Saturday, December 29, 2007

Oh my....

I can't believe one of my babies have a tooth! So Brandon was giving Brody a bath tonight and he always looks in their mouths and there it was. He yelled, "oh my I think Brody has a tooth!" I ran in there and there it was. I guess its just one of those things that I didn't think would ever really happen. He hasn't been sleeping as well, but I thought he was having tummy problems. You see the girls have been teething for a month or two now (or so it seems). They are drooling like crazy, chewing on anything and everything they can get their hands on, and will scream out of no where. I thought for sure Cheyenne would be the first to cut a tooth.

Anyway pretty exciting stuff. Brandon and I were laughing and dancing in the kitchen after we got the babies to sleep. Oh the things that light up your life!!!

I didn't do very well with pictures during Christmas. I am pretty disappointed, but we did get a few good ones. They had the cutest outfits on and ZERO pictures. I can't believe it. But anyway here are a few pictures we did get.







Savannah and her elephant, Cheyenne and her giraffe, and Brody and his Lion. These animal are so cool! Grammy and Auntie Tiada bought them when the babies were still in the hospital. They are almost big enough to go for a ride. Savannah still needed a lot of support where Cheyenne needed a little support. Daddy was behind her holding her up and would let go and say "now" and I would snap a picture. Brody did pretty good. He got a hold of those lion ears and would hand on. I actually stepped back and we got a good shot of him all by himself.

I hope everyone has a very safe and Happy NEW YEAR!!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

I can't believe this year is coming to an end. It seems like yesterday when I just found out I was pregnant and feeling horrible!!! We had an amazing Christmas this year. We didn't get to do much shopping so we didn't do much decarating here at the house. We really wanted to. The plan was to do lights outside and a tree and well all the Christmas stuff. I am 30 years old and have never in my adult life put up a Christmas tree of my own. I joined the Army right after I graduated from high school and got stationed in Alaska where I lived for 5 years and never once got to come home for Christmas. It was just too depressing for me to try and put a tree up or even really reconize that it was Christmas time. But I always said when I had kids of my own we would do it in style. I never imagined I would have three infants at once and premature where I can't even make it to the grocery store. So I didn't get to do Christmas the exact way I wanted to this year, but I will next year. I sent Brandon shopping today for Christmas stuff next year. He got us a tree, lights, ornaments, and decor for the yard. We WILL have Christmas here next year!

Even though we didn't get to do Christmas at our house this year, we had a wonderful day. We went over to Brandon's parents on Christmans Eve and spent the night there. They always go out for Christmas and they are a joy to be with. One of the best things we got for Christmas was being able to spend time with Brandon's Grandma Gracie. She is 91 years old and our triplets make 32 Great Grandbabies for her. Our babies are a blessing but them being able to spend time with their Great Grandparents are amazing. We also got a suprise on Christmas day, my grandparents decided to make a trip to see us. So we had Great Grandmother Gracie, Great Grandmother LaDeene, and Great Grandpa Dale all join us for Christmas. You know you really can't ask for much more on your babies first Christmas.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! We will post some pics soon. Have a wonderful new year and may God Bless you all.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Pics

So I didn't get any pictures posted on their actual birthday, but better late than never. Brandon has been sick so now we are just praying that the babies don't get sick too. Other than that we are all doing good. So here is what they weigh now:

Savannah: 11lbs 12oz
Cheyenne: 13lbs 6oz
Brody: 17lbs 12oz





Monday, December 3, 2007

Happy 7 Month Birthday

I can't believe the triplets are 7 months old today. They have gone through so much and they have came out so well. I am sitting here right now with Ms. Cheyenne just smiling and talking to me. She has the chubbist checks I have every seen. It is so cute. They are all doing different things everyday. They love rasberries, you know when you put your lips together and blow. It can entertain them for a while. They are all laughing out loud, rolling from their stomachs to their backs, reaching for toys, putting everything they find in their mouths, and entertaing me and Brandon more and more everyday. Its like every new milestone they hit or just something new they do I remember thinking, oh they are never going to be able to do that. They still are very fussy and I don't know why. Brandon said the other day, "well it can't get any worse, can it?" Like right now Cheyenne has decided she would rather cry than smile and laugh. The lauging and playing just doesn't seem to last long enough.

