Monday, October 27, 2008

Two Weeks Old

Hi Everyone!
They are now 2 weeks old. My how time flies! I'm feeling great, just a sore back, but doing well. Sarah was moved up to the 3rd floor today which is a step up. She is doing great. She is eating 23ml of breastmilk every three hours and acts just like a full term baby, but looks like a baby doll. It is so surreal! Right now she weighs 2lbs. 91/2oz. Luke, who was doing so well, now has an infection, but seems to be fighting it off extremely well and his cultures keep coming back great. We just have to keep an eye on him and wait and see. He's a big boy! I know he'll pull through.They do have him on a vapotherm for now just to give him a little extra oxygen. They stopped his feeds for a while and put him back on an IV, but now they have started feeding him again 1ml of breastmilk every three hours. He weighs 3lbs. 41/2oz. Ava is doing much better. Earlier in the week, she was on a respirator still and she pulled it out herself not once, but twice. The doct or then decided that maybe she wanted to breathe on her own and put her on the vapotherm with a small amount of oxygen, and she has been doing wonderful with it! They also started giving her small feeds. She is eating 1ml of breastmilk every 3 hours. Ava now weighs 3lbs. 1/2 oz. Lily is doing exceptionally well. She has caught up to Sarah! She is eating 22ml of breastmilk every three hours and is doing great. She weighs 2lbs. 13oz.
We'll update you again next week!Click on the link below to see new pictures.
Kelly & Nick

Sunday, October 19, 2008

One Week Old

Hi everyone,
Nick and I have gone to see the babies several times this week already and it is amazing how fast they change. They definitely have their own personalities and features. Sarah is the oldest and seems to be showing it. She has been the first to do everything. She is now up to 8ml feeds every three hours and is now breathing on her own and doing very well. She has very petite facial features. We're not sure who she looks like just yet. Nick said she looks like me, but I'm not so sure. She has huge hands and huge feet. She certainly does not get those from me. She does not like to be messed with. She gets grumpy very easily when she is bothered.
We can finally see Luke's face. He is so adorable, but makes the weirdest facial expressions. We're not sure who he looks like, but we said that in his goofy picture, where he is making a funny face, that he kind of resembles Nick's Dad (Pop Pop). He is also doing very well. He is also on 8ml feeds every three hours and is breathing on his own. He is, however, on the jaundice lights for now.
Lily is definitely playing to the beat of her own drum. She is now on CPAP (breathing mask) with the help of a small amount of oxygen and is on 4ml feeds every three hours. She is catching up to her brother and sister very quickly. She is definitely a daddy's girl. She looks just like her daddy. She has his hair color, even his hair line, his nose, his long fingers, big feet, long legs, ans she sure is hairy. Not only that, but she also has daddy's demeanor in the morning. She is grumpy when she is woken up and does not want to be bothered. She loves her sleep!
Ava has turned the crucial corner and is getting better by the day. She has been taken off of the oscillating ventilator and is on the regular ventilator, so she is still needing help to breathe. She is not eating just yet, but she is receiving IV fluids. They have also dropped her dopemine level. We're not sure who she resembles just yet, but my mom says she looks like me when I was little. She has very small hands and short legs with small feet. We're not sure about her personality just yet because she has been working so hard at getting better that she is very tired and sleeps a lot.
Here are the latest pictures. Click on the link below!
Kelly & Nick

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Introducing the members of the QUAD SQUAD

The quads have arrived!! They were born on Saturday, October 11th at 30 weeks. Sarah was born first @3:06 pm weighing in at 2lbs. 14oz., 14 1/4 in. long. Luke was born second @ 3:07 pm weighing in at 3lbs. 5oz., 16 in. long. Ava was born third @ 3:08 pm weighing in at 2lbs. 14 1/2oz., 15 3/4 in. long. Lily was born last @ 3:08 pm weighing in at 3lbs. 1 1/2oz., 15 1/2 in. long. Nick got to get a few pictures of them right after they were born. They are all doing well but need extra time in the hospital of course for close observations. It is very hard for us not being able to spend time with them, but we know they are being well ta ken care of there. My doctor discharged me after 48 hours (yesterday) so that I could visit them, but he gave me the stipulation that I had to go home right afterwards and rest and take care of myself. I promised I would and I have been. I slept very well last night, the best I have slept in months. I am very sore, but o.k. Nick called for an update on the babies today and here is the latest: Sarah and Luke are both breathing on their own and are feeding on breast milk 1cc every three hours. They are doing better than expected for their age. Ava and Lily aren't fairing as well, but are doing as expected for their age. Lily is working on breathing on her own and they hope to have her off the ventilator soon. She is on an IV drip right now and is not ready for breast milk just yet. Ava is also on an IV drip, but we were told today that she also needed a blood transfusion. Her red blood cell count was a little low, but they said not to worry, it is something that is very common among babies that small. They just had to give her more blood, because they have to keep taking blood to check on them. We are very happy and excited for them to come home, but it will be a while. We'll keep you updated as much as possible. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!! Click on the link below to see our newest additions.
Kelly & Nick