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Monday, September 12, 2011

Big Weekend in the Princess Suite at Sharp Mary Burch!

Morgan's younger sister got married this weekend.  Morgan was to be the Maid of Honor so this weekend was likely to be a difficult one.   We did our best to make it special for her.   Cora from Modern Family came up to the hospital and did Morgan's hair and make up (she looked beautiful), her Mom surprised her with the bridesmaid's bouquet and we all (dressed in red/black like the wedding party) watched the ceremony on Skype.   It was touching to watch Morgan glued to the computer watching for her son (a ringbearer) and her sister with her groom.    I think we cried as much as she did!  

We also took Morgan outside for the first time in 5 weeks!   There was a NICU Graduates Fair on the hospital grounds so we got to see many prior patients with their healthy babies enjoying the day and talking about their stays in the hospital.  Several women came up to Morgan (the only 'current' resident of the hospital to attend the fair and the only one in a wheelchair with IV's hanging from the IV pole!) and told her that they had spent weeks and weeks in the same room before they delivered.   There were several parents with set of triplets and parents with babies born at 24 and 25 weeks....true Miracle Babies.   We were fortunate to have been there to see how happy they all were and how truly talented the doctors and nursing staff are at this hospital.    It gave us hope that everything will be ok. 

Although Morgan wasn't the Maid of Honor on Saturday, she was the Guest of Honor at the NICU Fair.  She showed such grace and confidence proving once again that she is the true Star in this journey...

We had another growth ultrasound this past Sunday and all the babies are growing fast: 
                                         Baby Boy B is 3 lbs 1 oz
                                         Baby Girl A is 2 lbs 11 oz
                                         Baby Girl C is 2 lbs 9 oz
The Doctor saw plenty of fluid around all three babies (to the point of ordering another Glucose screening on Morgan).  If Morgan were to have Gestational Diabetes, the babies would be increasing their 'output' of fluid (thus explaining the extra fluid in their sacs).   Women pregnant with triplets are significantly more at risk for GD than women pregnant with twins or a, needless to say, we were all a little worried.   If found to have GD, Morgan would have test her blood sugar every couple of hours and live on a very restricted diet for the remainder of the pregnancy.  Telling a hormonal pregnant woman with an extra 50 lbs and three very active babies inside her that she can only have some lettuce and a lemon wedge is not the way to keep her happy!  Needless to say, we were hoping for a negative test result.

Morgan woke up at 5:30 to drink the nasty glucose drink and had her blood taken for the next 3 hours.....and she passed!   No Gestational Diabetes!!!   She proved the Doctors WRONG.....again......and then she promptly ate the snickers bar I left with her on Sunday!   HA. 

The doctor also tested Morgan for the presence of Fetal Fibronectin.  Fetal fibronectin (also known as fFN) is a “glue-like” protein that bonds the developing baby to the uterus.   Fetal fibronectin is detectable in the birth canal at the end of pregnancy when the body is getting ready to deliver the baby.  Having a positive test result for fFN means that you have a higher probability to deliver within the next two weeks.   Having a negative test result for fFN means that you have about a 1% chance of delivering within the next two weeks.   Doctors typically don't test women carrying multiples as they most often have a positive test result for fFN throughout their pregnancy so the test results are not necessarily determinative of impending birth.   Although Morgan is carrying (very active) triplets she beat the odds (again) and has NO fFN in the birth canal!!!   We hope that means that she is sailing through 29 weeks and on to 30.....Go M!

Very Big Weekend in the Princess say the least.....

Congratulations Sharlene and Tyler! 


  1. All sounds wonderful! :)!!

  2. Those test results are awesome. Hope the good news keeps rolling in!