6 Days (3/11/97)
is doing great. Ricki came home on Monday night, but the
triplets will probably remain in NICU until April. The nurses
say they are doing great for being born at 32 weeks. They
are in isolettes (like a greenhouse) to help keep them warm.
first several days they were placed under bilirubin lamps,
because they were a little jaundice. They looked real cute
wearing their sunshades to protect their eyes from the lamps.
all lost several ounces after their birth, but are starting
to regain their weight. They
are being fed Ricki's breast milk by a tube that goes from
their mouth into their stomach. The nurse said babies do
not develop the sucking and swallowing reflex until the
34th week of pregnancy. Since today would have been week
33, they should start being fed with a bottle next week.
takes a while to get use to all the equipment, tubes and
alarms in the NICU, but the nurses have been great about
explaining everything and allowing us to be their parents.
9 Days (3/14/97)
got his first bottle yesterday (he gets one bottle a day),
and had no problems drinking from it. Of the 30 cc's (one
ounce), he drank 15 cc's!!!! The nurse was very pleased
with his coordination of drinking, swallowing, and breathing.
Today his IV was removed and he drank all 30 cc's during
his bottle feeding!
got off her nasal canula on Thursday! The doctor expects
her to be off of her IV on Saturday.
is getting bigger and bigger everyday! As of this morning,
she has gained back all of the weight she lost since birth.
been able to change their diapers, bathe, and dress them.
The nurses have been teaching us how to be parents of preemies.
It's very reassuring to have some one there "showing
us the ropes."
12 Days (3/17/97)
three are off their IVs. Zachary weighs 3 lbs 15.5
oz, Hannah weighs 3 lbs 8.5 oz, and Lindsey weighs 3 lbs
0.5 oz. They are being fed between 25 and 36 cc's of breast
milk every three hours. Each is being fed by a bottle once
a day; the rest by a tube. Their bottle feedings should
increase as they get accustomed to drinking and breathing
at the same time. Zachary and Hannah adapted quickly to
sucking the bottle's nipple; Lindsey still needs a little
practice. All of the nurses say they are doing GREAT!
18 Days (3/23/97)
is out of his isolette!! He has been maintaining his body
temperature, so today they moved him to a bassinet. He weighs
4 lbs 5 oz, and is getting three bottles a day. Hannah weighs
3 lbs 12 oz, and is getting four bottles a day (half of
her feedings). She adapted to the bottle very quickly. Lindsey
weighs 3 lbs 3 oz, and is getting three bottles a day. All
three are still getting fed every three hours. They are
getting bigger and stronger every day!
25 Days (3/30/97)
is progressing well. Zachary and Hannah are out of their
isolettes. Both of them are on total bottle feeds. Zachary
is getting 6 bottles a day and usually drinks 3˝ ounces
of milk per feeding. Hannah is getting 8 bottles a day and
usually drinks 2 ounces of milk per feeding. Lindsey is
getting 3 bottles a day and usually drinks 1 ounce of milk
per feeding (the remaining 5 feedings are still by tube).
Also, Zachary and Hannah are starting to breastfeed. Each
has grown approximately an inch since birth.
|| 4 lbs 15 oz
|| 4 lbs 3 oz
|| 3 lbs 9 oz
|Gain since birth
||1 lb 2 oz
If all goes well the next few days, Zachary
should be home
by mid-week!! Hannah should follow in about a week, and
Lindsey will probably remain in NICU until the end of April
(their original due date).
I finally finished the nursery
today. We decorated it in the Disney
27 Days (4/1/97)
today after 27 days in the NICU!!! He weighs 5 lbs 2 oz.
29 Days (4/3/97)
today after 29 days in the NICU!!! She weighs 4 lbs 7 oz.
Zachary has been home for 2 days and is doing great. Lindsey
weighs 3 lbs 12 oz and hopefully will be out of her isolette
by this weekend. Everybody has passed their hearing and
33 Days (4/7/97)
is out of her isolette!! Also, she is on all bottle feeds
(no more tube)!! If all goes well the next 5-7 days she
should be home next week.
Zachary and Hannah are doing
great. They are on a 4-5 hour feeding schedule. They went
to the pediatrician on Friday and the doctor (and her staff)
fell in love with them. She said they are very healthy considering
they were 8 weeks premature.
|| 5 lbs 10 oz
|| 4 lbs 12 oz
|| 4 lbs 1 oz
|Gain since birth
||1 lb 13 oz
||1 lb 4 oz
||1 lb 1 oz
than not getting much sleep, we are doing fine. We have
got into a good rhythm and schedule for feeding and taking
care of the two of them. I hope we can have a smooth transition
when Lindsey comes home.
36 Days (4/10/97)
is amazing what you can do on four hours of sleep :-)
should be home by Saturday!! Everybody is doing great and
growing fast. We have Zachary and Hannah on a 4-5 hour feeding
schedule. They usually nurse for about 15 minutes, then
they get a bottle. Zachary drinks 4 oz and Hannah drinks
2˝ oz. It takes about 1˝ hours to feed and change the two
of them, then we get four hours of freedom and the whole
cycle starts again. When Lindsey comes home this weekend
we will probably get some volunteer help to feed them.
|| 6 lbs 6 oz
|| 5 lbs 4 oz
|| 4 lbs 7 oz
|Gain since birth
||2 lb 9 oz
||1 lb 12 oz
||1 lb 7 oz
My job has allowed me to work from home
for 6 weeks (I am generating an official Internet Site for
them while at home). Being at home has helped a lot. I can't
imagine Ricki doing everything herself, it's a lot of work
to take care of two, and three will probably be even more
time consuming. It is a very tiring, but I wouldn't trade
them for anything in the world. They are so cute and lovable.
38 Days (4/12/97)
today after 38 days in the NICU!! Our entire family is finally
together at last!! She joins her brother Zachary, her sister
Hannah, and our golden retriever Cleo. She weighs 4 lbs
9 oz and has grown 2 inches since birth. All
three came home without requiring Home Monitoring.
Cleo has been great with her
new brother and sisters, although I don't have much time
catch or Frisbee
with her anymore. We took the entire family for a walk down
the street tonight. I walked Cleo and Ricki pushed the triplet
concludes the NICU updates. Now we can start to raise our
family. Do not worry, I will continue to update our site
with the latest news.