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.

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28 Responses to The 28 days of NICU life

  1. TwicetheSparkle says:

    SO happy your babies are rockin’ out the NICU. I hope you enjoy your Christmas with them. You’re right, nobody wants to spend Christmas in a hospital, but I’ll be the farm that someday Christmas 2010 will be one of your most cherished memories. <3 Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. TwicetheSparkle says:

    I’ll actually BET the farm, not take on its likeness and BE the farm.

  3. The Mama says:

    Oh my word I am in love with that first picture! So sweet!

  4. ShoeFanatic614 says:

    Pics of your babes simply take my breath away. Your story is so inspiring and I pray daily for all 5 of you. May you and your family have the merriest of Christmases.

  5. Law Momma says:

    Merry Christmas, Momma.

    You enjoy every minute of being a mother this year… you deserve it. You earned it.

    Love and hugs to your family!

  6. Jacki says:

    Merry Christmas!
    I eagerly await your posts and I always show them to my husband (who shares a birthday with your trio!). We are following along with your journey and loving every minute.
    Have a great day!

  7. Nanna says:

    That pic of T and E all snuggled up together melts my heart. I want to reach out and pet their pretty hair. Hugs to all of you – may you have the happiest holidays possible celebrating with your miracles!

  8. Beth Anne says:

    They are SO BIG!!! I look back on the first pictures & these babies in this post seem so fluffy & mature in comparison!

  9. The babes look amazing! Growing =)

    Wishing you a happy holidays ♥

  10. Vivian says:

    You and those sweeties have been on my mind all weekend and it hit me yesterday that they are 4 weeks old today. WOW!!! I am so thrilled each time you post such great news! They are adorable, beautiful, handsome – just perfect!

  11. Ms. Pollywog says:

    A very merry Christmas to you with three big reasons for lots of joy and thankfulness this year!

  12. melora says:

    Those babies are so adorable! I’m glad you have no news to report. More prayers sent your way that the tests will be uneventful, too! Merry Christmas!

  13. Mama Fisch says:

    Merry Christmas to your amazing family of five! Enjoy all of it regardless where you are!

  14. D says:

    Merry Christmas to your beautiful family! And prayers for good test results (or at least uneventful results) as well!

  15. Schwandy says:

    They are so precious and I’m so glad they are doing so well. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  16. Merry Christmas darling! Those babies are so beautiful! Praying for great test results! xoxo

  17. LCW says:

    So glad all is well. You amaze me Jenny. And your babies are adorable, I can’t believe how much they’ve grown.

  18. Jessica says:

    I can’t believe how big they have gotten! Yay babies! :-D

  19. Lauren says:

    Definitely wouldn’t blame you for spending every minute of Christmas with them! Heck I even spent the entire valentines day with them haha. I was still IN the hospital for new years eve and since we spent that night with her I havn’t been able to tear myself away from her on a New Years since. Its like a tradition to spend it with her and think about how far we have come.

    Oh btw, way to grow T, C, and E!

  20. Ally says:

    Merry Christmas everyone :)

  21. Suz B says:

    They’re looking so big & strong! Yay babies! Merry 1st Christmas to them! {Merry Christmas to yall too of course!}

  22. Jen Bergem says:

    God bless you all glad to hear the “no news” ; )

  23. Michele says:

    Merry Christmas and happy first Christmas to the triplets!!!

    I remember the days of tests. They were grueling and heartbreaking and I would always beat myself up that “if only I had gone farther, they wouldnt need to do XYZ test”. Thankfully, in the end, we had a fairly simple NICU rollercoaster, but it was still hard (and is still tough to remember without choking up). Praying for peace and wishing you well!!!

  24. Mary says:

    While I am at work on Christmas in my NICU, I will be thinking of you guys in your NICU enjoying your first Christmas as a family of five! Sending love to your amazing trio!

  25. Tameka says:

    Happy Christmas to my favorite Party of Five! <3

  26. Copz says:

    Just gorgeous Jen! I love their soft little tufts of hair!
    Sending good wishes and great vibes for test day!

  27. Laura says:

    Those pictures melt my heart. As you said, no one wants to spend Christmas in the hospital. But, you know what? It doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you are together! Hugs those babies and Merry Christmas.

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