Sunday, June 29, 2008

My 6th Wedding Anniversary!! 22 wks, 4 days

Matt and Sandra Hannah Noelle
Well, today makes 6 years for Matt and I and we are spending it at the hospital! Hannah Noelle went home with her Uncle Coach (my brother, Stephen) Aunt K-Pae (my sister-in-law, Kristy) and my nephew, Jayce. Today was a very rough day! Aunt Pae-Pae (my sister, Andrea) was here for a visit from Houston and today was the day she went home. Hannah Noelle (HN) needed a nap really bad and (shhh!) I think her dad may have given her a little too much Zyrtec! He's trying really hard to do everything just like mommy and for the most part, he's doing a jam up job! He even fixed her hair all by himself today!! Anyway, when the word airport was spoken, HN went NUTS! I mean, beyond NUTS!! I thought the psychiatric doctor was about to walk through the door any minute!! "I don't want my Pae-Pae to leave, I just want her to stay here." She was crying, Andrea was crying, I was crying, it was just horrible!!! She fell asleep as soon as they got in the car and didn't even have to say the dreaded goodbye at the airport! Whew!!! Matt and I then settled in to my lovely hospital room and got online to figure out where supper would come from! He's gone to O'Charley's now!!!

Now for the medical update!! I'm 22 wks, 4 days as of today! My cervix will be measured again in the morning and will give us a little better idea of my length here. If it's still measuring above 4, I MAY get to go home. My luck, I'll get home, monitor that night, fail and be right back here and then not have such a great room! Don't get me wrong, I'll take the opportunity to go home, but I also know the longer I'm here, the less time the babies will be in the NICU. They are planning on doing a growth assessment Thursday which will be four weeks from the last assessment. I can give my assessment of what I think their personalities will be:

Baby A: Cannon Gregory - laid back, not much bothers him, but when he wants to be
recognized, he will sure put on a show!!!

Baby B: Gunner Cole - wild and crazy!! fights with his sister, Lauren, non stop!

Baby C: Lauren Katherine (I think that's how we're spelling it) - beyond wild and crazy!! she is
up more than she's asleep!

Baby D: Avery Caroline - sweet, sweet! She's so laid back and quiet, rarely makes me

Wednesday which will be 23 weeks I will get my first round of steroid shots for the babies lungs! Very exciting day! I have heard the shot is horrible!!!! The two shots I get every day are already horrible! The needle doesn't hurt but the medicine stings the entire time they are injecting it! Remember, I gave myself shots to get this way so I'm not a wienie, this medicine really does hurt. My arms and legs are completely black and blue from the shots!

Andrea took some pictures of me while she was here so I will post them when she sends them. This is a picture of all four of the babies at almost 14 weeks.

We don't get pics with all of them anymore, they're too big!! I have some newer ones of each individual baby that I will send home with Bridgette and let her scan them!

Please continue to pray for the babies, my sanity, Hannah Noelle and Matt!!!! Also, because of the distance to and from the hospital, pray something miraculous happens with gas prices!!!!

MySpace Post from 6/17, 20wks, 5 days

Hello everyone!! Well, as most of you know I am currently in the hospital. Thursday I was sent to the hospital by the home monitoring company that they had me set up on. I had had 12 contractions in one hour. After staying at the hospital for a few hours with moderate contractions and uterine irritability I was transferred to my doctor's office. There they measured my cervical length and were very impressed. The doctor said, if it wasn't for that length, I'd be keeping you at the hospital. Well, Saturday night I monitored again because I was very very uncomfortable! (I have to monitor twice a day regardless) I failed my test. My doctor told me to take the medicine I had for contractions and wait 30 minutes and retest. I did, but nothing changed. He told me to get to USA immediately and bring my bags. This was at around 10:30. We met Matt's mom so she could take Hannah Noelle home with her. When we got to the hospital they hooked me up to the monitor and started monitoring the contractions. The doctor then came in and checked me and my cervix was closed but it immediately started contractions back to back. Then came the news, you're not going home! I was admitted to Labor and Delivery at South Alabama Women's and Children's. They started an IV with fluids and hooked me up to a new monitor and started me on meds every four hours for contractions. I generally do good for three hours and then the fourth hour is pretty rough. I was still planning on going home on Sunday. Well, Sunday came and went and then it was Monday morning. Monday morning the ultrasound tech came in and measured my cervix again and it had not changed. I'm still measuring 4.7 which is absolutely unbelievable!! Most 20 week pregnant patients with one baby don't even measure that big! (At least that's what I was told!) I'm so excited and so proud of my body!!! Then the news, you get to take a shower!!! Oh, glory day! I was SO HAPPY and felt so refreshed!!! Around 11 I got transferred up to the High Risk Floor in my own room with a window!!! I am still not sure how long I will be here, I've heard everything from 48 hours to two weeks and until I deliver which is hopefully at the least 9 weeks from now. Please keep the babies and myself in your prayers and pray for the "cervix of titanium" to stay long!!! Pray for my sanity, I'm only allowed out of the bed for 30 minutes a day, 15 minutes to shower and 15 minutes for a wheelchair ride! Pray for Hannah Noelle! She's doing great and coming to visit every day, but I know her world is just as turned upside down as mine is! Pray that the babies grow and grow! As of last Thursday the girls, Lauren and Avery are measuring 13 ounces, Cannon is measuring 14 ounces and my Chunky Monkey Gunner is measuring a whopping one pound!! Add up their weights and lengths and I'm carrying almost 4 pounds of babies and over 28 inches of baby, that's not including the amniotic fluid of each baby. Thanks for your continued support and pray for 30 weeks!!!! Love to you all!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

First Post

Okay. This is my first blog so I don't even really know what I'm doing!! I'm going to make it short and simple in case I'm doing something wrong!! I'm 19 weeks pregnant with quadruplets!!!