Hello everyone. This is our post-"Baby C" sono update. Our goal of 34 weeks has been changed. Our new goal is now 28 weeks. Baby C-Danna- hasn't done very well in the past two weeks. She has only gained 2 ounces. She weighs 1 pound and 1 ounce. All of her body functions are working, but her placenta is not working very well. Her placenta's blood pressure is low, and will eventually get lower. When that stops, she will stop growing inside the womb. When we reach that point, and we will definitely reach that point, we will have all 4 babies delivered. Dr. Elliott said that he has seen babies go for six weeks in this condition, but that our goal has changed from 34 to 28 weeks. If we went the full six weeks that he has seen babies do, that would put us at 31 weeks.
We spoke with the ne0natologist who we both really liked. She said that when we get around the 27 week mark (about October 22) Moni will be admitted to the hospital. While she is there, Danna will be monitored every day. That way, we'll be able to make a decision on delivery on a day-to-day basis.
As for the boys, they are all doing great. Forrest has taken Pius over in weight. Forrest now weighs 1 lb and 15 oz. Pius weighs 1 lb and 14 oz. Laine is still small too, but he is still in the 23rd percentile (based on a singleton pregnancy). He weighs 1 pound and 4 oz. I know that the question being asked now is about their weights. Laine only weighs 3 oz. more than Danna, but his placenta is functioning correctly. That is why we are now concerned about her.
All four of their heartbeats looked good. We didn't actually check each of their rates to the minute, but they all were within normal limits. We are still very excited, but the entire situation just got more real. We know that you have all been praying and thinking happy thougths, but now we are asking for overtime. Moni, Pius, Forrest, Laine, and especially Danna need the prayers now more than ever (and daddy, too).
By the way, on a happy note, Moni's buddy Karen got into town today. She will be here until Thursday afternoon, and it is so nice to have another visitor. Both Karen and Becky came with us to our sono and doctor appt today. It was good having the extra support and ears. We are getting ready to throw down on some pitch. Moni and I will probably be on the same team so as to erase any possible friction that could arise. That's about all of the new news from Phoenix. Can't wait to see you all.
Thank you guys,
Billy and Moni
P.S. Moni's clothes selection has dwindled significantly with the expanding belly. Sorry for the repeat outfit choices - I know it's a major fashion faux pas! Deal with it or send more clothes (Ryno and g-pa stubby). JK!