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So we went for our measurements today and got really good news.  It looks like all the bed rest and constant eating by Julie (and Bill) is really paying off.  Madison now weighs in at 2 pounds 13 ounces (1,283g), and that is probably a low estimate since she is so hard to get a good picture of.  Noah weighed in at a promising 2 pounds 11 ounces (1,237g), which is a dramatic increase over the prior 1.8lbs.  Chloe tipped the scales at a whopping 3 pounds 2 ounces (1436g).  The only one to gain more weight in the last two weeks than Chloe has been Bill.

 

As far as the biophysical profile, Madison scored an 8 out of 8, while the other two scored 6 out of 8.  All three scored 8 out of 8 the day before so there wasn’t any cause for concern.  Sometimes you watch them while they are breathing and sometimes not.  Everything else, fluid, movement, etc., looks great.  One note on amniotic fluid.  It’s what they breathe when they practice breathing.  It’s what they swallow when they practice swallowing.  It is also mostly comprised of baby pee.  That will make you think twice about kissing that newborn, huh?  Supposedly the placenta filters out the toxins, but let’s be honest.  Pee is pee.

 

Julie was having more frequent and stronger contractions, so they increased her medications to every 90 minutes.  Needless to say, it’s getting hard to sleep with that schedule.

 

When you step back and think how far we’ve made it, it’s pretty amazing.  Two and a half weeks ago, the NICU was told to expect 26w4d babies and we were praying for week 28.  Now, tomorrow is 29 weeks, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, and special thanks to the doctors and nurses who have worked around the clock to get us here.   

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