Sunday, May 29, 2011

Guess Who's 5 Pounds...

We had a good day with the boys today. They are now 34 weeks gestation. During rounds today the doctor asked us if we wanted to take them home one at a time or all together? We decided all together since they don't seem to want to be separated. Plus we think that having them all home at once will be easier than loading one or two up to go back and forth to see whoever is still in the hospital. So if everyone can behave we are looking at next weekend to bring them home. Keep the hope, prayers and positive thoughts coming... please :)

Caden hit the 5 pound mark today!!! Garren & Kellan aren't too far behind him. All three boys had their first vaccine today, Hepatitis B. They didn't cry for the needle going in, but they did when the medicine went in, but only for a couple seconds. I think the sugar the nurse was giving them helped. I wonder why doctors don't give adults sugar when we have to have shots? lol...

I can't figure out where my pictures go in my computer when I scan them??? So here is a picture of the photo the boys had done by the hospital...

Caden, Kellan, & Garren
Caden, 5 lbs,
with our favorite L&D nurse, Laurian, who came to visit tonight.
Garren, 4 lbs 6.3 oz
Kellan, 4 lbs 9.3 oz

Saturday, May 28, 2011

One MONTH Old!!!

I cannot believe a month has gone by already!!! I told Donna that if the next 11 months are going to go by as fast, then we need to start planning their first birthday party NOW.

Well the boys are all good, but no one is coming home tomorrow :(
Garren is dropping his oxygen levels again & Kellan is doing the same but he has also dropped his heart-rate. The doctor and the nurses agree the boys are refluxing, same thing with Caden, who has added excelerated heart-rates to his bag of tricks. They have added a little rice cereal to Kellan and Garrens milk to thicken it in hopes that that will cut down on the reflux. They did x-rays on Cadens chest and abdomen, and did an EKG to check his heart, and ran a bunch of labs. Everything came back good, his EKG just showed a fast heart-rate. So Garren they have decided to watch for a few days, Kellan is now on a 7 day countdown, & Caden is continuing on his countdown with an extra eye on his heart-rate.
We were really looking forward to bringing them home, but we really want for them to be healthy and ready when they do come home. We definitely don't want to be rushing babies back to the hospital.

On a funny note...
The boys each decided to give Donna a treat when she was changing them tonight. It started with Garren, Donna had just got his dirty diaper off and his tiny little heiny clean when he decided to poop again, lol... good thing she did have a new diaper under him, but he still managed to get his feet in it. Next up was Kellan, he didn't poop, but instead fired off some really stinky gas just when she lifted up his legs to put a new diaper under him, lmao... Then Caden decided to chime in with his extra loud poots, just as she undid his diaper. All of us were cracking up including their nurse!!!

Our sweet little stinky boys...
Garren, 4 lbs 5.5 oz
Caden, 4 lbs 14 oz
Kellan, 4 lbs 8.3 oz

Friday, May 27, 2011

Grandma & Grandpa Tilyou...

It was a busy day for the boys today. The morning started with Kellan getting circumcised, he did good and was not fussy afterwards at all. I was pleasantly surprised :) Next, the boys had their pictures taken. It was really fun to dress them all the same and watch the ladies pose them and try to get good shots, lol... I will post the photo when I figure out how to make my scanner work...
During rounds we found out that Garren is coming home Sunday too!!! So he is getting circumcised tomorrow.
And finally, The boys got to meet their Grandma and Grandpa Tilyou...

Grandma & Caden
Grandma & Garren
Mama & Kellan
Grandpa, he wasn't real sure about holding the
boys, they were a bit too small for him.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

*Four Weeks Old!!!

We are all doing well.
Donna is still working like a mad woman, she's trying to get caught up and get a little ahead at work so she can enjoy her maternity leave.
I am feeling better after my little incident the other day, still tired (I think that will be a way of life for the next several years) and sore, but no more bleeding or passing out :)
The boys are all doing good too. They are fantastic "ad-lib" eaters, they are all taking 45 - 50cc of milk at each feeding. Their normal full feeds are 34 - 38cc, lol... a sign of things to come... high grocery bills!!!
Caden has not had anymore episodes so far, keep praying he maintains his heart-rate and can come home next Thursday.
Garren is also doing well, he was even doing better maintaining his oxygen level today.
Kellan is getting ready to be released!!! They are all having their photo taken tomorrow morning (hospital photo) Kellan is also being circumcised tomorrow, that is something they don't do until right before they are discharged. We have to take in a car seat for that test and the day he is discharged they will give him a hearing test.
I can't believe we will have at least one baby home by the first of the week. We are very excited and a little nervous...

