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Friday, February 13, 2015

Adventure of Plexus

So we have been looking and reading and seeing results of people on Plexus.  So we talked about it for a while! We took the leap and ordered and became an Ambassad for the discount.  I plan to blog daily on this adventure for the next 30 days. 

So today is Day 1 of Plexus...  I had the pink drink plus the accelerator... Will report daily the prior day!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Here's a little story...

Now that I am back at work, I can actually sit down and put fingers to keyboard and type out this huge update on what has happened since my 24 week has been a crazy roller coaster, but sit back and I will give you the play by play :)

The 24th week of my pregnancy seems like so long ago, and in reality it kind of is long ago. For those of you who may not know, our goal was to make it to 28 weeks after we hit the 24 week milestone. The doctors really did not expect me to go to 28 weeks or much past that if I did make it to that milestone! My blood pressure had remained good, and my cervix was not opening at all every week when I went for my preterm labor prevention appointment. This was a good thing! The babies were looking good on screen, and their sizes and weights were measuring even a little ahead! I seemed to be doing great and they thought "When is she going to have these babies?" We had our Care Conference and the neonatologist and my OB were there to plan out the delivery and what would happen. At that point the neonatologist stated that the babies’ sizes and weights at that time were already positive, and that he felt that any time that they were born after that would be a great outcome. So we went on...week by week went by, and I was getting more tired and miserable, and we were expecting the babies to come any time. Labor never really came. I went to my OB and she said I just scheduled your c-section for Friday the 28th of September at 10:00AM. She said, "I didn't want to schedule it because I feel like I just jinxed us, but the hospital had kept calling, the neonatologists kept calling asking how are your quadruplets doing, and all I could say was she is still pregnant and doing well, and they were like well we need to plan how this will all happen, so we need to pick a day." So she picked a day, and of course as fate would have jinxed us :). On September 16th I started itching like crazy and called the on call Dr. at our OB's office and she said ok go ahead and take some Benadryl, and have the Perinatologists take a look tomorrow and if need be we will see you in the office. I went in Monday morning for my pre-term labor prevention appointment and my nurse said ok you have dialated like 1.25 cm so your cervix is open now, and when she did my pee test she dipped 3+ proteins in my urine. My blood pressure was still doing well, but I had also gained 30lbs in the past 3 weeks, so I might be developing Help Syndrome, which could affect my kidneys and liver, it was basically a sign of pre-eclampsia without it affecting my blood pressure. I had had my baby shower about a week before and my mom measured me and I was 72 inches around my waist...I am only 5'2", so that was crazy. It had become harder and harder to get out of bed or to lay down. I was miserable. I went into the ultrasound room and they were going to have me do a 24hour urine analysis to see if I was becoming pre-eclamptic or getting this Help Syndrome, but when I got into the ultrasound room and they started to look at the babies they could not see the presenting baby(now known as Aeryn) all they could get was her heartbeat. The perinatologist talked it over and said there comes a time when they are better out than in, and I think that time has come because we can't acurately monitor this baby because of all of the edema(swelling) I had on my lower belly. I was still itching. I had been taking 3 shots of insulin a day. They sent me to labor and delivery and said they would do the urine test there and that I would likely deliver within 24-48hours...and my doctor was off for the day!

They monitored me through the night since my doctor was out and she came in the next morning and said "Why is it every time I am off you wind up in the hospital?" It was funny, but so true. She asked me why they were looking to deliver...what was prompting it? We told her they could not monitor the baby and about all the other things and she said ok don't eat anything else...we are doing the c-section at 3:30PM. Start the roller coaster...

