First Baths Given By Mommy and Daddy

Hey everyone!  Raj and I had so much fun yesterday.  I know these are the types of things that may not be fun for forever, but they are fun now.  We got to bathe the babies!  We both did great jobs if I do say so myself!  The nurses are allowing to really participate in the care of the babies.  Raj and I both love it.  They are really preparing us to bring the babies home one day.  Yesterday I nursed all three babies.  Maggie did the best!  She took 6cc of breast milk.  Josh and Evie are also getting a hang of it!  It was such a wonderful day all the way around.  I did a post of pictures for each babies’ bath.  All you have to do is continue to scroll down on the blog, and the next three posts are bath pictures.  Here are two pictures of the trio.  The first one is before the bath.  The second is after the bath!!

Here the babies are all happy and sleeping prior to their baths!

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Don’t they all look squeaky clean now?! 

Enjoy the rest of the pictures!

I love you all.

Ginny

Evie’s First Bath Given By Mommy

Evie got her first bath from Mommy yesterday.  She got to go first.  That was a tough job, but she said she could handle it!  Mommy fumbled off and on through the bath, but Evie said she did okay.  Evie liked her bath.  She was pretty squirmy which made Mommy nervous at first.  However, Evie enjoyed the water so much, she will be a beach baby before we know it! Here are some pictures of Evie’s first bath she would like to share with you all.

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Evie hopes you loved all of her pictures!  She doesn’t want you to forget to look at her sister and brother in the next two posts!!  Just keep scrolling down.

Love,

Ginny

Maggie’s First Bath Given By Daddy

Maggie got her first bath yesterday given by her Daddy.  She loved almost every second of it.  She was very squirmy for her Daddy, but he did a great job.  Maggie knows she is special because her bath is the first bath her Daddy has ever given a baby!  She thinks her Daddy is pro at it!  After her bath she felt so squeaky clean…and she loved how she smelled too!!  Here are some pictures from her first bath by Daddy.

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Maggie hopes you like her pictures!  She loves to have her picture taken, so there will be many more in the future!

Love,

Ginny

Josh’s First Bath Given By Mommy

Mommy was able to give Josh a bath yesterday at the hospital.  It was great!  Josh really enjoyed the water.  However, he did try to sleep through most of the bath.  Once he was dressed after the bath, he was wide awake.  He said that even though Mommy did a great job on his bath, he is jealous that Maggie got the bath given by Daddy.  Here are pictures from his first bath.

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Josh hopes you enjoyed his bath pictures.  There will be many more to come!

Love,

Ginny

Our Babies Are Together Again!

Today was a wonderful day at the hospital!  Evie, Maggie, and Josh are all together now!  It is wonderful to see them all cuddled up together.  It is obvious they know one another.  I just loved sitting and watching them together.  It was really neat hearing all the different noises they make together.  The contentment I felt today was more than I have felt since they were born.  It feels like they will be home with us one day.  I can’t wait until that happens.

Today was also the first day the babies were each fed a bottle.  That is also monumental.  I was able to feed each baby her/his bottle.  It was so special knowing I fed them their first one.  To make the bottle feeding experience even better, all three babies ate the entire amount in the bottle!  I did not realize this was VERY rare until I ran into the nurse practitioner.  She was STUNNED they all took all their bottles.  Normally, babies will only take a few cc’s of the first bottle feed.  Mine took between 26cc and 33cc!!!  I am so happy.  I hope they will increase the bottle feeds soon. 

The third thrilling thing that happened today was Raj and I each held all THREE babies at one time.  Raj had been looking forward to this day for a long time.  I had dreamed of it since I found out we were having triplets.  It was so wonderful to have all my babies in my arms at the same time.  Raj and I were each in heaven!

There are still going to be up and down days in the future, but I am going to savor the joy from today for as long as possible!  We took tons of pictures today!  I hope you all enjoy them!

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I love you all.

Ginny

Evie’s PICC Line Is Out!!!

