Merry Christmas with three times the blessings! What a great Christmas present, three happy healthy babies. We are looking forward to many fun holidays to come and starting our own family traditions.
I was so excited to hang our Christmas stockings this year, we filled up the mantel. Here are Will, Evan and Lily with their new frog dolls that Rick and Susan gave them. They are almost as big as the babies :)
We got together today to take some pics for the Family Calendar that Clare's brother Ben puts together every year. We added four to the family photo this year - our trio and Christy's boyfriend Chris. Mom was the photographer but we managed to get a good one with her as well.
David has turned out to be a terrific father. He has had to help out more than most dads and is a natural at parenting. It is a great feeling to see him interact with the babies. They already have a strong bond.
Here are some photos of Dr. Cowan and his team. They took excellent care of us during the pregancy and delivery and were beyond supportive throughout the entire journey. I couldn't have gone so long with my pregnancy without them. Thanks guys!
During the Day: The babies eat every 3 hours during the day just like in the NICU. We try to finish the bottles in 30 mins, but it usually takes 40 mins or more.
In the morning we open the shades, turn on the lights and play music to help let them know it is daytime.
Then we have 'awake time' for ~30 mins. Holding, rocking, singing, activity mat, going for a walk, reading books. It's exciting to see them starting to look at the pages.
Then everyone is back to bed for the last 2 hours. The exeption is walk time where they crash out pretty quickly in their strollers and I walk for much of the nap time.
We have met tons of our neighbors by walking everyday. It has been nice that the weather has been so pleasant.
At night: We let them sleep until the first one wakes up. If one wakes up a bit before 4 hours I may rock them and try to hold them off for 15-30 mins. Then feed all and back to bed.They are eating about 3-5oz per feeding these days.
Babies are great with the schedule. Staying asleep during nap time is another matter. Most of the time they are great sleepers but other times they take turns crying usually for their paci or they just need another burp or new diaper.
Out at the mall at 6 weeks...it was a fun adventure. Tricia joined me with her 7 week old triplets Hunter, Grace and Caprice. It was my first trip out with out back up support - dad, grandmas, or nanny. Each time we get out of the house it gets a little easier and I gain confidence that I can do it on my own. The babies love their carseats and stroller which is wonderful.
We did experience celebrity-dom in full force - even though it was a realitively quite Tues morning. Everyone wants to talk to you when you have triplets. We caused quite a scene - even if we were not together. Most didn't actually notice that we both had triplets. People are well meaning and gracious in general but we kept find ourselves mobbed by onlookers. It was quite overwhelming. It was nice to have a friend that understood how it felt. We also would help each other out by trading off answering the same old questions. We were barely able to carry on our own conversation. Tricia and I joked about getting t-shirts to help stem the barrage of questions 1) Yes, Triplets 2) 2 boys and a girl 3) Yes, fertility drugs -or- Don't ask me about your sex life and I won't ask you about yours :)
Our first professional photos at home with www.christyivie.com. Will, Evan and Lily are 3 weeks old. The photos are so beautiful. I'm glad we were able to capture this sweet moment in time. We used the below photo for their baby announcements.
Evan and Lily are doing great. They stayed an extra week in the NICU until they were completing all their meals consistently without the gavage. They had to eat all their meals for at least a day, then 24-48 hours of no tube necessary before getting to go home.
We are elated to finally have our family and that everyone is in good health. It is exciting to be a mommy!
I just got back from a trip to NICU feeding and cuddling. They are adorable! I can't wait to get them home. But trying to take advantage of this time to get some rest and relax.
My mom is here as well, she went to the next feeding as I was coming home. It helps to know I have family there spending a little extra time with them. Although the nurses have also been great.
Looks like William may be able to come home soon, but Evan and Lily need to get a little stronger and better at eating. At first I think we were pushing them too much on the bottles, we have relaxed a bit and are letting them gavage feed more. They may as well rest since they already have the tubes in. It seems to have helped them as this last feeding Lily looked pretty strong.
I'm out of the hospital now. It feels good to be home but I miss my sweet babies. I feel like I'm supposed to be overwhelmingly sad that my babies are left back at the NICU and not home with us but I'm not. I'm thankful that we made it to our planned c-section date and that they were all born so strong and not needing any medical assistance beyond feedings. I'm thankful that I have a bit of time to recover before they are all home and we are completely responsible for their well being. I'm thankful that we have family to pitch in and visit the babies so that they get lots of cuddling time.
Grandma Gigi is already at the first feeding of the day. Dad and I are at home. I'm pumping and David is reading me baby tips from his father's book.
We will go to breakfast, then on to Seton NICU for changing, 11:00, 11:30 and noon feedings, then spend some quality snuggling time with our brood. They need to be eating regularly and gaining weight before they are released.
The walls are painted, the curtains are up. Three little white cribs lined up in a row. The nursery is ready for our babies arrival.
Everyone pitched in to help get the nursery ready. My dad and David painted the room, even the ceiling was painted robin's egg blue. My mom, Bill and Clare helped assemble the cribs. Greg and David hung the shelving. Mom made the curtains, pillows and bedskirts. A lot of love went into this little room.
All babies are looking great. Good news is that they are all close in size, which means that we don't have to worry about anyone's growth rate. I was hoping they would be over 3 lbs by now, but they are close and the nurse said that they were in the top 5% weight for the triplets they see.
