Tuesday, June 10, 2008

25 weeks and counting....Thank you God!

As of today, I reached my 25th week of pregnancy. I have to say that I'm pretty proud to have reached this milestone. When John and I had first begun to meet with the millions of specialists - geneticists, perinatologists, neonatalogists, etc - they had warned us that the baby being born anywhere near 24 weeks or so was extremely dangerous and that the outcome could be bad for our little ones. By reaching the 25th week, by no means do I feel confident that we're even close to being out of the woods or anything. I know the risks of giving birth anytime before my doctor's 31 week goal for us could be dangerous with serious consequences to their health. I just expected from all of the bad news that we heard initially that I would already be on bedrest, if not already living in the hospital by now hooked up to IV's and totally incapable of being involved in the day to day care of my little man Luke. As I sit here typing today, I'm still working part time (although read on to find out more about this), I'm still living at home, not on bedrest and still able to partake in some small ways in the care of Luke and our home. So, all in all, I count reaching this milestone as a real accomplishment and I thank God for the strength he has given me to be able to make it this far.

I had my latest appointment with Dr. Thomas today. We had a "growth and measurement" ultrasound which is the more indepth study where they not only review bladders, stomachs, etc. of each baby but they also measure and compare the growth of the various anatomical parts of each baby such as the humerus, the skull, etc. and they also assess their weights and age appropriateness in terms of their size in comparison to where I am in my pregnancy.

So.....without further ado....here's the tale of the tape for our munchkins...

Baby Boy A weighs in at 1 lb, 9 oz. and measures 24 weeks, 5 days
Baby Girl B tips the scales at 1 lb., 13 oz and measures 25 weeks, 2 days (what a chub-a-lub!)
Baby Girl C checks in at 1 lb., 11 oz. and measures 24 weeks, 6 days
Baby Girl D pulls up the rear at 1 lb, 5 oz. and measures 23 weeks even.

All babies looked good in terms of their analysis and in regards to Baby D, Dr. Thomas said "well, she's not lighting the world on fire, but she's hanging in there". She is still measuring behind her brother and sisters but has progressed, just at a slower rate. So, keep those prayers coming that all of my little peanuts would continue to grow and move forward and that especially Baby D would continue to get the nutrition she needs to thrive.

After the ultrasound, we met with Dr. Thomas. They measured my stomach and I measure just over 36 weeks pregnant (if I were carrying a single baby). Over the weekend, I overdid it a bit by working on packing up some boxes with John around the house as we begin to prepare for the big move on June 21st. I started to "spot" a little on Saturday and when I called into the answering service to speak to the doctor on call, Dr. Golde scolded me for not sticking to the "princess mentality" and sitting my butt on a nice cushy couch and letting everyone else do the work! As nice as this sounds, it's just not my nature to sit and let other people do everything in my house! I'm a little fanatical when it comes to have things "just so". I'm one of those crazy nuts who likes to vaccum because I like the lines in the carpet to all go the same direction - any of you know out there know what I mean?!?!?!? Anyways, Dr. Thomas again cautioned me on the dangers of not being careful with my activities, especially with the crazy heat wave that we've been having here in Pittsburgh for the past 5 days. I have known for sometime that I have a partial placenta previa (Baby Boy A's placenta is partially covering a portion of the opening of my cervix) and this condition can be serious if it doesn't resolve itself and pull back away from the opening. So, I need to be especially carefully with what I do. He also said that if it doesn't resolve itself, I could experience some bleeding because of this condition and as a result, I would need to move into the hospital full time immediately. I REALLY don't want this, so I'm going to give my best "Queen of the Couch" impersonation when it comes to our upcoming move and all of the other things that go along with it! Dr. Thomas also told me that it's time to stop working in about 2 weeks. I'm especially sad about this because I really like my job and the people I work with at State Farm. They are THE BEST! They had this beautiful baby shower/birthday party for me last week where they gave us gift cards for Target and Wal-Mart to use for things for the babies. And then of course, true to State Farm tradition, they had the best darn food day ever in our honor! Everyone brought in their favorite dish and we literally had a smorgasbord of yummy treats to indulge in all day long. I think I tried everything twice! It was so incredibly sweet and I am going to miss them terribly. However, Dr. Thomas said that I'm getting to the point where I should slow down and spend much more time lounging on the couch than at a desk so he gave me two weeks until I need to stop. I'll truly miss my buddies there.

I'll be going for my next basic ultrasound in 2 weeks on 6/24 and then again on 7/1 for a full blown detailed ultrasound.

It's amazing how quickly time is moving these days. It seems like just yesterday that I was only 12 weeks along. We've come a long way, we've got a long way to go, but we're doing well. Thanks to everyone for their phone calls, emails, blog comments, etc. They really keep me going!

God bless, everyone!
Carrie, John, Luke and the Lemonovich Quads


Sean (Pittsburgh) said...

Continued good news!

If you need help packing, just say the word! Relax and stay healthy. I'll be glad to help.

Robb and Jess said...

What fantastic news!! We are keeping all of you in our prayers and are thrilled that you've made it this far and have been so healthy. We're back in town late next week and ready to help in any way with the move!!! Stay well and enjoy some good sofa time....

Tina said...

I found you blog through Suz's blog.

Great news that you have made it so far. I couldn't even imagine having twins let alone 4 babies.

I can understand how hard it is to do nothing and let everyone else do things but make the most of it. Life will never be the same again.

Look forward to following along your journey.

Burkett Quad Squad said...

SO GLAD that all is going well...i'm jealous that you're not on bed rest yet but VERY happy for you! i was on bedrest from week 13 til i delivered at 31+1. I called my self the Incubator!:) YOu're doing a GREAT job Keep it up...and SERIOUSLY...i don't want to lecture but Take it Easy! housework etc can be done later...taking care of those babies is more important so plop yourself down:) let me know if we can do anything for you...if you need anything---i can ship it to you. i'm sure we have anything you would need:)
God Bless

Lolly said...

I'm not sure where I found your blog, but probably from a comment on the Steece blog. I have enjoyed reading and keeping up with your pregnancy. I wish you the absolute best in bringing home four healthy precious babies.

Suzanne said...

yes woman!!! queen of the couch! live it, love it! woo hoo! i've been catching up on your blog---soooo glad baby D is hanging in there and doing well!! that is awesome! definitely had you in our prayers!