I will take pictures and get their weights before the day is over... hopefully.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Non Stop Crying

I have one baby who cries all the time. I keep trying to tell her that she is a triplet, but she doesn't seem to care. She wants to be held anytime she is awake. It seems to be the only reason why she is crying. If I or anyone else is holding her she perfeclty fine, but put her done and she screams. Needless to say I pretty much have had none stop crying for about a week now. I don't know what to do because I feel like I am neglecting the other two for holding her the majority of the time. I have read and read how you can't spoil a baby at this age, but I am starting to disagree. I can't stand to let her "cry it out," but I have a couple times. I have to put her down I have two other babies who need attention. All I know is she is driving me crazy. I love her so much, but oh my gosh!!!!

We had a great Thanksgiving. It feels a little weird not having our parents here, but it was nice. My sister Amber did all the cooking and her husband Larry fried the turkey. It came out pretty yummy. Here are a couple of pictures from Thanksgiving.

Mommy and Cheyenne


Our Family


Uncle Larry, Brandon, Big Papa, and Brody


Aunt Tiada, Aunt Amber, Me, Aunt Misti, Savannah and Cheyenne

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

One year ago ...

We are all starting to feel better. It has been a very long month with three sick babies.

I can't believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Last year at this time I was waiting by the phone to get that wonderful news that I was pregnant. It has been such a long journey, but so worth it. Last year we had Thanksgiving at my house so my sister and I were shopping on the day before. I was so nervous and anxious to hear the results of my pregnancy test. I was so scared that my nurse was going to call and so "sorry it didn't work." Brandon and Larry were here at the house and Amber and I had gone to her house to pick up some things when my cell phone rang. On the other end my nurse said, "your pregnant." Amber was sitting on the end of the coach and she could hear and we just both started crying. That was the best phone call ever. I called Brandon and told him and he sent a text message to everyone in his phone. (so much for waiting until the 2nd trimester to tell everyone) Going through in-vitro was the hardest thing we have ever done. I got so sick and Brandon was so scared. But this day one year ago made it all worth it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know we will.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pictures Pictures Pictures

I haven't posted any pictures in a while so here are a few.

Sitting like big kids



Brody is a MONSTER compared to his sisters

Brody and Cheyenne

Savannah wants to know what Brody is laughing about

Brody

Savannah likes to hold onto her ears :)

A little late, but here are some halloween pics.



All 3 Munchkins

Cheyenne's adorable smile

Pictures




There are days when I don't think I am going to make it, but when I cuddle with these cuties it makes it all worth it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Papa and His Girls

Amber and Larry




This is a picture of Uncle Larry changing his first dirty diaper. Aunt Amber and Uncle Larry have been our number 1 supporters during this time. I can't thank both of you enough for all the help and love you have given me, brandon, and the babies. We love you so much!

Big Smiles

I love these babies so much! Last night Brody laughed so hard and I laughed until I cried. It was amazing. Monday we took the babies to the developmental therapist for an evaluation and they are doing good. They all scored 3 1/2 months on their social skills and 2 1/2 months on their motor skills. She told us that was good and we didn't have any worries at this time. I have enrolled them in an early intervention program, but I think I need to find a new company. The one I am enrolled in now came out a month ago and told us the babies qualify for a therapist to come out once a week to work with them, but we haven't seen anyone yet. They have called to schedule and re-schedule three times now. It is so frustrating!!!

All three babies have been sick now for about 2 weeks. I have been the urgent care and the doctor and they say its just a cold and they should get over it pretty soon. I think they are getting better now, but it has been rough. We got the RSV shots last week. Wow they are expensive. The amount of the shots depend on the size of the baby. The more the baby weighs the more expensive the shot is . Poor Brody had to get a shot in both legs because he is so big. Our insurance pays 75% of the cost of the shot. For example Brody weighs 15lbs 5oz so he shot cost $2,166.00. Because this is consider a special medication we have a 15% co payment up to $250.00. To make a long story short it is going to cost us $750.00 per month to get the shots this season. It is one thing after another. I just don't get why everything is so expensive. Ok I get it, but I don't like it!

I think things are getting better. Yesterday was probably one of the best days we have had. I am trying to keep the babies on schedule as best as I can, but you can imagine how hard it is. But yesterday they did great. They ate, played, slept just like they are suppose to, and then they didn't get nearly as fussy last night. I think we may make it through this :)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

We Are Still Here

Has it really been this long since I've updated??? Oh my where does the time go? The babies are all doing amazing. They all have such different personalities already.