Sweet Pea 2 lb 14 oz Bruiser 2 lb 12 oz Stretch 2 lb 14 oz
Almost 9 lbs of baby!
My blood pressure was low (108/70) and no signs of preterm labor. Doctor thought we were doing great and that we would likely go another month before delivery. I go to the doctor once or twice a week now. If I start to show any PTL signs they will go ahead and give me steriod shots to help the babies lungs mature. He prefers to give the steroids it as close to delivery date as possible. He also mentioned that it is typical to be hospitalized by weeks 30 or 32 w/ triplets.
So, we will have our bags packed and be ready.
Both Drs are very happy that we have made it past the 28 week milestone. Each additional week past 30 is another big achievement to reduce NICU time. Think September!
Boy Names William (David's dad's name, Jennifer's mother Gloria brother's name is William). Evan (David's middle name, David's paternal grandmother's maiden name) Holden (name Jennifer likes) Jack (name Jennifer likes, Jose a form of Jonathon (Jack) is Jennifer's paternal grandfather's name)
Girl Names Berkely (name David likes, city J&D lived in when they got married, where Jennifer went to grad school) Marin (marin county, favorite place) Maya (budda's mother's name) Abby (name we have always liked, means 'joy of the father') Lillian 'Lily' (Jennifer likes the name, Jennifer's maternal grandmother has a sister named Lilly)
Boy Middle Names Benjamin (David's maternal grandfather) Emmett (Jennifer's maternal grandfather) Joseph (Jennifer's paternal grandfather 'Jo' Julius) Brady (where Emmett grew up and location of his farms and farmhouse) Dillon (where we often spend Christmas, David's parent's condo in Colorado)
Girl Middle Names Clare (David's mother and grandmother's name) Morgan (David's maternal grandmother's maiden name, David's sister Christy's middle name)
All babies look good - they are getting crowded but have good amniotic fluid :)
Little Pea is still in the middle, head down with legs kicked up towards Stretch (Dad says she will be a good yogi). Stretch is on my left, with his legs tucked behind Bruiser. Bruiser, on my right, is still head up, legs down.
Testing: - Cervix looks great, no signs of impending labor - Glucose test for gestational diabetes - negative! yea! - Fibronectin test for indication of preterm labor - test is negative, there is a %99.9 chance that I will not deliver in the next two weeks. If positive they would just want to monitor more closely and tell me to take it even easier. should get results by tomorrow (they will retest @ 28 weeks).
Travel/Work: - No travel for daddy recommended post 26-28 weeks (2-4 weeks from now July 9th/July 23rd). - No work in the office for momma post 27 weeks (mid July) but should be cutting back on hours in the office now. They thought working at home for last two weeks of July would be fine.
Jennifer and I had a very exciting 2-hr sonogram session yesterday. The most important news is that all three babies are healthy and they are able to rule out any major birth defects through their detailed analysis. They are all about 8 inches long and around 8 ounces, which is right at the ideal size for 18 weeks. In the words of our sonogram expect, “Three perfect babies.”
The second exciting news is that they have identified with 100% confidence the gender of the babies. Baby A: Girl, Baby B: Boy, Baby C: Boy.
Our last horrah before babies, a fabulous trip to Kauai. We spent each night with our windows open, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean.
Looking forward to sharing the beach and ocean with our babies someday.
View of the ocean and pool from our hotel room.
Babies first helicopter ride, the Napali Coast. Dad wants to visit as a family again and kayak to this secluded beach. We both were weighed for the helicoper ride. Turns out David and I both have gained 25 lbs already in this pregnancy! Isn't that sweet of him to gain some sympathy weight? Must be all that icecream.
Proud of my little belly. We've made it past the first trimester!
I've fully expected my pregnancy to be challeging, triplets means skyrocketing hormone levels which often leads to triple morning sickness. But I have been very fortunate, only enough morning sickness to make me avoid chicken and flock to starchy comfort foods. I did feel extremely lethargic and slept most of the first trimester, but by the second trimester I had my energy back.
Pregnancy cravings...these babies decidedly love Indian food, fruit and mint chocolate ice cream.
And I've decided to whole heartedly give them what they want. I've been given direction to gain 60 lbs, doctors orders!
Dr. Cowan says no more TCBY low fat yogurt, these babies need whole milk Amy's icecream. David and I make ice cream runs almost every night.
Good news,our doctor gave us thumbs up all around for the triplets this morning. Good sizes and heartbeats. Due date is Oct 15th, although they would most certainly arrive earlier than this.
Dr Cowen set Jennifer's "no travel" date for June 27th. From this point on he wants her to stay close to home. So that means no trip to Dillon for her on July 4th. Potentially I'd still be able to make it, but I'd rather not be away from Jennifer for too long.
Our Hawaii trip is pegged for April 28th - May 7th.
We met in college, our last semester at UT in Austin and were married five years later. We lived in Berkeley, where I went to grad school, then San Francisco. We moved back to Austin for David's turn to get his MBA.
Now David works for frog design as Director of Business development and I work at Dell in online marketing.
We enjoy traveling, hanging out with friends, camping, drinking wine, visiting our local coffee shop Pacha and reading. David plays soccer and I like Astanga yoga.