Wednesday, July 25, 2007

No Wonder I Feel Huge....

After several hours of waiting, I finally had my growth ultrasound this afternoon. The results from the ultrasound are fed into another computer where they are analyzed by a different program that the doctors like better, so it takes a few hours after the ultrasound to find out the results. But, I am happy to say, that the results are finally in! The purpose of the ultrasound was to check growth and to also do something called a biophysical profile or BPP. The BPP looks at baby movement, whether or not the babies are practicing breathing like they are supposed to at this stage, heart beats, and amniotic fluid. All five babies scored 8 out of 8 on this part. The babies also appear to be growing just fine. Before I list the estimated baby weights, let me just give the disclaimer that these are just estimates and have the potential to be off by a bit. They measure the babies head circumference, abdominal circumference and femur length and then the computer program uses these measurements to come up with the estimated baby weight. According to today's ultrasound, the babies estimated weights are:

4 lb 11 oz
4 lb 12 oz
4 lb 12 oz
4 lb 8 oz
5 lb 9 oz (yikes!!!)

I was told that the last baby had a large head, so that could be throwing off the measurement just little bit. Looking at the weights is actually kind of scary! Considering I have five babies in there, these weights seem HUGE! Especially since they have 5 days and 11 hours more to grow (not that I am counting down or anything). It is no wonder that I sometimes feel like my tummy is going to split open :-)

When I started this journey, I did have some aspirations to break the quint gestational age record. Over the past couple of weeks, however, I gave up on that idea and decided 34 weeks was plenty. If these estimated baby weights are even close to the actual baby weights, I do have good shot at breaking the quint birth weight records. The current record for the heaviest quint birth weight, all combined, is 21 lb 1.2 oz. The heaviest quint birth weight for a single baby is 5 lb 1.6 oz.


Nancy said...

K i am sure you get this alot, but you do not know me, but i have been keeping up with your progress, and am in such awe of what a miracle and blessing this is. I had a set of twins 15 months ago and it is truely a miracle. I too am LDS and from Mesa and think this is neat, and also you look amazing considering all the baby weight you have. Do you believe how big they are. I hope all goes well for you and your whole family.

Kellie said...

I've left several comments in the last month telling you that I, like Nancy above, am just in awe of you and your family. I've loved coming here to check the progress you've made and hear how the babies are doing. I hope there will be future updates on life with all the babies and the big kids (which means you'll have to blog about it while showering or changing diapers. But, you can do that, right :) ).

Seriously--you are an amazing woman and I admire your strength!!

Kelly said...

So happy to hear that these little ones aren't so "little"!!! What a blessing. You are almost there! Celebrate this great news by getting in that great big tub you were telling us about! Prayers coming your way from my family in Roy, UT

Lizhort said...

Way to go! You are going to break records at this rate! You have an incredibly great disposition at this point in time which is why you all are doing so well. Looking forward to the birthday and meeting these amazing babies!!!!! We love you and are praying for you and your family.

MamaGuymon said...

That is so great! Wow on those weights!

Viviane said...

What a blessing!!! Unbelievable how big the babies are!!!!
We are very happy with the great news!!!!
A few more days and you are going to have the babies in your arms!!!

Have you decided on the names????

take care,
Viviane and Peter

Meagan said...

Poster woman for quints! You are going to give hope to so many multiple moms out there! I can't wait to see all your little miracles. I love that our lives are still maintaining their parallel courses! (We'll at least for the most part!) ;)
You are still in our prayers!

lori said...

YAY for big babies! i am getting more and more excited as the days move closer to tuesday. i'm enjoying the daily updates between your and jayson's blogs. thanks for sharing this journey with us!

lindsay said...

JEEZ!! They are some good kids. I check everday to make sure you still haven't had them. WOW, I once again can not imagine your discomfort. Almost done!! Go girl go.

Liz said...

Go Rachelle!

You have done a great job to get so far. I hope the contractions aren't too painful and that you can rest. Those weights sound totally fantastic! My son was born at 32 weeks weighing 3lbs 12 oz and at 2 1/2 he now towers over kids older than him. (His birth weight was 1700g and his in utero ultrasound estimated 1575g a few hours before he was born). Thinking of you and your family.

takemetohawaii said...

Oh my goodness, Rachelle! You are just doing amazing. The power of prayer... :) I can't wait to hear that the babies are hear!

