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Tuesday, January 22, 2008


It is now official, the babies are considered viable! This is something Tiff and I have felt from day 1, but medically speaking they are viable. Tiff didn't have the best night last night since contractions acted up a bit. They increased her level of medicine (Magnesium Sulfate) which, in her words, made her feel "drugged up". She was able to get some consistent shut eye after 8 a.m. this morning though.

We saw Dr. Kehl this morning. He has a positive outlook on things, which is good news for Tiff and I to hear. He would like to take her off the Magnesium and get her on something oral (I can't remember the name of the drug :). Depending on how her body reacts they'll determine if she needs get back on the Magnesium, but we plan on saying "bye-bye" to those drugs for a while! Dr. Kehl did prescribe her another steroid shot today which she had done about a half hour ago. The best prescription today though is TIFF GETS TO TAKE A SHOWER!!! She is so pumped.

They did a sonogram on the babies this morning and the heartbeats still look good. Her cervix has gone down in size from a 1.8 to a 1.6 cm. Please keep praying for her cervix to stay as long as possible!!
As I type this nurses are doing a monitor on all the babies heartbeats. It's so cool to hear four babies heart beats all at once! Words really can't describe it. They'll keep a monitor on each baby for 1/2 hour. It takes two nurses to find all the heart beats at the same time. Picture above: Here are two of our nurses, Marilyn (left) and Mindy (right) monitoring heart beats!
Alright, time for Tiff and I to eat some lunch. I'll say it everytime....Thank you so much for your prayers, e-mails, blogs, and texts. Tiff loves to read/hear them!


Christina said...

Yay! Happy Birthday to those babies! Tiff, I bet you are so excited to take that shower today. Regardless, you look amazing and I'm so proud of you!! I continue to be so awed by your positive attitude and outlook. You both inspire me by the way you put your trust in God and continue to lean on Him through this.

We are praying for you both and for your babies. God keeps bringing Psalm 139 to mind:
"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

God is knitting those babies together in your womb and has His hands on them all. He already knows each of them and has a plan for their lives. We continue to pray for all of you everyday. Thank you for the updates. And may your cervix stay LONG! We love you guys!

Christina, Patrick, Henry and William

Amber said...

Such great news!!! Jon - thanks for the posts, I check it all the time to see how things are going. Tiffany - hang in'll all be worth it when these babies get here (in many, many weeks! :-)). Take care and enjoy your time together!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear that Tiffany and the babies are doing great. You guys have been in our prayers through this whole pregnancy. Tiffany you look amazing keep up the good work! We've really enjoyed being able to stay up to date with the babies through this site.

John, Bonnie and Dylan Bell

Anonymous said...

Congrats on this milestone. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I has enlisted the help of my family for prayers. It worked great for Ethan, so the more the merrier. You look so determined and happy. Keep up the good spirits. Oh! Just a reminder. My cervix was only 1.2 - 1.5 the three months I was in the hospital. Yours will hold out too!

Charlie, Kristi(Hildebrand), and Ethan Foerster

michelle said...

I'm so glad to hear all positive news today. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jan Spitz said...

Hey Tiff and Jon,
I think you (Tiff) look great! I noticed Jon is staying out of the line of the camera lens! I am so proud of you and your determination and spirit. You encourage us all! Trust in Him to get you through. I am praying for all 6 of you several times a day. God must be listening. Love, Jan

Anonymous said...

Hi Tiff and Jon,
We wanted to let you know that you and the babies are in our thoughts and prayers each day. Both kids send along the following message:
Zachary says "I love you and miss you and can't wait to see you!"
Ethan says "I am praying for you and the babies each night".

Chris, Julee, Ethan and Zach

Jeanie Bree said...

Tiff, always a smile upon your face! Many of the children at MCC are talking about your babies and it's so comical to listen to thier take on everything. First of all, one said that they hoped you were happy with your four new kittens. Another said that they hope you get bigger so that the doctor will let you come home. And one of favorites was, Mrs. Michaels is having four babies so she can move to California...what is that all about? Well, anyway, we are always thinking of you and praying for you.
Love, the Brees

Dan & Sara said...

