco Bay. Photo by my buddy Greg Marsden!

  • Road bike ride in the Oakland Hills
  • Skied at Mammoth, Heavenly, and Kirkwood (7 resort days)

We hit Mammoth on opening day so I could ski as early in the pregnancy as possible! My jacket still fits in this photo!

  • Backcountry skis at Carson Pass and Echo Lakes
  • Swam a lot of yards – still doing this!
  • Mountain biked Corral loop, Tahoe Mountain, and Powerlines

Evening ride with preggo partner in crime Nira on Tahoe Mountain.

I still have a few weeks till my 3rd trimester as technically I’m 25 weeks pregnant, but things happen a lot faster with triplets. They say add anywhere from 10-14 weeks so if that is true, I look and feel like someone due in about a week! The goal is to make it as close to 36 weeks as possible. Most pregnancies are 40 weeks. I’m slowing down quite a bit and walking and swimming seem to feel the best at this point. But at this point, the triplets have been exposed to quite the variety of outdoor sports and should be pretty well rounded athletes! I’ve been debating whether or not to start a triplet specific blog or just momentarily cover this journey here. I think the most interesting thing will be the comeback so I’m leaning towards business as usual on meghankellyteles.com. If you have an opinion, let me know!

This is me just 10 days ago and just under 24 weeks along. Yep, super pregnant!

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So Much Has Happened!

After an extraordinarily successful spring traveling to Greenland via sailboat and skiing first descents as a member of the Shifting Ice and Changing Tides team and a Climate Reality Project Ambassador, the summer was a whirlwind of catching up with my real job and finishing a creek restoration that had been in the works for over 10 years!

Then I found out I was pregnant with triplets! More on that later.

But something else cool happened. The multi-year all female ski flick that Lynsey Dyer has been working on hit the streets and the response has been phenomenal. I was even interviewed in Powder Magazine for it! Check out page 68 of the December 2014 issue!
MK_LL Powder Magazine
More on everything else later!

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SheJumps California Whitewater Weekend!

I’ve barely been in my kayak this summer so I’m really looking forward to this event put on this weekend (August 8-10) by the California Chapter of SheJumps!

Join other females for a weekend of whitewater instruction and progression on the South Fork of the American River! We will camp along the river at the Coloma Resort Lotus for two nights and do runs varying from Class 2 to Class 3. Open to women of all experience levels.

Gear is available to borrow from California Canoe & Kayak. Bring a kayak, skirt, helmet, pfd, and paddle if you have it.

Sign up for all scheduled activities HERE including :

Women’s Whitewater 101 Clinic ($229), Saturday & Sunday. This class is for total beginners to the sport of whitewater kayaking. Students will learn how to exit the kayak safely, how to maneuver the kayak, and how to engage currents correctly in a Class 2 section of the South Fork American river. Sign up here! Sign up here.

Women’s Whitewater 201 Clinic ($229), Saturday & Sunday. This class is for women that have taken a introductory whitewater class before and are ready to get back on the river and work on skills. The class will run a section of the South Fork American River from Marshall Gold State Park to Camp Lotus. Sign up here.

Step Up Your Kayaking with Playboating Concepts  with pro Jessica Yurtinus ($75+Eventbrite fee; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll), Saturday, Chile Bar play run! Sign up here!

Get it on the Gorge, a guided paddle on the Gorge with professional kayaker Sara James (donation to SheJumps, open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll), Sunday, Gorge. Sign up here.

Other Scheduled Events:
Friday Social Hour at Marco’s, Friday at 7pm: to get aquainted and talk about the weekend.

Group paddle on Chili Bar, Saturday, 9 AM @Coloma Resort, 9:30 at CCK (free; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll)

Saturday Dinner: eat well, drink heartily and make some new paddling friends! Slideshow by Sara James. Bring a dish to share or cook at camp!

Group paddle on  the Gorge, Sunday, 10:15 AM at Coloma Resort or 10:30 at CCK (free; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll)

Camping at a SheJumps group camp at Coloma Resort both Friday and Saturday nights. $15/night.

Here is the complete schedule for the weekend:

Friday

Any time after 1pm on Friday: show up at Coloma Resort and check in under Meghan Kelly (Reservation # G102271). Coloma Resort is located at 6921 Mt. Murphy Road in Coloma. Please pay Meghan $15 for each night you plan to stay if you didn’t pre-pay.

6:00 PM: Meghan will be at camp to greet people.

7:00 – 9:00 PM: Informal social dinner at Marcos  in Coloma.

Saturday

9:00 AM: Meet at CCK for 101, 201, and Step up your Kayaking with Playboating Concepts clinics if you’re signed up.

9:30 AM: Meet at Coloma Resort to Shuttle up to Chili Bar for open Chili Bar Run. Self shuttle and take out at Coloma Resort or join some less advanced paddlers for a trip from Coloma Resort to Lotus or Greenwood.

12:30 PM: C to G run for Class 2 boaters! meet at Coloma Resort. Scout Sorcic will be the point person for this and some paddlers from the Chili Bar run will likely join to help too.

4:00 PM: Roll Session by Scout Sorcic and co. Meet at Coloma Resort and we’ll find a spot near there!

7:00 PM: Potluck at Coloma Resort. Bring your favorite camping dish to make or share. SheJumps will have a few main vegetarian courses available.

8:00 PM: Slide show by Sara James and others!

Sunday

9:00 AM: Meet at CCK for 101 and 201 clinics if you’re signed up.

10:00 AM: Meet at Sierra Rising Bakery for Sara James’ “Get it on the Gorge” run and the open Gorge Run. We’ll set shuttle from there. (we’ll need to break down camp prior to this!)

2 or 3pm, let’s all meet for a beer at CCK!

What to Bring

Boat, paddle, pfd, skirt, and helmet – all of these things are available for rent from CCK but call ahead!

A dish to share on Saturday night

Camping gear

We are excited to recognize California Canoe & Kayak as a partner for this event!

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