Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I'm sure you're all wondering how it is that Moni is posting right now. Well, mom and I snuck into the Tubre's hospital room and stole their computer. Not really. They graciously offered it to us for the afternoon while they go play dress up with the cupcakes for Halloween. We traded them the computer for mom's camera, so hopefully they'll get some good pics of their costumes. We've really enjoyed having such good neighbors. It makes the time pass more quickly. I'm sure we'll be swapping pictures this time next year and for many years to come. The babies will grow up knowing all about their Tubre cousins.
Mom spent the night in my hospital room with me last night on the roll-away bed. It was a low-key slumber party, but we had a good time none the less. I taught her how to play gin. I must be a really good teacher because after the first hand, she kicked the crap out of me. What a lucky b***h! And I thought dad was the good one at cards. Becky will be by sometime this morning to pick up mom and take her back to the apartment. There, they will bask in the glorious sun that I can see through my hospital window. Marla, don't be too jealous of "June" (AKA Marsha).
As for an update on the babies.... Danna had her cord blood flow doppler sono yesterday. The doc said it was still "abnormal" but not enough to cause the delivery. She still looks great on the screen and is jumping all over the place. The boys keep growing well and everyone is kicking everyone else. It's like a chain reaction. Olava, the sono tech, took some great sono pics of Pius and Laine, but we don't have a scanner so we can't post them. They have such perfect little features! No protruding foreheads or "Selenke Slope" noses that we can tell (not that Selenke noses aren't beautiful)! I could be a little biased.
I'm still feeling and eating well. I can always elicit a laugh or snicker from the moms whenever I put in my meal orders! It really seems like I'm eating an enormous amount and I hope that by the end of this, I'll be so sick of large amounts of food and double portions. That would definitely not be a good habit to keep.
Billy is currently working this morning and I'm sure when he gets home to check the blog, he'll be so surprised to see this post! Hi Billy! Keep up the good work!
We'll try to post some new pics shortly. Hang in there. Maybe Becky and the mamas can take pictures of the beach beauties and give you all a break from scenes of the beached whale.
Well, I'd better call the nurse and get to hydrotherapy and then do my contraction monitoring. So much to do, so little time. I don't know if I can keep up with this schedule for too much longer! Ha!
P.S. Happy Halloween to you all and Happy 28 weeks 2 days to me!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
This is Monica covering the babies "ears" because of all the poor language. I do need to add that Becky got a taste of the BS that Marsha and my mom are pulling right now. They are on fire.
P.S. Moni and I HAVE met some great people at Good Sam. We took a picture with Olava at the sono. She is a wonderful sonotech. Also, there is a nurse, Tallie, that has spoiled Moni and the rest of us rotten. Olava and Tallie are just a couple of examples of the kind of people that we have met at Good Sam. Great people.
P.S. A gigantic thank you to Brooklyn, Whitney, Brady, Taylor, and Drew Bockover for the cards, poetry, and artwork we received. You guys really know how to pick your cousins up.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Momma Haag with Little Momma Graf. We know, we know...little?
Hi everybody. Things have really stabalized a little bit, and there is really nothing new to report on the baby front. We will tell you about the mommas visit so far, with a little of the hospital stay mixed in.
This is our view from Moni's hospital room. Very pretty, especially at night.
Yesterday, Day 4, Marsha and my mother got up around 5 a.m. They are obviously still on "Dub time." They really felt like they were sleeping in. I DID NOT feel like they were sleeping in. That was okay though I guess, I couldn't be mad at my mamas. So we went out to get them some coffee. I took them to the QT closest to my house (because QT has the BEST coffee I am told). We got up to the hospital around 9 a.m. Moni had to do her hydro so we left to run to Sam's. After Sam's we called Moni, and she told us that they were going to do a sono after lunch. She told us to go to lunch and then come up. I took the mammas to Hazelwoods (Moni and my sports bar). They loved it.
We got to the hospital at noon, and Monica was just eating her lunch. The sono was supposed to be some time after that. We decided to start a little pitch series. Moni and I are damn near unbeatable...just ask Karen and Becky. The moms won the opening game. Moni and I came back to take the next two. We took a break. Later in the night, the run of the crappiest cards in the history of cards began. Our first three games in the series were decided by less than 5 points. The mothers hammered us in the evening session. We could NOT draw a card.
This picture is in no way related to cards...we just wanted to show how cocky they were together. Look at my mom's face. I wouldn't want to run into her in a dark alley...And Marsha...obviously one of the luckiest women in the world.