Garren, 4 lbs 3 oz
Kellan, 4 lbs 4.4 oz
Caden, 4 lbs 11.1 oz
Will he be 5 lbs by the time he comes home???
I hope you all have enjoyed the daily updates on the boys. I have a feeling once we have a baby/babies at home, our days of daily updates will come to an end. Just a feeling, but I will do my best to post updates as often as possible :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

26 & 27 Days Old...

Tuesday, before my very scary incident, I went to see and feed the boys their mid-morning bottles. They all were doing fantastic and were on their 4th bottle in a row, well on their way to all bottle feeding!!! It was also Kellans turn to try "actual" breast feeding, Monday I tried it with Caden, he did latch and he sucked for 10 minutes, but his weight did not change, so it was determined he got no milk :( Kellan latched and he sucked for 15 minutes, he gained 24 grams which is counted as him getting 24cc of milk, then he took another 15cc by bottle, little porker, lol...
All three of them had eye exams on Tuesday and did well.

Garren, 26 Days old, 4 lbs 1.2 oz
Kellan, 26 days old, 4 lbs 1.9 oz
Caden, 26 days old, 4 lbs 7.9 oz
Today the boys are on all bottle feeds. That they are doing really well with :)
Unfortunately it doesn't look like Caden will be ready to come home Sunday :( He had an "episode," we weren't there when it happened but from what we were told he choked during his feeding just after midnight and that caused his oxygen level and heart-rate to drop and he had to be stimulated (pat on the back) to bring it back up. Now he is on a "countdown" he has to go 7 days without an episode before he can come home. Garren and Kellan still seem to be on track to come home Sunday...

Notice anything different about the boys???

Kellan, 27 days old, 4 lbs 3 oz
Caden, 27 days old, 4 lbs 9.7 oz
Garren, 27 days old, 4 lbs 2.3 oz
Garren hiding his face

What A Scare!!!

Yesterday I gave Donna quite the scare.


Yesterday I started to bleed very heavy, I called my midwife's office & waited for a nurse to call back...
Meanwhile I soaked through 3 pads in about 5 minutes. I called Donna and told her I thought she should come home, I was getting nervous... about a half hour had past and I still hadn't heard back from the doctor, so I called again. The nurse called me back about 2 minutes later and told me to go to the hospital.
Donna loaded up the front seat with towels, I couldn't get out of the bathroom without soaking through a pad, I knew I would be a mess by the time we got to the hospital. So away we went to the place I had already spent too much time :P
On our way there I started cramping and getting pains in my back, by the time we got there (within 10 minutes) I was in horrible pain. I was taken in in a wheelchair, gave my info at the desk and was then taken right in to triage, I think I gave a little info there and while the nurse was trying to take my blood pressure I passed out. I was taken from there into the emergency room on a stretcher where there were about 6 people all over me very quickly. The blood pressure reading the nurse in triage got was 46/35, very scary!!! The doctors and nurses in the emergency room hooked me up to 3 IV's and pumped 4000cc of fluid into me in what seemed like just a few minutes. A couple doctors tried to examine me and do a sonogram to try to figure out what was causing the hemorrhaging, but I was bleeding way too much & too fast so they decided emergency surgery was the only option to figure it out. I signed consents for everything from a D & C to a Hysterectomy.
They ran me through the hospital to the operating room and the next thing I remember is waking up in recovery.
Turns out I had some tissue left over in my uterus from having the boys. They just had to do a D & C. They sent the tissue to pathology just to be sure it isn't anything else, but they're pretty sure it is left over placenta.
I stayed the night (again) so they could give me 2 units of blood and to be sure my bleeding stopped.
I was released today just in time to go give our boys their lunchtime bottles :)
I'm tired and my whole body is sore, but I am fine.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The 4 Pounder Club...

