What a busy past couple of days we have had!!! I have been much busier than I had expected to be since I safely delivered our babies on July 17, 2012 around 2:15 PM. My husband and family have been doing an excellent job trying to keep people updated, but now I finally have my laptop and some time to update this blog with some cute pics!!
We had a very successful and "normal" c-section delivery on Tuesday afternoon. As uneventful as it could be, I guess, for a person delivering quadruplets! There were 26 workers in our room with us and we had an adjourning room that took 2 more babies, so we literally had a huge team of doctors, nurses, L & D and NICU staff helping out! The staff was awesome. Once all babies were out of me, they were quickly whisked to the NICU, and all were able to go with only CPAP breathing support (no vents!). I was stitched up and when recovering Andy went to be with the babies in the NICU while my mom and sister took turns recovering with me. Here is the order of arrivals with stats (the babies get re-numbered ABCD based on who gets pulled out first, second, etc. sort of confusing!)
(Baby A) Lauren Faith was 2 lbs, 5 oz and 13 3/4" long
(Baby B) Tyler Allen was 1 lb, 14 oz and 12 1/2" long
(Baby C) Tanner Andrew was 2 lb, 4 oz and 14" long
(Baby D) Hannah Grace was 2 lb, 12 oz and 15" long
|Our "First Born", Lauren! They wrapped the babies in plastic to keep them warm|
|Our Little Guy Tyler. Little, but feisty!|
|Pretty sure this is our Tanner Andrew. Strong man!|
|Our sweet little Hannah getting checked out|
|Some of the army of doctors and nurses working on our crew that morning|
That night, although all kids started off on cpap machines, Tanner was having a harder time breathing and went on a ventilator. He also developed fluid around his heart in the night which they drained but it was our first of (probably hundreds to come) NICU roller-coaster rides. One thing we have been told & are learning: having children in the NICU is often like taking 2 steps forward, 3 steps back. Our babies are in a neonatal intensive care setting for a reason: they are very tiny and sick!
But prayers have been wonderful. Later on yesterday Tanner was doing better again, and went back on cpap. Praise Jesus! However, now today & tonight he continues to demonstrate little respiratory and distressed symptoms again. It will be an up & down battle for all.
Tyler, our smallest, is actually doing fairly well and is getting more oxygen than he probably has been for a while. While teeny, he is a fighter. He receives light therapy often for liver development and is starting to be fed milk along with all the others. Hannah, our biggest, is also doing fairly well. She is a feisty, verbal girl. I actually have been able to "kangaroo hold" her twice so far, skin to skin, and it has been awesome.
Lauren was showing resparatory distress last night and went on a ventillator, and she is still on one now. She is doing fairly well with this. She developed some air around her lungs last night too and while they have taken care of the problem, she is very tired today from all the hard tolls on her body.
And now I just got a call from the doctor an hour ago saying that the babies were accidentally exposed to a person who developed the Shingles Virus, which is like Chicken Pox. While very uncommon for babies to develop this, both Tanner and Hannah are showing marks that could be it. Thus, all babies are now in isolation and are taking an anti-viral medication as a prevenative step in case they have indeed been exposed. This means that whenever Andy or I go to see them for the next 10 days or so, we will need to gown up, wear masks & gloves, and change the gown/gloves/masks for each baby to discourage cross-contamination. Any additional visitors at this point are not allowed until further notice. See what I mean? It's a NICU roller coaster!!!
I am going to go and check on the babies-- doubtful I will touch any of them tonight :-( ! But this too seems to be part of Our Multiples Journey. One thing I just need to say is a huge THANK YOU to everyone for the hundreds of prayers and well-wishes. Andy and I have truly been riding on the wings of prayers and KNOW that God is in control and He knows what He is doing. Nothing shocks or surprises Him, and He has a PLAN! We take great comfort in that and are so humbled by all the messages we have received and prayers and people asking others to pray for us who we don't even know! A million gracious thank you's to you all!!! We feel so rich with support, and it is helping our attitudes immensely. I know for myself I have a supernatural peace and calm that is indeed nothing of my own strength. It is God giving me what I need when I need it, and it is truly a faith-building and humbling experience as I get to rely on my God and Savior in this way.
I will end with some pics I took earlier on when I was visiting the babies, including my chance to cuddle my sweet little Hannah! Oh, and I can't forget-- yesterday was our sweet little Jenna's 4th birthday!!! To celebrate, we went to a NICU siblings pizza party last night and she had a blast with mommy, daddy & other kids! Happy 4th birthday to the best daughter and big sister ever!!!
Thank you all so much... Thank you for the continued prayers.
Tired but Big Hugs!
|Big 4-year-old Sister Jenna pretending to be a doctor!|
|Sweet Little Lauren Faith with her eyes open!|
|Our feisty and lovable Hannah|
|Saying Hello to my little man Tyler, who is geting some light therapy!|
|Our sweet, sweet Tanner. Had a VERY rough first night and thought we had lost you... Praise Jesus He has other plans for you, sweet boy.|
|Cuddling earlier today with my sweet Hannah Grace!|