I have had help until the last two weeks. Oh wow what a difference it makes. Savannah is a happy little girl. She has been eating a lot better later. Still not great, but better than before. She weighs 10lbs 3oz. She loves her mommy and bath time. She is kicking like crazy and she is the strongest in her motor skills. Brody was the "perfect" baby. He still is pretty great, but he has started not eating. He was my saving grace at feeding time. You know the only one who I didn't have to fight with to eat. Well not here lately. Little turkey will only eat about 2 ounces at a time and then he is DONE. I am feeding him like every two hours. But he is so cute I can't even get mad at him. I try to give him the bottle and he flat out refuses to take it and when I start getting frustrated he smiles so big I just laugh out loud. Even though Brody isn't eating right now he's still a monster. He weighs 15lbs 5oz. He loves the Indians on the walls and he loves to stand. Cheyenne is our fussy butt. She cries ALL the time. It use to be only at night when the other two were fussy also, but now its all day long. She loves to be held and she wants to be held by herself. I keep trying to explain to her that she is a triplet, but she doesn't seem to care. But when she isn't crying she has the most beautiful smile. Her checks are so chubby, just like her daddy. At times I can't believe how chubby my babies are. I just thank God for giving us the strength to get to this point. Oh and Cheyenne weighs 11lbs 7oz.

We did have the golf tournament for the babies in October and it was so much fun. We didn't have the turn out we expected, but the people who were there had a good time. Thank you to every one who came out and celebrated our triplets with us. Brandon is going to put some pictures of the tournament on here when he has a minute.

I tell you what I never knew how much 1 minute meant before the babies. I need 1 extra minute to pee. I need an extra minute to blow dry my hair. I can usually get a shower every other day or so, but it never fails I can't seem to find time to blow dry my hair. But I am loving every minute of this.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

We've come a long way

The babies are amazing. I haven't written in a while because I don't have a lot of time and I really don't know what to say. They are doing great. Gaining weight and growing. They cry a lot and feeding time is frustrating, but everytime they smile it makes it all worth it.

SAVANNAH

CHEYENNE

BRODY

Pictures

Friday, September 7, 2007

Long nights

So here it is 5:30 in the morning and I haven't gotten any sleep tonight. On Thursdays I go bowling and Brandon stays home with the babies (isn't he a wonderful husband). Well I never get enough sleep, but Thursdays are the worst. All the babies got their 4 month shots and didn't do so well. All of them got fevers around 100 degrees and all are very fussy. Well it is getting better, but something was sure wrong with Ms Savannah tonight. She was just screaming and I could not get her comfortable. I tried everything! I was hoping the pedi would start them on some ceral or something to help them sleep longer through the night, but it didn't happen. They want us to wait until they are 6 months old. I have three more months of them waking up ever 3-4 hours.

I tried to post some pictures, but something is wrong with my computer. I will try again soon.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

It 's been a month...

I really have a hard time finding the time to get online. I am busy busy busy!!! The babies are doing very well. We are just eating and growing. My mom was here for a month and I thought I was busy then. She left last Saturday and this past week was HARD. I made it, barely, but I made it. Thank heavens for family because without them I don't know what I would do. So real fast I want to say a special I love you to Amber, Larry, Misti, Tiada, and Jenasea. Aunts and Uncles are so important to these little angels and to Brandon and I.

Last night I got 13 hours of sleep. Yes you read that right. We decided to take the babies to Grammy and Grandpa's house. I decided I was going to take a "nap" at 6pm and I got to sleep until 7am this morning. I woke up at midnight and went to check on the babies and Brody and Savannah were asleep in the pack n play and Cheyenne was cuddled up with Auntie Tiada. Grammy was asleep on the couch. It was really cute and so nice of them. So I feel like a brand new woman this morning.

We have been going to the dr at least once a week for some reason or another, but we are doing ok. All the babies are off the oxygen and doing great on room air. Cheyenne is still having to get her eyes checked every two weeks. Her right eye is mature with no ROP, but her left eye is immature with stage 2 ROP. The dr said he doesn't think it will get worse, but since it isn't mature yet it could go either way. Have I said how much I hate taking her to the eye doctor?

This past week was the first week we didn't have a doctor appointment for any of them, but we still got to go see a doctor. I changed Brody's diaper Tuesday morning and he had a huge blister down there. I thought I wasn't changing him enough or something, but then Wednesday morning I changed him and he had two clusters of blister about an inch above the other one. So I called the doctor and they told us to come in. The doctor thinks its a staff infection so he did a culture and started him on an antibiotic. He seems to be doing fine and he hasn't had a fever or anything. We go back to the dr on Tuesday for their 4mo check up and shots. So we will find out more about the infection then.

