12:00 p.m. blog: Well, last night Tiff's body just didn't feel right and after speaking with the nurse, Veronica, we headed out to Carle Clinic in Champaign. Upon arriving at the hospital we came to find that Tiff was having contractions on a pretty frequent basis. The doctor has put her on Magnesium Sulfate to help eliminate the contractions. The good news is the contractions are not near as frequent as they were last night. Bad news is the side effects are crummy for Tiff. She also is dealing with blood in her urine which they think can be attributed to a bladder infection. We will have to wait a couple of days for the cultures to come back. They are treating her with an antibiotic for this. To top all this off Tiff has to deal with a catheter, which, at first caused a great deal of discomfort. No food either for the time being.
I can't tell you how big of a fighter Tiff is. She is absolutely resilient to deal with such a tough situation. Going off little sleep and not feeling well she still stays so positive! We have yet to meet with Dr. Kehl, he will be in later today or tomorrow. At first glance it appears that we will be here in Champaign for the remainder of Tiff's pregnancy. We did have a sonogram this morning and all the babies are growing well and heart beats look great. God is sooo Good!! Our little peanut has put on just as much weight as the others, which we are really encouraged by. She is weighing 1lbs 2oz. On the flip side, our boy continues to put on the pounds. He is weighing in at an amazing 1 lbs 14 oz. The other two girls are right on target for their age, weighing around 1lbs 8 oz.
10:40 p.m. blog - What a difference a few hours can make. Tiff continues to look and feel better with each passing hour. Tiff's family arrived early afternoon which really lifted her spirits. The contractions are now 13 minutes apart. This is a great stride considering she was around 6 minutes earlier in the day. There is not as much blood in her urine and they have lowered her dosage of Magnesium Sulfate; both positive signs. She has slept a lot today which is perfect. Relaxing her uterus so it can expand is the number one priority. Keep the cervix long! For now we are just sitting and waiting for more details. Probably won't know much until we see Dr. Kehl in the morning since he didn't make it in today.
We have received a ton of "we're praying for you" phone calls today. God is definitely answering these prayers. Tiff and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We both feel so blessed to have the family and friends we do! I'll try to keep everyone up to date as we move forward.
Tiff and Jon