Thursday, May 31, 2007

What a Month!!!

Its been 4 weeks today, and you three are doing very well. Looking back on your first month; I can't believe that it has already been 4 weeks, but on the other hand it seems like it took forever. All the ups and downs that we have gone through have been very hard emotionally, and hopefully we start having more ups than downs. We have had 4 consistent good days. All three of you are finally off the ventilator, and you all are at full feeds.

Savannah, you are our little rock. While you where in mommy's tummy, we all ways said that you we going to be the strongest of the three because you had to hold up your brother and sister for those 7 months, and now you are proving it. You have been the most consistent so far. Even though you have had your ups and downs, you have been the one the last couple of weeks who has been feeding so well and stayed off the ventilator. You are gaining weight everyday and we can't wait for you to hit that 3 lbs mark. Today, you and your sister got to be together again in mommy's arms. Cheyenne didn't get to stay with you very long, but you where all very happy. Your momma loves getting to hold each of you, but would hold all three of you if she could!

Cheyenne, you are still struggling with your breathing, but you still did very well your first day back on CPAP. Your gaining weight too. You finally got to 1200 grams. Keep growing and soon you wont have those breathing problems anymore.

Brody, you are back on CPAP too. At Presbyterian they don't use the big breathing tubes like they do at UNMH; they use the short prongs like you where on before you went into surgery. So we got to see your face today because it wasn't being block by those big tubes. You got mad at your momma today because while you where sleeping she tried to give you a pacifier and woke you up; you made sure she knew you weren't happy about it!

We are still not sure what is going to happen about getting you all back together, but hopefully it will be very soon. Its killing us to have to split our time between you guys. You all are so beautiful! We love you so much!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Off the Vent

Yeah!!! Cheyenne the doctors decided to give you another chance to breath. They took you off the ventilator around 5 tonight. This is the third time for you. Three is our number so we are praying that we won't have to be on the ventilator again.

Savannah, you are still rockin' along! Keep it up baby girl.

Brody, you are doing amazing. You have gone 2 days without a single spell. That is so awesome. They still have you on the ventilator, but they started you back on caffine so they can take you off tommorrow. Pretty exciting to think tomorrow all three of you will be off that ventilator.

All three of you are doing wonderful. Now if we could get you all back together again we would be great. The surgeon has decided that he isn't ready to let Brody go back to UNMH just yet. We are checking with our insurance to see if we can get the girls to Presbytarian. Hopefully we will know by tomorrow one way or the other.

3lbs and climbing!

What a wonderful day! We finally reached a goal. You three are gaining weight day by day, once by once. Grandpa Lane told me today that he isn't surprised that you three are at full feeds, he has been at full feeds for many many years.

Savannah and Cheyenne, you two got a special treat today! You both got your first baths and you mother was able to give them to you.

Savannah, you are at 2 lbs 10 oz today. Your still on CPAP, and your doing well on it. To tell you the truth, you really didn't like your first bath, and you told you momma all about it. You are doing so good, just keep growing.

Cheyenne, you kinda didn't mind your bath; you just laid there like you were at the pool. Your 2 lbs 7 oz today. The cultures the doctors took a couple of day ago came back negative, which means that you don't have to be on antibiotics. The doctors still have you on the ventilator, but you are coming down on your settings little by little.

Brody, you made it to the 3 lbs mark today! You actually weighed in at 3 lbs 1oz. It really is amazing how well you and your sisters are feeding. The doctors did another tap on your reservoir today and got another 10 cc of spinal fluid, and the fluid was clearer than last time which means your body is starting to break down the blood from the bleeds. You have been doing so much better since the surgery, keep growing because your sister are catching you in the weight department.

