Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Brent is a morning person, I am not...especially when I am sleep deprived. He was very chipper on the way to Baylee's appointment this morning...I was not. :) But I felt much better this afternoon after a nap between their 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm feeding. I may have to designate those three hours my daily me/nap time while the girls are still sleeping after feedings and not sleeping through the night.
Today was Baylee's first doctor's appointment. When she was discharged from the hospital, she weighed 4 lbs. 7 oz. and today she weighed 5 lbs. 3 oz.! She's getting so big! :) She did so well at the doctor's office. She even somewhat tolerated the blood draw for regular testing while the nurse was tugging on her foot. I can't believe the girls are almost a month old ALREADY! Reagan and Addison will go for their first doctor's appointment on Monday.
I promise to post more pictures soon.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
After getting them home and feeding them, Grammy helped me place them all in one crib while they slept. I had to take a moment to just be in awe of what a miracle these little girls are and how happy and blessed we are to have them.
All three girls have been sent home with home monitors. Basically, they have little sensor pads on their chest that monitor their heart rate and respiration. Those sensors are hooked up to a little box that alerts us if their heart rate goes too high, too low or stops. Just in case...
More pictures to come as soon as I have a free hand to get my camera out. :)
To the NICU nurses, Dr. Wheeler and Dr. Patel:
Words cannot express how grateful we are for the wonderful care you gave our little girls during their stay at Hillcrest. It isn't easy to walk away from your children and trust that the person looking after them is treating them like their own, but you made us feel so comfortable while the girls were in your care. We slept easier and for that thank you, thank you! We owe you so much...much more than just the bill :). (That one was for you, Dr. Wheeler.)
Monday, September 28, 2009
Her sisters have been doing great in the NICU, and we think they will come home very, very soon. They both weigh 4 lbs. 6 oz. as of last night.
We received the cutest onesies today in the mail from the triplets' great-grandparents, Mamaw and Papaw Chambers. They have the girls' names embroidered on the front. Thank you!
More to come when we get all three girls home!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
We can't wait for Baylee to come home tomorrow! Her Gran will be here to help us care for her over the next few days since I will still need to be back and forth to the NICU for feedings with Addison and Reagan. Their Grammy will be here on Sunday help take care of Baylee for me until Reagan and Addison are home as well.
We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family! We love you all!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Happy 2 Week Birthday to our sweet girls!
Saturday was also the first time Brent's parents Ron and Brenda (Grandaddy and Gran) were able to come into the NICU to hold Baylee. We won't be able to let grandparents hold Addison and Reagan until they are in an open crib like Baylee. Pretty soon they won't have to share holding time; there will be a baby for everyone to hold! :) Also, thanks to Dr. Wheeler, we are now allowed to have 3 visitors at a time in the NICU to see the babies but only parents and grandparents. Due to the H1N1 virus, they have limited visitation to the NICU to parents and grandparents only, which is fine with us. We feel more comfortable with the limited visitation as cases of the swine flu increase in the area.
Grandaddy and Gran holding Baylee for the first time...
Today was the first time we have been able to bathe Baylee. I had to sponge bathe her this afternoon because she hadn't lost her umbilical cord yet (which finally fell off tonight). Next time we will be able to put her in a bath.
Me bathing Baylee for the first time...
We will most likely be bringing Baylee home before her sisters. She weighs more and is taking 38 mls for each feeding whereas Addison and Reagan are currently taking 35 mls. As of today, Baylee has been moved up to bottle feed for every other feeding. The next step for her will be a bottle for each feeding. Things are looking good for us to bring her home in the next week or so...we HOPE! Her sister's won't be far behind her, they are also gaining and their feedings have been going very well. Reagan downed her feeding from me tonight in 10 minutes. :)
Friday, September 18, 2009
Addison holding onto her sister...
With their puppies and a picture of their sister in the background...
In case you are wondering how they are keeping Addison and Reagan apart, everything is color coded. Addison is red and Reagan is purple.
As soon as Addison and Reagan are big enough, all three will be able to co-bed together in a crib.
I am looking forward to tonight when Brent will have his first chance to bottle feed one or two of the girls. :)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Baylee is now in an open crib because she has reached the required weight and is able to regulate her own temperature! So she will no longer be enclosed in one of the giraffe beds. Reagan and Addison may be able to start co-bedding tomorrow! They will be placed together in one of the giraffe beds until hopefully, all three will be able to co-bed once Reagan and Addison reach the required weight.
As of tonight, Baylee is back at her birth weight of 4 lbs. 1 oz.; Reagan is over her birth weight at 3 lbs. 11 oz. and Addison is close to her birth weight at 3 lbs. 11 oz. Reagan and Addison seem to be in a battle to see who can gain faster, they are neck and neck!
Since the first bottle feedings with their nurse went so well, I get to bottle feed them once a day. I will start that tomorrow morning and then Brent will get in on all of the fun on Saturday.
Also tonight, our nurse walked over as we were packing up to leave and held up a small, plastic baggie and said, "Do you want to keep this, it's Addison's umbilical cord." I guess I looked at her like she was crazy, because she just started laughing when I said, "People actually keep that?!" She said some people do and others just say get rid of it. Now, I am in the camp which would not prefer to keep something that looks like a gross scab for a scrapbook or memory box, but hey, to each their own. But of course, Brent chimes in, "Let's keep it!" So we will see how Grammy reacts when I pull out the baggie tomorrow morning in an offering for Addison's scrapbook. I honestly don't think I missed out on not having my umbilical cord remains to look at when I grew up and I don't think Addison will either.
Each day seems to bring new progress for the girls! We are so thankful and grateful to God that they are thriving and we can't wait to bring them home. :)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Reagan - 09.14.2009
(It looks like she has a tube in her mouth, but it is just the way she is laying)
Baylee - 09.14.2009
Then, this morning, when I arrived in the NICU to hold the girls before their 11:00 am feeding, our awesome nurse, Lindsey, (thanks again, Lindsey!) told me she would let me hold all three girls at the same time if I wanted to. Of course I did! She hooked up some mobile monitors to Baylee and Addison and brought them over to Reagan's bedside where I could hold all three of them. It was the best feeling to have all three in my arms sleeping soundly as I rocked.
Mommy with my little sweeties! Addison is peeking at Grammy taking the pic. :)
Reagan - 09.15.2009
Baylee - 09.15.2009
Addison - 09.15.2009
Hopefully, Brent will get his turn holding all three tonight.:) As long as all of their tube feedings keep going well as the amount is increased, they will start working on bottle feedings as the next step.
I will keep everyone updated as they progress.
Thank you so much for the prayers for our little girls!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Close up of Addison during Kangaroo Care
Brent had his turn at Kangaroo Care with Baylee this afternoon.
Kangaroo Care with Baylee
Baylee snuggled up in Daddy's chest hair :)
My turn with Reagan
The girls are one week old today. Their nurses put up these signs next to each of their beds.
Happy 1 week birthday precious babies!
Kangaroo Care with Baylee
Kangaroo Care with Reagan
Reagan after CPAP removal
Addison after CPAP removal
Brent and I will be spending the next few days of the weekend mostly at the NICU. I am still recovering from my c-section, but things are improving quickly. The most bothersome thing to me right now is my swollen feet, ankles and calves. I pretty much have huge cankles and there isn't anything I can do about it except for keeping my feet up and limiting my activity on my feet. I am trying to rest as much as I can, but it is very difficult when I want to be with the girls as much as possible in the NICU. Ahhh, guilt...part of being a parent, right? ;)
The triplets will be one week old tomorrow. :)