The McCleary Quadruplets

There is never a dull moment when you are raising quadruplets!

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Feb 03 2013

Bedrest at KU Med

A few posts ago I said I would try to go back and revisit what it was like while I was pregnant, the kids were in the nicu and the first year or so of their lives. (The time of my life I wanted to blog, but never got around to it)  Most of these entries will be picture based because that is how I am revisiting them in my own mind.  Pictures truly can sat a lot and boy some of these pictures say a ton!

So tonight I thought I would share a little about bed rest at the hospital.  The time of my life I had a good reason to lay around and do much of nothing.  (really my body was doing a ton…growing four babies was a ton of work!)  To this day my body is not the same and I am sure never will be!

I remember going in every Friday for ultrasounds to check on the babies and check my cervix.  For the most part I was confined to my hospital room.  It was my residence from the end of January to April 4th when I was released.  (Then was readmitted for another 2 weeks for a uterine infection)  I had a cerclage placed when I was first admitted at 19 weeks and when it gave out right at 24 weeks we were offered the option for a second and decided to go through with it.  Once I made it past the 48 hour mark I was allowed wheel chair rides around the hospital and even on the grounds.  I remember loving the fact I could actually eat in the hospital cafeteria and just getting some fresh air.   Here is a shot of me stuck in the hospital bed and one of my regular nurses.

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I also remember it being a very emotional time in my life.  Between worrying about my gestating babies and how long I could hold out, I was an emotional wreck some days.  I had wonderful family and friends to lean on through all of it, plus the nurses and doctors helped me get through the tough days.  Prayer also got me through.  I prayer that the kids would be healthy, that they would thrive and that Randy and I could manage raising four kids at one time.

My first night I was was admitted was rough, Dr. Wiener told me he was not sure I could carry them far enough for them to make it.  That was not what I needed to hear.  Once I hit 24 weeks he began to talk about how far he would let me go (32 weeks, he said at that point it would do my body more harm than good)  I remember days I did not think I could make that.  Every Friday they checked me I started contracting.  So I usually spent my Friday night in labor and delivery.  One night one of the nurses made me a bulls eye with Dr Wiener’s face on it because he would not let me eat, just in case, and I was starving.  You seriously can not deny a pregnant quad mom her food!

Do not deny a quad momma food!

Do not deny a quad momma food!

I recall one night they were going to test the hospital backup generators and they told my doctors and nurses if there was any indication that the McCleary quadruplets were coming that they would not test them.  It was pretty humorous to me that my growing belly was known by the higher ups of the hospital.

 

The Thursday before I delivered the staff who had been caring for me all along through me a baby shower, it was so awesome!  They had become my extended family while I was living there and even stay in touch with many of those who cared for me and for the kids.  They even brought in pizza and cake, it was great…had not had either since I was admitted.

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28 week balloons

28 week balloons

 

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Friday I was checked like normal and started contracting.   This time I could tell was different…it was much harder and much more painful.  I still remember the few nurses who stayed with me until Randy got of work.   The image of three specific ones trying to calm me and hold my had is still so vivid in my head four years later.  One of doctors gave me morphine, it helped.  Out of everything given to me over that weekend it was the only thing that calmed my contractions and let me sleep.  Dr. Wiener took it away Monday and said I could have ibuprofen because if the babies were to come they would be drugged by the morphine and not alert and that would not be good especially for preemie infants.  Elizabeth’s sack broke Monday as well and I do not remember much from Monday night on…I blocked a bunch out, I believe due to the massive amount of pain I was in at that time.  I remember Wednesday morning, because that was delivery day!  I will share that story and pictures with you soon!

Feb 14, 2009

Feb 14, 2009

22 weeks

22 weeks

March 8, 2009 25 weeks

March 8, 2009
25 weeks

28 weeks with Dr. Carroll

28 weeks with Dr. Carroll

28 week belly

28 week belly

I am sure there are more stories from that time, but that is what I can remember.  I really do wish I would have been blogging back then and could have told you what happened every day, but I was not.  Like I said these pictures share a lot and I hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I like look back at them.  I promise I will post about their actual birthday story soon.

 

 

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