Savannah and Cheyenne are still at UNMH, and Brody is still at Presbyterian. We go back and forth trying to spend time with all of them as much as we can. The doctors are suppose to be able to tell us what the next step is tomorrow about getting the kids back together. At this moment we still have no clue if the girls or Brody will transfer. Our worst fear is that they wont transfer at all, but we believe that the doctors and our insurance have the best interest of the kids in their heads. So hopefully they will get them back together before the week is out.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Oh my...

What a nice feeling it is when all my babies are doing good. Today was a good day. The girls just were just peaceful as ever. Savannah has been doing so good I am going to give her first bath tomorrow. I am so excited. They are eating so well and gaining weight. I can't wait until they get to 3lbs. Can you imagine, they are so tiny. I am so in love with these little peanuts. I want to be with them all the time. I got to lay with Brody today. We just cuddled for about two hours. I would have done it longer but the nurse made me put him back :(. I need to take more pictures of them. I haven't been taking the camera with me but I will get better at that. I can't wait until they get chubby.

I wanted to thank everyone who is praying for our family. We know that every prayer counts and we appreciate every single one. As Aunt Myra said, "with God anything is possible, without God nothing is." We thank God everyday for giving us these little miracles. We love you all so much and that is why we want to share these precious angels with you. Please leave us a comment and let us know you visit our blog. You don't have to have an account, just post a comment at the bottom of any one of our posts and use the anonymous poster. But please sign the post so we know who you are. We are holding strong, but hearing from friends and family really do help us get through this.

Test after Test!

We have had a couple of good days, and only a couple of bumps along the way. Brody is still at Presbyterian, and we don't know how long it will be before they are all three together again. Each hospital is trying to get the kids, and we really don't care which one they are in just as long as they are together. Its hard enough for them to be in the hospital but for us to have to split our time between the two is really starting to wear on us.

Brody, you have been doing good since your surgery. The doctors said the you had an infection, because the fluid they pulled out during the surgery had some bacteria in it. So they gave you some antibiotics and now your fluid doesn't have any bacteria. The doctors think that if you did have an infection; the antibiotics took care of it. You are still on the ventilator, but are coming down on your settings. So soon you will go back on your CPAP prongs. They are going up on your feeds every 12 hours, and you are gaining weight. We think you will be the first one to reach the 3 lbs mark, but your sisters have been on full feeds for the last week while you had surgery so they are starting to catch you in weight.

Savannah, you have been doing very well. They have been going down on your CPAP settings so soon we hope they will try to use the short prong CPAP. These little steps you are making get us closer and closer to bringing you and your siblings home.

Cheyenne, even though you are the littlest; you are the fighter. You go up and down because you fight so hard, but your little body just can't keep up. The doctors were afraid you also had an infection so they tested you by taking a spinal tap to make sure it wasn't meningitis. Thank God that the preliminary reviews were negative. We should know more in a couple of days, but for now they don't think you have any thing. You are feeding well like Savannah and are gaining weight everyday. They still have you on the ventilator, but you have come down on your settings. It wont be long before you are back on CPAP.

You three little angels are so wonderful, and we love you sooooooo much.!

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Sorry it has been so long since the last update. I have been so tired I couldn't seem to sit down at the computer. Its even a little harder now that Brody is at Presbyterian because I have to go back and forth. It wouldn't be so bad if the hospitals had decent parking. Well enough of my complaining...

Brody, my brave little man, you did wonderful with the surgery. The procedure took about an hour and they put you to sleep. They got about 3cc 's of fluid out during the procedure, and yesterday they did the first tap and got a lot more. We are praying that your little body will start taking over and this is the furthest step we have to take. When you woke up from the procedure you were pretty fussy. (Who wouldn't be after that) The doctors decided to leave you on the ventilator for a little while so that you could have some pain medications, but you should be getting off the ventilator very soon. We are trying very hard to get you back together with your sisters. Hopefully it won't be much longer.

Savannah, my angel girl, you are amazing. You gave us a little scare at the beginning of the week. We thought we were going to have to put you back on the ventilator, but fortunately you bounced back and are doing great. They are trying to get you on the short prong CPAP, but we want to make sure that you can handle it. Keep it up baby!