The sono had not arrived yet. Monica received her dinner, and then another great surprise of the week occurred. They had an extra dinner plate. I ate it. Moni and I finished our dinners. The sono still had not hapened, and the nurses had called down yet again. Still no answer, and the nurse left another message to sono. At this time we started another round of pitch. This is when the crappy card run began. That killed another couple of hours. Still no sono.
We asked yet again, and they said that OB Triage had closed. Moni was on the list and she was number 4. We couldn't figure out how we were still that far down on the list. The mothers and I decided to leave because Moni WOULD NOT go to sleep if we were there. We called Becky and went to Becky's favorite Mexican restaurant, Macayo's, for dinner. Dinner was great. We got home and went to bed. They did finally do the sono at 3 a.m., everything looked great. Moni was happy with it, so she didn't call to wake us up.
I woke up this morning (Day 5), at around 8. The mothers were awake at around 6, but stayed in the bedroom so I could sleep a little a longer. We got up to the hospital at around 10. When we got there, Moni and I decided that we were going to return to the dominance. Boy, were we wrong. The crappy card run continued. I am not sure that you all know anything about pitch, but here are a few examples of what I am talking about: mom asked for three cards, she got three in that suit. I got set on a bid 5, and I was holding the K,Q,joker, joker, and a trash...mom was already full with the three. Ridiculous. There are many more examples, but I will not bore you all any longer. As you all can tell, I hate to lose. After pitch, we decided to play some "Mexican Train" dominos. Marsha's crazy luck continued throughout the game, until the final hand and Moni stuck her mom with a ton of points. Monica won. I lost again. Basically, I am a loser.
Moni was starting to wear down, and she still had to do her hydro and monitoring. We left because as I have told you she won't go to sleep if we are there. As you can all see, nothing has really happened with the babies, but we are having a grand time with our mammas.
Billy and Moni
P.S. A GIANT thank you to Mrs. Judy Rapp (my mom's school principal), and Bishop Carroll to lending Moni and me our mommas.
Another P.S. Thanks to Erin, David, and Quinn for the GREAT framed artwork. We are going to hang it in our hospital room. And to everybody else for all the cards, well wishes, and prayers.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
When her nurse arrived with her snack Moni had to ask her something. She had a sneaking suspicion about something, but REFUSED to take my word for it. She asked Kara, "Was I snoring last night?" Kara giggled and replied, "You seemed to be sleeping pretty soundly, and yes. You were snoring." Moni said, "I think I woke myself up." Anyways, I will state again that Moni is truly the MOST intelligent person I have ever met. Her theory is that she has an extra flap of skin at the back of her throat. So...I concur. Yes. She is a snorer.
She had a sono today and they all looked great. Danna has improved even since last night. Her amniotic fluid sac was over 2 cm. Perhaps, Pius scooted over even further. I don't know.
Anyways...on to the best part of the entire day. Marsha came into town this morning. That is very exciting, however she brought me the best birthday present ever. She brought my mommy. It was so shocking to see my mom walk in. Other than the good news on my children, it really was the best thing that has happened to me since I have been down here. How incredible.
A group shot when Moni and I had forgiven them for the surprise.
What my life will consist of for the rest of my life (The mammas talking about whatever it is that mammas talk about).
The grandmammas waiting to surprise. Grandma Vicki was hiding in a closet to surprise me. She waited for over an hour as I was upstairs in Moni's new room waiting on her to get there for over an hour.
Another update tomorrow...
Billy and Moni
P.S. Mr. and Mrs. Tubre, our friendship has been great. The help and guidance you have shown Moni and I has been priceless, and we will always appreciate it. All of that being said...you will NOT be our friends for about 3 1/2 hours on Saturday, Nov. 4th. Leading up to, and right after we will again be friends. ROLL TIDE (All that friend stuff was being said tongue-in-cheek).
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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.
We got up to the hospital at 8:30 a.m. this morning. The hospital wasn't expecting us until 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Therefore, it took us until 9:15 to get checked into a room. Around 12:30 they moved her down to labor and delivery on the third floor. Her nurse checked her in and she ate. Then she slept. Then she read. Then she slept. Then she texted me. Then she slept. Her afternoon basically consisted of these things with a few doctors, residents, and nurses spread throughout.
At 5:30 she received the first of two doses of steroids. She will receive her second dose at 5:30 tomorrow. Steroids have been shown to improve lung development in preemies, decrease risks of developing various infections and hemorrhaging in the brain, and help the children run the 40 in 4.2 seconds (that's got to be exciting, huh, Coach Schuckman?). Also she has been, and will continue, receiving constant contraction monitoring throughout her stay.
The babies have been moving like crazy all day. They really went crazy when Grandpa Stubby called. It also helps that they have been going crazy for their big weekend (Golden Eagles, Tide, Broncos, and both of daddy's fantasy football teams won).
The hospital did a sono and doppler on Danna at the end of the night. It started at 8:45 and ended at 10:15. We will get the results tomorrow when we speak with Dr. Elliott before he leaves for vacation. We will post everything tomorrow when I get off work and home from the hospital.
Moni is still eating, moving, and feeling pretty well. I am starting to drag a little as the hours of working and chasing the babies is starting to catch up with me. I know, I know. I will get a much better taste of that here in a couple months. We would like to thank D.H. for the package. I can't wait to take a picture of the little farts in their little outfits. Another thanks to everyone for my happy birthday wishes. The comments, texts, calls, and cards were all greatly appreciated.
Billy and Moni
Sunday, October 21, 2007
After I dropped them off at Sky Harbor, I came home and started focusing for the big game against the Steelers. We dominated...Go Broncos (I am glad Coach Shanahan finally listened to my emails).
Honestly, Moni watched the entire game with me and it was exactly what I wanted for my birthday. Moni was probably more into the game than I was. She wanted the Broncos to go for it on fourth and five from our forty...She was all, "We are doing whatever we want offensively," and I was all, "We still need to be conservative." What a stud.
Anyways, I had a great birthday weekend (if that was ever a concern - DOY!). What a great word 'DOY' is...we overused it this weekend, but it just got more funny each time.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes and prayers, keep the great comments coming.
Billy and Moni
P.S. Yes, Aunt Cathy, Becky delivered the Bridge book safe and sound. Moni has yet to delve into the fascinating game that is bridge.
Steph, Kelly and I thought it'd be fun to paint the babies and see if you could pick them out. Guess which one isn't a real pumpkin! Also, I had to display the witch hat my sister, Emily, sent in the care package. The mini pumpkins were courtesy of Maria and TJ Frevert and family. Thanks everyone! We had a good time!
Now we're getting ready to eat Chipotle again for Billy's birthday lunch. I'm not a big fan, so he picked me up some Red Brick Cheese Pizza and a chicken caesar salad, instead. Yum!
Billy and Moni
Greetings! Here is the second installment of Steph and Kelly's Excellent Adventure. Saturday after we posted (and anxiously awaited replies) the girls and babies went down to the pool while Billy stayed to watch the Crimson Tide wash over whomever they were playing. He also tidied up the apartment while we were gone, which was super. The pool was excellent - had it mostly to ourselves. Caught up on a lot of Hollywood gossip and Wichita gossip. We were there for about three hours.
Steph, Kelly & Billy got cleaned up and went to Arriba's (courtesy of Ed and Nancy) for some fart fodder while Moni stayed by herself (yes, we were concerned) at the apartment to do pregnant lady things. Moni insisted we leave and made sure to keep her phone by her in case she fell and couldn't get up. Arriba's was en fuego! The Arriba's waiter was also en fuego!! Think Jesse Metcalf. Even Billy thought he was hot. We had some adult beverages and Billy may or may not have had a birthday shot of Sauza Tres Generaciones tequila at the coercion of Kelly who was at the coercion of her boyfriend. Good times. We brought back food for Moni. Unfortunately the salsa didn't get packaged with the meal, which was very sad for Moni. But probably also fortunate at the same time since she is eating her meals at least twice. Think cud.
Cousin Mark stopped by and we had a grand time. We think Mark may be trying to woo Monica and Billy into naming him as a Godfather because he brought over cookies (think yummy), flowers and coca-cola classic. We played some games and chatted about anything and everything. Thanks to Aunt Vicki for the "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader" game (more on that later).
After he left, we checked the blog one more time and retired to our respective quarters. Moni only had two contractions with moderate irritability when she monitored and slept like normal (which isn't very well - up about every two hours - poor thing). Steph and Billy rose with the roosters and went to Church like the good Catholics they are. Kelly really didn't want to leave Moni by herself so she stayed home with her to assist with the composition of this post. Because that's what Bearded Jesus wanted Kelly to do.
TOP TEN LIST
1. We found out that we are not, in fact, smarter than fifth graders. Kelly may have to go into therapy.
2. Despite her prior beliefs, Steph now knows that Antelopes DO exist while Jackelopes DO NOT (this rectification occurred after discussion of Moni's copious childhood pets).
3. Billy really hates waiting to find out what his presents are.
4. FedEx delivers on Saturdays, while UPS does not (duly noted by Moni).
5. Antarctica is the world's largest desert with only 2" of precipitation a year (Billy really put it to the fifth graders on that one). The 3 primary colors are red, blue and yellow (the 1st graders really put it to Billy and Mark on that one).
6. There are 12 apostles which means 13 people were at the table in the Last Supper painting by Da Vinci. Heated discussion occurred on both the number of apostles and whether it was actually Mary Magdelan depicted in the picture. Moni and Kelly were spouting off Dan Brown dogma instead of Catholic dogma. Ooops. That's what the media can do to ya. We retracted our comments shortly after a quick Google search. Bless us Father, for we have sinned (unintentionally, of course).
7. Kelly is a bed hog and apparently thinks her sister is her snuggly dog Louis.
8. Moni's belly measures 50" around when standing and 53" around when sitting. That's 129.5 and 135 centimeters, respectively, if you live in Europe (that's a shout out to Tracy and all our fans in the UK). In American, that's 4 feet, 2 inches and 4 feet, 5 inches, respectively!!! That's the size of Lainie or a small pony!!! Amazing!
9. Grass is not indigenous to Phoenix. That doesn't stop the Phoenicians from trying to grow it, God bless 'em.
10. Happy birthday, Sweet William! 2007 has been/will be your year. Go Broncos!!!
Enjoy the pictures!
Kelly, Steph, Billy and Moni
PS - Moni will be 27 weeks along on Monday, October 22nd, 2007.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
We made it back to the apartment complex and proceeded to smother Billy and Moni with hugs and kisses, as directed by all of the family back in the ICT. It got kind of weird after awhile :) We ate lunch and talked and talked. After doing the dishes (which consisted of throwing the trash away), we moved our discussion to the balcony where Kelly and I were priviledged enough to feel the babIES! move. Bless Moni's heart - she is such a trooper to have four little ones rockin' and rollin' inside her body. She looks fabulous, as you can see from the pictures) but is absolutely amazing in person.
After doing the first of two contraction monitoring sessions, we put on our swimsuits, Moni settled down into her wheelchair and we trooped down to the pool. It is so beautiful here - palm trees, lots of flowering shrubs, and even little lizards that run around (Phoenix's version of a squirrel, I guess). The weather is fabulous - in the 90s, which might sound warm to some, but coming from Kansas, the AZ 90 is more like our mid-70s, because there is no humidity. We didn't realize how much we missed Moni's laugh until we got here. Being down at the pool was a close second to being at Mike and Vicki's. After sunning ourselves like little turtles, drinking red beers like Graf fishies, and lots of hyenic laughs, we headed back to the apartment once the shade of the buildings covered the pool.
It took us awhile to decide what to have for dinner, and after we finally decided what we wanted, found out that they didn't deliver, so we settled (which really wasn't settling) on Domino's Pizza (courtesy of Ed & Nancy). Then we watched the Dog Whisperer (and yes, for those of you who know me well, I fell asleep during it) and called it a night. Hopefuly Kelly learned some useful tips to try on her spastic dog Louis.
For some, it might seem like an uneventful night, but for Kelly and me, it was absolutely PERFECT! The pool, reading trashy tabloid magazines, red beer, good food (we've been eating a lot so as not to make Moni feel like she's eating too much - we are such great cousins) and most of all Billy and Moni made for a fabulous day.
When they say that they check the Blog constantly for new posts, they aren't joking. In fact, it is quite addictive. Just as those of us check for updates from them, so too do they check for posts/comments from each of you. We'd get back from the pool and one of the first things we'd ask is "did anyone post anything?" And then, oh man, not yet. First verbal utterances of the day echoed the same sentiment. Technology is such a wonderful way to stay connected over a long distance - to answer the questions that everyone is asking and only have to answer them once.
OK, enough serious talk, and now for Kelly and Steph's Top Sixteen Things We Have Learned In Phoenix - in no particular order:
1) Moni has gained about 70 pounds. The doctor wants her to put on 80 - 100. She eats approximately every two hours and drinks about 150 ounces of water a day, which translates to lots of trips to the bathroom. When she's feeling crazy, she'll drink a caffeine free soda.
