Our first night in the hospital was quite interesting. I spent the night so as not to miss Dr. Elliott's early morning visit. He got to our room around 6 before heading out on vacation (I told him that I was teaching Danna how to give the finger so when he returns and he delivers them she will know what to do. He laughed and said that she would be too lady-like). Dr. Elliott will return two weeks from Friday. He assured us that he will be leaving us in very competent hands. And for those of you wondering how the two of us responded, we gave him a hard time about it.
We finally found out about the sono. There was some bad news first. Danna is now only in the 4th percentile as far as her weight and size (she was in the 10th). This number is a bit skewed because this is compared to a singelton pregnancy and not a quadruplet. That was it for the bad news. There was A TON of good news. She has gained some weight. She is up to 1 pound 5 ounces. So she has gained around 4 oz. since the measurement about 1 1/2 weeks ago. Also, her umbilical cord blood flow has improved since the two previous dopplers. Another good sign, her amniotic fluid sac has increased a small amount in size (she is still pretty squished in there, though). More good news was that she was moving around so well in there last night. All of these signs point to improvement, not deterioration! Praise the Lord! Let's keep flooding Him with prayers.
So as not to neglect the three boys already (it's bound to happen when they're all home with us), they are doing great as well. The longer they stay in there and cook, the better. We think Pius, Forrest, and Laine have been very obedient in listening to our pleas and demands for them to start sharing some room and nutrients with their sister...We all know how us Graf boys can be with our food.
The plans are for Moni to start hydrotherapy 2 times a day to help push all the swelling and edema from her extremities back into her bloodstream. This also increases uterine/fetal circulation. The hydro is her favorite part of being at the hospital. She told Marsha (who, by the way, will be here tomorrow morning) to bring her swimsuit to the hospital so that they can share the "hot tub."
As before, the nursing and physician staff at Good Sam has been phenominal. Monica is continually amazed at the excellent patient care. She said that it really is quite inspiring.
Sitting in her room in Labor and Delivery, there is constantly new baby cries surrounding us. It just gets us more and more excited to meet our little miracles (or "cupcakes" like Jaclyn Tubre so fondly refers to her new quads).
Moni, the babies, and I are so fortunate to have such a loving and generous support system of family, friends, and even those who were strangers not long ago. We received a care package in the mail the other day from a woman from California named Dusty Hutton. She came across our website by way of another website. She has been keeping up with us, and felt compelled to do something. She crocheted us 4 beautiful little preemie afghans to wash and keep on us. When the babies arrive, we will keep the blankets close by so they can have the comforting smell of their parents near them. That being said, we will just let Moni get her scent on them, because I tend to sweat, and that tends to stink. So thank you so much, Mrs. Hutton, for sharing your story and the blankets.
Moni has had a few people email her or ask her for the hospital's address. It is:
Banner Good Samaritan Hospital
1111 E. McDowell
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Until next time...
Billy and Moni
P.S. Monica basically wrote that post from her hospital bed. So I will give credit, where credit is due, even though, I am the one who thought of the jokes.
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