Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Week 23 Update

Hello everyone. This is Stephen again for Ellen. Ellen is doing better as far as contractions, but on a high dosage of Mag Sulphate to accomplish this. Dr. Elliott is very hopeful that we can still reach our goal of 32 weeks. Ellen gets two different rewards when she behaves(contractions). They are hydrotherapy and wheelchair rides. The hydrotherapy consists of a giant bath tub that she gets to float in. I didn't see this happen so that's about all I have to say about that.

Here is a pic of Kimber, Ellen, and Amy on one of Ellen's 30 min excursions to the "Healing garden" The Hospital has 4 different gardens. This is our favorite.

Here is a broad pic of the healing garden.

Thanks to our wonderful family, friends, and church family, Ellen has a well decorated room.

The mag causes Elle to feel hot, so the room is VERY cold. (see proof above as two healing garden gnomes visited)

I am making light, but Ellen and I are very thankful for everyone's thoughts and prayers. We are keeping track of all of the loving things everyone is doing for us. The volume is already overwhelming.


  1. Ellen: I just found out your news a few weeks ago. Chris and I are praying for you and your babies well being. Love you! PS: Talk about a baby shower that is gonna break the bank!

  2. hang in there, ellen! i can't imagine what this experience has been like for you, but surely this will all have been worth it when you see those sweet faces. :)

    we're praying for you.


  3. Ohhh the healing garden. Can you see it from the window of your new submarine room?? :) Miss you tons & love you more

  4. Stephen,

    You don't know me, but I'm one of Ellen's customers. We at NOV are keeping up with the updates. I'm so relieved you are able to spend so much time with her. I know she needs you there, it's got to be so hard for her. All of us are keeping you, Ellen and the babies in our prayers. And, I'm looking forward to the day when Ellen drives up with the "Mini Van" to show off those five precious babies...I know Ellen is going thru alot now, but hang in there...you're doing a great job.

    Jan Christen

    p.s. tell Ellen we miss her...

  5. Ohio quintuplets born at GSM Hospital (3rd in 1 week, it's an epidemy !!)

    The Blatt - 4 girls & 1 boy - were born May 8th, following at 31w5d, at GSM.
    The Blatts also have a 17-month-old daughter, Emily.

    the next quints for Dr Eliott will be our Howell kids

  6. Well this IS one way to save on maternity clothing, Mrs. Howell! We continue to pray for ya'll and send food over to Stephen. I sure do miss seeing you, but trust that GOD has his eyes on you, and is keeping you better than anyone else can. I sent you a little package. I guess it can be for whoever is there with you since you really can't focus. Your mom was filling us in today on how the hospital staff fuss over you and want to be on call for you! Of course they do! I wish I could be a nurse on call for you! Know we love you and pray for you regularly. I even have my ladies on my bulletin board praying for you; they ask for regular updates on you. So you have got to know how far reaching your story goes and is blessing the lives of folks! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!

  7. Hang in there....The mag part stinks, I was on it for 2.5 months and was sick, sick, sick. It gets better. You are doing a great job at "cooking" those little ones. Keep up the good job! You area strong and very blessed woman. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family!!!!

  8. I'm jealous! Y'all look like you are having "fun" in the garden, while I am chained to my desk, working my tuckas off . . . lord willing and Bechtel doesn't interfere, Jim and I will be there in June.

    I love you sister, and I know that you love my nieces and nephews, but could you quit hugging them so hard?

  9. Stephen - I'm glad you haven't lost your sense of humor:) Ellen, you look terrific! I'm so proud of you both and admire your strength. I can't wait to visit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the babies.

  10. Ellen: You are such a truly extraordinary and brave person and will be a most exceptional Mom. I cannot wait to see you this month. My son is truly blessed. All my love and prayers.