Cheyenne, my sweetheart, you are so beautiful. I love watching you sleep. Thursday we had to put you back on the ventilator. You just got too tired to breath on your own. The doctors say that it has nothing to do with your lungs, you just need a little more time. What happens when you are on CPAP is that you have spells. The doctor's call this As & Bs (apnea & bradycardia). When this happens your heart beat crashes along with your oxygen levels and breathing rate. A lot of this problem is just preemie stuff. Hopefully you won't be on the ventilator much longer. You are doing wonderful other than that. You finally gained some weight last night!! We were wondering if you were going to. You had been losing weight for the past couple of days. We are praying that you can come off that ventilator and stay off of it.

They did put Brody back on breast milk. That is a great thing. He was up to full feedings, like his sisters, but they had to stop for the surgery. It was really hard to watch because Brody was doing so great and now its like we have to start over. They won't go as slow as they did at first so hopefully he will be back up to full feeds before long.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Brody is being transferred

Brody, you are being transferred to Presbyterian tomorrow to have a reservoir put into your little head. This is going to help with the fluid in your ventricles of your brain, which is causing them to swell. The doctors have been doing spinal taps to help draw the fluid out, but have not been able to get enough out. This is a common procedure, and it is not permanent. As soon as your body takes over and starts absorbing the fluid on its own they will be able to take it out. The reason they are transferring you is because the only pediatric neurosurgeon works for Presbyterian, but as soon as they get done they will transfer you back to UNMH to be with your sisters.

Cheyenne, you are still doing well on CPAP, and we don't expect you to have to go back on the ventilator, but on this road you just never know. So keep feeding well and soon you will be big enough not to need any of those tubes.

Savannah, you are getting to hang out mom this afternoon. You have been doing better today; you haven't had as many spells. Maybe soon you will be able to try the short prongs again and we can get rid of that big ugly head piece that covers up your beautiful face.

All three of you are going to get through this very soon, and we can't wait for the day you all get to come home. We love you so much.

Monday, May 21, 2007

What we weigh today

Savannah weighs 2 lbs 7 oz
Cheyenne weighs 2lb 2oz
Brody weighs 2 lbs 10 oz


What a Ride...

Everyday is a roller coaster ride. Having one baby in the NICU would be so hard, but I think having three is harder. When we hear good news about one we hear bad news about their brother or sister. We don't even have time to enjoy the ups, yet. But we will also get triple the pleasure when we finally get to take them home.

Savannah, baby girl, you are so precious. You have been doing so good for so long now you are getting tired. You have had a lot of spells with your oxygen and your heart rate. They are keeping a close eye on you because if you don't get better soon they are going to have to put you back on the ventilator. You are still doing good on your feeds. You are on full feeds with extra calories. So gain gain gain!!!

Cheyenne, sweet heart, you are doing good today. You have finally been taking off the ventilator and put on CPAP. That is great! Your chest x-rays still don't look great, but the doctors decided to give you a chance anyway. Good Luck Honey!!! Your feeds are going good also. Keep it up baby girl.

Brody, my little man, we are praying for you. They have done four spinal taps on your pour little back. It seems we get fluid out about every other time. They were planning on doing a tap every day until tomorrow, but decided to wait until tomorrow's head ultrasound before doing another one. So if your ultrasound tomorrow looks better they will probably stay on this course of doing taps and waiting to see if your body will start to self resolve. If the ultrasound hasn't changed or God forbid it has gotten worse, they will be sending you to Presbyterian to see the brain surgeon. What he will do is put a reservoir or a shunt in your head to get that fluid out. We are really praying that we don't have to do that, but we will do whatever is best for you. Brody, today you were the first to get those big tubes out of your nose. You now have the short pronged CPAP on. This is a great step forward. We tried putting your sister, Savannah on them but she wasn't ready. I hope you are.