Hi, Tiffany and Jon -

This is Christina's sister-in-law Sara. Just wanted to let you know we are praying for you here! Thanks for posting updates!

Dan, Sara, Gabe and Caleb

Mom said...

My friends and coworkers ask about you all the time and tell me they are praying for you all. It is such a blessing working at the high school with prayer warriors. God certainly has a mighty army of angels over the Carle hospital. I love you both and so very proud of you. What great nurses you have. Mom

Rosie said...

Tiff & Jon,
Keep up the good work! We're so happy to hear that things are getting better for you 6. You are in our thoughts & prayers daily.
Rosie, Dan & Dominic Lozano

Taysha said...

Hey Tiffany,
I'm not sure you remember me or not but I lived at the end of the road from your parents house in Charleston. I work at Carle in the NICU now and ran into your mom last night on my way into work. I heard that there were quads upstairs in L & D and I knew you were pregnant with quads and then I saw your mom and she filled me in on what was going on. I just wanted to let you know that you and the babies are in my prayers and if you need anything I'm downstairs in NICU on the 9th floor please don't hesitate. Hang tough and take care of yourself and those babies!!! :)

Taysha Ryan

Maria said...

Happy 24th Week Bdy to the babies! That is so exciting. Tiff - you look GREAT! Jon - thanks for keeping us up to date on the progress. I will be praying for all of you. Keep up the good work!

Maria (Beurskens) Braham

Jill said...

Team Michaels-

Thank you so much for keeping us all up to date! I love that Jon is shaving your legs, Tiff! Can’t wait to see those pictures! JK! You are both such great examples of what a husband & wife... & parents should be! Those little tykes are SO lucky to have both of you in their lives! Tiffany- you look amazing! You look so strong & we are all so proud of you! You both have such a great spirit; it is wonderful that you are sharing this with all of us! My whole department at work is praying for all of you & they all love the blog!! You are in my thoughts & prayers daily & I can’t wait to see all 6 of you!!! Let me know when I can come & visit!! And please don’t hesitate to call if you need anything at all!!! Oh, I almost forgot... Happy Birthday Babies!!!!

(Tiff- I am so glad you were able to eat the fruit! : ))

Love you both so much,

Summer said...

TIff, you look amazing! I never looked that good with my first pregnancy and I was only carrying ONE! :) You are such an inspiration. Keep on keepin on :)
Matt & I are dying to visit you guys whenever you feel up to it!
Enjoy your shower today :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Tiff and Jon! Happy 24th Week!! Those precious babies are so very lucky to have such amazing parents!! Tiff - you look great and Jon - you are so supportive!!! Thanks for allowing us to go along on this journey with the Michaels Team!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Love, Traci, Dan, Jake and Phoebe

Anonymous said...

Tiff and Jon - happy 24th week birthday! You're awesome! The strength you are showing with the smiles on your faces is amazing!! Hang in there and know you can count on us for anything. We'll pray for you and will tell Sydney to add you to her prayer list as well!
Love, Chris, Lisa, Sydney, and Lily

Anonymous said...

Tiff and Jon,
I am so happy to hear you and the babies are doing well. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep those smiles on your faces and stay positive.
Lisa (Linhart) DeWelde

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that everyone is doing alright. I have been praying for you and your babies! Thank you so much for the updates. Tiff you look beautiful! What a gorgeous " Mom to be!" I miss you and know that lots of people are thinking about you! I even have my 6th grade students asking about you and the babies!!! Love ya! Hallie

Anonymous said...

Hey Team Michaels! Wanted to give my Fab Four babies a shout out! Tiff-if you didn't want me to come for lunch the other day then you should have just told didn't have to all the way to the hospital...HAH! However now when I come visit you can't get away. I'm glad to see Jon is hard at work shaving your legs...

Seriously, I'm sooo happy you have made it to this milestone. Stacy and I are reading all of this in the office and it brings tears to our eyes. We're sooo proud of all of you! Hang in there! Love you and kisses to the babes-Busing

Anonymous said...

