Friday, January 30, 2009
Of course we had to complete all kinds of paperwork first and I felt like I signed my life away as usual. Unbelievable how many signatures are required especially when you have triplets since EVERYTHING has to be done separately for each baby. After completing the papers, the nurse then checked the babies' vital signs and weights. And here are their new weights at 6 weeks:
Tyler: 8 pounds 13 ounces (5lbs4oz at birth)
Julie: 6 pounds 11 ounces (3lbs12oz at birth)
Noah: 7 pounds 11 ounces (4lbs5oz at birth)
I am pretty sure the pediatrician will take them all off the 22 calorie formula at their next visit since they are gaining weight extremely well. I won't complain since it is very difficult to find!
After all three babies were checked and weighed, the nurse then administered the shot. They all cried for about 10 seconds which broke my heart (I can't stand seeing any of my babies in pain!) but fortunately they all got their pacifier dunked into some sugar water which made their shots a little "sweeter." Of course there's not such thing as making any shot sweeter but it put my mind at ease. After about 5 or so minutes, the nurse checked the babies' temperatures and heart rates and left us with some sleepy but hungry babies. I am happy to report that they are all doing well and you couldn't even tell they got such a "big" shot today!
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. RSV causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages. In adults, it may only produce symptoms of a common cold, such as a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, mild headache, cough, fever, and a general feeling of being ill. But RSV infections can lead to other more serious illnesses in premature babies and kids with diseases that affect the lungs, heart, or immune system.
RSV is highly contagious, and can be spread through droplets containing the virus when a person coughs or sneezes. The virus can also live on surfaces such as countertops or doorknobs, and on hands and clothing. RSV can be easily spread when a person touches an object or surface contaminated with the virus. The infection can spread rapidly through schools and child-care centers. Infants often get it when older kids carry the virus home from school and pass it to them. Almost all kids are infected with RSV at least once by the time they are 2 years old.
RSV infections often occur in epidemics that last from late fall through early spring. Respiratory illness caused by RSV — such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia — usually lasts about a week, but some cases may last several weeks. Doctors typically diagnose RSV by taking a medical history and doing a physical exam. Generally, in healthy kids, it's not necessary to distinguish RSV from a common cold. But in cases where a child has other health conditions, a doctor might want to make a specific diagnosis. RSV is typically identified in nasal secretions, which can be collected either with a cotton swab or by suction through a bulb syringe.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Top picture is Lucas holding Julie. Second one is the triplets (duh!) Tyler, Julie, Noah. Underneath is Lucas holding Tyler and last but not least Lucas holding Noah.
Our routine right now kind of looks like this: Victor gets the feeding bottles ready, changes Noah's diaper and feeds Noah. I then usually change Tyler's diaper and feed him unless Julie wakes up before he does which is very seldom. Finally, whoever finishes feeding their baby first gets to feed the last baby which is usually Julie. She is our slow yet "clean" eater, the boys are quite messy. The feeding and changing can take anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes but we're lucky and usually finish within an hour.
Those pictures were taken the day before my c-section - 33 weeks pregnant.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I am almost 29 wks and really haven't had many issues except for Gestational Diabetes. That however is no news to me since I had that during my son's pregnancy. My dr had put me on a diet and exercise program which worked fantastic and since I lost weight from all that healthy lifestyle I actually looked better the day after giving birth than I did before I got pregnant. Now, with this pregnancy, my peri and ob did not even bother with diet and exercise and just put me on meds. They want my bs to be below 100 in the am (fasting) and below 120 after meals and the meds are doing their job even though they have to be adjusted from time to time.
Other than that I have aches and pains which are bothersome and at times painful but nothing to worry about. I still chase my 2 1/2 yr old around the house and carry him at times. My ob actually refered to me as having the most boring triplet pregnancy he has ever experienced which I consider a compliment LOL.
Now to my babies: at my last maternal/fetal medicine visit Baby A (boy) weighed 2.15 lbs, Baby B (girl) and Baby C (boy) weighed 2.5 lbs each. I have plenty of fluid in my sacs and my cervix is nice and long. They are very active and kicking up a storm inside my belly. So, all is well thank God.