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One day at a time. That is all we can do. Mommy and Daddy love you all so much. We will get through this and it will be great. I can't wait to have you all home with us.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

May 18, 2007

Each day that goes by, you three get bigger and stronger. Its hard not to think about the day we get to bring you all home.

Savannah, you are doing great on your feeds. Soon you wont have to have an IV. We got the results of your Ultrasound on your little head and it was unchanged from the last one. This is good and bad. The bad part is that it hasn't improved, but the good part is that it hasn't gotten worse. This means that sooner or later your body should be able to absorb the blood from your bleeds.

Cheyenne, you are doing good, but the doctors can't figure out why you have so much fluid in your lungs. Your mommy held you today and every breath you took was very raspy, and even though your still down on your oxygen settings, they are going to wait to put you back on CPAP until your chest clears up. The doctors gave you Antibiotics for 7 days, but it didn't help, and your Echo on your heart showed that your PDA was still closed. So we are hoping that the doctors can figure out what is going on, or your little body can take care of this on its own.

Brody, you are the one that is worrying us the most right now. The doctors showed us your ultrasounds from the last couple of days, and you can tell that the spinal taps are helping keep the pressure off your little brain. The problem now is, they weren't able to get anymore fluid from another tap today. If they aren't able to get fluid then you are going to have a reservoir put in which drains the fluid from your ventricles in your brain to keep the pressure off. This will be very major step, but a necessary one.

We pray everyday, and we love you guys so much. Your mother and I wish we could just fast forward through all this bad stuff that's going on and get to the part where you guys are at home with us.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

May 17, 2007

This is such a trying time. It is truly one step forward and two steps back. As soon as we hear something positive about one of you we hear two or three bad thing about the one or two of you. Sometimes mommy just cries and cries because I love you all so much and I feel like it is my fault that you have to go through this. I get so mad because you should still be in my belly growing and not in these incubators!

Savannah, you are doing good. You are doing great on CPAP, but not well enough to go to the short prongs yet. They tried yesterday to move you to the sort prongs, but unfortunately you weren't ready. You only lasted about 15 minutes before they had to put those big, yucky tubes back in your pour tender nose. I can't wait until you get to go on the short prongs not only because it's an advancement in how you are doing but also because I love being able to see your beautiful little face. They also did another brain ultrasound, and nothing has changed. You haven't gotten better, but you haven't gotten worse either and that is good. Hopefully your brother and sister will follow your led and start doing better soon.

Cheyenne, honey, you have got to get better! We want you to get off that ventilator and back on CPAP. You have got to start doing your own breathing. I know it is hard, but you have to get stronger. You seem to be doing a lot better, but you chest x-rays look much worse. They did an echo on your PDA and it has closed. That is good because they were thinking that it had opened back up. Thank God it had not! They decided to do another brain ultrasound on you today too. Good News!!! No brain bleeds for you. So our goal for you is to get you off that ventilator.

Brody, my little man, I love you so much. I want to hold you in my arms so bad. We got the results of your second ultrasound back, and bad news. It looked like your ventricles had swollen more. The doctors said you still have the grade three bleeds but you also have hydrocephalus. What that means is that blood clots and scar tissue can plug the normal drainage of cerebrospinal fluid out of the ventricles, disrupting its flow and reabsorbtion. They did a spinal tap to try and get some of the fluid out and some of the pressure off. They got about 6cc's out and they did another ultrasound. They said that the spinal tap did help and they are going to continue to do them every other day or so. They did another spinal tap yesterday and you have had a lot of extra oozing so they are going to wait to do another one. You will get another ultrasound tomorrow to see what we have accomplished. Hopefully this will work and your body will take over and we won't have to look at what we need to do next. We thought we were going to get to put you on the short pronged CPAP today. But you had a rough morning this morning. You were just not happy and we had to bump you up to 80% on your oxygen when the nurse did her cares. So they are going to leave you on the CPAP for a couple more days. You are our special little boy and I sit here with you everyday and just pray that you will be o.k.

