We’re celebrating four weeks of life in the NICU today. Celebrating time in the hospital seems pretty odd, but we wouldn’t be a thriving family of five if it weren’t for all that’s happened in these 28 amazing days.
I don’t have a ton of time to write today, but my journalism degree and years of experience as an editor have taught me to be concise.
Everyone had a great fourth week in the NICU. The babies are all gaining weight fairly steadily and are doing well with their oxygen. They’re also working hard at regulating their body temperatures and have been getting their bed temperatures bumped down nearly every day.
Each baby is starting to get more awake and fussy right around the time they’re scheduled to eat. They’re all becoming so much more aware of their surroundings, especially that tummy clock.
Like Rob and I say each day when the neonatologist on duty tells us he or she has nothing really to report on the babies, “No news is good news.”
Thankfully, that’s pretty much where I stand for reports on this last week. It’s been uneventful as far as hospital life goes.
Tobias and Eleanor, snuggled in for Kangaroo Care at 26 days old
A bright-eyed Callista after a bath at 26 days old
We’re hoping this week is the same uneventful story, especially considering the babies have several tests scheduled. I hate tests. I loathe them. There’s enough potential for heart-stopping action in a normal day. Tests provide so much more opportunity for heart-stopping news. I’m doing my best to think as little about the what-ifs as possible, but those damn what-ifs are EVIL.
The tests aren’t because of anything the babies are showing – it’s just time for these to be administered. Bah.
Thankfully, there’s a great end to this week. We’ll be getting to the hospital as early as we can on Christmas morning to spend the day with our trio. A quick break for dinner at our house with family is the only thing that will pull us away, then we’ll be back for the rest of the holiday.
No one wants to spend Christmas in the hospital, but we’re determined to make the most of it. After all, we have our fulfilled dreams there, feeding, growing and just waiting for the day they can come home with us.
Elsa in watercolor. Callista said she painted Elsa's hands blue because she's wearing her gloves still. ☺️
I need to get out of the dollar spot.
New Dollar Spot find!
until I tried to take a cuddling photo.
I got some quality post-nap cuddles today ...
One of my favorite ETC apps of all time - Letter School. Toby has gotten to Level 2, so the completed (shaded) letters now show what he actually drew. Proud mama!
Checkup day! ETC have been similarly sized & consistently staggered since their start, so I'm not sure why numbers like these are a surprise each time. Eleanor leapfrogged past Toby (she's not the peanut anymore!), though T did make a move up the WHO char
Kids & cats - what is it about cramming into tiny boxes? Meow!
Vomit. One victim, two occurrences, & ETC’s well check is in the morning. Ha!
I've done it! I've spent an obscene amount of money at Starbucks this year! ✨☕️
Callista, Toby, Eleanor! I'm impressed with those who were right! #tbt #triplets
Three years & a lifetime ago. I know who's who - do you? #tbt #triplets
Seasoned ground beef + shredded cheese + crescent rolls = homemade hot pockets. I sometimes come up with good ideas.
Quick blanket/yogurt break. It's sunny, but it isn't exactly warm! Don't tell ETC that. They're in denial - shivers & all! "Mom, this is FUN!!!!"
Hilton Head isn't exactly on the way home from Orlando, but ...
These craft caddies from Target's dollar spot are perfect for ETC's road trip lunches.
ETC & I had such a fun weekend getting in some quality time with Sarah & Ethel. Does it really have to end?