Garren has reached 4 pounds!!! When Donna went into their room this afternoon she went to Garrens crib first, thought she had the wrong baby, she had to go look at Caden to be sure she had Garren, lol... This is going to be interesting when we get them home, I thought it would be easier to tell them apart by now, but it is just getting more difficult. I am going to crochet them little bracelets with a bead that has their initial on it, I guess they will be anklets, I want to put them on their ankles so they don't try to eat them :)

The boys are doing great with their increased number of bottles. If they continue to well through tonight and tomorrow morning the they will go to all bottle feedings :)

Garren, 4 lbs!!!

Kellan, 4 lbs 0.9 oz

Caden, 4 lbs 6.9 oz
We had a great time with our new friends from Twin City Mothers of Multiples tonight!!! It is so nice to be able to talk with others that have been in our shoes and know what we are about to embark on :) Thanks ladies for welcoming us to the group!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Week To Go... Possibly...

Well we had a busy weekend. The boys went from 2 bottles a day to 4 bottles a day, thats a bottle every other feeding :) They were little champs with the increase, so tomorrow they will go to 6 bottles a day. The goal is to get them to all bottle feeds, 8 bottles a day, by the end of the week. If they get it done
We have so much to do before we are ready!!!

When the boys were born and first went into the NICU we were told that when it got close to them being ready to go home they would have a 7 day countdown. They would have to go that 7 days maintaining their body temperatures, eating all meals by bottle, breathing on their own, and not have any episodes (apnea.) Well our boys have been doing all that with the exception of the bottle feeding, so we will not have a 7 day countdown. We also wouldn't have known this if we hadn't asked about the countdown this weekend, HA!!!

So after asking the countdown question, the "paperwork lady" showed up with consents for us to sign for the boys circumcisions and to have their photos done. We were also asked to bring in their car seats for their car seat test (they have to sit in the car seats for 90 min. without having any episodes.) I was also asked if I would consider being a breast milk donor. I make more than enough milk for our boys and have a surplus of milk at the hospital. Funny they asked, Donna and I had talked about it earlier that day and once I have enough of a back-up supply stored, I would be more than happy to donate my excess milk.

We wanted to do something to show our appreciation for all of the amazing care we all have received from the hospital, Donna has looked into volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House/Room a couple Saturdays a month. I would love to volunteer, but I don't think I will have the time with 3 babies at home, so donating milk is how I will pay it forward :)

Here are their 23 & 24 day old photos... (they are 33 weeks gestation today)

Garren napping on his side, 3 lbs 14.3 oz
Garren stretching it all out
Kellan, our newest 4 pounder!!!
Caden, 4 lbs 6 oz
Caden, stretching his legs one at a time
Kellan stretching it all out
Kellan, 4 lbs 0.4 oz

Friday, May 20, 2011

Twenty-Two Days Old...

Our beautiful boys took all of both their bottles today!!! Tomorrow they will get 3 bottles...
Garren also came off his nasal cannula this morning and is doing pretty good without it.

Caden, 4 lbs 3.9 oz
Garren, 3 lbs 12.5 oz
Kellan, 3 lbs 13 oz
Haddie hanging out in the boys room...
I think she is ready for them to come home.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

*Three Weeks Old!!!

I can't believe how fast the time is going... time seemed to stand still during my pregnancy & now our babies are three weeks old already!!!
They are doing great though, growing and changing every day. They are developing little personalities and we are learning what they like and dislike. They are each very funny, Garren will open his eyes when we say his name and he will smile and move his mouth around like he is telling you something. He also flirts with the nurses when they stop to see him, they are stunned that he smiles like he does. Kellan likes to play bashful, he is very bright eyed for us and the nurse taking care of him, but if someone else comes in to see him he instantly closes his eyes. He will open one eye halfway to see if they are still there before he opens them both again. Caden is our noise maker and he makes lots of facial expressions with his eyes open or closed. When the doctors are making rounds I'm usually feeding him, when they arrive he starts grunting and sometimes he makes a funny sound like he's trying to talk. He's made his presence known so well with one doctor, he actually shakes Cadens hand when he leaves.

Here are some 3 week old photos...

Caden, milk drunk :) 4 lbs 2.6 oz
Kellan, annoyed that I woke him with a flash
after he was deep in a milk coma :) 3 lbs 10.5 oz
Garren, he caught up with Kellan :) 3 lbs 10.5 oz

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Twenty Days Old...

