Monday, March 30, 2009

HOME SWEET HOME (1 Month 5 Days Old)

Jade has arrived. We now have all three of our girls home together at last. This has been a very emotionally draining time...and now some form of normality has begun to rear its head. At least as normal as it can be with three babies. Sleep is very short, they eat every four hours. Naps are our new best friends so we sleep when they sleep. That is if all the chores in the house are done. Stress is running high but every time we pick them up it all seems to go away as they coo, giggle, and smile their way into our hearts.

Rogue and Phoenix had another doctors appointment today, just a weight check.

Phoenix = 5 lbs 8 oz
Rogue = 5 lbs 0 oz
Jade = 4 lbs 15 oz (discharge weight)

On Friday we had Grandma Glenn and Grandma & Grandpa Gillaspie came to see Rogue and Phoenix for the first time since they came home. Then on Saturday we had Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Leafblad came to see Rogue and Phoenix for the first time. Then on Sunday night till this morning Auntie Diana came to help us out.

I know people have been itching to come see the girls but with the flu season our doctor has put a 4-6 week restriction on visitation to reduce exposure. (The Doc did say we can allow immediate family as of right now.)

Megan and I want to thank everyone for the prayers and support. We have been blessed with three beautiful healthy girls.

Thank you now enjoy the pics....

Here is proud mama bringing home Jade.

Here are our three little angels all in a row...Rogue, Phoenix, and Jade.


Here is Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Leafblad seeing Phoenix and Rogue for the first time.


Is it me or does daisy seem a little lonely...here she is putting her chin on Megan's shoulder.

THANKX and keep checking the blog... remember you can sign up for the updates via EMAIL.



Thursday, March 26, 2009

Slumber Time (1 Month 1 Day Old)

Well night one down with only two babies... We are in for a long tired run coming up here. This morning was pretty rough for me... Very hard to actually wake up completely. Megan brought Rogue into the bedroom to have me finish her feeding. When I finished feeding her we both fell asleep in my bed. It was very sweet. She would run her hand in her hair then run her hand through my beard. She did that back and forth about 4 times. The girls first doctors appointment went well and they are both fine and well. The doctor told us everything looks good so far. Now we just need to get through flu and RSV season. Keep hands and feet inside the cabin the entire ride. Now for the PICS enjoy.

Here is Rogue and Nix sleeping next to each other for the first time.

Here is Rogue sleeping with me this morning.
Megan went to see Jade in the hospital this evening. She is doing good and will have another test this weekend. Pray that she passes the tests...we hope to get the results on Monday. We will keep everyone posted.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2 Down 1 to GO ... Here we go. (1 Month Old)

We now have two bundles of joy at home. It was sort of a shock to us that Rogue could come home today. We found out this morning when Megan got a call from our nurse. Megan was getting ready to head down to the hospital anyways for a doctors appointment and a visit with the girls. Too her delight she was able to bring Rogue back home with her. We also have found that Daisy has taken a shining to the girls. With every goo and gah she is right by their side checking them out to make sure all is well. Diablo on the other hand doesn't want anything to do with them...he is content sleeping far away from them. Although he did walk up to Phoenix, took a sniff, then gave her a little bark as though he was unhappy with her.

Here is Rogue all ready to head home.

Daisy having a staring contest with a sleeping baby...silly dog.


Daisy checking on the girls.


Making her rounds.
Daisy would have been a good mom... Now she has the chance to help these girls grow up. Its fun watching everything going on with the girls. Tonight will be the first night with two babies at home ... we are sort of easing into this chaotic adventure we call life with triplets. We have our first of MANY doctors appointments tomorrow for both Rogue and Nix. Should be fun times...until next time. BYE.

Monday, March 23, 2009

HOME HOME AT LAST (3 Weeks 5 Days Old)

Well BIG news... Phoenix has come home. We brought her home tonight and are beginning to settle in. Tonight should be interesting....ha.

Well here she is getting ready to go... plus a bonus vid of her sneezing.

Here is Megan working on Phoenix getting her ready to go
Here is Nix swimming in her carrier.


Here is the little lady in her new bed...she is very small.

video
Here she is sneezing....what a cute little sneeze.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tubeless... (3 Weeks 4 Days Old)

To keep up to date I have added the email notification. Once you sign up you will receive email updates when the blog is updated.