You are all eating and increasing every 12 hours on you feds. That is great!!! I didn't get to hold any of you today and that makes me very sad. I love holding all of you in my arms and telling you a million times that I love you. I sing to you and you don't even seem to mind that I sound terrible. I can tell that you recognize me and that makes me smile. I love you all so much that it hurts my heart to see you in here. Everyone says how wonderful you are doing for being so young, but I still want you to be doing better. I would trade places with all three of you if I could. I am so sorry that you have to go through all of this. I pray that tomorrow will be a better day!!
Mommy and Daddy love you guys so much.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

May 14, 2007

We hit a milestone today, Savannah, Cheyenne, and Brody. All three of you are finally eating breast milk. This is such a great sign that one day we will actually be able to take you all home. There are so many different things going on with each of you, and all your mother and I can do is sit, wait, and watch.

Cheyenne, your day was eventful. They had to give you a blood transfusion, because they have been trying to give you a pic line to take place of you UAC (the lines in your bellybutton). Also because they take so much blood everyday to run test that your little body just couldn't keep up. You are coming down on your ventilator settings slowly, but hopefully in a couple more days you will be back on CPAP. I wanted to hold you so bad, but the doctors wouldn't let me because they were giving you blood.

Savannah, you are doing very well right now. You get to keep increasing your feeds, which will help you grow big and strong, and your doing good on CPAP. Your mother and I where able to hold you and your brother for a little while. It really helps to calm you down.

Brody, the doctors moved your next Brain Ultrasound to tomorrow. Since you had the worst bleeds, they want to make sure its not getting worse. I also got to work with the developmental therapist and you yesterday. She taught me how to help settle you down when your uncomfortable.

It really is great when we get to hold you little guys. All three of you just go from being agitated while your in your incubator, to just the most calm and peaceful looking little babies when you are in our arms. We could sit there all day long holding you if they would let us. We love you all so much, and we pray that you keep getting stronger.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

May 12, 2007

Today was a good day!!! We need more days like today. We didn't make it to the hospital until after lunch today because we were waiting on Great Grandma and Great Grandpa to get into town. These babies have so many people who love them so much. When we arrived at the hospital all three babies had been taken off their lights. As soon as I walked in the door Cheyenne's nurse asked if I wanted to do Kangaroo Care with her. I was so excited I couldn't get my stuff put away fast enough. As I was saying hello to Brody his nurse told me he was doing great today and I should do kangaroo care with him also. She asked me how long I was going to be there.... well duh as long as I need to be there to hold all my babies if I could. Then the biggest most wonderful thing happened... I was getting ready to hold Cheyenne and they told me I was going to hold both Brody and Cheyenne at the same time. It was so awesome!!!! They were so happy to be together again. It was funny how they acted the same way as they did in my tummy. Brody stretched out and took up most the room while Cheyenne was cuddled up with almost no room under my arm. I would move Brody over to give Cheyenne some more room and it would be seconds before he was pushing her over again. Even though I was sooo excited about getting to hold both of my babies, I was feeling bad about Savannah. Savannah is the first baby I got to hold, but I haven't held her since. I wanted so bad to hold her too. Well my mom has been here taking care of me and Brandon since the birth of the babies. Unfortunately no one has been able to even touch the babies besides Brandon and me. But then when the nurse taking care of Savannah heard that I was going to hold Cheyenne and Brody she said, "well who is going to hold Savannah? She is doing so well and she needs to be held also." So I got to give my mom a wonderful mother's day present by letting her hold her first grand baby for the first time. Mom has to go back to California tomorrow and she has been a life saver for us. I am so lucky to have her in my life and I pray that I can be as good of a mom to my babies as she has been to me. I love you Mom!

