Jaden was so excited, he finally got to hold “his babies”. Mom, Rae and I were each holding one of the triplets when Jaden came into the NICU with Doug. He ran right over to each of his brothers and gave them all huge kisses and cuddles. Then when he learned that he could hold them, he was SO excited!
Jaden & Owen
Jaden & Logan
Jaden & Weston
Jaden wanted to feed Weston while I was holding him. I said that he could help me feed him and hold the bottle with me. Jaden replied “Mom, I can do it all by myself. I’m the big brother!”
He is just so proud and so in love with these babies. I just hope that doesn’t change when they come home …
They are finally here!! Here are a few stats and photos of the babies. A more complete recap of our baby story to come!
Born at 9:22am – 5lb 3oz and 17 inches
Born at 9:23am – 5lb 2.5oz and 17 inches
Born at 9:24am – 4lb 13oz and 16.5 inches
1 night down … who knows how many to go. I was slightly confused on what 24-48 hours meant. It was from the second shot (given this morning) not from when I was admitted so the earliest I would be going home would be tomorrow or Sunday morning. They gave me a swab (can’t ever remember how to say it let along spell it) which can help determine if I’ll go into labor within the next two weeks.
The charge nurse and Dr Todd come into the room … yes a male doc to give me this wonderful swab. This is the very first time I’ve ever had a male doc with this kind of business … and it hurt like nobody’s business! An hour and a half later, I find out that they didn’t get enough on the swab and we have to do it again! Ouchie-wa-wa! All I could think of was “thank goodness I’m not delivering these babies naturally!” It sounds so wimpy … but I meant it! I just won’t be sharing that with any of the other mom’s on the floor who are actually going through child-birth. Low and behold it came back positive. Which means the possibility of going into labor is higher within the next two weeks. Doesn’t mean for sure that I will…but I could. While no one has been able to give me a date to strive for, I’ve been told “I’ve bought myself some more time in the hospital” and Dr. Miller said he would see me on Tuesday when he left. Awesome.
The on call doc won’t be the one to send me home, they’ll wait until Dr. Epperson is here to make the call. This also means that since she’s not working this weekend, I’ll be here until at least Monday. Just making myself comfortable!
Doug brought Jaden up to visit after work today. It was so wonderful to see my men. Jaden was super excited to see me and eat dinner in my bed … leaving more crumbs of course. One of the first things he said to me was that he wasn’t going home tonight and he wanted to sleep over. When I pointed out that there was only 1 bed and asked where was he going to sleep. He quickly replied that he would sleep in the chair and be REALLY quiet. It just broke my heart.
Kids are resilient and he’s not the only 4-year-old learning what it’s like to have siblings, but boy oh boy it breaks my heart. It hit me really hard tonight too. Jaden sitting next to me, hugging me so tight begging for five more minutes (which it had already been 30 extra mins). I cried … I couldn’t help it. He looked at me and told me he was sad when he left. I reassured him that he could call me whenever he wanted, he just needed to ask Dad. And he could come and see me every day! It didn’t stop my tears tho. It was the first hard thing I’ve had to face … and it hit me like a wall. I can’t imagine when there will be four little men who can pull at my heart strings like that.
Katie came to visit just about the same time that the boys where leaving. My tears were clearly shown on my face and she was reluctant to come in for fear of it being a bad time. I reassured her it was ok and she should still come to visit.
**Let me give you a little background on my friend Katie. Her and I met in morning Kindergarten 22 years ago. Yes … over two decades ago!! We went to school together thru high school, went our separate ways for college and reunited when I was pregnant with Jaden. She was the surgical tech in on my c-section. Then we were both engaged…and we get married on the same day! 9-19-09 We even had similar honeymoons! Our lives have ran very parallel. She is a very special woman whom I wish everyone had the opportunity to enjoy. Neither Katie nor I were of the popular group growing up. but she has always had a strong sense of what friendship is. She would give anyone the coat off of her back because it was the right thing to do. I look back on the years of when we had grown apart and know that it was because I was trying to be in the cool group rather than be a good friend. Katie is God’s example of what giving and friendship is.
Tonight Katie sat and talked with me for a few hours. It was light-hearted talks of our husbands and first year of marriage. But it was EXACTLY what I needed. In no time I had calmed down about missing my boys and was enjoying her company. She refilled my water countless times and was so willing to make sure I was comfortable. After all these years and she was willing to spend hours on her Friday night with me. How did I get to be so lucky? Her visit was perfect. It re-freshened my spirits and I feel prepared for the next few days to come. Thank you Katie for staying with me and for being you. I am so happy and so blessed that our lives have crossed again!
