Monday, November 19, 2007

D-Day has arrived

Hello everyone. As most of you know, the babies have arrived. The day started off like any other. I woke up to go to work at the QT. Kissed Moni goodbye, and went off. Got off around 2, and went home to get geared up for the big game against the Titans. Right when I arrived at the hospital, we went down for Danna's BPP. Everything was going normally. Danna's fluid sac was over 3 cm, and we thought alright we are off. The trouble was, she wasn't moving, and she wasn't doing her fetal breathing. We watched for a good half hour. We never got anything. We even allowed them to use the buzzer, which got the boys fired up, but nothing out of Danna. Her heart rate was good, but her BPP score was only 2 out of 8.

Dr. Edwards was here, and he came down to the sono room. He knew exactly what she had scored, and how she earned the points. He said that when a baby is in Danna's condition, they usually reverse in a particular order. He asked us again if we wanted to deliver all four, for the health of one? We replied that there was no doubt. He said it was time to go.

We didn't have time to even talk. The Labor and Delivery nurses came and took her straight from sono to the delivery room where they started Moni's IV, and gave her a spinal. Forty-five minutes later we were a family.
At 4:38, Pius James Graf was born at 3 pounds, 14 ounces.
At 4:39, Forrest Michael Graf was born at 3 pounds, 9 ounces.
At 4:40, Danna Lynn Graf was born at 1 pound, 10 ounces.
At 4:41, Laine Ryan Graf was born at 2 pounds, 4 ounces.

We heard a few cries before they were taken to the NICU. It was definitely organized chaos in the delivery room. After delivery, Moni went to OR recovery, and I went with Laine to the NICU. Moni had the post-ops shakes and shivers. I had the post-you are a daddy head in the clouds deer in the headlight silly grin, which I am still wearing. I can tell you all, what an amazing, life-altering, unbelievable miracle that we were able to be a part of. Thank you all so much for the unending prayers and support that played a HUGE hand in getting us to where we are now.

The journey has begun, keep the prayers coming...

We will post again tonight or tomorrow morning with pictures, and individual updates.

Things are looking good for the first-place Broncos right now!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lots of love and prayers coming your way - cell phones have been off the hook tonight!!! How is Moni holding up? We are so proud of how far both of you have come in this process. You are parents! Of FOUR! Enjoy the ride. Love you long time - Steph and Aunt Nancy (Eddard and KelKel, Russ, Cole and kids galore)

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Andrea said...

Congratulations! How exciting to have your four little miracles here. You are all in our prayers. Love you lots. Andrea, Darren, Caleb & Hannah Wallis

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!!!
I am praying for all 6 of you. I will be there in the morning with Jaclyn and see you then.....
DeeDee

Anonymous said...

We are thrilled that the babies have arrived. We are praying for all of you and can't wait to see the pictures. Way to go , Monica!!!!
Love, St. Louis Grafs

Anonymous said...

Hey guys! Thinking of you all and your little miracles! We will send prayers and good thoughts! We love you all!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Dan and Delane

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Dusty

Tubre Quads said...

CONGRATS!!!!

Way to geaux Mommy and Daddy! Billy – I love that permanent smile on your face. You have a lot to be excited for and proud of. And Moni – even a C-section can’t put a dent in your shining beauty. You look great and I hope you get to go to the NICU very soon. Rest while you can – your little ones are in great hands.

I’m so excited the babies are here and we will be NICU neighbors for awhile. Hopefully not too long though – I hope all 8 are out very soon. See you tomorrow. Lots of prayers heading your way.

Jac

Stacey Faber said...

Hi! Just wanted to tell you congratulations and job well done! We're so happy that everyone is here safe and sound. It is very comforting to know that you're all in such good hands. We'll be excited for the progress reports when you get the chance. Moni--don't push too hard and try to be a hero (which you already are in my book!). Give yourself time to get stronger because you'll be able to be a better mom when you take good care of yourself. Billy--keep that grin because you've earned it! We love you all!
Stacey & Fabe

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are so happy for all of you. Alan will be there tomorrow. I hope he can talk to you. Can't wait to see the pictures!!!! Tell Monica hello.
Love, Alan Lori and family

Andria said...

Oh my, I had no idea! Wow Billy..cloud nine is flying high! Congrats to you both. Things change in an instant, doesn't it? Glad to hear they have arrived safely and I'll continue to pray for their health and Moni's recovery. God bless and congrats!

Mary Odette said...

Billy and Monica I can only imagine how you must feel! I am so incredibly excited for all of you. Congratulations and know that I am and will continue to pray for all of you. This blog is my seventy five time a day addiction! What with you and the tubre quads (whom I've grown to love too!) I'm almost totally worthless! A very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Love you,
Great Aunt Mary O

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE DULING'S. WE ARE PROUD OF BOTH OF YOU, AND ARE HAPPY TO ADD 4 MORE BLESSING TO THE FAMILY! KEEP THE SMILE ON YOUR FACES AND THE LOVE IN YOUR HEARTS!! GIVE EACH OTHER A KISS FROM US. KNOW YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS. THE CANDLE WILL REMAIN BURNING AND THE PRAYERS KEEP COMING YOUR WAY! WITH LOVE, UNCLE NICK, AUNT PAULA, NICHOLAS, JENNIFER, JACK, DANIEL, ERIC, KATIE, SARAH, AND JACOB

Kel Kel said...

Happy Happy Joy Joy! I'm just sitting here with tears running down my face, knowing I have to get ready for work but just wanting to think about the thrills you've just been through. I am so happy and excited and relieved. Yay for babies!

Love,
Kel

EMO said...

Yeah!!! I am soo happy for all of you! It sounds like everyone is doing good. I am sooo excited. I can't wait to hear the progress of everyone. Love you very much!

Erin

Anonymous said...

WOW! Congratulations! I am so excited for the two of you :) Even though the babies are tiny, they are absolutely beautiful! Monica you look absolutely amazing! I miss the both of you, hang in there, your journey has just began. I love you both and you will definately be in my thoughts. I will be praying for wonderful things to come your way for beautiful babies!

Jennifer Vickers

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Lots of love and prayers from us. They all look very cute, just like their Mom and Dad. Hope everyone is doing good.
What a special Thanksgiving present you got. Rest while you can Monica and have fun spoiling your 4 little miracles.
Love
Ross, Brenda, Jennifer and Brandon

Andy Bulger said...

Oh boy, Oh boy, Oh boy...Oh Girl!
I'm with Kelly when I started choking up just looking at all the pics and reading all the comments. What a blessing to have 4 new lives come into this world surrounded by so much love and such GREAT parents! Andy and I are so happy for you and cannot wait to meet all the little ones. Well, i'll write more later...Moni is calling! Love,
Andy and Emmy

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! The BCCHS community has four new baby eagles!!!!!! The six of your are in our prayers!!

Janet

Anonymous said...

Ohhh...I just got chills seeing all of their beautiful faces!! CONGRATS :) Isn't it just amazing to finally see them? Hope you guys are doing good! We are so happy for you...you are in our prayers :)
Vince and Kristin Grady

pam said...
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pam said...

congratulations!

JoAnn said...

Congratulations!!!! Another 4 little miracles - they are so precious. So much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Keeping all of you in our prayers. JoAnn Tubre

Cameron said...

your post made me cry! i am so happy for your FAMILY. congrats x4!
love,
cam