Savannah, my sweet angel, I love you so much. You have been doing so good the past couple of days. Your jaundice is better. You have actually been off your lights for two days now. I have kind of been feeling like I am neglecting you because you have been doing so well I feel like I have been spending more time with you brother and sister. We should find out about your PDA tomorrow. I am praying that it is closed for sure and we won't have to worry about it anymore. Your Nana got to hold you today and you were so happy. I don't think it was possible to be happier than Nana was, she loves you so much. I love you too!

Cheyenne, my beautiful girl, I love you so much. I love being able to see your beautiful face. Unfortunately I can only see your face because they had to put a breathing tube back in. Hopefully by Monday they will have you back on CPAP. Your gas levels were too high today. Your PH level has dropped and they had to give you some bi-carb to help the acid in your system. Like Savannah we will know tomorrow if your PDA has closed. They have "unofficially" told us that it has closed, but we will know for sure tomorrow. Some good news is that you have gained some weight. You weigh 2 LBS, YEAH!!!! I hope you enjoyed getting to lay with your brother today. I love you!!!

Brody, my little man, I love you so much. You are doing so much better. Like your sisters, you were off your lights today. Hopefully you can stay off of them for a while. You are doing great on CPAP also. We are hearing that you may be the first to proceed to the next breathing level. I can't wait because then I will be able to see your face better. I am ready to see your beautiful little face everyday. They are still trying to feed you, but your stomach isn't digesting the food. They keep trying to feed you because it is so important. Like Cheyenne, your gas levels are too high and you PH level is low and they had to give some bi-carb. We got the results back from your echo today and great news is that your PDA is closed. I am so glad we don't have to talk about surgery. I am so glad I got to spend some time with you and Cheyenne today. You little burger wanted me all to yourself. Cheyenne was trying to cuddle and you were trying to push her off my chest. It was wonderful to hold both of you at the same time. I love you!!!

We pray everyday that tomorrow will be a good day.

Friday, May 11, 2007

May 11, 2007

You three little babies have worked so hard to survive. Everyone is praying for you guys. Brody and Savannah, today we receive the information on your brain ultrasounds. You both have brain bleeds. The only thing we can do is monitor you guys, and watch and wait.

Brody, you have grade 3 bleeds. Which means that some blood vessels in your brain have broken and bled into your spinal fluid. It also means that your canals that hold the spinal fluid are swelled a little because of the blood.

Savannah, you have a grade 2 and grade 3 bleed. The scale is 1 to 4, with one being the least amount of bleeding. One side of your brain is bleeding less than the other.

For both of you, the doctors believe that your bodies will absorb the blood over time. They are going to measure your heads everyday and do another ultrasound every week to make sure that your bodies are doing what they hope they will do.

Cheyenne, your ultrasound came back and your brain does have a little amount of a bleeding but it is so small that it doesn't measure. You also went back on a breathing tube last night, because you where not breathing at times. The doctors think that it will only be a couple of days; then you will go back on C-PAP.

All three of you are so beautiful, and we love you so much. We keep sitting by your bedsides watching and praying for you all to keep growing and to get stronger, and everyday is just more and more wonderful because you all are here.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

May 10, 2007

Today has been a very emotional day for Mommy and Daddy. We are so worried about you guys. Today the doctors did an ultrasound on your brains. We are waiting to see if you have bleeds and how severe the bleeds are.

Cheyenne and Savannah, we did find out that your PDAs are closing and we aren't going to have to do any more treatments for that. I hope that is true and doesn't change tomorrow. Cheyenne you are forgetting to breath and if you don't stop they are going to take you off the CPAP and put a breathing tube back in. I hope that doesn't happen, but we are going to do whatever is best for you. You girls are so fisty and I love that!