Well Garren is getting the hang of his bottle, he took the whole thing this morning & took almost all of it tonight. Kellan apparently took his whole bottle last night for the nurse, but today he just didn't want to work for it, he did take about a 3rd of both bottles today, but that was it. I think maybe we need to take his pacifier away for a little while before he eats because he sucks it like there's no tomorrow and then he is exhausted when it comes time for the bottle. Caden is still doing great with his bottles, he took all of it this morning and most of it tonight.

Garren is doing better with his nasal cannula so he is not going back on caffeine. He will just stay on the cannula until he is maintaining his oxygen better and then we'll wean him back off of it. He took himself off of it the first time, he just kept pulling it out and was maintaining his oxygen on his own. So maybe he will let us know when he is ready this time too.

The boys were all pretty sleepy for our visit this evening, but we held them and fed them and Donna told them her own version of "The Lady with the Alligator Purse" story. I need to find the book for her!!!

Caden, comfy little guy :)
Caden, 4 lbs 1.6 oz
Garren, 3 lbs 9.7 oz
Kellan, 3 lbs 10.5 oz

It still seems unreal sometimes that we are actually moms to 3 little boys...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We have a 4 pounder...

The boys did great today with their bottles. They are getting 2 bottles a day (they still get the rest of their feeds through their tubes) Garren is still trying to get the whole suck, swallow, breath thing down, but he is doing well. Kellan doesn't seem too sure about working so hard for his milk, lol, but he is also doing good. Caden seems to have it down, he has taken all of his last two bottles :)

Garren has been having some trouble maintaining his oxygen levels. This past weekend he had a lot of big changes and the doctors and nurses all seem to think it has to do with that. Sunday the boys turned 32 weeks gestation so their O2 perameters were increased, his feeds were increased, he's never had an apnea episodes so his caffeine was stopped, and we started bottle feeding. They originally thought he was having a hard time because he was refluxing so they cut his feeds back, he's still refluxing and it didn't help with his oxygen levels, so today they started him back on a cannula with just a slow flow of room air to see if that helps. They also did a chest x-ray just to make sure there wasn't anything in his lungs. If he hasn't improved by tomorrow they will put him back on caffeine.

Our 19 day old sleeping beauties...

Caden, our BIG 4 pounder!!!
Garren, 3 lbs 9.1 oz
Kellan, 3 lbs 10.4 oz

Monday, May 16, 2011

Eighteen Days Old...

Today the boys were amazing!!! It was day #2 trying out bottle feeds. I gave them their bottles this morning and Donna gave them their bottles this evening. Garren drank 23cc of milk this morning and 13cc tonight. Kellan wasn't feeling the bottle this morning, he didn't want it at all, Donna has been reciting "The Lady with the Alligator Purse" for the past 2 days, so I think this morning Kellan just wanted to hear it again :) He did drink 19cc tonight. Caden was a rock star with the bottle today, he drank 25cc this morning and tonight he drank his full feed of 34cc.
Also today the doctor decided to take Kellan and Caden off their caffiene. They have not had any apnea episodes in 4 days.

Garren, 3 lbs 8.2 oz
Caden, 3 lbs 15.3 oz
I think he wanted more milk, this was his expression when he finished his bottle tonight
Kellan, 3 lbs 9.8 oz

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Boys First Bottles...

The boys did great today with their first bottles.
Garren was first up, he drank 10cc from the bottle. That is 10cc out of 30cc, and that is a great start according to the nurses. He got the remaining 20cc through his feeding tube.

Donna giving Garren his first bottle...
and burping him
Kellan was next and he drank 11cc out of 30cc.

Me giving Kellan his first bottle

Caden was last, but definitely not least! He drank 15cc out of 34cc.

Donna giving Caden his first bottle...
and burping him
So we are starting out with 1 to 2 tries at the bottle a day, when they get the hang of it, we will increase the number until they are taking nothing but bottles. We were told it is usually a 2 week process.
Anyone want to bet on how long it will take our guys???

Todays 17 day old photos (32 weeks gestation)...

Garren, 3 lbs 7.4 oz
Kellan, 3 lbs 9.1 oz
Caden, 3 lbs 14.5 oz


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