We have decided to start blogging in hopes of meeting other quad momma's, or any other multiple moms for that matter! Plus we know we have a few people that want to keep updated on the pregnancy. Here is the back story on this pregnancy so far! I am 10 weeks pregnant today.
October 26, 2011- One of the most amazing days ever! I FINALLY saw those two beautiful pink lines, and even better, the word PREGNANT on a digital test. Our 2 year old daughter Ella would finally be a big sister! My husband and I were both ecstatic, and could not stop crying happy tears. I don't think I would have been able to handle another failed attempt with our fertility treatments, so it could not have came at a better time. I was only 9DPO, so I still had 5 days left before my beta. My first beta was 379- on the higher end but nothing that screamed "there's quadruplets in there!!!!", and they doubled appropriately. I know beta's are extremely variable, but I thought MAYBE we were looking at twins. HA!
November 8, 2011- Our first ultrasound at 5 weeks 1 day. Oh man if there could have been a video camera in that room! So we start the ultrasound, and I immediately see 3 tiny circles. In reality I knew what they were, but I kind of just looked away thinking maybe he was looking at one of my ovaries and they were cysts.... Yeah no. The doc says "I see 3 sac's". I just look over at Larry, and we just kind of laughed. I was thinking "triplets.... okay we can do this, it's going to be okay". So the doc measured all of the sac's and was doing his thing. A couple minutes later he gets an awful look on his face, and I ask him what was wrong. He told us that he thinks he sees 4. "ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?" He wasn't sure at first, but yup, there were 4. After that I do not remember much... I think I kind of blacked out a bit, my memory is a little fuzzy. I remember a little laughing, a little crying, I may have even said an inappropriate word.... Lol It was crazy to say the least! Larry took the news better than I did. I immediately started worrying about the health issues for these babies (a curse of being a nurse), and of course I felt so guilty wondering how our daughter was going to handle this. We were all just amazed at how this happened. I mean we obviously know how it happened, but for those who know fertility talk- we had one mature follicle at trigger (almost 16mm), an E2 level of only 221 (indicating only 1 mature egg), and we had several smaller follicles, but none were bigger than 13.4mm. For those who don't know fertility talk- it means I was supposed to only have one mature egg, and they generally do not consider an egg mature enough to be fertilized until the follicle reaches at least 15mm.
All of our following ultrasounds have indicated normal, healthy growing babies! It took me a couple of weeks to come around to the idea of having 4, just because I was so scared of all the risks for the babies. Of course I am still extremely nervous about getting them all here, and getting them all here at a decent gestational age, but you kind of can't help but be excited when you think of 4 bubbly cute babies. But we know it is going to be an extremely long road with an extremely complicated pregnancy... and we know that we may very well not end up with 4 healthy babies. But reduction is not an option for our family. We feel as though God put these babies into our lives for a reason, and it is not our decision to change that. Although this is going to be a long and hard road, and I still have days where I struggle with the reality of it, it really is one of God's miracles, and He chose us. That in itself is pretty amazing! :)