We felt like we needed to post today since we actually found something out. The doctors didn't give us the usual, "we'll keep an eye on it," or, "you're doing great." We actually were told something that we hadn't heard yet. We now know a delivery date...but there are a lot of "ifs."
Number 1: If Monica keeps doing well, we know the date. She has been doing great for the past seven and a half months. She does have preeclampsia, but it is in it's mildest form thus far and they are currently checking her blood and urine more frequently to monitor it's progression. She is getting around a lot more slowly lately. She limps all over the room, always fearful that her uterus will fall out. The weight is starting to be too much for her knees. Her belly now measures 57 inches around, but her spirits remain high. They will continue to monitor her closely for any changes.
Number 2: If Danna keeps scoring a 6 or better on her BPPs, we know the date. She has never scored lower but she has lost points for two different categories before. She has lost points for the size of her amniotic fluid sac and she has lost points for lack of fetal breathing, however, never on the same BPP. If Danna loses points for both categories on one sono, they will deliver.
Number 3: If the boys continue to do well, we know the date. Pius and Forrest are doing great, but Laine hasn't been blowing the growth tests away. He has always scored an 8, but they don't do a BPP on the boys everyday. Laine is also only in the 19th percentile, however they haven't really ever seemed too concerned. Moni and I have wondered about their lack of concern towards Laine's size, but they are the experts.
Anyway, the date will be November 26th if everything goes according to plan. That day will be the 32 week mark. There are reasons why they have made that the cut-off date. The main reason is that Danna will most likely start to get worse rather than better the longer she is in the womb. The reverse flow assures it. Also, at 32 weeks, the risks for long-term disablilities to the babies drops dramatically. We hope that we can make it that far, but everything has to go very well for the next week and a half.
Before we sign off we would like to extend more thank yous. Moni's co-worker in the trauma department at Wesley, Shelia Rupp-Haag, sent the babies some cloth diaper burp rags, all embellished differently for each kiddo. Another very helpful gift that I, as a man, would never think of until the need would arise. Also, thanks to Ed, Nancy, Steph, Kelly Graf et al, for the care package which included kick a** snickerdoodles (that we have used to bribe nurses) and gift cards to McDonalds, Starbucks, the QT, and my personal favorite, Chipotle. You guys are going to help me keep up with Moni in the weight gain department. Thanks so much. Speaking of weight gain, Mark continues to keep us pleasantly plump. His latest gift of Lulu's cupcakes lasted a record 5 minutes after his departure. He spoils us rotten.
Please keep the thoughts and prayers coming. We will continue to update the blog with any NEW information. Please don't hassle us, we promise to deliver.
Until next time...
Bill and Monica (think big cigars and stained blue dresses - hee, hee)
P.S. That sign-off was all me (Monica)
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