Savannah is doing great. She is our little drama queen. She must be held at all times or she screams her head off. All together we are all doing wonderful. Tomorrow is their 4mo birthday so I will post pictures then.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Another day

I really wanted to do better at blogging, but I just can't seem to find the time. My mom has been here for two weeks and even with three of us it is so hard to find time for myself. We are all doing wonderful. Brody is feeling so much better. He hit 9lbs on Friday and just eats like a champ. Cheyenne and Savannah are eating great too. I can't believe how much I love these babies. Everyday when I am just feeling overwhelmed and exhausted I just pick one of my babies up and smile. I think they would all sleep 5 or 6 hours at night if we would let them. I have to wake them up to eat and then it takes everything to get them to eat an ounce. But during the day they stay awake for hours at a time and eat great. I don't really know when I will be able to let them sleep until they wake up to eat, but I am going to ask about that at their doctors appointment in the morning. I don't have a lot to report because they are just newborns. All they do is eat, sleep and poop.

Nana has been a great help. She is totally exhausted, but she still takes a shift at night. I don't know what I am going to do when she goes back to California. Brandon and I got to go out to dinner last night. David and Virgie came to see us from Artesia bought us dinner and helped Nana with the babies. Thank you so much "grandpa and grandma" Romine. We love you and can't wait to see you again.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

OH WOW!!!

Well everyone is finally home. I haven't had much time to post because of the obvious, but I wanted everyone to see our beautiful babies. Brody had his surgery on Friday August 3rd, and it went great. He is like a brand new baby. He eats like a champ and sleeps good. He will also stay awake for hours just looking around. He hasn't even cried much since he's been back home. He weighed 8lbs 14oz before he got sick and went into the hospital at 8lbs 2oz and he has gotten back up to 8lbs 8oz. Savannah is doing ok. She really hasn't gotten this eating thing down. She sucks like crazy, but she has a hard time swallowing. We are working with her and hopefully she will get it soon. I took her to her first dr appointment yesterday and he told me, "now you really need to get her to eat 2 ounces every three to four hours. At least 7 bottles a day." Well its not like I'm not trying to. She will usually take about one and a half ounces and then she is done! What in the world am I suppose to do to get her to eat more!?! He didn't answer that question. She is finally sleeping. I think she is hungry all the time so she doesn't sleep well. She left the hospital weighing 8lbs 13.7 oz and she has lost 2 ounces since she has been home. Cheyenne is doing great. She is eating well and sleeping good. She weights 7lbs 2oz. We have to take her to the eye doctor on Thursday. She is the only one that still has ROP. She had stage 2 in her right eye and nothing in her left eye when we saw the dr 2 weeks ago. Oh and I held her last time while the dr did his exam. NEVER AGAIN. I think I have talked my mom into taking her to her next appointment. No... of course I will take her, but the nurse or tech whatever will be holding her. That was harder on me than on her, I think.

To sum things up. I don't get much sleep, but am loving it! I have my mom here for a couple of more weeks, and honestly I don't know how I am going to do this without her. The babies aren't on a strict schedule because they just won't eat that way. So I really have no time to sleep at night (or day). But there is nothing I would rather be doing.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

BIG Suprise

We are ALL home!!!! I will post more and some pictures later.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Brody is doing Great

I am only home for a minute before going back to the hospital, but I wanted to give a quick update. Brody had something called Pyloric Sterosis and a hernia in is right and left testicles. The pyloric sterosis is what was making my baby throw up so bad. It is a muscle at the bottom of the stomach that allows your food to go into the intestines. So he had surgery this morning at 9:30. He is doing great now, they have him extabated and back on the nasal cannula. We are going to feed him this evening and hopefully it stays down. He is in the PICU now and his Nana is with him.

Savannah is eating much better. She took all of her feedings from a bottle yesterday, but we had to use the feeding tube last night. She is coming along and will probably be home soon.

Cheyenne is still doing great. Her poor little nose is very sore because of the sniffles and the nasal cannula. The medicine seems to be helping, but her nose could really use a break.

Thank you all for your comments and prayers. Brandon and I really appreciate it so much. We will update more soon.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

BAD News

I am sitting here waiting for a phone call from the babies doctor to tell me they have a bed for Brody. We have to re admit Brody because he can't keep anything down. He weighed 8lbs 12oz at his check up on Monday and today he weighs 8lbs 2oz. He started throwing up on Sunday, but it wasn't that bad. I took him to the doctor and he gave us some medication for reflux. It didn't help at all. So for the past three days he has thrown up every time I feed him. I can't believe this. Hasn't this little boy been through enough? I just can't stop crying. I believe everything will be ok. I have to!