Just be aware the note at the bottom of this blog is for people hoping to come visit the babies...enjoy the updates.

Sorry its been awhile since an update, a lot has happened in the last week. First and foremost all the girls had their feed tubes removed from their noses. All of them are now doing 'On Demand' feedings through bottle. It has been a process all week getting them to this point. We have gone from occasionally trying a bottle to trying a bottle every other feeding and now they are set on only bottle feedings. Megan is still pumping but has decided to not breast feed anymore. It was her decision and is supported by me and our nurse, also a mother of triplets. Her kids were also in this NICU when they were born and are now 16 years old, which makes her the perfect nurse for us (it helps that she's also simply a great nurse!)

The girls have also all passed their hearing tests. Now they are currently on a test for apnea spells and we should get the results from that Monday afternoon. The last test they will need to take and pass will be the car seat test which requires that they can be in the car seat for 90 minutes without any 'spells'. These are all good signs that the girls are doing well.

We couldn't have everything go too smoothly.... On Saturday Megan woke up with a small amount of breast soreness. Despite it we headed into the hospital to see the girls. Once we arrived Megan began to prep Rogue for her feeding. During the feeding Megan soreness began to gain intensity and had the nurse call the lactation consultant to see if it was anything to worry about. Megan and the consultant went to the pumping room to have privacy. The consultant told Megan to pump every 2 hours and call the doctor if it got any worse. Well by the time Megan got back to the girls pod she was as white as a ghost and her nails and lips were very blue. In my opinion she looked like death. I rushed over to her and helped her sit down. Then I alerted the nurse and I began to try and reach our doctor on the phone. Numerous nurse entered the pod with juice, blankets, blood pressure cuffs, and water. They all felt like fish out of water and were telling Megan that she needed to diagnose herself because she was to big for them. They claim they only know babies. Finally we got a hold of our doctor (he just so happened to be on call this weekend and was in the hospital getting ready to deliver a baby) and he wanted her to go to the ER. First thought in my head is great this ought to be fun. Thankfully we were already at the hospital. BUT Megan told the doc that she didn't want to go to the ER....she begged. Finally it came to the conclusion she had mastitis. The doctor wrote her a prescription for an antibiotic and we headed home. Megan then stayed in bed with the mix of chills and fever. Due to her current state she stayed home today and was, for the first time since the girls birth, unable to see them. I went on her behalf and gave them all the love from their mom.

NOW for the pics.

Here is Jade just before her X-ray for a bowel obstruction, thankfully it turned out to be normal!

Here I am feeding Phoenix.

Here is Megan feeding Rogue.


POTENTIAL VISITORS PLEASE READ:
I need to add this onto the end. It does look like the girls will be coming home in the VERY near future, as early as Monday. The transition from the hospital to home will be quite stressful for the girls so Megan and I are asking that we don't have any visitors for awhile. We are also hoping to try and enjoy some sort of normalcy to this whole pregnancy. Additionally Megan and I are feeling VERY overwhelmed and just need some time to decompress once the girls do come home.
When the NICU dust begins to settle we will ask that if you would like to come visit the girls that you call prior to making the trip. This ensures that we don't have too many people over at the same time as well as making sure we're available. When we start to have visitors we will ask for a few things to happen.
-Do not come over if you or anyone in your house is sick or feeling sick, especially runny noses and coughing. (For more information regarding one of our greatest fears, RSV, click on the following link: http://www.mostonline.org/faq43.htm )
-Nobody under 12 years old. (until the doctor has cleared that age restriction)
-Call before you decide to come over.
-The babies cannot be held. This is to reduce the stress on the girls, they need to conserve all their energy for eating and growing:) (until the doctor has cleared that restriction)
-Be expected to wash and sanitize hands often.
This may sound a little outrageous to some but seeing that they shouldn't even be out of the womb yet we are a little over protective and as preemies they are VERY susceptible to everything. If they get sick it's back into the NICU for them and we don't want that.
Please, we ask for no visitors for the first week or so. Again thank you very much for everything and don't worry we will be begging for help once the girls are past this initial fragile state.
Be ready we will post when they come home. HERE THEY COME.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another Hurdle... (2 Weeks 4 Days Old)

Well the girls have now made HUGE advancements. First off they are packing on the pounds....well not pounds more like ounces. Phoenix is well over 4 pounds, Rogue and Jade are over 3 1/2 pounds. Other jumps in productivity would be their feedings...they are now taking a majority of their feedings by bottle or breast without any residual or spit up. Last but not least ALL the girls are now out of their isolettes and into their very own bassinets (plastic bins).

