Sunday, August 30, 2009
As for growth, Ella & Claire are now tied at 3lbs7oz, but Claire is a tiny bit longer by .2 at 15.6 inches. Mr. Slade is still growing at the fastest pace and is now 3lbs3oz and 14.8 inches. They aim for 6-7oz's per week and all babies hit that number this week! Yeah!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Ella had another head ultrasound and again her brain bleed is improving immensely which we are soooo thankful and happy about! She is breathing and eating well. Her eyes have been kind of goopy the last few days so she'll start drops for that but otherwise a-ok!
Claire too has been a little low on blood although she is showing no outward signs of being anemic. Regardless, tonight they are giving her a little blood to keep her feeling well. Otherwise, she is still doing great and they think they will try the nasal cannula in 4-5 days, can't wait!
So other than a little bit of blood for each baby, we are making strides in the right direction...
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
In the meantime, I finally got some baby shower pics, so below is a picture of the cake they had made for us, soooo cute:
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
1. Were these triplets the result of IVF (In-vitro Fertilization)? No. However, I did take some medicine to help things along, so I wouldn't call them 100% "natural" either.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Ella and I doing kangaroo care...
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Deodorant vs. Micro-Preemie Diaper
Makeup Compact vs. Hat Size
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Slade too is doing great and his rate has been reduced to 20 (reminder pushes of air) and he is now up to 24cc's per every 3 hours. Catching up with those sisters!
Finally, Ella is a champ as well, breathing room air with no added oxygen, a rate of zero and just a little pressure. Her feeds are holding strong at 24cc's.
As for me, who knew this pumping/breastfeeding stuff was so tough! Some days are easy, but then days like today I just wish it was acceptable for all women to walk around topless all day long, or wear long cloaks... Maybe Obama will put this into law for the next time I birth triplets??
Here is a video of Ella trying to get some zzz's if her mom and grandpa would just close the curtain...
Monday, August 17, 2009
My friend, Danielle, made these personalized hats for the babies when they come home and minature caps for them to wear while in the NICU!
My grandma crocheted these pretty touques, sweaters and a few other non-pictured items for some of her newest grandkids (she is adding 6 grandkids within a 3 months period)!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Birth Weight: 1lb 15oz
One Month: 2lb 4oz (Difference 13oz's)
Birth Length: 12 inches
One Month: 13.6 inches (Difference 1.6 inches)
Feeds: 22 ml every 3 hours
Birth Weight: 1lb 11oz
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Below is a picture of their three little houses in a row. They are all covered with blankets to keep out the bright lights. The one closest is Claire's, next is Slade's and the one in pink the nurse is blocking is Miss Ella.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
He also explained that Ella and Slades cultures came back negative for infection however because they have tubes and wires in them, they will probably have lots of infections and as long as they aren't causing any symptoms, they probably wouldn't treat them all. In fact, he probably wouldn't of even put Ella on antibiotics for hers in the first place since she was fine. But there are seven different doctors all with different opinions. While this is strange to have so many different schools of thought, its actually reassuring to have so many educated and highly trained eyes assessing our babies. Therefore, Ella and Slade will continue their antibiotics course and then won't be treated again unless they display symptoms, so that their bodies can learn how to fight infections by themselves (overuse of antibiotics is not good).
On another note, being that all our little ones are "colonized" with that really contagious bacteria, they are being moved to a different "bay" tonight and will be put in one large private room all together, yippee! While this is done to protect all the other babies, I actually love it because it decreases their chances of new bacteria and infection b/c they won't be near any other babies and they will have their own nurse. Plus it will give us a lot more privacy now and when we begin kangaroo care. Oh and they have to have the center for infectious disease control come in and do a consult of the NICU because of our beautiful bacteria ridden babies to make sure all the proper precautions are being taken not to have an outbreak of the entire NICU. Ooops!
Claire has now been increased to 6cc's every three hours for food and both Ella & Slade are up to 4. The food intake is beginning to rise exponentially and we LOVE it! Also what comes in must come out and that process is working perfectly as well!
Slade had less apnea's today so again they are waiting on the ventilator and we are still holding out hope that he will pull it together on his own and stay on the cpap machine.
So all in all a good day. The roller coaster rides up again, our favorite nurse returns from her weekend off and our babies now get the rock star lifestyle they deserve!
Here is a picture of my favorite meal from the room service menus when I was in the hospital, the fruit and cheese plate...yummm! (more pics to come of babies, I'm trying to figure out how since my camera even with the flash off shines a bright green light which hurts their little eyes).
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Ella is doing well and no issues thus far from her surgery, yippee! She is still on the ventilator and they will take her off as soon as she is ready, she's getting closer and closer each day. One of her little eyes popped open today so now I've seen one of each babies eyes which is so neat, I love progress! They have upped Ella's feedings to 1cc every 3 hours so hopefully she will start growing fatter and fatter real soon! Oh and we've decided that she definitely has my side of the families ears while Slade is a Milligan in that department as well as several others.
Claire too is doing great and received a little extra blood today to keep up with the amount they take out for testing. She was doing so well on her 1cc that they are now feeding her 2cc's every three hours. She still is on a rate of 30 on her cpap machine although I am hoping they reduce that soon as she seems to be having less and less apnea's.
All in all we are very happy with their progress, they seem to be right on track. However, while every day seems too short for Brian and I to get everything done and visit them enough, the days can't go by fast enough for them to get bigger.
Today the NICU was extra full and it was really sad to see so many sick babies. Being that they are the largest level 3 NICU in Texas they often get quite busy and today was no exception. They had several babies flown in from other cities, one that is just so small. Seriously, this baby makes our trio look full grown, so sad. In our room of babies (room 4, there are 7 rooms total), every bed was full and it was hard to watch so many couples at the bedsides of their babies, some crying and some just staring. I didn't realize how hard it would be to see all the other babies and the raw emotions that they induced in their families. Also, the difficulty when one baby you were used to seeing is suddenly no longer there and your not quite sure what the scenario is and you cannot ask. And while it makes me so sad, it makes me also so grateful that while our babies are small, they are thankfully healthy and not sick like so many of the other babies. So so grateful!
Below are videos of Ella with her hat off so you can see a full head of head (looks brown to me but the nurses say she'll definitely be a blond.) Also, is a funny video of Slade with a super tiny pacifier in his mouth that pretty much covers his whole face...oh and you can see his little foot in this video too!