My doctor came to check on me this morning and was very, very pleased with how I'm doing and how the babies' are progressing. Physically, things are getting rough for me. I'm generally in a fair amount of pain, I can no longer stand up straight, I have a lot of difficulty getting in and out of bed and I may have had to put a chair in my shower. But I haven't lost all my pride and I did straighten up long enough to take some photos this morning, slapping a big grin on my face to hide the discomfort. I want to look back on this and think, "Damn, I looked good for 28 weeks with quads!"
Though we're no longer counting down to any particular goal, my doctor seems to think 31 weeks will be my magic number. I'm a pretty small person to be accommodating four babies and he wants them to all reach three pounds and then he'll be satisfied. This is mainly to combat the weight they'll lose after birth while adapting to life outside the womb. Since the smallest baby, our little Logan, was an even two pounds earlier this week I've got some work to do. Bring on the protein shakes!
My doc seems to sense how hard my body is fighting for every 24 hours right now, though I know pain is certainly no indicator that it's time to deliver. I am game to go as long as possible with this pregnancy as safely as I can. These kiddos are definitely vying for space in my stomach as things become a little bit more snug in there each week but that just means they won't mind sharing cribs for their first few months. ;)
As we pass 28 weeks, there's a lot of good news and warm, fuzzy feelings to go with it. Doc says we are getting rid of risks like brain hemorrhaging, hearing and vision loss and complications, etc. He also mentioned that here in this particular hospital, 92% of 28-weekers go home. He has every intention of sending us home with four brand new little babies.
My husband and I are so grateful that God has blessed us with this adventure and that He's steered us safely this far. We continue to pray for his protection, grace and strength to make it the rest of the way. Until then, we will enjoy every good milestone and every gifted day. My mom and step-dad are coming up to celebrate with the husband and I this afternoon (including cake!) and my dinner tonight is going to be filet mignon from Vic & Anthony's! Yum! I'll be sure to take photos and share the rest of our day in another post. For now, happy 28 weeks Harrison, Logan, Trystan and Kailey!