Monday, April 14, 2008

Our First Post!!!

I can't believe it! We're finally posting our first post! John and I have been so busy but this site is so very important to us because it gives us a chance to keep all of you - our wonderful family and friends - a place to catch up with us and see how we're doing, what's new, what's needed, what we'd like to have you pray for on our behalf and a million other things!

Life has been so incredibly hectic since February 4th, 2008 - John and I lovingly refer to it as "the day that changed our lives forever"- the day we were told I was pregnant with quadruplets. I found out about being pregnant in mid January but had no idea I was pregnant with four. The past 2 1/2 months have been the most frightening yet exciting months of our lives. The entire month of February is actually a blur...between the endless appointments with specialist upon specialist and then second opinions followed by my incredible sickness and dehydration, I wasn't sure we were ever going to make it to this point. But God has been gracious and through the miracles of modern medicine and the wonderful care of my 3 doctors - Thomas, Celebrezze and Golde - I am finally at a point where I'm able to focus on the babies more than myself! We will be delivering the babies at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. As I mentioned above, I have found a group of three fantastic doctors who have really taken "the glass is half full" approach with us. There is so much about having higher order multiples (HOM) that is downright bone chillingly frightening when you consider the statistics and the possible outcomes, but my doctors have been very honest, yet very positive with us. God has truly blessed us with these caring physicians.

I am currently 16 weeks and 5 days pregnant. At my appointment last week, Dr. Golde measured my stomach and said that although I am only 16 weeks, I'm actually measuring 22 weeks at this point. Statistics say that by the time I reach my 24th week, I will actually measure the size of woman who is full term with a singleton at 40 weeks of pregnancy. Can you imagine?!?!? The average gestational age of quads when they are born is 29 1/2 weeks. There just isn't enough room in there for them to remain in the womb too much longer than that. I'm praying they don't decide to duke it out for space in there or I might have some pretty uncomfortable days coming up! :) My doctors are hoping to get me to at least 31 weeks with anything longer than that being "gravy" in the words of my dear Dr. Thomas! I am supposed to gain 75-100 pounds (that still boggles my mind) through the pregnancy, although I initially lost 18 pounds due to illness. I'm finally gaining weight now that I can eat and drink again thanks to the Reglan that I am now taking to help process my food and stop me from vomiting. But still I keep thinking - if I gain 75-100 pounds, where does all that skin go once the babies arrive! I'm afraid to even think about that for right now!

Our next doctors appointment is a big one - April 30th. It's a very important day for us because we will be having our 4 hour mid term ultrasound on this date. During this ultrasound, the doctors will be doing a complete anatomy check of each of the babies - lovingly referred to as Baby A, Baby B, Baby C and Baby D at this point - and will be able to begin to detect any possible malformations that may exist. We're trying not to focus on this but for every appointment we go to, we have to be somewhat prepared for what we might hear. We're excited though to see the babies again, how they've grown since last time and what we've got cookin' down there - maybe a girl or two for the Wible/Lemonovich clans? We need a girl BAD around here! The ladies say way too many boys, time for a little girl or two or three???? We're also going to be taking a tour of the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) with one of the five neonatologists - Dr. Guthrie - who will take care of the babies once they are born. I'm sure this will also be a difficult place to visit, yet I'm trying to think of it as a positive place instead of something negative.

As I close our first post, we want to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have called, sent words of encouragement to us through cards or emails, brought meals to our home, or most importantly prayed for us in the past few months. Words cannot express how much we have appreciated the love and kindness that has been shown to us in these difficult times. And now, we ask that you continue to pray for us for the following:

1. That God would continue to bless both the babies and I with good health.
2. That God would continue to bless both John and I with peace of mind and assurance that our lives and the lives of our children are in the hands of our loving God.
3. That God would give strength, energy and patience to John and our son Luke as I slowly decrease my household responsibilities around our home and the general dealings of our daily lives in order to get more rest.
4. That God would be with us at our appointment on April 30th, 2008 for the ultrasound and NICU meeting and that no matter the outcome, we are assured of God's great love for us and for our children and that His will be done!
5. That God would guide the hands, hearts and minds of those doctors, nurses and other medical staff who provide treatment to us.

