But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Weights of babies at 27.5 weeks

Please keep in mind that these are estimates with a pretty significant margin of error, but here are their scores!

Baby A (boy; always the big 'un): 2 lbs 10 oz

B and C (boys): 2 lb 4 oz each

D (girl): 2 lb even

E (girl): 1 lb 15 oz, but very squished by siblings on three sides, so the doctor said her measurements are very difficult to assess accurately. Actually, that's true of others, too. C is buried under two other babies and B's head was at a tricky angle, for example.

Encouragingly, the blood-flow studies (from placenta to baby) were good for each baby, even the smaller ones. Sounds like the doctors are going to keep a close eye on E to be sure she follows her own growth curve, even if that curve doesn't rise rapidly like her brothers'. According to today's scan (which, again, was very difficult to do and probably not super accurate due to the squishing) she's gained 6 oz in the past 3 weeks; less than normal for a singleton baby but at least she's gaining! Very little about a quintuplet pregnancy is normal, let's face it. :) [Interestingly, when I plotted her growth on a triplet girl chart, she jumped up to about 37th percentile. The doctor did say that quints' growth rates start falling off much earlier in gestation than twins even, naturally. I guess that's so my body can continue to contain them as they fully develop!]

Thanks again for the cards, gifts, visits, and meals for my family at home! I am feeling well (though would still appreciate prayer for the remaining itching, which made sleep last night more difficult). My last blood pressure was 118/68, so praise God that's staying low! Please also pray He'll keep the contractions at bay. I'm on the monitor right now because they've been closer together again.

With love and gratitude,




Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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