December 27, 2007

Hope everyone had a great Christmas! The boys did, that’s for sure. They made out like bandits.

Oliver, Miles, and Linus (out of order! eep!)
Christmas babies

(Doesn’t it look like Miles and Linus are scheming? Just like in the womb!)

George was covered in babies…
Linus and Miles

The boys loved their cards from cousin Ellie!
Oliver and his card from Ellie

Linus and Miles

Grandee was here since Friday, and it was so awesome. The boys love their Grandee and she let George and I sleep! And one night we even went out with friends for a little while! It was all terribly exciting. Grandee is back in Baton Rouge now but will be back this weekend. Good thing, the boys miss her!

Tomorrow is pediatrician appointment number 2. It will be interesting to see how much they’ve grown in the past 9 days!

December 21, 2007

Just want to post a quick thanks to everyone for all of the gifts we’ve received for the boys. It’s like Christmas here! Heh. But seriously, it’s so overwhelming, and I can’t say when I’ll have the time or energy for the thank you cards that we owe to so many of you. Please believe we are extremely grateful for everyone’s generosity.

Now for the fun part of the post…

In light of the fact that we now have all three babies home, I think it’s time to go over the new rules of the house. This is going to sound harsh to some of you, but we have only one thing in mind with these rules: the health of the boys. Please don’t take personal offense at any of these rules, they have NOTHING to do with anyone personally, they are meant to keep the boys out of the hospital. They’re preemies, and the usual rules about babies don’t apply to them. If you don’t believe me, watch this video. About 6 minutes in, you’ll see why they’re so important.

1. If you’ve been sick within the past ten days, you cannot visit.
2. If you’ve been around children who have been sick in the past ten days, you cannot visit.
3. You must wash your hands and use hand sanitizer before being around the babies.
4. Children are not allowed to handle the babies.
5. You must have your flu shot before you can touch the babies.

Sound harsh? It’s not meant to be, we’re just trying to save our babies from going back into the hospital. It’s only until the end of RSV season, which is the end of March here. So it’s not forever, and let’s face it, they won’t really be too fun until then anyway, right? In the immortal words of Angelina Jolie, they’re really just “blobs” right now. 🙂 (Really cute blobs, I’ll admit…)

Anyway, I’ll try to post pics and videos as much as I can in the meantime…

Home at last!

Geez, you’d think I wasn’t busy with three newborns or something. But as requested…more pictures!

Remember, you can always see them at my flickr photostream, too…

home at last!

santa pictures taken by NICU nurses… (i had to take pictures of the pictures, sorry)
(order is, as always, linus, oliver, miles)

sweet!

Oliver’s home!

Well, Oliver’s home and well, sleeping like a baby. Heh. That is to say, sleeping well. Last night went well, rooming in at the hospital. Turns out we only had Oliver last night, not all three. Oh well. It’s okay. Soon enough we’ll have all three – like by Tuesday! Miles is coming home on Monday and Linus on Tuesday. Yay!

Getting the hospital pictures taken was an adventure. The photographer was determined to get all three in one shot. Not so easy. We have friends who want to take pictures of all three, which will be really fun – at home. Not at the hospital. And with decent cameras. So I can’t wait for that.

I must say the NICU nurses are awesome. And I love them especially for putting the boys on a schedule. It’s so easy – just change and feed every three hours! Okay, easy with one. Possibly more challenging with three. Heh. But seriously, these boys eat like champs. Earlier, I had Oliver changed and fed within seven minutes. No wonder he’s gained 10 oz since birth!

Triplet update

Well, things are moving along…tomorrow night we’re spending the night at the hospital in a room with all three boys. Yikes! And then on Saturday, we’ll be able to bring Oliver home. Yay! Linus and Miles have been having a few issues (nothing major, completely normal for their age – Oliver is just being an overachiever) so they’ll stay a few more days.

It’ll be interesting to experience life with one baby, just for a few days. But I can’t wait to have all of them at home with us.

They got weighed again, they’re gaining lots!