Here’s to keeping these babies baking a while longer! To finding ways of making Jaden feel special and to long lost friends who come into our lives at the most perfect time!
First we are all still healthy. Second, my cervix continues to shorten. It went from 2.6cm to 1.6cm this week. Everything happened quite quickly this morning. Found out the cervix thing and then the next thing I know, there is a wheel chair waiting for me at the door. So … I now find myself in a hospital room in the Birthing Center to receive the steroid shot. This shot is to help give the babies a little boost in the development. It also makes my blood sugar go a little crazy. So I’ll spend 24-48 hours here so they can monitor me closely and make sure all is still well. Totally something we can handle!
Nurse Jean warned me that the steroid shot would burn. I told her I’d be brave since it was the right thing to do. But boy was she right! They give you it in your bum and boy did that booger of a shot burn! Wowzer! and I have another one to look forward to tomorrow morning. Every time these boys complain about getting a shot themselves, I’m going to remind them of these ones I’m getting for them!
We have learned a few things since here. The non-stress test works a whole lot better when I lay on my right side. When reclined those little buggers go NUTS! Also found out that I regularly contract when I drink too much. So I go to the restroom regularly now And although he’ll never confess, Doug likes the Ellen show.
I was so glad that Doug came with me to my appointment this morning. I would have felt so lost without him! He went home and grabbed me all my stuff … book, knitting, Nook, fresh undies for the morning. The boys will stay at home tonight … my health is good, I’ll be brave to spend the night by myself. Of all the times I’ve been in the hospital, this is the first night staying on my own. When I had my car accident either Mom or someone stayed with me. Mom, Rae and Jess took turns when Jaden was born. And my mom stayed when I had my kidney infection. I’m really blessed to have so many people who are willing to stay by myself on those awful hospital pull out chairs/couches.
It’s time to order my dinner now!! Please send “stay preggers” thoughts my way to keep these little men in for a while longer. Love you all!
I think it’s safe to announce the names that Doug and I have chosen. With (of course) the catch that they are subject to change. We’ve agreed on these names for quite some time now, so I don’t really think they will change. The winning names (in order of when they come out … to continue Doug’s patriarchal hierarchy) are:
- Logan Joseph (Joseph is the middle name of the oldest male child in Doug’s family)
- Owen Douglas (after Doug … duh)
- Weston David (David, after Doug’s dad)
On a totally separate note, it’s no secret that I’ve developed a slight obsession with owls. The nursery is decorated in owls, both baby showers have an owl theme, owl necklaces… While at Nada’s this weekend, we were making small talk about the babies, and updating old friends. One of the ladies said something that sparked my mom to think about the baby’s initials.
Are you ready for this one …. rearrange the order and you get … Owen, Weston, Logan …. that’s right folks … OWL!
The coolest part of this story is that owls have become symbolic of my grandpa. When he passed, mom started to associate him to an owl. My obsession with owls began separately of this, but seemed very cool when we made the connection. So I’m now the proud mother of three baby boy owls!
So it’s 6:30am and the house is quiet … my boys are still sleeping but I’m wide awake. Today we are off to the zoo for Jaden’s birthday celebration! We are supposed to be rain free until about noon. Then we’ll come back to the house for a bbq and some presents. I just home there is enough room in our little house for everyone!
While I enjoy the silence I started to google some information on multiples. I figure it’s about time I try to find some information/groups for support.
Everyone asks about the babies being in the NICU and I’m not sure myself. Here is some of the information I found:
- How long will the babies need to be in the NICU?
|Average days in the NICU by Multiple Type and Gestation
| 25 weeks
- What are the most common complication my multiple birth infants will face?
Complications usually depend on the delivery gestation. At 35 weeks, babies may just need a little time to feed and grow. However, at 23-28 weeks, babies would faces significantly more difficult challenges and may spend many more days in the NICU. Premature babies frequently experience problems with sucking, swallowing and breathing. Other complications may include jaundice, breathing that may require intubation. While not as frequent, babies born before 30 week may experience complications such as intraventicular hemorrhage (IVH), Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), and infection. (I had no idea what any of these were, so I looked them up on Wikilpedia – links provided for you to use too!)
I’m just going to keep praying and listening to the doctors. Doug has been taking great care of me! Always making sure I’m well rested, not pushing myself too hard and always willing to jump in when I need to rest. Thank you Dougie for being so great to me!
I should get the boys up … we’ll have company in about an hour and a half! Happy birthday party day Jaden!