Julianne :)

pinkmorning said...

just found your blog today. i am so amazed by your journey. i have read your blog from beginning to end and feel so inspired. i have experienced two miscarriages in the last year and have been diagnosed with endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome and am on drugs to help me achieve pregnancy, but no success yet since the last loss. we will be praying for you and your family. what a miracle, indeed.

Barbara said...

Hi Rachelle: I remember not too long ago when you did the hula as Elvis (aka Randy) sang. Those are some nice sized quints and I bet you're just glad to waddle to that tub. Thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring journey with so many. You're a tiny person (yes, I said tiny) with a huge heart and determination. We're praying for you.

Jessy Robinson said...


My name is Jessy Robinson and I live in The Woodlands, TX. I was very moved by your story. 2 Years ago we decided to go for number three (we had a 3 year old and a 1 year old at the time) and learned that I became pregnant with spontaneous triplets...I felt exactly the same way when you first learned about your little bundle! Just know that everything will work out and it will be so much fun and's the best thing that ever happened to us ! Good luck and God bless you!

Cassaundra said...

WOW! I'm continually praying for all of you! Peace and calm and great HEALTH! Steady the course girl!!!

Cherie said...

Hold on! You can do it!

Celia said...

When I think how I complained just carrying one 9 lb. 4 oz. baby, I can't even fathom carrying some 20-odd lbs. of babies!! You're amazing, Rachelle. Keep up the terrific attitude for the coming days to come. We can't wait to meet the babies.

PS - No mind that they won't be native Texans. To quote Lyle Lovett, Texas wants them anyway. :-)

Just for You Stationery said...

Congratulations on making it this far. We have been following your blog for a few weeks and really admire your positive attitude. You're almost there. Good Luck!

baby~amore' said...

Rachel I have twins(12 months old) born at35wks 4days and B1 was 6lbs 8oz and B2 4lbs 12oz. O M Gosh ! couldn't imagine having almost 5 of him though 'tiny' in my belly .I am in awe of you. Congratulations on making it this far. How wonderful !I too admire your positive attitude despite being uncomfortable. God speed to you - you are in my prayers. Yay almost there. Blessings and 'God' Luck to you! Five times the wonder that one baby brings - five times the feeling that makes your heart sing.

michelle said...

I have been following your blog for months now and I am so excited for you. Your in my prayers. Good luck on delivery day.

I am also LDS and I live in Canada.

Jennifer Maloy said...

Yeah! We are so excited for you! I'm glad you are doing so well....Uncomfortable, tired, streched to the limit....but doing well! We look at your blog everyday, think of you everyday & pray for you everyday. Try to enjoy a little tiny bit of this time you have left being pregnant. Soon you'll have your babies!

Lots of love from the Maloys in Normal

Paige said...

Rachelle, I have had such fun reading about your experiences and it has been amazing to see how the hand of the Lord has been there throughout this pregnancy. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this last week. Congratulations on your little miracles. I can't wait to read about their debut!

Paige in Oregon

Anonymous said...

i love the video on your pregnancy posted by your husband! its so amazing and wonderful. i hope you both make more videos with his talent and we all pray for you

Kim K. said...

I'm so glad things are going smoothly now and that you don't have to be on as many meds! Good luck over the next few days and know that we're keeping you in our thoughts and prayers! We can't wait to get you back out our way, I know Sarah is dying to have a play date with Riley. Hugs and kisses mommy-to-be!

Sarah said...

Rachelle, you have made it to the big time! Your story and a snipet of your video ran on the 6 o'clock news in Austin. You look GREAT!

Amber said...


I know you don't know, however, I do know that you know my mother, brother, sister-in-law, and their kids. My mother Sandi, speaks of you a fair bit, and told me of your story. Since then, I have been checking on the site daily to see if you've delivered these blessings yet. If the estimates are anywhere near close to delivery weight, that will be truly amazing. Each day that goes by, these babies are getting stronger, and that too is great. Best of luck in your endeavors, and I too hope you continue blogging and updating once they are here se we can see how well they are doing. You will continue to be in our prayers.

The Burkes said...