Thanks so much again for visiting our blog! Check back often for any updates (or just the just the ramblings of a delirious woman pregnant with quadruplets!)

God bless,
Carrie and the rest of The Lemonovich Clan


Anonymous said...

The Blog looks great! Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting yourself "out there" Carrie!
I'm glad I'll be able to check in on you. :)


Anonymous said...

Carrie - yeah for happy to be able to get timely updates. Obviously our prayers don't need them - but we sure do. We will be blessed to be a part of this wonderful journey with you both. God will reveal himself to you in such amazing ways during this time - we are grateful to be "with" you in spirit. We miss being with you in the Burgh - but are happy to be with you on-line and in spirit.

Will you find out the sex of your babies on the 30th?

Penny Armbruster

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the info and this is so exciting..To be a part of your journey and your experience. You know that I am hear for you and will help in amy way that I can. Just let me know..
God Bless all of you and we will keep all of you in our prayers all the way through and then beyond....

Erin Hein said...

Carrie, the blog looks great! I love that I'll be able to keep up with the Lemonovich clan throughout your pregnancy. So happy to hear that you're feeling better and finally able to keep down some solids. Those little bambinos of yours need it... as do you. I will continue to keep you, the quads, John, and Luke in my daily prayers. Wishing you all the best on the 30th. I'll be thinking pink!!! :)

God bless Carrie. Take care of yourself. I'll be thinking of and praying for your ever growing family.

~ Erin

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blog. I will continue to pray for you and yours.

Friend of Laura

Anonymous said...

You have a prayer team at the Eastern District Office in Buffalo. Great news about your progress. May God hold you in His hands. Jim Brese

alissa pruss said...

hay this is alissa pruss. we went to jenn.with my pregency with mia. i love them so much. anything i needed i asked them. they are all great. i am the one with the incomped cervix.

Anonymous said...

This is great! You did a good job Sean. I will pass this along. I look forward to your next post.


Chris said...

rlubqCarrie & Johnny, This will be a wonderful place to keep informed of the babies progress, and your health. We want you to know our thoughts, prayers and love are with you. We will be with you in spirit and prayer honey on the 30th. Things will be fine! Always remember God never gives you a cross to heavy to carry. Someone told this to me many years ago and it has been that little voice in my head when I need strength. We love you three and can only say if anyone can handle this miracle, it is you. Give Luke a very huge hug and kiss from our family.
Love, Chris & Jim

Anonymous said...

MARK 5:36-43
While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "WHY BOTHER THE TEACHER ANY MORE?"

But ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "DON'T BE AFRAID--ONLY BELIEVE".

He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the Brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. "WHY ALL THIS COMMOTION AND WAILING", Jesus said. "THE CHILD IS NOT DEAD BUT ASLEEP."


After he put them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said, "TALITHA KOUM!" ( which means "little girl, I say to you, get up!" Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was 12 years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.


Paula Murphy said...

Carrie, this is the BOMB to be able to be in touch this way and to be kept almost up-to-the-minute on yours and the quads progress!! I guess if you're going to have 4 babies all at once, this age of the Internet is the best time to do it!!!:):)
Love you, Girl, and my best to John and hugs for Luke...

Murphy (aka Paula...:)

Amy said...

Carrie -- Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Here's hoping for at least one little Alpha Gam legacy! I wish I had some "girl" germs to send you, but they've never worked for me. :)

I'm so happy to be able to read about your pregnancy and follow the progress of your four precious babes. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

Love ya,

Bob R. said...

Not sure what to say expect that you and all your family are in my daily prayers. It could be worse you could still be working at SSRC.
I still miss your smiling face. I will keep in touch.


Jennifer said...

Hi Carrie,

I'm Eric McGraw's wife, Jennifer. I was so excited when Eric told me you had a blog, as I've been following every detail John's given Eric with much interest. I remember when we were pregnant together at Bill & Carol's Christmas party in 2006 - I can't believe you are pregnant with quads now! I wish you the best of luck, and please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.