I am so happy to report that Evie has had her PICC line removed!!!  This is the way she was receiving her IV fluids and nutrition.  She is now able to tolerate all of her feedings through the tube feeds!  She is moving up quickly with the amount of food she is eating!  She is only 5cc behind her brother and sister.  Tomorrow she will be taking equal feeds.  I am so happy she is doing so well.  She has never had any major problems, but it took a while for her tummy to start digesting food.  This happens a lot with preemies….especially high order multiples.  I am also happy to say she will be in the open crib with her brother and sister starting tomorrow!  I can’t wait to see how this dynamic plays out.  Evie and Maggie both seem to have very strong personalities.  I really hope Josh can keep them in their place!  Raj and I are both excited to get to hold all three babies at one time tomorrow.  We have been talking about this day since the babies were born.  We know how blessed we are that our children are doing so well.  Please pray the babies will learn to eat quickly and come home soon.  Raj and I are ready for us to be a family at home.  I know we have a while to go, but I am starting to get anxious to have them with me all of the time.  Here are two pictures of Raj and Evie after her PICC line was removed!!

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I love you all.

Ginny

A Sweet Story And Some Pictures!

Today, I went to the hospital to be with the babies.  The nurses told me the sweetest story about Josh and Maggie.  Last night Maggie was put into the open crib.  She got cold when she first came out of the isolette, and they had to put a warmer above her.  The nurse said that Josh, already in the crib, immediately noticed Maggie was cold.  He put his arm around her to help warm her up.  The nurse said she believes Josh helped warm Maggie and helped her regulate her tempurature.  He is such a sweet, laid back little guy.  He is so mellow.  Maggie is very active.  Even though Josh is the “youngest,” he is going to take care of the girls.  I can already tell.  It is so neat to know there really is a bond between the triplets.  I am so ready for Evie to be in the open crib.  I think she needs to be with her brother and sister.  If all goes as planned, she will be in the open crib on Thursday!!  It is going to be wonderful!  The other exciting thing about Thursday is the babies are going to get their first bottle feeds!!!  This is another huge, yet small, step towards going home!! We are so blessed.  I love those babies more than I could have ever imagined.  Here are some pictures of Josh and Maggie together.  The first picture is me with Evie.  She is getting tons of “personal” attention until she goes into the open crib.  I think she is loving every drop of it!! 

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Josh and Maggie in the open crib!

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Mom and Dad each holding the babies together for the first time!

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I hope you all enjoyed the pictures!!

I love you all.

Ginny

Great Baby Updates

Hey everyone!  I have been so busy with the babies the past few days!  They are doing so great.  I have loved getting to hold the babies and love on them.  I am starting to learn how the Special Care Nursery (SCN) works.  I hope I don’t have to learn too much about it though!  Josh and Maggie are both out of the isolettes!  I am so happy they are in the same crib now.  Granted, I have only seen Josh in the open crib, but I can”t wait until tomorrow to see them together.  Maggie and Josh have both had their PICC lines removed!  That means they are only getting fed through the tube in their noses that go to their tummies.  I am so happy about this.  Maggie is still receiving her daily dose of caffeine to help her to not forget to breathe or have her heart rate drop.  Evie is also doing great!  Her tummy is doing so much better.  She is tolerating her tube feeds so much better.  In fact, she is now receiving 16cc of breastmilk every three hours!  I am so thrilled.  In a few days, she will be in the crib with her brother and sister.  She is not able to go into the crib until her PICC line is removed.  To have that happen, she must be taking greater than 20cc of breastmilk in her tube every three hours.  That should happen Wednesday or Thursday.  I can’t wait to see how things go with all of the babies!  We are so blessed with how healthy the babies are right now!  I never take a second for granted!  I have some funny stories to tell you all.  I will do that over the next few days.

As for me and Raj, we are also doing great.  I am trying my hardest to pump every two to three hours.  I do great during the day.  I am so tired at night that I miss a pumping, but I am trying really hard.  Raj has painted the nursery!  It looks fantastic!  I am going to begin putting all of the bedding in the cribs now!  It is going to be beautiful!  I can’t wait to show y’all what it looks like when it is completed!

Here are a few pictures of the babies!

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Maggie and her Daddy

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Josh in the crib waiting for his sisters!