The girls are hopefully going to start their journeys home in the next couple of weeks. Now time to see the little ladies....ENJOY the pics.

Here is Jade preparing to pray.

Rogue wondering what is out there...


Rogue graduated to her new bed.


Phoenix all bundled up getting ready for a change of clothes.



Phoenix staring into oblivion.

Phoenix in her new bed.


Here is Phoenix, Jade, and Rogue. Together for the first time since the womb.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Moving right along! (1 week 6 days old)

It's amazing how time can go so fast and so slow at the same time! One week I'm home all the time and the next I'm never home....funny how that happened. Fortunatly I'm feeling really good, I think it's partially due to the 40 pounds that I've lost so far!
The girls are still in the NICU, they will be there for at least another couple of weeks. They are doing fantastic, I've been told that they are above average, which of course I knew they would be!!! Rogue is officially back to her birth weight, plus some! She is still having the occasional spell of her heartrate being too slow and not breathing but overall is plugging right along. Jade is also doing pretty good, she surpassed her birth weight as well:) She has been having the most spells, although she drops her oxygen level as well as her heartrate. The doc thinks that it's reflux causing it and that she will grow out of it, hopefully that will happen sooner than later! Phoenix hasn't reached her birthweight but she did have the farthest to go:) She's been tolerating feedings well and is gaining weight so now it's just a matter of time! Here's some pics of the girls:

Here is Rogue giving the camera a smile.

Our little chipmunk...Rogue.

Mama feeding Jade.

Last week the grandparents finally got to hold their grandbabies not that they were eager to do so or anything......

Here is Grandpa Gillaspie holding Rogue.


Here is Grandma Gillaspie holding Phoenix.

Here is Grandpa Glenn holding Phoenix.


Here is Grandma Glenn holding Rogue.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Short Update (5 days old!)

So I don't know if it's the adrenaline or the post partum "baby blues" (don't know why they call it that, makes it seem so trivial...those of you who have experienced I'm sure relate!) but I can't seem to want to sleep, that and I needed to sterilize my pump parts anyways so I thought I would write up a quick update. Rogue is doing very well, they have increased her tube feedings and she is off of all IV fluids. She has not had any "spells" of apnea and bradycardia and is moving right along. I'm sure she'll be home before we know it! Jade is still having some "spells" but is otherwise doing well. They are continuing to increase her feedings and today they took her off oxygen. She did quite well while I was there but these things sometimes take a try or two! Phoenix scared the life out of Ryan today when she had a spell, quite scary when one minute you're talking with your baby and the next she's not breathing with alarms going off and nurses running at you!!! She's otherwise doing very well, they are increasing her feedings as well although she is still requiring oxygen, hopefully the efforts to decrease that will be successful. Each day brings more news and for the most part it has been good, please pray for the girls as they continue to grow as well as for Ryan and I as we are adjusting to our new life!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mom's home!!!! (4 days old)

Today was the end of my hospital stay, Ryan had to club me over the head and drag me out by my hair neanderthal style.......for the first time I am away from my girls. The last four days have been difficult, first the unexpected/expected delivery and now for the "baby blues" which means I cry more often than not. I think I'm starting to feel a little better now that I'm home, besides the impatience for the girls to follow suit! Before we left we went and said good bye to each of them and the nurses took each of them out of their little isolettes *pause* (crying) so we could kiss them each (still crying) before we left. Yet another road to be started in this journey, we now enter the routine of NICU visits, just when I was getting a routine with the whole complete bed rest thing..... Over all the girls are doing quite well with just about everything, Jade and Phoenix are still having spells of apnea and bradycardia but are starting to digest their food well. They are both still on oxygen although they are making progress in decreasing the amount that they need. Every day brings them closer to coming home and we cherish every bit of good news that we get. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers!