Our Family

Our Family

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Three Weeks Old (and two days)

It's hard to believe that Evelynn, Noah, and Cora are three weeks old.  We've been home for 10 days and they keep us busy!  We went to the pediatrician on Monday and will go back tomorrow.  Gaining weight and staying healthy are the two big goals.  At our last visit Evelynn weighed 4 pounds 14 oz, Noah weighed 5 pounds 5 oz, and Cora is up to 4 pounds 5 oz. 

As of this weekend Noah now fits into some newborn clothing.  Evelynn is also wearing some newborn sizes but can still wear some generous preemie clothes.  Cora is so long that her preemie clothes aren't going to last much longer, unless she wants to have bent knees at all times and elbow length sleeves.

Caina is doing well with the babies.  She wants to get nose to nose with them to see how they are doing.  A few licked hands and attempted pacifier steels when they are not in use, but Caina has almost taken an ownership with them. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

We're Home!

Noah got to go home on Wednesday and the girls joined us on Thursday!  It's been an exciting past few days.  Sleep for Mom and Dad is slim but the babies are doing great.  Cora is very laid back, smiles a lot, and eats more than Evelynn and Noah.  She definitely proves that she may be small but she is mighty.  Evelynn likes to cuddle and look around at everything.  Noah loves his pacifier and can get his arms out of his swaddle faster than anyone.  All of them want the security of being swaddled but they insist on having their hands out and by their face.  Cora and Evelynn have found their thumbs but have only sucked on them for a short time until they are reconnected with their pacifier.

Today Caina came home today and now our new family is all under one roof.  Our schedule is full Evelynn and Noah on 10:00, 2:00, and 6:00 feedings around the clock.  Cora's schedule is around the clock on the hours of 11:00, 3:00, and 7:00.  We are trying to become more efficient but for now we try to catch sleep whenever we can between their schedules. 

Thank you so much for everyone's best wishes and prayers.  We're busy but very blessed and very thankful for all of the great care we received in the NICU and from our families.  Thank you to everyone for understanding that we are a bit sleep deprived, excited, and enjoying our three babies and new adventure into parenthood. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ten Days Old!

Today was a big day for Evelynn, Noah, and Cora.  All are now able to eat on demand, but not to exceed a feeding time spacing of more than four hours.  Noah has been able to do this type of feeding schedule for a few days now.  He might actually be able to go home sometime this week!  Splitting them up like that is going to be so hard.  We hope that the girls are able to come home quickly too.  (I think they know something's up because both girls have been taking their feedings like champs and in larger amounts.  Everyday all of them are getting stronger and are at, if not an ounce away, from their birth weights.  There have been no definite "going home" announcements made yet by the physicians but things are looking better and better each day.   

We hope to do a group photo of them soon, if not tonight then tomorrow.  Mom had hopes of having all of them dressed in coordinating clothes but each time we try someone is due for a complete outfit change.  We are processing a lot of laundry and yes, we go through a lot of diapers!  We are having fun with our little ones and are so blessed.  We can already tell we will have many adventures along the way and we wouldn't change it for anything.  Thank God for our little miracles.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

6 Days Old! Tomorrow is one week already

It’s about time for an update, but who would have thought that triplets would take up so much time? We are truly blessed and we discover something special about each of them each day. The day of their birth all welcomed this world with a strong cry which was wonderful to hear. Noah was off of his nose canella by 8pm the night he was born.

Over the weekend they all did great and each day they get stronger. Saturday all were trying to nurse. Mom was glad to be able to hold them and Dad got to do a few bottle feeds as the weekend progressed. All three got their first little baths on Sunday. So far, bath time is not a fun time for them. I’m sure one day we won’t be able to get them out of the water!

To speed ahead, today Noah and Cora were taken off of the light for their jaundice. Mom and Dad are so glad because now we can hold them for a little longer. Evelynn should be off of her light by tomorrow. Possibly tomorrow, or in a day or two, Cora and Noah may be able to go into a crib instead of their isolates. They will then need to be able to regulate their own body temperature. Evelynn should be soon to follow as she needs one day after the lights to make sure her levels are still good.

Overall, we are truly blessed and each day they grow stronger. Evelynn is our little one that doesn’t want to miss out on anything and is ready for her feeding about twenty minutes before schedule. We will be so glad when she can take off her “sun tanning visor” and we can see her bright eyes more than just during a feeding. Noah is pretty relaxed and has a combination of all of their personalities. He is also very aware of his surroundings. Cora is very curious and also keeps her eyes wide open while she is experiencing something new. Cora is the smallest, but she is the mightiest and is progressing the fastest. All are easily comforted by Mom and Dad which makes us feel like we can handle this parenthood of multiples.

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers!

We were also able to put clothes on Noah and Cora today!  Evelynn wore a little headband two days ago and should be able to wear clothes tomorrow.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The triplets have arrived!!

The babies were born within 2 minutes 10:16 & 10:17. 
Baby A  "Evelynn Grace" 4#  6oz   16"
Baby B  "Noah Steven"    4# 12oz  161/2"
Baby C  "Cora Wren"      3# 12oz  161/4"

Amanda & the babies are doing great.   Noah has oxygen per a nasal cannula but no problems.
Cora had a pacifier within minutes that covered her face!
Jeff accompanied the babies to the nicu & took several picutres.  They are very pink & healthy!
Amanda remains in recovery & will be transferred to the 2nd floor soon.

We would like to extend a big Thank You to everyone for your thoughts and prayers today.

Let the adventures begin!!!     Grandma Winslow