Monday, July 26, 2010

Extra!! Extra!!

My girls are coming home tomorrow!! Mia and Abigail are finally coming home to their momma and daddy! We could NOT be more excited! Abigail now weighs 4 pounds 7 ounces and Mia is now 4 pounds 6 ounces. So she finally caught up to her sister. hehe
Charlotte was 5 pounds 7 ounces at her doctor's visit last week and she is growing like a weed. We haven't gotten a ton of sleep the last few days with her being home but we have loved ever minute of it. I am not dreading having all three of my girls keeping me up at night. I am just so grateful they are all healthy enough to be at home OUT of the hospital. We are so blessed. Tomorrow is their three week birthday mark too. Three weeks ago I begged the doctor to leave my girls alone but she didn't. But everyone is healthy and growing. It's a miracle the medicine and technology we have today.
Our family will be together again tomorrow..... it will be a great day.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

One down!

Just a quick little note! Our sweet Charlotte is home! She was able to come home with us today and it is just so wonderful. Definitely bitter sweet though, leaving two of my children at the hospital with one in the car. Its really strange having a baby here to take care of all the time but I love it. Im already exhausted with pumping every two hours.... but what a sweet time of our lives. We are so blessed. Thank you all for the prayers for the twins still in the NICU. The doctor has high hopes they will be able to come home sometime next week. So we are preparing diligently. Life is good!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Good things are happening

Yesterday Charlotte was able to move into a crib!! So now she has to do well for the next 24-48 hours and then can come home! I can actually have one of my girls home in the next couple of days! I am so excited. The twins are doing well but are they will spit up their feeding every once in a while so they haven't let them "progress" in a couple of days. We got to get that spitting up under control. Well I say spitting up but they pretty much vomit the majority of the milk right up. But they are still gaining weight so that is good news and means we just need to slow down with them and let them adjust. We still think next week they could come home.

I forgot to mention how MY doctor's check up went. My incision is healing up really well. No infection or anything like that. My blood pressure is down to 130 over 70 so thats really good news. (Im not a ticking bomb anymore). Im only taking about 2-4 of my prescription IB profen now. Im totally off the "hard stuff." Im still sore but not really in pain anymore. And the coolest news: I lost 40 of the 45 pounds I gained during pregnancy! I was pretty darn excited.

Thats it for now. I will keep yall posted on the latest!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Update

Just a quick update on my girls:

Jared and I are at the hospital every single day with the girls. We usually go between 3-6 and get to feed them, change them and take their temperatures. It is torture only being there a few hours every day and only getting to handle them for a little bit.

We are making great progress though. Babies always loose weight a few days after birth. My girls are all now back up to their birth weight and little Abigail is even two ounces over her birth weight. Abigail and Mia are getting bottles every third feeding and working their way up. They are spitting up the bottle every now and then so thats why they aren't taking more bottles right now. But they are still gaining weight really well so they are still on track as of now. Charlotte, on the other hand, is doing great with the bottles so the doctor told us today that they are going to give her ALL bottles and see how she does with it. Which is GREAT news. Once she can take all bottles they will move her to a crib for 48 hours to make sure she can control her body temperature and then she can come home!! We think she will be able to come home by the end of the week!!! The doctor said the other two should be ready next week! This is such great news for us and we are so excited to finally get our girls home.

I was able to try to breast feed Charlotte yesterday and she was such a pro at it. She was doing really well with it for a good 20-25 minutes and then got tired so we gave her a bottle for the rest of her feeding. But it was so awesome to be able to do that with her and see how much she is progressing. We tried again today and she wasn't as successful but its because she was SO hungry that she didn't want to do it the "hard" way. haha she wanted her easy, fast bottle. I don't blame her. So we will try again tomorrow. Anyway, just a quick update for you. We are so ready for them to come home. Next week could NOT come fast enough for this momma and daddy.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bath Time!!

They let us give the girls baths today. I love bath time. Its so great. Some of you were wanting pictures with something else in the picture to scale how small the girls are. Well here they are....