Linus – 4 lbs, 14 oz
Oliver – 5 lbs, 2 oz – woah!
Miles – 4 lbs, 7 oz

Yay for the boys getting bigger!

Triplets

Okay, another post! This time I have more to say, and pictures to post.

We’ve had some great improvements since my last post. All three have been in one crib since Sunday, and last night they were moved to the step-down unit. That’s the last stop on the way home! At this point, even the nurses aren’t sure why they’re not at home, but I guess they just want to keep an eye on them a bit longer.

They’re taking all of their feedings by bottle. Linus and Oliver are eating 40 ccs per feeding (don’t ask how much that is, I think an ounce is 30 ccs) and little Miles is eating 35. Today we tried out breastfeeding, and it went pretty well, considering that gestationally, they’re really not old enough to know how. So we’ll just keep practicing until they get it.

We have a tentative take-home date of this weekend, but who knows? George is hoping for later rather than sooner, as our stairs still aren’t done yet – and they really HAVE to be done by the time the boys come home. So let’s hope it will all work out. George took today off to paint and varnish, and he is just exhausted now. Poor guy. But he did get to hold and feed Linus and Oliver last night. Still hasn’t changed a diaper, though. Soon. Sooooon!

Pictures!

Miles smiles! (or, has gas)

Oh yeah. George said he found some blog where people were debating our baby names! And someone else said they heard a radio show with them being discussed! As you can imagine, Linus got the worst of it. Hmmph. Ah well, such is the price of fame. 😛

Update

Sorry I haven’t been updating a lot, but I will try to do so more now, before the boys come home. I imagine after that, it’ll be very hard. And no, we don’t know when they’re coming home. I don’t think it’ll be too too long – I imagine they’ll be home by Christmas.

And they’re doing very well, thank you. Linus got moved to an open crib yesterday, and I hope that the other two will follow shortly. Once they’re all in the open cribs (and able to regulate their own body temps) they’ll be put in one big crib, all together. So cute!

They’re eating well, out of bottles. Not sure what proportion of their nutrition is coming from bottles vs IV fluids, but I think it’s pretty high.

Anyway, now that I’m at home, my biggest challenge will be how to get to the hospital since I can’t drive, and George is still a bit sick. And really, that’s only today. During the week, I will ride to the hospital with a friend who works there, and then George will come after work to see them and bring me home.

Famous!

Just so you know, from here on out, if you want to talk to me, you’re going to have to have your people call my people.

Hee hee, just kidding. Today was pretty nutty. The highlight being, of course this moment:

Not that we were on national news, but that I got to hold all three boys at once. It was so amazing. Amazing too because they were heavy! I can’t believe they were in my tummy just two days ago!

Sadly, George still hasn’t held them or seen them in person since they were first born. He’s had a cold and I really, really, really hope that he’s better by tomorrow. I want nothing more than that. Do you know how long I’ve been waiting to see him hold our babies?

If you want to see the clip from ABC news, it’s here.

Yesterday was a really bad day for me, pain-wise. Boy, c-sections are awfully painful. Ugh. I’m sure not helped by the fact that I was bed-ridden all day on Tuesday. Anyway, today was MUCH better. Except when some ice went down the wrong way and I had to cough. More pain, and feelings like my insides were going to explode out of my body. Hee. And I have a bad rash but I got some steroid cream today that I hope will help.

And you know what I’m going to do now? See if I can’t find some Christmas stockings for my boys. 🙂

Oh yeah…want to see LOTS of pics? Here!

Edited to add: Thanks Aunt Kristina for the boys’ first Christmas stockings! They are so cute!

Names

Oh, so you want to know names? Not A, B, and C?

Okay…

A is Linus
B is Oliver
C is Miles

Their middle names are the maiden names of me, my mom, and my mother-in-law.

Tomorrow we’re going to be interviewed by the news people (WDSU) along with the quad moms who delivered 12 hours after us, yesterday evening. They had all girls, which is fun. I wonder if they’ll trade us a boy for a girl. That’d be fun.

Ha ha, don’t worry, I’m kidding!