2) My camera isn't compatible with Moni's - which is why we didn't post pictures from yesterday (you Blog watchers are insatiable!)
3) Billy eats Chipotle about 3 - 5 times a week while in Wichita. He likes the Steak Fajita Bol with a tortilla on the side.
4) When asked if Moni wanted a non-fat decaf vanilla latte, Moni said "no." The babies need whole milk decaf vanilla latte.
5) Billy is still learning the quickest route back from the airport.
6) Billy ROCKS as a Guitar Hero. Steph still has a long way to go.
7) While most of us consider pregnancy to consist of one child in utero, for Billy and Moni, the concept of one baby is strange. They say "babies" like it is totally natural.
8) Billy has had a difficult time adjusting to his teams playing at 10:00 a.m. PST.
9) Moni had 2 contractions during her morning session - which is great! She is a pro at switching out her terb pump and also pretty good at ripping it out accidentally.
10) Moni wore a bikini top for the first time at the pool, because the tankini top was getting too restrictive.
11) They wash their dishes by hand and use the dishwasher as a drying rack.
12) They have all seven (7) of their cards displayed on a ledge. Come on people, snail mail is much more exciting to receive than blog comments.
13) Moni's Aunt Charlotte sent a beautiful picture of the Virgin Mary and Baby Infant Jesus, with a lovely card (she is a very good writer BTW).
14) Quotes from Talledegha Nights flow freely and always bring a laugh "Billy thanks God for his smokin' hot wife, who on a scale of 100, easily scores a 94"
15) Bill has greatly refrained from causing his wife stress "I have by God" - having only one tiff (if that) while we have been there.
16) Billy laid his head on Moni's belly last night, and as soon as he put his head down, got kicked in the ear by Forrest, earning him an A+ for the day by his Momma.
That's all for now. We'll take pictures with B&M's camera today and post them later. I'm sure we'll all go out at midnight to celebrate Billy's birthday (Moni's been craving tequila). Kidding.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Well, Becky left for New Orleans today and we went for our 26 week 4 day appointment with Dr. Elliott. He even let us get a couple pictures with him so you all would have a face to put with the name! He's quite a ham. If you can't see it in the picture, the little princess door hanger says DIVA on it. About the appointment...they did a doppler sono on Danna's umbilical cord to see if there were any changes from last time. The good news is that she is not getting any worse and she has good muscle tone (she was clenching her fist), movement and fetal respirations were visible. The fetal respirations mean she's moving her diaphragm up and down and exercising her lungs (but not really breathing because mama does that for her right now). The only down side to the appointment was that her amniotic fluid sac has decreased even more in size. This means she has less room to move around and could potentially cause cord compression problems. Dr Elliott assured us the chances of that were very slim and it is not related to her placental problems. So, in a nutshell, she's already high maintenance and causing her parents and family/friends worry and stress!
We also discussed my hospital admission plans. Doc wants me in the hospital around week 27 (which begins on Monday, Oct 22nd). So I'm going in on Tuesday the 23rd because Dr Elliott is on-call at the hospital that day. In the hospital, they plan to keep a close eye on the babies - especially Danna. They'll do Doppler sonos on her at least twice a week and recheck her growth when I reach 28 weeks (Oct 29th). They'll also be able to monitor my blood pressure and start me on Mag Sulfate and steroids. The steroids will help the babies' lungs develop more quickly since they'll be premature.
I've been doing well so far. Last night we had a minor eyebrow raising incident. I had a small amount of spotting so I called the nurse to see what she wanted me to do. Of course, I knew what she was going to say....go get it checked out at OB triage in the hospital. So we did. They checked me out, did some blood work and checked the babies' heart rates and placentas by ultrasound. Everything was good except I had an elevated uric acid level. Dr Elliott said this could indicate the start of preecclampsia. I've been monitoring my blood pressure everyday and it's been within normal ranges, so it's just another thing to keep our eyes on. Then, after I got released from the hospital, I did my contraction monitoring. I had 7 contractions in the hour, so I gave myself an extra dose of Terbutaline (the medication in the pump in my leg). I had to re-monitor then and the next session I had 8 contractions. The Matria nurse was concerned but she let me try one more bolus of medicine and another hour of monitoring. Third time's a charm! I only had 3 contractions and she finally let me go to bed around 0300 am.
