Also, yesterday I had a surprise visit! They offer pet therapy here at the hospital. This is where trained dogs go around and visit paitents to lift their spirits. As soon as I heard about this, I had to put my name on the list. I still miss my dogs so much and it would just be so nice to love on someone else's. My visitor was 110 pound Nietzsche, a giant Schnouzer and standard Poodle mix...or a Schnoodle. He was awesome! He just came on in and put his front paws on the end of my bed and just let me love him. After a few minutes, he decided he wasn't quite comfortable enough and jumped up so that his entire body was on the foot of my bed! What a nice treat on a Sunday afternoon! Here is a pic from our visit.
As most of you know, early on in our pregnancy (8 weeks to be exact) we were diagnosed with having a untypical complication with two of the babies. First, we were told that 3 of the babies were identical which means they share a placenta or a chorion(outer sac). There is danger in this because all 3 babies would be competing for their own nutrients, fluid and oxygen. Even more dangerous, 2 of the 3 babies shared an amniotic sac(inner sac). As those two babies get bigger, the chance of a cord accident is extremely high and could happen in an instant. So not only did we have the normal complications that go along with a quadruplet pregnancy but we also have these other added risks. We have been specific in our prayers regarding these issues and been so blessed up to this point to not have any of these issues arise.
Last Monday, we had our growth ultrasound done. I believe Nick posted the babies' measurements for you. What we left out because we were waiting for confirmation from a doctor was that the ultrasound tech, Tara, was quite certain she saw a membrane between baby c & d....meaning they would each have their own inner sac. These are the same two babies that were diagnosed at 8 weeks as being monoamniotic twins. She tried to get the doctor on call to come in a view with his own eyes but he was in surgery...so she took lots of pictures to show him later. We had two more ultrasounds later in the week to figure out if what we were seeing was really a membrane! Finally on Thursday, Dr. Clewell scanned me and said that we definitely have all four babies with their own amniotic sac! This means the chance of a cord accident between each other are zero. What a relief! Praise and glory be to God!
When we found out, all I kept thinking was "unbelievable, unbeliveable, this is unbelievable!" but then when I really thought about it, I decided that this news is NOT unbeilievable. It is very much believable. Believable because of who my God is and how He is so faithful and how He answers prayers. I think the better term is "Undeniable!" He is undeniable. Throughout this whole pregnancy, it has been undeniable that He has been in control and at work. We thank you so much for being so faithful in your prayers and hope that you are as blessed as we are to see the power of prayer!
Kami (27 weeks 1 day today!)
7a-8a : wake up
8a-9a : breakfast delivered, monitor 1 hour for contractions
9a-10a : 1st (30 minutes or so) session of hydrotherapy...they take me to a giant tub where I can float, relax, etc. This is been proven very good for blood flow, swelling, blood pressure and babies growth. I also get to bathe here!
10a-10:30: mid-morning snack delivered, usually a resident/dr. comes in to speak with me and check on me
11a-12p: another resident pops in to do an in-room ultrasound to check the babies heart rates. Yes, I get to see them on the screen everyday now!
1p-2p: Lunch delivered
2p-5p: I usually find time to take a nap sometime in these hours, another dr. check in visit, afternoon snack
6p-8p: 2nd session of hydrotherapy, supper delivered, monitor 1 hour for contractions, settle in for night TV...LOST, American Idol and whatever else gets my attention...the Bachelor too!
Throughout the day, my blood pressure is being taken hourly. Nurses are checking on me, bringing me my scheduled medicine (Motrin, prenatal vitamin, and baby aspirin.) Also on Tuesday, I received my first steroid shot and on yesterday the second. Dr. Elliott and his associates determined that this would be an optimum time to give the shot since we do not know how fast the preeclampsia will progress. The steroid shots helps to mature the babies lungs. It has the best effects on the babies beginning 48 hours after the first shot...which will be today at 3pm.
Steroid shot...lovely! I look as though I am in pain, but I am really not!
Before I got to Good Sam, most of my dr. visits have been with Dr. Elliott. In the hospital, it is whichever PPA doctor (his associates) is here that will check in with me. So far, I have been so impressed and pleased with all the doctors, residents and nurses. I do not have anything to complain about!
As for the babies, they are all doing wonderfully, growing together, hearts beating, moving around...it's still so amazing to see each time. As for me, I feel fine. Sure...I am slowing down a bit, a bit out of breath from getting out of bed and going to the restroom. But as for aches, pains, headaches, blurred vision...none of that here! Contractions are under control (with only Motrin) and my blood pressure is pretty stable(with no meds) Praise God again! My feet are a little puffy but the doctors aren't too concerned with that yet. Dr. Lam keeps saying..."well, I can still see your ankles so that is a good sign!"
Big Pop (my dad) is here! He arrived Tuesday evening and one of the first thing he was able to see was an ultrasound. This was his first one. He was all in the resident's grill...asking what is this, what is that! It was too funny. He is very excited and I am glad he got to be a part of it! Please pray for him though because he has been having a severe headache since last weekend. He has been to his doctor, the emergency rooms of Baton Rouge and Phoenix and still no test has shown anything to be wrong...they've just given him pain meds and sent him on his way.
Look at him! He's all in it!
One of the goodies he brought with him....a King Cake straight from New Orleans! I love 'em! I joked and said I didn't know which I was happier to see..him or the cake! I have to say this is one of the best if not the BEST one I have ever had! Traveler's note***If you plan to fly with a King Cake, it must be an original...not a filled one. At least this is Southwest's rule.
Mmmmmm....a slice of home!
Last week I forgot to post my 25 week belly pic so here it is, and unfortunately I haven't taken one yet this week. Maybe next post!
One last thing, the King Family had their babies a few weeks ago at 25 weeks and are in need of all of our prayers. One of their sons, Preston, is now in kidney failure, and if his tiny kidneys do not start functioning correctly, the doctors have said that he will only make it 3 to 4 weeks at the most. Two of their other babies, Madelyn and Parker, underwent heart surgery Tuesday night. As of their last post, the surgery went well but both babies were still under anesthesia. I can't even imagine the pain they are feeling. Please keep them in your prayers and you can click on their link to keep up with their updates.
Needless to say this has been a very emotional day for Kami. In her words, "the babies are doing well but now I'm not". Please pray that her body will hold up and that the preeclampsia will not progress. Besides the news today, she is feeling fine. She's still able to move around as necessary and doesn't have any other pains. She still has a positive attitude and we know that God is in control!
Speaking of the babies doing well, the techs did the growth ultrasound today. Everybody looked good - fluids, heartbeats, etc. As you can see below, they're all measuring very close to one another:
Sloan (Baby A): 1 lb 15 oz - 26 weeks 0 days
Baby B: 1 lb 13 oz - 25 weeks 6 days
Baby C: 1 lb 11 oz - 25 weeks 5 days
Baby D: 1 lb 11 oz - 25 weeks 4 days
One of today's highlights was that fellow HOM mom Kami Crisanti and her mom came by to meet my Kami today. Not only do they have the same name and spelling in common, but my Kami is in the same room as Kami Crisanti was in! How 'bout them apples?
Big Pop is AZ bound tomorrow. I'm a little jealous because he gets to see his wife before I do. There's been plenty of "man jokes" going around while we've been bachelors though! I will get to see her soon though.
I love you Kami Shea!!
In other news, the Lexus is sold. All the x's and o's still have to be signed but the buyer is actually the mom of a good friend of ours. Ms. Linda you will love it!
I want to say "thank you" to everyone who is following this blog. It is AWESOME to see the number people that care and I can tell you we feel your prayers! This is going to so awesome for us and I can't wait! I'll be heading out to AZ at the end of the month and will be able to work remotely from there (as much as possible). We continue to take things one day at a time and we're enjoying the ride!
P.S. How 'bout those Cardinals!
I am so grateful that this is only the first trip to the triage. Even the nurses commented on how well I was doing. Early on in the pregnancy, the Lord taught me a huge lesson about trusting Him. I admit sometimes I get distracted with all the why's, when's, how's, etc, but ultimately as a Christian, I have to come back to "He knows. This is His awesome plan and I just need to let Him work." So tonight I am praising Him for the news we received and for loving me. I pray for our babies and that His perfect will be done.
Love and blessings,
Nick is at home for the next few weeks tying up loose ends. One of the items on his "daddy-do" list is to sell my car. I love my car, but I just don't think we will be fitting 4 carseats in it...EVER! Not sure yet what we will be getting so if any of you have suggestions...especially you quad moms and dads, we are open to them! I will say that it has been my lifelong dream to drive a minivan (that may be a slight exaggeration!) but really I love them! Anyway, my car (Nick calls it a truck) is in excellent shape. Here are some pics and details. If you or know someone who is interested, please contact Nick at email@example.com.
2004 Lexus RX330
6 disc changer
Sweet little baby Sloan posed for her picture!
Baby B - yes, his chin is resting on his chest! He's almost in a ball...poor little guy!
Love and blessings,
My contractions have been picking up over the last few days so Dr. Elliott put me on Motrin to hopefully slow them down. A potential side effect of Motrin is that it will decrease the amniotic fluid. We will be monitoring the fluid twice a week now so they will be keeping a close eye on that and can take me off the Motrin if needed. Please pray that I can stay on the Motrin to slow the contractions and that the amniotic fluid of all babies stays at an adequate level. Also today, I had the fetal fibronectin test. If the test comes back positive, it will mean that I have an increased risk of going into preterm labor within the next 2 weeks. Please pray for a negative result! We will find out tomorrow.
Nick and I were able to visit a quad family here this past weekend. I want to thank the Carlson's for opening their home and showing us the ropes of their quad "operation." The Carlson's (they are on my blog roll to the right) have a 4 year old little boy, Jared, and have 10 month old girls, Suzan, Anna, Bethany and Brielle. Wow! It was so awesome to see them in action and talk with Paul and Maria. It is so comforting to have so much support from all these amazing women (and their families) who have been through this before. Thanks to all you HOM moms...you have been great!