As my big boy grew up, I began to worry about him being an only child. As the 5th of 8 children, I couldn't even imagine growing up with out a sibling. Someone to go through all of your stages with who completely understands who you are.
Rod and I went back to the same fertility specialist who helped us conceive Will. On January 28, 2008 we went to Dr. Awadalla's office for the insemination. Two weeks later, I took a home pregnancy test which came back positive. I went to the dr.'s for a blood test which also came back positive. On February 20th, Rod and I went in for my 6 wk ultrasound. Dr. Awadalla was friendly as usual, making small talk. Once the ultrasound appeared on the screen, however, the room fell silent. He removed the probe and said, "There are definitely more than one embryo." I asked how many and didn't even recognize Rod's voice when he answered, "Four." Dr. A switched off the monitor and said, "Yes, there are four. Get dressed and we'll talk in my office." As I got dressed, Rod and I looked at each other. No words were needed. That one look said, "Oh my God! What have we done?!?" If we thought that we were nervous and scared then, we had no idea what was coming. Dr. A explained that quadruplets are extremely high risk and told us that we needed to discuss selective reduction. When I told him that we wouldn't consider that, he pressed harder telling us that by choosing not to reduce, we were choosing to likely lose all four babies. By this point I was hysterical and Rod was furious. We left the office, but couldn't go anywhere yet. We sat in the lobby outside of the office, me crying, Rod trying to convince me that everything was going to be fine. After a week of sleepless nights, I began to accept the idea. I knew that this would be a difficult pregnancy, but I was ready to face it. Then on March 6, we had my 8 wk ultrasound. All four babies had grown, had strong heartbeats and looked good. It was official, we were having quadruplets!!
A quad pregnancy isn't your normal pregnancy. At 14 wks, I began going to the dr. weekly for cervix measurements. At 16 wks, we found out that we were having 3 girls and 1 boy. At 18 wks, I had to quit my job and stay home on full time bed rest. I began going to the dr. twice a week for NSTs and ultrasounds. I was extremely fortunate. My pregnancy was much easier than most quads'. The babies and I all tolerated the pregnancy very well. I was able to stay home with Rod and Will until 30 wks and 5 days. At that ultrasound, the babies hadn't grown enough since their last ultrasound, so I was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital to monitor me and the babies. Still, we all hung in there a while longer. My goal was 34 weeks. I made it that far and the dr.s began to get nervous that something was going to go wrong with me or the babies, so they scheduled my ultrasound for Monday September 8, 2008.
Dr. Lambers did my c-section that morning. It was absolutely amazing to watch those four babies pulled out one at a time. Everyone was doing well, but they went to the NICU for 2 wks to learn how to eat. Here are the pictures from their first day in the NICU.
Isabella Rose 3lb 12oz
Julia Kay 3lb 6 oz
Andrew Douglas 4 lb 4oz
look at these pictures. I forget how tiny they were. As crazy as that summer was, these four precious miracles made it worth every day.