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Please keep praying for us.

I love you all!

Ginny

They are all upstairs!!!!

I am so happy.  All of the babies are in the Step-Down Unit!!  I am so happy they are no longer in the NICU!  It is going to be so much easier for me.  Right now, they are not in the same room.  I don’t even care.  I figure in the next few weeks that will happen.  I am just happy I am going to be able to hold and cuddle with them more.  It is also going to be much easier on my body.  It is so much more restful upstairs than in the NICU where there are so many pumps and alarms.  I will be able to relax more.  I did not think this would be happening for several more days, so I am still in happy shock!!

Baby Updates

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Evie 3#8oz She is tolerating her increased feedings well.  She is now off of the nasal cannula.  Sometimes she breathes a little fast because breathing can make her tired.  However, the nurses feel like she is going to be fine, and she will not need any more respiratory support.  I am hoping that is the case.  She loves to cuddle with her Mommy.  She thinks that sleeping on Mommy’s chest is the greatest thing ever!  She seems to do best during our cuddle times!

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Maggie 3#4oz  Maggie is loving her increased feedings.  She is doing great with all of them.  She is also off all respiratory support and doing great.  She is one spunky girl.  She loves wiggling and moving in her isolette.  She has been “caught” numerous times having scooted out of her little nest the nurses put her in.  She also loves being held by her Mommy.  She loves to look around and talk to her.  She is always a little mad at Mommy when she has to go back to her isolette.  She says she understands why though.

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Josh 3#12oz  Josh is just doing great.  He loves his increased feedings, but he is not real fond of going poop!  He has a little heart murmur.  The Pediatric Cardiologist came and did an echocardiogram.  He is not concerned.  There is nothing that the doctors need to do to fix it.  Josh should outgrow it.  Josh will have to see the specialist either prior to discharge or in his office in one month to make sure his heart still looks good and the murmur is okay.  We are all hoping we will see the cardiologist in the office.  Josh says he does not plan on being in the hospital another month!  Josh loves to cuddle with his Mommy and his Daddy.  Josh and Daddy like to talk about all the things he can be when he grows up….and the things he is not allowed to become!!  Josh loves to cuddle with Mommy too.  He and Mommy are starting to work on nursing,  They are both enjoying it.

Raj and I are doing well.  We are starting to adjust to the ups and downs of the NICU.  Even though our children don’t have the problems that other babies in the NICU have, it is still really tough.  We are working as a team through it all.  We just can’t wait for the babies to be home!

I love you all.

Ginny

How Do You Do It?

How do you do it?  That is my question of the day/week.  “Normal” women have one baby.  “Different” women have twins. “Crazy” women have triplets.  I am definitely putting myself into the crazy category right now.  Actually, triplet moms are not crazy.  They just have three babies to take care of and love.  My problem right now is I feel there is NO WAY to stretch myself far enough to give all of the babies the love they need and deserve each day.  I go to the NICU with great intentions.  However, I get so tired, so fast that I can’t do it.  It feels impossible right now.  Then, I feel so guilty about not spending time with the “left out” child, I want to cry.  Right now with Maggie and Evie still in the NICU,  I see both of them.  However,  I love on one of the them lots, and the other has to wait until the next day.  Loving on one baby lots ends up taking at least 2 1/2 hours.  Then, I need a break to get something to drink and pump if I have not already done it.  Normally, I am so tired after that bonding time, I go see Josh.  I feel really guilty because I spend a lot of time with him.  It is just so nice to be able to go to a quiet room and rest in a recliner.  A lot of the time I don’t even touch him.  I just rest next to him. Then, I hold Josh for skin to skin time and pump again.  After I have done this, I have been at the hospital for going on six hours, if not longer.  I so badly want to go and snuggle with the baby who has not gotten the special time the others have gotten, but I can’t.  So, for all the experts out there.  How do I do it?  I am not sure it is possible right now.  I am hoping that once one of the girls is with Josh, it will be easier since they will be sharing a room and I can hold them at the same time.  I hope.  We will wait and see. 

I will put up more pictures later today.  Please keep praying for us.

I love you all.

Ginny