Jon and Tiffany,

We're praying for you and your sweet babies from down here in Florida. God Bless....

Mark and "Lady"

Heather said...

I just can't wait to hold my nephew and nieces. The boys and I will be praying those little ones will make it another 8 weeks! What a celebration that will be.

Love, Ron, Heather,Tyler, Justin, and Conner

I'm so proud of the husband you have become and the father you will be. Can't wait to bribe your kids with money...ha ha :)

Love, Heather

Anonymous said...

Tiffany - you are doing such a great job keeping your babies safe. It's great to hit the 24 week mark! We're all hoping and praying that your 4 little babies stay put for a few more weeks (at least). Keep up the good work, mama! We're thinking of you and John. Keep up that positive attitude.

Love, Jessica and Benjie Stranz (Molly and Owen - our twins that will be arriving in a few weeks)

Anonymous said...

Tiff-- Hey you remember how I struggled and struggled to learn how to walk because of my CP??? Yeah and the doctors told my Mom that they didn't think that I would ever walk. Guess what...God had other plans!!! Remember that next time you feel down. I'm WALKING proof that nothing is impossible for God!!

We both know that God has a plan and a great future for all four of your beautiful children. I can't wait to see what God has in store for them!! Gosh every time I write on this blog I cry!!!!!!!

McKenzie Vilardo and I pray during early bird P.E. for you every morning!!! WE HAVE BOTH COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT YOU ARE THE BEST PARENTS IN THE WORLD!!!!!!

I Love all 6 of you!!!!!!!!!
-Sarah Thoren

Kelly said...

Happy 24 weeks!!!! My prayers and thoughts have been with you all!! I've got so many others from church & friends praying for you as well!! May your cervix stay longgggg, your babies stay healthy, and may you continue to have that beautiful smile upon your face! You two are amazing & a wonderful example of God's love. Love you all!!
Kelly W

Anonymous said...

Hey Tiff!!!
We are thinking about you always and love to read the updates! You are doing so are truly going to be the best parents! As someone who is getting ready to start a similar journey as you....perhaps you will be my mentor in the future ;)
By the way....I was telling Paige and showing her the pictures that you have not one but four babies in your belly, and she can't stop talking about it...and asking me far too many questions about how they got there!!! :)
Brian, Connie and Paige (Blevins) Seastedt!

Kelsey said...

Jon & Tiffany,

Happy 24th Week and 2 days!!!
We are so excited for you! We just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers daily.
Kyle & Kelsey Maxwell

Erin W said...

Tiff and Jon - you both are in our prayers for babies' health, momma's health, and mental sanity for all 6 of you.
Tiff - your job right now might not be the most exciting but that will change soon enough:) You are doing an amazing job. Keep laying around for those babies!!! Other than the next several weeks, when will you ever say that again???
Please let us know if we can help in any way.
prayers and love - erin, greg, and the boys

Anonymous said...

Hi Jon and Tiff, and all the little ones,

So happy everyone is doing so great. (But I do worry about your legs - Jon use an electric shaver please!!!)
All 6 of you take care and I will keep you in my prayers.
Love Peggy

Anonymous said...

Tiffany & Jon,

You are in our thoughts and prayers! Keep up the good work and stay positive!

Anonymous said...

Hey Tiff!

Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and praying for you and Jon and the babies! Congrats on the 24 week milestone! Love ya, Hanks

Anonymous said...

I saw a prayer request on the 2nd Pres email and called Ruth right away just holding my breath and praying the whole time that you were all o.k. Ruth emailed me this site right away and I pulled it up here at State Farm. I kept hearing people behind me as I was looking at it and I turned around to about 15 smiling and concerned faces. All of my co-workers here said that they were totally in awe of what you are all going through. One lady pointed out your prayer requests and before I knew it, several of the people standing around me were bowed in prayer. Others promised to put you all on their prayer lists. It was the best experience I've ever had here at work - to know that our God is in control in all places and at all times.
Our family and my work "family" are all praying for all 6 of you.
Keep the good news coming - those sweet little babies are so lucky to have you both for their parents.

Kathy Owens