Here is Mia! My gorgeous Mia Rebecca! So adorable....
Mia
Mia naked! hehe Look how her small hand wrapped around her grandpa's. Awe...
Miss Charlotte Cynthia. She is completely off her oxygen and is doing so well. She's eating more than her sister's are at this point and can really suck her pacie so I have high hopes for her on the breast.
Look how small Charlotte is compared to her daddy's arm.... and shes my BIG girl. When we gave the girl's their baths last time, Abigail went first and she cried and cried the first few minutes. So I came up with the idea to put our arms on either side of them to cradle/support them and have some skin to skin contact. She loved it and didn't cry anymore. So we tried it on the other girls and they love it! No more tears.
Charlotte getting a diaper change.
Charlotte smiling cause her momma is getting her sugar, the picture just doesn't show me doing it... I cant get enough of them.
Charlotte and her daddy.
Little Abigail getting scrubbed down.
Daddy washing Abigail's hair. You can see she's about the length of my forearm.
Abigail's little feet. She has the cutest chicken legs! haha
Abigail loves to touch her face. She can wiggle out of any swaddle so she can have her hands next to her face. I love it!
She was looking up at momma. I was singing to her to keep her calm.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Our Beautiful Girls

Abigail is my squawker! She was the only one who cried when they pulled her out of me. So she has some good lungs! Good for her!
Proud momma and daddy! We only get to feed them, change their diapers and take their temp. And thats only sometimes. So when we get to hold them, it is the highlight of my life!
My little Mia, I caught her sucking her thumb! HA Precious!
This is my Mia Rebecca. She's the baby of the three.
Here is our middle child, Abigail Riley Lynn. Her and Mia are completely identical (as of right now).
And here is my sweet Charlotte. She still has to have the oxygen in her nose but she is my big eater. She is eating more than her sisters right now so she is trying her hardest to come home to mommy as soon as possible.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Week 33..... and no more...



If week 32 was the longest week of my pregnancy then week 33 was the shortest. My girls are here! They made their appearance on Tuesday, July 6th around 3:20 pm. Here's our story:

These belly pictures you see were actually taken right before Jared and I left for my doctor's appointment on Tuesday. I had been having headaches all week and seeing the fire fly floaters more this week but felt fine other than that. So I honestly thought it would be a routine visit. And it was at the beginning. The ultrasound showed the girls were doing perfectly and I hadn't dilated anymore from the last appointment. My doctor and I were talking about how I received a letter from my insurance saying they wouldn't pay for the C-section since it wasn't an "emergency." She couldn't believe that and I was just in tears about it (its so expensive). That lead to a conversation about my high blood pressure and we joked that we could use that as an excuse to go into an "emergency Csection" NEXT Friday. The nurse in the room went ahead and took my blood pressure right then and low and behold it was 149/101. Insanely high.

We waited a few minutes and took it again. No change. Waited a few more minutes and did the same thing. Nothing. I told her about my headaches and seeing flurries this week and turns out, I have preeclampsia. The doctor looked at me and said "we need to get these girls out, today if possible." Everything happened so fast after that. I remember fighting her on the issue because my girls were NOT ready to come out. I could hang in there ten more days and THEN she could take them, but NOT now! She told me I could start having seizures and even have my placenta detach and loose a baby. I knew I would never risk that so I cried and cried when I realized my girls were coming now and I could not keep them anymore.

That was all around 12:30 and by 3:00 they had me in an O.R. taking out my girls. It was so bittersweet to me because I knew they would not be coming home with me. I knew they would be too small and that they would need more time to grow. I was heartbroken.... But when I saw them for the first time, there's just no words to describe the feeling. The nerves, the emotion, the overwhelming love you feel in that one moment comes to a head and it takes your breath away. It was so surreal seeing them. They are so beautiful and perfect. I cried. Because I was so grateful they were healthy and because I was so upset with myself for not being able to prevent them for having to come so early.

I don't feel like a failure or anything. But I cringed every time someone says "You did such a great job keeping triplets for that long." They needed more time and my stupid blood pressure ruined everything. Its hard to "forgive" your body for not doing its job well enough. Especially when you see your babies hooked up to machines and wires. Heartbreaking.

Thankfully my girls are just perfect. The twins, Abigail and Mia, weighed the exact same. 3 pounds 15 ounces. (One ounce shy of 4 pounds...) And Charlotte (the oldest by a few seconds) weighed exactly one pound more than her sisters, 4 pounds 15 ounces. (One ounce shy of 5 pounds). I am so in love with these girls. I ache for them. Ache. I have been cut open, sewed up, catheter, IVed, doped up with Magnesium Sulfate, and so many other painful things but NOTHING compares to the hurt I felt when I had to leave the hospital Saturday night withOUT my girls. It was heart wrenching. I want my girls with me so bad I can't even explain it. They wont give us a date when the girls will be able to come home but I am hoping no more than 2 weeks. Two whole weeks..... it will be an eternity.

This post became way too long so I will cut it off. I will post pictures and updates on the girls though. And when more details from the last few days come back to me I will write about those too. I am a proud momma and Jared is just an amazing daddy. You think you can't love someone anymore or anyone else as much..... what a joke. I love Jared so much more today than I did a week ago. And my life and everything in it now revolves around those 3 precious angels. My heart is full...