Tuesday, June 19, 2007

VIABILITY!!!

- As sung in the tune of: "Happy Birthday"

"Happy Viability to Ben, Savannah, Ethan, and Andrew...
Happy Viability to Ben, Savannah, Ethan, and Andrew...
Happy Viability to the Steece Quads...
Happy Viability to Ben, Savannah, Ethan, and Andrew!!!"

I'm as giddy as a little kid in a candy shop! We have been celebrating all day today!

Now, this doesn't mean that my babies would be 100% okay if I went into labor and had them tonight...in fact, I think it's only a 25% survival rate at 24 wks and even then:

At 24 weeks, approximately 40% of surviving infants have moderate or severe disability.
Disability includes cerebral palsy, developmental delay, visual and hearing impairment.


But you know what?...THEY HAVE A CHANCE NOW!!!

Super excited! Thank you for your encouraging comments today and for the continued prayers! Our next big hurdle is 28 weeks! So pray specifically for that! At 28 weeks, I think there is a 90% viability rate with a lot less chance of serious disability. (I can't remember the specific stats my doc gave me, and I haven't found any good websites on the internet)...but that's what I can remember!

38 comments:

ASHENFELTERS said...

YAAAHOOO!Am excited for you and your family....are you still at home????

suzanne said...

oh yes, i forgot to mention that! i'm still at home and i go to the doctor THIS THURSDAY around 11am! so, hopefully we'll have another good report!

Tamie said...

Suzanne, I'm cheering right along with you! This is my first time to comment, though I've been reading for weeks now. Enjoy this happy day (is cake being served? ;o) ) You're doing a fantastic job, and your family is in my prayers.

Kelly said...

Congratulations! One more week for me...

The Mannings said...

WOOHOO!! I am super excited for all of you. Way to go, Mom for keeping those little ones in your belly! :) We'll be praying for week 28!!

Christine Bolton said...

Wonderful! Congrats on 24 weeks!

Rachel said...

Congrats! I am a faithful follower of your blog, but not sure how I stumbled upon it! I am praying for you and your sweet babies! Praying specifically for Thursday and 4 more weeks!

Amanda's News said...

YIPPPEEE!!!! Super pumped up for you!!! I know those babies are staying put until they are healthy enough to come out.

Also I love that stationery! Really cute.

Carol said...

Yay for 24 weeks! I'll be there in two days too!

You're doing an awesome job keeping those babies in there - and still not in the hospital! Keep it up!

Page said...

Happy 24 weeks! I was just thinking about that today, so I came to check your blog! And, glad to hear you are still at home and hopefully will be able to stay there! How are the baby rooms coming along??

Forrest & Elizabeth Williams said...

CONGRATULATIONS SUZANNE....I KNOW YOU ARE SO THRILLED A RELIEVED...PRAYING FOR YA'LL...HANG IN THERE! IT'LL BE VERY WORTH IT :) EJW

Will and Amy said...

Yay! Praying for 28 weeks...more time at home...healthy, happy babies (and mom and dad, too)! I'm going to go have a cookie (or 3) to help you celebrate!

Unsinkable Kristen said...

Hurray!!!!!

Quilao Triplets said...

I am so happy for you...and will continue praying for atleast another 4 weeks! Sounds like you are doing great though:)

Stef~ said...

Happy Viability day to you! Tell them to hang in there just a wee bit longer..

here's to 4 more weeks & more..

Congrats..

lauren said...

Yea!!!! I'm ecstatic!!!! I LOVE those adorable stationary too! It's so neat to see their names. I remember that feeling! I'll be praying for AT LEAST 28 weeks now!

Traci (mom of twins) said...

Congratulations!!! I'm praying hard for 28 weeks AND BEYOND!!!

Anonymous said...

Im a mom of three and have been keeping up with your story for a few weeks now. I wanted to let you in on an incredible book I read with all my kids. It's called Baby Whisperer. The book helps you see and learn how to put your kids on a schedule. It also helps you understand each childs personality. I found it very helpful. I have had many of my girlfriends swear by it as well.

I am so glad you have made it this far. Give God all the glory. He is the reason you are bing so blessed.
Carrie

Julie said...

yea!! we are so excited for you! we missed you and and joe in uvalde this weekend. we'll visit sometime soon when we go up to arlington to visit my family! love, julie and jason

Nate, Maurine, & Hannah said...

Yeah for 24!!! Can't wait to see you!! : ) Mo

Whitney said...

Suzanne, I'm so happy that the babies have a chance! It seems like you are in great care! My, how your life will change from complete bedrest to a mommy of four!

Ryan, Jenny, C&C said...

praying for you and for those babies to stay put!!! you've done so well this far...i hope it continues! take care of yourself.:)

jenny in ms

Jamie's Crew said...

Yea Suzanne! I am so happy for you and 24 weeks. Yippee!
Jamie

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for 24 weeks! We will keep praying for 28 and beyond!

Love you,
Gwen

Kim said...

YEAH!!! ******Blowing Party Favors & Whistles*****

~Denise~ said...

Congrats!!! Sending good vibes for at least 4 more weeks!

SaraS-P said...

Hooray for viability!

Jessica said...

How amazing are you!!?? :)

Sunni Len said...

congrats my dear! Love ya all 6 of you.

Accidental Poet said...

Well done, all of you.

Diana said...

YAYAYAYAYAAYAY!!! And you are still at home! Good news all around!

Audrey T said...

Keep 'em in there, girl! Here's to Sam coming before Savanah, Ethan, Andrew, and Ben! (I'm raising a cookie in toast, in case you can't see.)

Anonymous said...

Hello there!
I found out about you from the triplets in Kansas City, Mo. I really enjoyed reading your posts- how exciting! You are truly blessed! Now I will need to check your blog- to get an update. I have another friend who tried for so long to have a baby, and is now pregnant with twins. She found out today- 2 boys! She is due in Oct. Take good care of yourself! I'll keep you in my prayers!

Shannon ( in Kansas City, Mo)

Laura said...

I have been reading for a while. I have twins who were born at 32 weeks (mine were high risk Monoamniotic twins. I found your through Brad and Jen's site. You have such a wonderful story! Anyway, I know all too well the worry over viability and have been routing for you for a while. We celebrated this milestone too, that and 28 weeks! I have a few friends with micropreemies and they are doing great. This is a BIG deal! CONGRATS TO YOU!!!

pam said...

congratulations! i'm a new reader, recently found out i'm pregnant with triplets - which seems like nothin' compared to you! :) you have such a wonderful attitude, you are truly an inspiration. congrats again!

Nicki W. said...

WOOHOO!!!!

hi my name is mommy said...

WOW, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are doing a fantastic job! I went in for a routine check at 22wks. and was sent directly to the hospital because I was dilated. After 3 long months of hospital bedrest, I brought 3 big, healthy babies into the world at 35wks & 5 days:) It can be done! You area rockstar for still being at home with quads at 24 weeks. I can only imagine how you feel! It's going to be exciting to watch your journey...the real fun is yet to come! Thanks for sharing your story.

Melissa

Scholiast said...

Our quads were born at 26 weeks (+ 1 day). They spent 3 months in the hospital after that, but they're completely fine - they just turned 7 and there's no way to tell they were preemies... Oh, and it's 3 boys and a girl, just like yours :) And then the big brother.. Fngrs xrsd!

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