The nurses came in and started getting my IV lines set up and I spent some time with Sher and Lizzy for the last times by ourselves before the babies were born. Lizzy was wearing her Big Sister scrubs we had bought her and she was so cute! I just kept praying let me make it through this to see my baby again and let my other babies be ok. They took me back and gave me a spinal and my lower body went completely numb. There were so many people in the delivery room that we had already anticipated as the hospital had to have a team for each baby that had a doc, a nurse and a respiratory therapist. They did not have room in the delivery room for all of them to remain in there, so some were stationed outside to get the babies and check them out in a different room. They all kept saying how well I did to carry them to 33 weeks 2 days, but I just said I just did what my body let me do. In the delivery room was me and Sher and when they were doing the surgery, and taking the babies out I did not hear them cry at first, so I was scared. Baby A was the first one out and she weighed 5lb 4oz, and I did not know it at the time, but she was not breathing when she came out. They had to get her to breathing and she went on the c-pap. Baby B was out next 5lb 1oz and he was doing well, no c-pap needed. Baby C came out and she did not need any c-pap either and weighed 4lb 9 oz. And baby D came out and he had to go on c-pap and weighed 5lbs even. Sher did not know it, but when they were taking out baby C and D I really thought I was about to was scary I think I was getting anxiety, but it literally felt like my entire insides were sitting on my chest and I felt like I could not breathe. The nurse assured me she was looking at my O2 level and I was breathing and getting good oxygen, but something felt wrong with me. I just kept saying I was ok. Sher had to leave me and go with the babies to get their weights and lengths and stuff and said that she had never been in an elevator that went so fast. They had let me at least see all of them before they took them up to the NICU, then sewed and stapled me together and sent me to recovery.

I guess I was in recovery for a few hours, or it seemed that way when they came and wheeled me to my room. I am sure I slept for a long time til they came in to do my vitals and give me my meds, and there were a lot of them too…I had perkoset for pain, Lasix to get the fluid off of me, Lovenox injections to keep me from developing blood clots, some kind of stool softener and something for gas. I wasn’t able to get up til that night and they let me go to the NICU to see the babies with the catheter in and hauling around the IV. They were absolutely beautiful and perfect-all four of them. It was at this time that the boys were named. I can’t explain the first time I held Cade I knew he was Cade-he actually looked in that moment like his Granddad-Sherrie’s dad and Cade was to have his Graddad’s middle name. We knew at that moment that these babies had been kissed by their Graddad in Heaven before they came to us. He had helped to keep them safe until they were ready to be born. We could feel his love and protection around us with that of our Lord and Savior.

I can’t really describe the feeling of seeing two of your babies hooked up to c-pap machines and not being able to actually see their faces. They tell you that your babies are fine otherwise, but as a parent it scares the crap out of you! You want to be able to see their beautiful faces. Luckily only Baby A and Baby D(Kyle) were on c-pap and the other two, Baby B(Cade) and Baby C were on room air. The two on c-pap only had to be on there for a day and then nasal cannulas for day and then they were also breathing room air. All our babies needed to do was maintain body temp and eat and gain weight and they would be able to come home. That was the best news we had ever heard. All we could do was thank God for keeping our babies healthy and for giving me the strength to carry them to the point where they were healthy.

It took us a couple of days to finally settle on names for the girls, and boy was the birth certificate office breathing down our necks haha…they had to give us a deadline. We settled on Aeryn Leigh and Brooklynn Elaine. Brooklynn was the smallest at 4lb 9oz, and she never even had to have a feeding tube-she came out ready to eat! Aeryn Leigh was dubbed as such since she was our trouble maker in Utero-very stubborn and that reminded me of her uncle Terry Lee, so she got the Leigh middle name and Aeryn is her cousin Raven’s middle name and we really liked the spelling and it just fit so well with Leigh. Brooklynn we always liked and spelled it with two N’s because of Sher’s middle name Lynn, and the Elaine was my grandma Manczak’s name.

Brooklynn was the first to come home after only 2 weeks in the NICU, and then the 3rd week came Aeryn and then a few days later Cade. Kyle took the longest to get out of the NICU because he would take out his feeding tube and then eat well and then go back to not eating and so they would have to put the tube back in and gavage the rest of his feedings and then it would start the watch all over again. He finally figured it out and came home at one month and one day old.

