Sidney Alun Howell - 6:19 PM - aka"baby A"
Ivy Elizabeth Howell - 6:19PM - aka "baby B"
Mitchell Thomas Howell - 6:20PM - aka "baby C"
Looks like this one is sucking their thumb.
Anyone who knows Ellen, knows she LOVES fireworks! They lasted for 15 minutes. It was just what she needed going into the scary evening.
More to follow...Ellen is doing much better.
P.S. we are now in our steroid window! (the window in which the babies receive the maximum benefit)
All three of us in the Healing Garden
Today is Week 28!!! A HUGE milestone in terms of survivability of the babies... Dr. Elliott is trying to find the best time to give me steroid shots... We have been putting it off since Week 24. We were going to do them yesterday, however, they want my contractions to below 4 an hour before giving them to me because they have found that the shots will increase contractions and sometime put a mom into labor. I seem to be a night contractor and have around 8 an hour... They are going to try and play with my levels of medications to get them down before giving me the steroid shots. The steroid shots will speed up the development of the babies lungs in case I were to go into preterm labor.
We did another growth ultrasound today... it took 2 1/2 hours! It looks like baby soup in there. I don't know how the tech could tell one baby from the other. With 10 arms and 10 legs all moving about, I am amazed that they could measure anything at all. Unfortunately, we didn't get any good pics to post.
Baby A - Girl - 2 lb 5 oz
Baby B - Girl - 2 lb 8 oz
Baby C - Boy - 2 lb 11 oz
Baby D - Boy - 2 lb 8 oz
Baby E - Girl - 2 lb 7 oz
We did another FFN test and it came back negative. My cervix, although is getting very short, is still closed. The only concern we have now is that Baby A has dropped very low and is putting pressure on my cervix... They will decide tomorrow if she has dropped low enough to do something about it.
My sweet, sweet friend Suzy came into town to visit me last weekend... She is from Austin, so it is rare that we can spend 3 entire days with each other. She entertained me by chatting, reading me gossip magazines, painting my nails, rubbing my feet, etc. It's amazing how the time passed so quickly.
Suzy & Ellen
Suz, Elle & Stephen in the Healing Garden
Stephen & Elle with Bed Head