Savannah is still in the hospital and doing ok. Not much has changed with her. She still isn't eating very well. I will call the NICU and they will tell me that she has taken her last 2 bottles, but thats the best she has done. She will take two bottles in a row and then nothing. They did a neuro consult to see if she was having devolopmental problems, but thankful it came back normal. So they so we need to give her more time.

Cheyenne is doing well. She has been eating like a champ. The only problem with her is she is congested and her poor little nose is rubbed raw. She is on O2 so her nasal cannula is making it worse. I just called the dr to get her an appointment. The people at our pediatrian's office is going to know me well and fast.

So tonight I will have one baby in the NICU, one baby in Pedatrics, and one baby at home. Will life every be normal again? I am about to have a break down. BUT I will be strong and one day we will all be home and healthy.

Tomorrow is my due date and the babies will be three months old. I can't believe we had these babies exactly three months early. I will try and update more, but as you can see we haven't had much time.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Very Tired!

Wow!!! I am so tired. BUT having so much fun. I just wish Savannah was here with us. Hopefully it won't be too long. She still isn't eating very well. She takes about half of her bottle and they gavage the other half. It doesn't seem to be improving at all. The doctors tell me not to worry, that it will come in her own time. It is hard for me to just sit back and say o.k. Anyway Cheyenne and Brody are doing great. They are sleeping together in one crib and they seem to love it. They were both really fussy earlier today so I put them real close and they seemed to sooth each other to sleep. It was really cute. We also got our first home health care visit. She just came in and listened to them, weighed them, and checked their oxygen levels. She said that when she comes back on Monday she will call an hour before she gets here so I can turn their oxygen down and she can see if they are ready for that when she get here. It is really hard to care for two babies on oxygen. Not only that, but Brody is also on an apnea monitor so they are not very mobile. We wanted them to sleep in our room with us, but it so hard to move them to feed during the night. Brandon and I are taking shifts during the night to feed. We just do every other feed and that way we get about 4 straight hours a sleep at a time. It seems to be working, but he goes back to work on Monday so we'll see.

Brody is a monster! He weighs 8lbs 5oz. We have a lot of newborn clothes that he barely fits in now. Oh well, I am happy that he is gaining weight so well. Cheyenne and Savannah weigh 6lbs 5oz. Brody is a whole 2lbs bigger than his sisters. He looks about twice their size.

Here are some pictures....

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

We have 2

babies home now. We just got home with Brody. He is doing great and sleeping next to Cheyenne. It is so exciting and sad. I hated leaving little Savannah in the NICU all by herself. She is doing good. The put her in a toddler bed and she looks like a princess in the penthouse. It is so cute. They are trying to see if she needs to sit up more because they think she my be refluxing. Hopefully we will all be home before to long. We will post some pictures soon.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Having a Blast

Oh my goodness, we are having so much fun. Well in between the worrying anyway. Cheyenne is doing great, but she doesn't like to wake up to eat. She has done pretty well until today. I'm sure she'll be fine, but I can't help but worry. Savannah use to eat pretty good and then just one day she decided she didn't want to anymore. I know I am probably overreacting, but Cheyenne hasn't pooped either. We went to her first pediatrician appointment this morning and the doctor told us to give it another day before we intervene. She hasn't pooped since the night we brought her home. I check on her like ever 15 minutes just to make sure she is breathing. I am going to drive myself crazy!

These three angels are our miracle babies and I am grateful for every second I get to spend with them. I never under estimated how hard having a new born is, but I never realized the depth of that. I read another triplet mom's blog and she explained how wonderful it is to get to bring a new born home and how we get to do it three times. We are going to pick up Brody tomorrow and we are so excited. It is going to be as new and as wonderful as with Cheyenne. And then in a week or so we get to do it one more time with Savannah. It is the most amazing experience I have ever had.

So I have another issue, I don't know what stroller(s) to buy. I have to buy something soon. Cheyenne and Brody are both on oxygen and Brody is also on a monitor. There is a lot to loading these babies up to go to the doctor. So I don't know if I should by a twin and a single stroller, or if I should by the triple decker. They are all so expensive I just want to make the right decision. Any suggestions?

Can you believe I am bringing an 8lb baby home tomorrow. Yes, Brody weighs 8lbs 2ozs. He is eating 2 to 3 ounces every 2 hours. I don't know how I am going to be able to get him fed fast enough when they all get home. He is very demanding too. When he is hungry he screams and cries very loudly. It's crazy how different their personalities already are. Wow this is unbelievable!!!

Friday, July 20, 2007