Welcome to the Reeves Quadruplets web page!!
Update as of September 02, 2006
To all of our friends, family and neighbors who have been coming by to help, we truly appreciate your support. We would be walking zombies if it was not for all the assistance people have shown us. Special thanks goes to Grandma Lynn for living with us and helping out with the girls. And for handling the AM feedings!!!
If you have not been by to visit the girls we would love to see you.
The girls had their two month check up and first round of immunizations on Thursday. They were not very fond of the shots! All of the girls are growing well and gaining a good amount of weight. Gwendolyn and Hannah are starting to try to smile and are almost ready to move to eating every 4 hours. Isabella and Emily are eating up a storm and catching up to their sisters. They look more alike every day. Below are the stats for each girl. You can also find this info and some new photos on their individual pages.
Gwendolyn: 7 lbs. 13 oz. 20 1/4 inches long
Hannah: 8 lbs. 6.5 oz. 20 1/4 inches long
Isabella: 6 lbs. 3.5 oz. 19 1/4 inches long
Emily: 5 lbs. 15 oz. 18 1/2 inches long
Update as of August 16, 2006
All four girls are home!!
Yes, all of the girls are home and doing very well! They are 7 weeks old today and have doubled their birth weight. They eat every 3 hours, but soon they will be able to go to every 4 hours, and mommy and daddy cannot wait for that! Luckily we have lots of help from Grandma Lynn, the nannies, and friends and family who have volunteered their time. Everyone is adjusting to the big change in the house, including the kitties.
Thank you to everyone who has sent good wishes and presents. We also cannot thank enough those of you who have come by to help feed and change the girls, and those of you who have brought food. We could not survive without the generosity of everyone!!
If you have not been by to see the girls, we would love for you to visit! And there just might be a diaper change in your future if you do!
Current News as of July 18, 2006
All of the girls are doing incredibly well! They are all out of their isolets and in open air cribs. Gwendolyn and Hannah share one crib and Isabella and Emily are sharing another.
Gwendolyn is the strongest of the girls, and might be ready to come home by Thursday or Friday! She is currently taking six of her feedings via bottle (the other two still go via feeding tube) and once she gets up to all eight feedings via bottle, she is ready to go home. She is a very good eater, which we are sure she probably got from her parents. She currently weighs 4 lbs. 3.4 oz.
Hannah is following just behind her sister, taking four to five of her feedings via bottle. She will probably come home a few days after Gwendolyn. She is not afraid to let you know when she is not happy about anything, and just as feisty as she was in the womb. She is the biggest of the girls weighing 4 lbs. 4 oz.
Isabella was able to join her sisters in the nursery on Friday 7/14, and moved to the open air crib on 7/16. She is progressing well and getting used to feeding. In the NICU she primarily had IV fluids, and now she is getting formula, so she needs a little time to get used to that before she catches up to her sisters. She currently weighs 3 lbs. 12 oz.
Emily is still a little peanut at 3 lbs. 2 1/2 oz. She is taking one bottle a day, and slowly will move up to two bottles. She does well with the feeding, but she is still so small that taking a bottle just wears her out!
Isabella and Emily have some time to go before they are ready to come home. They just need a little more time to grow and improve their feeding skills.
Many of you have asked what went wrong with me (MB) in the delivery room, why I could not see the girls until the 5th day and why I am still in such bad shape. All the gory details are below if you are so inclined to know the whole story. I am still on a modified bed rest and need a little help getting around. This will probably continue for another several weeks. Having four babies at once, being almost completely inactive for three months prior and all the delivery complications has made the after delivery time quite a bit different from what was anticipated. Once Gwendolyn comes home I will need even more help, getting up to the nursery to see the others. If you live in Atlanta, be prepared to be solicited for a ride :)
All the gory (and they are gory) details about the delivery.....
When pregnant the uterus will expand to allow for a baby and this normally gets big, well beyond it's normal size. Since I was pregnant with quads mine was exponentially bigger than a normal pregnancy and many times over it's normal size. During a C-section they actually take the uterus out of the body. After delivering the babies and the placentas the uterus normally will automatically contract and be able to go back into the body. Mine did not move. The Dr. said when this happens they massage it to make start contracting, still mine ignored normal procedure. The next step is to try to stitch it closed, but they could not do that with mine. I asked the Dr. if this was the point that I heard him ask for the biggest needle in the hospital, and he said yes, but the biggest one was not nearly big enough. Gotta love that! They tried a few injections and other tactics, and finally they were able to get my uterus to respond and contract enough to get sewn up. The Dr. was just about to do a hysterectomy if the last effort did not work. The result of all of this was that I lost about 3 liters of blood and my blood pressure was very erratic. After few hours after they put me back together they started me on blood transfusions. All together I had 6 transfusions over the next several days. They also had to give me an evil medication for my blood pressure and something to kick start my kidneys back to work. The medication made me hallucinate and talk gibberish for a few days. The first four days are a blur and I do not remember much. I eventually was able to convince the Dr.'s that the pain medication was not working, and they gave me a morphine drip, which made things a bit better. Eventually after all of the transfusions and medications were completed and out of my system, I was able to be moved to a normal room and on the fifth day I was able to go see the babies.