Fun 28weeks pictures

Just a few fun pictures for today. At this point in the pregnancy, pictures are not always my favorite thing but I do want to capture every step of the way! I get goose bumps thinking that these are some of the last pics we take before we become parents!! Crazy!!

28 weeks

My love

Hubby & me

Preggo hugs

Big belly!

Funny Oly with my big belly! I’m wearing my compression legs massagers

Soon to be parents of QUADS!!!

Soon to be parents of QUADS!!!

Momma of Quads. Can't wait to see my little quadlings! 28w and counting

Momma of Quads. Can’t wait to see my little quadlings! 28w and counting

Lori.

 

 

 

 

 

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Life in the Hospital

I know I’ve only been here a few days, but I am actually having a pretty good time in the hospital. Maybe things will change later on, when I’ll get sick of being here and I do want to be able to remember the good days. I am very impressed how nice everyone is. But I have to say I am fortunate to be on this floor, I get more privileges to say so. The day starts early, I usually wake up around 6:30-7:00. The nurses shifts change at 7AM and 7PM and some of them like to come and check on their patients before they go home. They all say that I am a very good patient, they don’t have a lot of work with me. And I tell them “for now :)”. Every morning and night they check my vitals – the interesting part is that at night my heart races like crazy. And I usually get a headache with that. They said it’s because of the huge amount of blood flow that I have in my body. Carrying quads, each of them with their own placenta, is a lot of work for my body. Also twice a day I get to be monitored for contractions for an hour. I’ve been having really good days and nights since I got here, the contractions are very light and few. Being on strict bed rest helps a lot and here I have help around me all the time so I only get out of bed to use the bathroom or shower. Then they check out the babies heart rates using some sort of monitor that look like a microphone. Sometimes the babies are playing hide and go seek. They move so much and they’re giving the nurses a hard time to find all of them. They kick the monitor so much, it’s funny 🙂

Fetal heart rate doppler

Fetal heart rate doppler

So that’s pretty much all the work the nurses have with us, not bad, right?

I get 3 meals a day, pretty balanced and pretty tasty, I have to say. I usually get to pick from 2 options, but the menu is the same every week, so if I’ll  be here a long time, I think I’ll get tired of it. I also get snacks in between the meals, so it’s not bad. Plus they give me 3 Boost drinks a day (10g of protein each) and some sort of double protein ice cream to increase my protein intake. I need about 130g of protein a day to keep the quads growing!

So everything is going well, my belly is very big now and I never thought I will get this far. It is hard to even turn in bed. Many times I feel worthless because I am not doing anything at all, I lay in bed all day. But I know my body is working harder than ever. If you put yourselves in my shoes, could you imagine such a drastic change in you life? From an active, busy person to… strict bed rest and huge belly 🙂 It took me a while to process everything and accept this dramatic turn in my life, but after all it is the biggest blessing and I would not take it any other way. The other day I got a special air mattress that goes on top of my hospital bed and it’s supposed to help me with the pain that I get from laying down so much. It does work, I like it. Now I think they ordered me a hospital trapeze. I am not kidding when I say I can hardly move. It might sound funny but it’s not. So I will be able to hold on to that when I get up. When Oly is here with me it’s great because he helps me get up or turn, but I feel bad calling the nurse or the tech during the day for this. My belly and my legs (weird!) hurt when I get up…I can’t even imagine what is going to be a month from now if I make it to 32 weeks.

I had more visitors today! Naty has become an periodic visitor (maybe a daily one), so sweet of him. But my Bennett with his grandma Gigi, his twin buddies Grant and Lane with their mommy – my friend Susan – came by for lunch and they brought me a yummy Zaxbys Zalad 🙂 Mmmm the taste of the outside world!

Handsome boys

Handsome boys

Tomorrow I have another ultrasound and they’ll check my cervix. I’m a little nervous. But I am hopeful and I pray that everything will continue to be ok. I am excited that my hubby will spend the night here again, I miss him…

Make sure you check out the Belly Pics… I added a few more in the last few days. Believe it or not, apparently there’s still more room to grow!

Lori
28 weeks 1 day

The amazing milestone ~ 28 weeks

I don’t even know how to start this post. Maybe by saying how EXCITED I am today!!! Oh gosh… we’ve reached 28 weeks! This has been our main goal for such a long time. Sometimes I felt like it’s so far away, I thought we’re never going to make it. It is SO important that our babies have reached this milestone, I am going to cry!! At 28 weeks the babies are ready to meet us, meaning they have huge chances of surviving outside of the womb. Of course we would prefer that they wait a little longer in there, there’s no rush. But if I were to deliver any day now, it would be ok. They would still spend time in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) but I think we can say they are safe to enter our world. Everyone is excited, not just us – the nurses that enter my room congratulate us. The Labor and Delivery section from Northside has different floors. My room is on the HRP floor (High Risk Pregnancies). So everyone here knows very well how important it is to get to 28 weeks. Everyone’s goal is to get to this stage. Right now I am the only one carrying quads and many of the nurses said I am their first patient they have worked with that is expecting 4 babies. They are all wonderful ladies that take such good care of me.

I don’t know what I will do today but I know it’s a happy day. The babies have been doing so good and my contractions are very light, I guess I am more relaxed too, knowing that I am here under the dr’s supervision. Yesterday I had so many visitors and surprises, it was wonderful. Oly’s baby brother, Naty (he is 20 but he is still the baby of the family and I love him so much) works nearby and he came to see me twice in the same day! We got him a parking pass, so he can come and go as he likes. Then a good friend of mine from work, Shannon,  stopped by with her kids. That made me so happy! I had no idea they were coming. And the kids brought the babies the cutest lovies ever! I have them by my window so I can see them all the time 🙂

The Quads lovies :) Aren't they so cute?

The Quads lovies 🙂 Aren’t they so cute?

At the end of the day my in-laws came by with auntie Ada, so I ended my day with family around me once again, which is wonderful. Naty was here already, Oly surprised me and came straight from work. I was so glad that my hubby was here too. I was given a different room with a better view, because I’ll be here for a long time. Now I don’t have to look out of my window and see a wall, here is much better! I can see the King & the Queen buildings again and I love it. So Oly moved all my stuff once again. We need to buy an air mattress for him, like a twin size to make sure it fits in here, so he can sleep better and actually get some rest. I am so happy that he stays with me almost every night.

the view

the view

My room

My room

From this day on we just count the days. I am setting a new goal, which is 30 weeks and the 32 weeks. Hopefully even 34! We thank God for every single day. We’ve come so far only by His grace. And we’ll continue the same way, following His plan. People ask me often how did I manage to carry these babies so far and what did I do to have such a healthy high risk pregnancy. I did what the doctors have told me to do, so I followed instructions, but at the end of the day, the life of these miracles are in the hand of God.

Happy 28 weeks Babies! Mommy and Daddy love you all more than words can express! We can only imagine that day when our pregnancy journey ends and we get to hold these precious angels! And then the real fun begins 🙂

Our life is in Your hand

Our life is in Your hand

Lori.
28 weeks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!