Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Week 21 Update

Amy and Aiden came in last week to stay with me. It was soo much fun to have a distraction with Little Aiden's being there. Poor Amy had two babies now to care for, but she did a wonderful job.

Stephen came in for my doctor's appointment, which I thought would be routine. However, my cervix had shortened, and the doctor wanted to know more about what was going on; so we came to the hospital for monitoring, fully expecting to go back to the condo in the evening. During our monitoring session, we discovered that I was having frequent contractions, and, unfortunately, the doctors were unable to stop them with routine medicine. They admitted me to the hospital, and used a drug called Magnesium Sulfate to try to stop the contractions. The MagSulfate has helped tremendously, but they have not been able to stop the contractions altogether. They are now trying to determine the best combination of drugs to keep things quiet. Most of the doctors that we have talked to seem to feel that I will be in the hospital for the remainder of my pregnancy. We'll know for sure on Monday when Dr. Elliott gets back to town.

My Mom came in to town on Sunday to start her "shift." (I'm actually transcribing for Ellen, right now - GAH) Instead of being settled in a cute condo in Scottsdale, she has couch duty at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

All babies are healthy and growing the way they should. They each weigh approximately 1 pound. They now think we have 3 girls and 2 boys; so I have come to the conclusion that we will have to wait until they're born to know for sure.


  1. Thanks for the update. You have tons of people praying for you, Stephen and those babies....I am still ho hoping for 3 boys and 2 girls...but then I would. LOL

  2. Just wanted you to know that at Bible study tonight we prayed for all the children of Christ Church (by name!) including the quints. Well, not by name of course....

    Thanks for the update. Take care!

  3. Hi Ellen,

    We are all praying for you, Stephen and all the babies. It was great to see Stephen on the ride. I so enjoyed meeting and visiting with your Mother she is a delightful lady.

    Take care,

  4. Hi Ellen, Thanks for the update. I am glad to hear that you and the babies are ok, just held hostage at the hospital. I have something to send you to help pass the time. Where would be the best place to send it so that you get it.
    You are all in my thoughts & prayers.

  5. Several items of mail have been returned from an attempt to send them to the condo so I guess we can just resend them to the hospital. Yes, we are indeed praying for you and each little baby.....and for Stephen, too.
    We miss you, but pray that God is keeping you and the little ones safely!


  6. Hi Ellen--

    I am sorry to hear that you have to be on the mag, but happy to hear that the babies are all doing well. Keep hanging in there!


  7. Just thought that I would let you know that my family and I are thinking and praying for you. I have triplet girls and they are 15 months old. I love to read others experience. I am so glad that you are where you are. CONGRATS!!!! Good Luck with the Mag. It is going to get REALLY hot soon.

    Love ya
    Jaime Brown
    GGG-15 months
    The Brown Bunch

  8. oh my gosh!
    congrats on the quints!
    i pray for a healthy pregnancy and birth for you!
    keep updating often. we want to see that big belly grow!

  9. Hi Ellen,

    I hope you and the babies are okay. Jo Ann forwarded me your update last week. I know it's going to be hard for you to be in the hospital for so long, but you have to hang in there for those five precious angels. I'll keep tabs on you thru Jo Ann, and I, and several others have you in our prayers.


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  11. Chan quintuplets was born thursday may 1st

    and an other set will born this week at 33 weeks