Hannah, & Lindsey's
Age: 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.
Age: 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!
Age: 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!
Age: 18 Days (3/23/97)
Zachary 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!
Age: 25 Days (3/30/97)
Everybody 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 3½ 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.
Age: 27 Days (4/1/97)
Zachary came HOME today after 27 days in the NICU!!! He weighs 5 lbs 2 oz.
Age: 29 Days (4/3/97)
Hannah came HOME 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 eye tests.
Age: 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.
Other 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.
Age: 36 Days (4/10/97)
It is amazing what you can do on four hours of sleep :-)
Lindsey 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 2½ oz. It takes about 1½ 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.
Age: 38 Days (4/12/97)
came home 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.
This 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.