On a different note, thank you to cousins Maria, TJ, Indy and Aiden Frevert for the care package we got in the mail! There was all sorts of candy, beef jerky, gum, a Baby Beethoven CD, 4 mini decorated pumpkins, Halloween cards, lovely drawings from Indy and Aiden and even some decaf coffee singles for me! I think I'm on a sugar high. We had fun going through it with Becky - she says thank you, too.
A few people have asked what kind of things they could send. To be quite honest, we really don't need anything. We just like receiving any news/notes from anyone!
Deb, we'd love to see you in November! Yes, we have tried the In-n-Out burgers. They had to bring mine home to me, so it was a little cold. But we'll definitely give it another try!
About the pictures.... Billy thought it'd be funny to do mugshots and profiles since Becky's away and I'm on house arrest. Not the best pictures, but we'll post more soon. Next up, our adventures with Stephanie and Kelly this weekend! Billy picks them up from the airport tomorrow morning and we are so excited!
Keep the comments coming...we really do read all of them multiple times. We'll try to start posting in the comments section as well to answer questions that pop up as we go.
Billy, Moni and the quad squad
P.S. Aunt Bert, Billy spells his name like the boy version. Not with an "ie". He wanted me to let you know. And we're spelling Laine like so (kind of like Elaine). By the way, that was a great comment and we appreciate all the kind words.
P.S.S. No more signing with initials only. Who are you, D.H.? I guess we'll find out when the snail mail gets here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The contraction monitoring is still going well. I've been averaging anywhere from 1-3 contractions in an hour session with mild uterine irritability. My right side pain has seemed to increase over the last couple of days, which is no fun. But it's nothing I can't handle.
Looking forward to our visitors from the Dub this weekend. Steph and Kelly Graf will be in the house on Friday. Billy's been working about every day but was able to get this weekend off for our visitors and his birthday. Normally we'd be celebrating with Aunt Debbie in Denver at the Broncos game. Those yearly trips will probably be postponed for a couple years!
Big thank you to sister and soon-to-be brother in law, Emmy and Andy. They sent a fun little Halloween care package our way. Em, were you trying to imply something by sending the witch hat? I'll take a picture with it on and post it soon.
Hope this post will keep the carnivores at bay for a day or two! You know, it would be easier to post more often if we had more comments to read (thanks, Erin, for saying something earlier - it just sounds monotonous when we complain). Must be busy, busy at work with no time to drop us a line!
Billy and Moni
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Last night, Billy, Becky and I played Mexican Train dominoes. Becky kicked our butts but I made a valiant comeback towards the end. Billy took last place. We also figured out a way to play pitch with 3 people. Definitely not as cutthroat as regular pitch, but we felt like we accomplished something when we worked out all the kinks.
My monitoring has been going well. The other night I had the most contractions I've ever had in a one hour sitting. The Matria nurse counted 7 (I only caught 5 of them). So I had to drink a big cup of water, eat a snack, give myself a bolus of Terbutaline and re-monitor for another hour. The next session went better with only 3 contractions.
I've been taking it very easy. You're right, Vicki and mom. I know this will be the last chance to really relax and concentrate on me for about 18+ years (most likely even longer). But I've been feeling well and so it's hard to just let Becky and Billy do everything for me when I know I could do it myself. Becky's finding out just how obstinate I can be! Serg, you hit the nail right on the head when you said Billy and I are the 2 most stubborn people you know. You sound like you've been hanging out with us for years, or something!
Bucko leaves for her Vietnam trip today. Hope she has a safe trip and hurries back home! Billy says that you better not meet/bring home any new man from your world travels!
Hope everyone has a great day! Becky's making chicken salad for lunch to go along with my delicious high protein Boost drink. Maybe she'll quit her job after we get back home with the babies and be our nanny.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Becky made it home from "The Dub" this morning. She brought back some board games from Momma Marsha and Aunt Cathy. It looks like a decent selection of games. Moni finished her sixth book during our Phoenix stint. God bless James Patterson. We might take Steph and Kelly up on bringing down some more books.
We have decided that the Good Lord has put the Broncos in a funk so that the babies and I can concentrate on Moni fully. Or maybe Coach Shanahan has heard about our situation, and that is why he has decided to SUCK so badly at coaching. Despite their struggles, my wife, kids, and I have decided NOT to be like some fair-weather fans (KC Chief fans), and stick with our team through the obvious low time.
Our next post will probably come after our next appointment on Tuesday. We MAY have more pictures at that point. We love all, thank all, and can't wait to see all.
Billy and Moni