During the time the babies were in the NICU, and starting 2 days after I was released from the hospital, my incision busted open and I had to start going to wound care as well as going to the NICU. This was hard on us because Lizzy would not behave when we took her up to the hospital, and so we would either have to leave her with Sher’s mom or go after she went to bed at night, and she missed us…and she would say to me “Mommy don’t go, I need you!” and would cry and it would just break my heart. I know that she needed us but so did the babies. It was hard having our family in two separate places. The wound care I was undergoing told me that I needed a wound vac, so I started having that and only having to go to wound care 3 days a week instead of 7 days a week. What was hard about that was having to charge your vac at night and having to carry it around 24/7 and listen to what sounded like a coffee pot percolating 24/7 it was not very fun, but it finally healed, and I resigned myself that I was much happier having to tote around equipment for myself versus having to tote it around for one of the babies. I finally got rid of it just as Kyle was coming home! Good timing, since we now had 4 infants at home and all of the help that was going to come…didn’t…so we had us and Sher’s mom to hold a baby and feed a bottle. It worked we got into a routine, though neither of us had much sleep. I will continue the rest of the story as Paul Harvey would say…in my next installment.

Monday, July 16, 2012

24 Week- Milestone #1 down!

     We made it to 24 weeks yesterday!  A huge milestone for anyone expecting quads.  Our next big milestone is at 28 Weeks, just four weeks away.  The babies are all still looking great and my OB says I am doing better than expected at this point.  She said usually there is one who is not a big as the others and is markedly smaller, but all of ours are about the same size and all over one pound as of our last growth scan!  Last week I was basically stuck on house arrest for the duration or until I am admitted to the hospital.  It might sound like a picnic, but if you ask any quad mama or anyone else who has been put on real bedrest, it isn't as fun as it sounds.  On the way to my appointment today I could tell a definite difference.  It is not all peachy keen anymore.  The aches and pains are coming more and more and every time I get up out of a chair I seem to have a contraction, albeit a Braxton-Hix contraction, but still get the tightening and it is uncomfortable.  Today when they checked my cervix it seemed like it might have gotten shorter, so they had to check by ultrasound.  Apparently it is still 4cm and the doctors think this is still a really good sign.  My preterm nurse wasn't sure if they were gonna stick me in the hospital for the duration today or not, because one of the doctors over there will put you in at 24 weeks but the one who was there today was like nah we will just see how she does.  On the glucose front...I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes again this pregnancy, though not much of a  shocker, since my body could not produce enough insulin with one baby and the likelihood is much higher for gestational when you have HOM. They keep having to up my dosage of medication and would not be surprised if this time I end up on insulin.  They say it can happen.  As of today I am taking 2 Glyburide pills in the morning before breakfast, and 3 in the evening before dinner.  They say they can up it to like 4 pills in the morning and 4 at night, but anything past that would have to be switched to insulin, so we will see in the coming weeks.
     On the naming front, we have our boys names definitely picked out, but our girls are still up in the air a bit.  I think one will be Brooklynn Elaine and the other we really cannot come to a decision is frustrating lol...Our boys are definitely going to be Kyle Bryan-as any good Aggie name should be ;) and our other will be Kade Barron.  Barron was their granddad's middle name, and unfortunately we lost him in 2010.  Sher had such a strong relationship with her Daddy that we want to honor him by naming one of our boys partly after him.  Kyle Bryan has no family significance, except that this mommy is an Aggie and I always said that if I ever had a boy I would name him Kyle Bryan.  Kyle after Kyle Field-Home of Fighting Texas Aggie Football, and Bryan as in Bryan-College Station home of Texas A&M University!  I feel sure our baby girls' names will come together soon though.  At any rate, for now things are still looking good.  I will try to update next week after our next growth scan to let everyone know how big they are.  As for me, this week I measured 53cm which is like being 13 weeks overdue with a single baby...and the growth continues...not sure how much further I can poke out without starting to go, but stay tuned...Sher is gonna take some pics of my belly and post them so you can all see what I am talking about...Have a good one...


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Unofficial Genders

So Sandy had her first Preterm appt this past Monday.  She will no longer be working after this coming Friday.  She can work 2 weeks for only 4hrs then she is out of work until after that babies arrive. She was not ready for the first cervix check then... But its all still going good!  Her uterus high cervix is long and closed!  All Good!  Sounds odd but all good in the quad land!  To our surprise we get an ultrasound after each appointment and we will have these weekly!  Fluid levels are good! YAY!  

