Monday, October 26, 2009

IRH Reunion at the Zoo!!!!!

Well, this Saturday the Institute for Reproductive Health, the RE who helped me conceive my five children, held their Baby Bash at the Cincinnati Zoo. It was a cold morning, but once the sun broke through the clouds, it turned out to be a really nice day. Will is always up for a trip to the zoo, and even though the babies aren't necessarily interested in the animals yet, the plant life and everything at the zoo is so beautiful, they love to just look around and check everything out.
I have very mixed emotions about Dr. Awadalla, my RE. It is hard to feel anything but gratitude for the man who helped you conceive 5 children when you feared your lifetime total would be 0, however, I can never forget how hard he pushed us to reduce when we discovered I was carrying quadruplets. I believe him when he says that he just wanted the best odds for me to take home at least 1 healthy baby, but being encouraged to terminate some of your babies leaves a scar. Particularly how very hard he pushed. He quoted terrible statistics (which I'm pretty sure were outdated or inaccurate.) I left his office in tears convinced that I was going to lose some or all of these babies and those that survived would be severely handicapped. Because of this, I was not going to miss this reunion. Not in a bratty way, I just wanted him to see my gorgeous, happy, healthy babies and I hope he thinks about my family the next time some woman conceives quads under his care. Maybe he will not be so hard on her.
Even though I went in with these mixed emotions, it was nice to see Dr. Awadalla again. He was very happy to see the babies and Will. He was very sweet with them. I looked around and thought what a great day this was for his office. Surrounded by little blessings you had a role in creating. How very gratifying that must feel.
Will loves the zoo. We made sure to hit all of his favorites.





Will thought that it was hysterical that this cat was named Bob. Yes, it was a "bob"cat.





His favorite animals in the whole zoo, though, are the giraffes. One is even named Tessa. like one of his Aunts.



He loves the animals, but we spent a lot of time in the Children's Zoo. There were interactive exhibits and plenty of things to climb and play on. He loved the spider web!



Mommy and Will on a concrete elephant.






Daddy and Will playing in a turtle shell.







A tired Mommy surrounded by her wonderful children! The Cincinnati Zoo is beautiful and a wonderful place to take the family, but it is located completely on hills. Those strollers get heavy. I had a great day with my family and got in quite a workout too!


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Halloween Party

This weekend we went to the Tri-State Multiples' Fall Festival. It was a great fall day! Sunny and clear. The sun kept it nice. I love this time of year. The leaves are just beginning to change and there is a crispness in the air. Fall had always been my favorite season and now that we have the kids I love the fun Halloween activities.
As you can see, the babies were little devils. I had 5 costumes, because originally Will was going to be a devil as well, but at the last minute, he changed his mind. I have always tried to let him be an individual and especially now. So far, the babies can't express opinions, but if they want different costumes when they are a little older, I will respect that. In the mean time, the plan was all 5 kids to be devils and our dog, Stella, to be an angel. We have several more Halloween activities coming up, so we'll see how this all plays out. I would be surprised, however, if Will changes his mind on his Superman costume. He is so excited about being Superman, that he wants to wear his costume everywhere! I am a mean Mom, so he is only allowed to wear it to Halloween events until after Halloween. Then, he can wear it as much as he wants. Since he had to wait until the Halloween party, which started at 4:00, he wanted to get into his costume as soon as he woke up that day. It was torture, but he loved getting to wear it and show off for people. The whole crew
Izzie, Daddy, Paige, Will, Julia, Mommy and Drew


Izzie taking a break with Aunt Sara
(It got chilly once the sun went down)

Julia cheesing in the stroller

Drew and Daddy

Will had a great time.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Prayer Request...

I don't often do this, but I have been praying for a triplet Mom and would love if any one reading this could send up a few for her and her babies. I belong to Tri-State Multiples, a support group for parents of higher order multiples (triplets or higher.) Right now we have a Mom expecting GGB triplets. Last Fri at 25w2d, she was hospitalized for IUGR(intrauterine growth restriction) and one of her babies is showing poor cord blood flow. This is the same thing that got me put in the hospital 14 months ago with my quads. My baby C (Paige) had not grown enough since the last measurement and she was showing pauses in her cord blood flow. When I found out that Jenny was going through the same thing, I sent her an email. She was happy to have someone to talk to who had been through this, although we quickly discovered the major difference. Because Jenny is so early, she may have to make a terrible choice. If her baby B completely stops growing or goes into distress, normal treatment would be an emergency c-section. This, however, would put her other 2 triplets in great danger, to be born so very premature-- she is now 26w3d. I was over 30 weeks, so we would have taken all 4 and the most likely would have been fine. If she doesn't have a c-section, she will have to accept that she may lose baby B. It is a terrible decision. I pray that baby B keeps fighting and growing and Jenny can deliver all 3 of them at a better gestational age. If you do pray, please think of Jenny and her babies and ask the Lord to watch over them.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Breaking Out of the Dulldrums

I know that I haven't posted anything for quite a while. We were just sort of in a funk. No one was completely sick, but no one was completely well. The babies were teething. The babies had diaper rashes. It was just a rut. Everyone was a little bit grouchy and it was enough just to make it through the days sometimes. Well... I wallowed in my rut long enough. Time to break out!!!! What better way to break out than with a day at King's Island? My husband's company had their employee day at the amusement park this weekend. We loaded up the kiddos and had a really good time. So good, in fact, that I took hardly any pictures, but I managed to catch a couple. Rod and the kids posing in front of a Halloween sign. Notice no one actually looking at me. I decided to just give up. We had a lot of fun, and I wasn't stressing about getting pictures.
The gang and my in-laws. We took a train ride around the outside of the park. Will was very excited to ride a "real" train.
(L to R -- Drew, FIL Jim, Julia, MIL Judy, Will, Izzie, Mommy and Paige)
Okay. I have officially ended our end of summer funk and we will begin to have fun again. Stay tuned for more fun outings and no more grouchy, fussy days stuck at home. Welcome Autumn!