Rachelle: Hang in there! I had triplets last year at 35w5d and the end is very tough, but so worth it. And WOW on those weights!!! Mine were all around 5 pounds (the biggest 5.8) and they are all healthy and thriving. I will pray for the same for you. You have done an AWESOME thing, and the fun is just beginning. It is a blessing to have multiples. Deanna Burke, Naperville, IL

katy said...

I have been watching your blog for awhile too and just wanted to say good luck with the birth and I hope you all do great.

Reesh said...

Wow! You are doing a fantastic job growing those babies my dear. I only had one baby and she was only 4lbs 13oz born at 39 weeks gestation! You managed to grow 5 babies that look like they'll be as big if not bigger and born earlier! Nice job...

Danielle said...

I've just finished reading and all i can say is wow!

I wish you all the best of the birth of your babies, you've done such a fantastic job keeping them in there.

Shelli said...

Another stranger touched by your story. I was pregnant right along side you with triplets. I found out on December 28th I was pregnant and then Jan. 16th that it was triplets. My due date was Sept.8th. I delivered them on July 3rd at 30w 3d. Although in the NICU still, they are doing GREAT and just learning to eat. They are feeders and growers. I too was hoping and praying to make it to 34 weeks...GOD BLESS YOU! I am in awe of your accomplishment. I know how "huge" I was feeling and how ready I was to "throw in the towel", so you are really amazing! You look GREAT! I can't believe their weights! Its good you know that they are estimates though since mine were off. Best of luck to you and your whole family.

Jennifer said...

You are doing fantastic! you are amazing hang in there...just a few more days.

I remember how that long those last days felt. I delivered my trio at 36 weeks 2 days, but even with just three they were not as big as your gang is measuring already!

At this rate your babies may need very little assitance. I'll be praying and watching for updates.

Julia said...

The distant day far out into the future for Rachell's goal has come and gone. You are amazing. All our love, Julia, Jim, Will, Mimi and Wes

Alina0210 said...

Good Luck from Australia... most likely you are having the babys very soon.
Lots of Hugs to you and your family.

cath said...

Another complete stranger here too. I'm Catherine and i live in the United Kingdom near Manchester. I have 5 children, a son aged 8 and 2 sets of twin daughters aged 6 and 15 months old.
Your blog was passed onto me via an internet friend who lives in your town. I just want to wish your family all the LOVE and LUCK in the world. You are blessed with a truly amazing Miracle and you have done sooooooo well to get this far. YOU ARE THE WOMAN !!!!
1 more day to go !!! It's so exciting !!! I love the names too.
Good Luck for tomorrow, I'll be thinking of you......all 9 of you.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

cj snyder said...

Rachelle & Jayson ~
What a GREAT gift from Heavenly Father. Today is my birthday, and if you have them today (30th) - I'll be an honorary cyber-G-Mom! Tomorrow is my buddy Sherry's b'day and I'll bet she'd be tickled to be a cyber G-Mom too!
Hope you are still doing well!
cj snyder

Anonymous said...

Super Rachelle...You've reached your goal and exceedingly well too. You continue to be in our prayers and thoughts non-stop. May tomorrow be a wonderful, extraordinary day as you welcome your babies to planet earth. We pray that all of you will come through this experience safely and with no complications. Just beautiful healthy babies and a beautiful healthy mom. Your in God's and Dr. Elliot's hands now.
Love Victoria and Ken

pj said...
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pj said...

R - Congratulations on coming this far. We have been following you over the past mos. and can't wait to have an opportunity to hold a baby or two. :) "A" misses being able to babysit for you. Thanks for sharing your journey with the "world". You and your family are definitely an inspiration to many.


Kathryn said...

Good luck on the birth tomorrow! I'm sending good vibes that everything will go well.

I'm the homebirthing triplet mom on your local Austin Triplet/Quad list. I look forward to you all being able to come home and let us all help out as much as you'd like.

Lindsay said...

I am sure you have read all these by now but i can't post on your husbands sdo I will here. I am so excited for these 5 little babies to come tomorrow. I think how remarkable you 2 are to be entrusted with 5 of His children at one time, and how much they love each other to give and gain so much to come together. Think what an awsome day when Jayson and you get to bless 5 beautiful babies. Amazing!! We will be blessing our twins on the 5 and we are excited for 2. % how incredibly awsome. Goodluck Rachelle. Be prepared for the giant hormone shift you are going to go through after they are born. Wow, beautiful!! My families love and prayers for your bigday tomorrow

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