The tech then says do we know "genders" yet and we said no the little ones kept their legs closed the entire gender scan.  So she said this is unofficial because we have a gender scan on the 11th.  So from what she told us were having...
Baby A: Girl
Baby B: Boy... She was only 85% sure of this she said she seen boy parts but the little guy kept playing with the cord so she couldn't tell 95% sure which she likes to be about 95% sure.
Baby C: Girl
Baby D: Boy

We cant tell you how excited we are to have two little girls and two little boys!  
Our boys names will be Kade Barron and Kyle Bryan!  The girls we are up in the air... We like Allyson Nadine and I like Hope and Faith, Marina and Marah.... The list goes on and on and on... 

Lizzy is excited about being a big sister!  We often think what will go through her mind when she sees them for the first time.. She kisses Sandy belly 4 times daily saying I am your big sister and I love you babies!  We know time will tell and when she has them at home it will be an adjustment period for her and everyone!  I do believe that she will be an amazing big sister!  I am making shirts for the little ones and some overalls for her! 

Ill post again after our appointment on Monday!  With official genders!  And how our appointment went!

Until next time bloggers!  =)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

New Great Nephew

So my niece who had a few miscarriages in the past few years finally did it!  She delivered a Happy and Healthy Baby Boy!  What makes a 26yr old girl grow up a baby does!  I am so proud of her she has grown up so much these last few months!  We are just in love with this little guy!  In a few short months he will have 4 brand new cousins to grow up with! Our family has truly been blessed this year! 

He arrived on:
Thursday, May 24th, 2009

At Approx 5:15 PM
He weighted 7lb 11oz
He was 21 inches long


He was perfect!  Welcome to our family DeVontae Tyrell Davis!  We all love you more than you know! 

My niece was always more like the little sister I never had.  I was 9 when she was born and we basically just grew up together.  I have wanted to smack her a few times for some bad choices she made but always supported her...

Now to just wait for our Quad squad to arrive! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

16 weeks and counting

Its hard to believe that Sandy is already 16 weeks along...  Alot of things are changing quickly!  Hopefully on May 22nd we find out the genders of our pumpkins... Then we can label them by name instead of A,B,C,D!  Elizabeth has said she wants 3 little sisters and 1 little brother.  We shall see if she is right or not.  Sandy is almost as big as she was when she had Lizzy...  Poor thing is so uncomfy!  The only other change is we broke down and got Lizzy the dog she wanted. We will see how long this last! 
This is a picture of Sandy a week ago! Its crazy that our little ones could be here between 12-16 weeks from now....

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

You want me to eat what!!???

You want me to eat WHAT?!?!  These were the thoughts that ran through my head last Tuesday when I had my appointment with the Nutritionist over at the Perinatologist's office when she told me in no uncertain terms that she wants me to be eating 2800-3000 calories a day and gaining at least 50lbs!  I knew I would need to put on weight with the quads, but I was NOT expecting to hear a dietician tell my overweight self that she wants me to eat 3000 calories a day!  Along with the 3000 calories, it must be broken into 20 OUNCES of protein a day...that is so much protein that I feel sick...this is so many calories that I get tired of looking at food.  I mean I know I was not a skinny girl before this pregnancy, but I know I never ate this much food.  Let's talk about the water I have to drink least 128ounces of water a day!  So I am going to float away haha...It is amazing the things we do for our children.  I feel like I am having to eat us out of house and home...and I don't think I will EVER look at food the same way again...I just look at the protein content first and see if it is high in protein I will eat it...calcium is needed as well, and so are veggies and fruits, and whole grains and cereal...I swear it is like I have to eat a meal every couple of hours to get all of this in for the day...I just keep telling myself it is not forever and it is for the babies...but it sure is a lot...I hope one day my kiddos look back on this and realize what mom went through to make sure we were healthy and I hope they appreciate it!  All I know is after they get here, mom is going on a serious diet and exercise program to get this excess weight off...I think it may only include a couple of protein shakes and one meal a day...because right now I am eating enough meals to not even want any for a long long time! =)  Hope everyone else is doing well!