I can't wait to read more of your stories and I will definitely keep you posted on my pregnancy!
Savvy - 28wks4days BGB
I saw Maternal/Fetal Medicine last week and here are the weights of my babies : Baby Boy A - 4lbs 9oz, Baby Girl B - 3lbs 4oz and Baby Boy C - 3 lbs 3oz. They said that everything looks great and we even got to watch all 3 of the babies breathe on the u/s. It was amazing! Today I saw my ob and he too said everything looks wonderful - I haven't even started dialating and that he expects me to go at least another 2 or 3 weeks. I am definitely more than ready to greet the three munchkins
Savvy - 31wks2days (BGB)
I am 32w4d and had an u/s Tuesday. Here are the babies' weights: Baby A (B) 5lbs 5oz, Baby B (G) 3lbs 12oz, Baby C (B) 3lbs 14 oz. They are doing fine and everyone is very happy! Unfortunately though my bp was up and my Peri and OB decided to put me on bedrest (1st time in my pregnancy). They also ordered blood work for HELLP which came back abnormal and had them concerned. I had to go back the following day to retest and luckily it didn't increase too much so they decided not to hospitalize me. I had to go back again today for a bp check and blood work. My bp was back to normal and my blood work is stable so I just need to continue being on bedrest. I go back to see my ob on Mon and I think we will discuss a delivery date. He will be going on vacation the week of xmas and I think he wants to deliver before he leaves and my peri does not want me going beyond 35 wks which would be 12/30. So, we shall wait and see and I will definitely keep you guys posted.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Savvy - mommy of 2 1/2 yr old Lucas and preggo with triplets 32w4d
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
And also a picture of me being 7 months pregnant. I will post a picture of me being pregnant with triplets later on.
I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy up until I was 29 weeks when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I then had to go see a dietician and go on a strict diet which also included some sort of exercise. So, Victor and I went out for a walk every night for about 20 to 30 minutes. I never felt better and I ended up losing 7 pounds by the time Lucas was born. Lucas was born on April 30th, 2006, at 4:25 pm, weighing 6lbs 3.4 oz, measuring 20 1/2 inches. He was born via c-section since labor was not progressing and his heart rate was dropping during each contraction. Here are a few pictures taken after Lucas' birth.
Lucas being cleaned up in the OR
A close up of Lucas eating
Lucas at 3 months old
Friday, January 16, 2009
Okay, now that I have explained myself for no reason, here's a brief history of "just the two of us:"
I was born and raised in Germany and my husband was born and raised right here in Louisiana. We met in 1991 in Germany where he was stationed through the US Army and in September of 1993 we tied the knot.
In October of 1994 I made the big move to the USA to follow the love of my life. It was one of the saddest days in my life however - having to leave my family behind. It's been over 14 years but I must admit that my heart still aches for "home". Especially now that we have four children, it would be so nice to have my parents and brother here so that they would get to know all of our babies better. But we make the best of it and BT (before triplets) we would go to Germany for Christmas and my family would travel to LA every other year. I don't know yet what our travel plans will look like since it will no longer be that easy nor cheap to travel overseas. We will figure it all out though - we always have!
In August of 1995 my husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer. From one day to the next, our world fell apart. You just don't think that this would happen to you until it does, especially when you're in your mid 20's (he was 25, I was 23). The doctors told us that they had to remove one of his testicles and since the cancer had spread into his lymphnodes that he would have to undergo chemotherapy. They also advised us to consider semen banking since no one knew whether he would still be able to reproduce due to the chemotherapy - so we did. After the surgery and four months of heavy doses of chemotherapy, the cancer was "gone." We are happy to report that he has been in remission since December of 1995 and we pray that it will remain that way.
Now, let's scroll forward a few years to when we actually decided to have a child. It was sometime in 2003 or 2004 when we considered trying. Well, unfortunately we were not as lucky as the many teenagers who have unprotected sex just that one time and end up preggo. No, we had to seek help from a fertility specialist. We went to see Dr. Peter Lu in March of 2005 for the very first time. After meeting with him, we just knew that he was going to be the best choice for us. Oh, and was he ever! Not only did he succeed in getting us pregnant with our son Lucas in 2005 but also with our triplets in 2008.