Okay, the news is spreading fast. Well, we have some good news to share with everyone. After a long struggle, we are happy to say that we are pregnant again! Yay! We are so excited and feel so blessed. To add to this news, we found out that we are expecting QUADS! Wow! Yes, this was a shock for us (and we’re still trying to get over that shock) but we are excited for this. We knew quads were a possibility but it was so remote, like a 1 to 3% chance. We had a higher chance of not getting pregnant, at 50%. So, we know this is all God.
As of today, I am 8.5 (9 on Saturday) weeks along in the pregnancy. I've already had two ultrasounds. The first time we saw 4 heartbeats and 4 sacs. Well, this last time we almost got to see 5 babies! As it turns out, 2 of the babies were in one sac (are identical). That immediately scared us. Then, we saw another baby in it's own sac (fraternal). And then the fourth baby is in another sac on it's own (another fraternal). That makes 3 sacs but where did the fourth sac go? Well, from this last and current ultrasound, it looks like it is vanishing. It is small, malformed and we didn't see any heartbeats or babies in it. Paul and I are definitely good with 4 babies :P
All of the babies look great! They are all about 1-inch long. They have heartbeats ~170 to 185, which is perfect. We don't know if they are boys or girls but I am sure I'll have lots of ultrasounds that will reveal that information soon enough. I’ll need to gain a lot of weight (as much as 75 lbs. total!) as soon as possible. I think I need to gain 45 lbs. within the next 2.5 or 3 months. Yikes! But from what I’ve read, the weight really helps the babies come out big and healthy. I hope so!
My "official" due date is April 26 but quads are delivered MUCH earlier, as in 32 weeks vs. 40. 32 weeks would make them March babies (just like Jared ;) ). I REALLY hope I make it to 32 weeks or later. The longer the better for the babies! Also, I could go on bed rest as soon as 18 weeks (or around Thanksgiving time) and I could be hospitalized.
I begin seeing a perinatologist, an OB who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, next week. Phoenix has one of the best perinatal groups in the country (PPA), possibly the world. Women pregnant with multiples come here to Phx just to be delivered by this group. That gives me lots of comfort.
As you've read, this is exciting but also can be overwhelming and dangerous. Please pray for us with this pregnancy…for my health, the babies and their health, for Paul & Jared!!
Oh, I am also going to update our website with a "The Quads" page. You can check that out for any updates, pictures (there's already an ultrasound picture there :D ) and progress. I will try to post here on our Blog too.