I love you all so much! Today you are 1 week old and before we know it you will be strong enough to come home.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

May 8, 2007

The last couple of days have been very exciting for us and you three children. I will never forget the smile that was on your mothers face when she was able to hold you Savannah, and her sitting in a rocking chair for three hours holding you Cheyenne. All these little moments that we are having are the first of many, but they are the ones that your mother and I will hold on to for the rest of our lives.

Brody, today was a milestone for you. You were put on C-PAP like your sisters. This means that your lungs are getting stronger each breath you take, and soon you wont have to have any help. The doctors said that your PDA is getting smaller after the first round of treatment, and they are going to continue the second round of treatment. This will be another three days of medicine and then they will do another echo on your heart to see if the duct is closing. Hopefully the doctors wont have to do a third round of treatment. The other exciting thing was you were the first one of my children that I was able to hold. You and I sat and had our first man-to-man talk. I mainly talked and you are a great listener.

Cheyenne, you and your mother were united today for the first time too. She couldn't wait to hold you. You have been doing so good; even though you are the smallest of the three. You are the only one eating right now. Your brother and sister wont get to eat until they are off their medicine.

Savannah, the doctors found that you have a PDA in your heart like your brother's. It is much smaller though. The doctors started treating you for it and after the first dose they couldn't hear the murmur in you heart anymore. Hopefully you will only have to go through one round of treatment.

Having you three in this world is exciting and scary all at the same time. You have so many people who love you that you don't even know yet, and it is a comfort knowing that you will never run out of love. People have given us diapers, clothes, and even money to help take care of the three of you, and we appreciate it so much. This journey would be a lot harder if it wasn't for all the love and help that we have receive from everyone.

Monday, May 7, 2007

May 7, 2007

Oh my goodness!!!! I can not begin to explain how I feel right now. Savannah, today I got to hold you in my arms for the first time. You are so tiny and fragile. I have been waiting for this moment since I gave birth to you 4 days ago. It is the hardest thing in the world to give birth to you and not to be able to hold you. I wanted so badly to keep you in my tummy for as long as possible. I wanted you to be big, strong, and healthy before you came into this world. I don't know why and I probably never will know why you and you brother and sister came into this world so early. This is the time you should be in my belly kicking, dancing, and just being a happy baby. This should be our special time to bond. I know that we can't do that know and I am just so happy that you are getting healthy enough for me to hold you in my arms.

Brody, you are doing a lot better. The nurses say if you keep going in the direction you are that you could be on CPAP like your sisters in the next couple of days. Your PDA hasn't closed yet so you are going to get another round of IB Profen. Hopefully in three days it will being doing much better and we can stop worrying about it. You have been taken off the jet, so that is step in the right direction. We just need to get you off the breathing tube. You are getting stronger everyday! Hopefully it won't be too long before we can hold you in our arms.

Cheyenne, my sweet girl, you need to remember to breath. Last night you had a few spells where the nurses had to remind you to breath. You did have to go back on your lights for jaundice, but that is o.k. we will probably have many ups and downs before this is over and you get to come home with mommy and daddy. You are still the only one who is eating food, and that is a wonderful thing. I thought I was going to get to hold you, but it didn't happen. It won't be too much longer before you can sleep in mommy's arms.

Mommy and Daddy love all three of you so much. You have consumed our world and we wouldn't have it any other way. God be with us during this time and bring these angels home to us soon.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

May 6, 2007

Today has been a good day for all three of you. It is still very early in your precious life and everyday is just another part of a roller coaster. You have only been in this world for 3 days and we have already had many up and downs.

Cheyenne, your day has been one of the highs today. You were the first one to have your Jaundice go down which means you don't have the UV lights on your incubator anymore. You also are being fed breast milk.

Savannah, your day was one of the lows today. You had been on breast milk, but your little stomach wouldn't digest all of it and so they stopped feeding you breast milk and upped your IV fluids. This is all very normal and we understand that it will take a while for your body to fully develop.

Brody, you had a good day, because the doctors where able to take out your chest tube today. The doctors also said that maybe tomorrow they will be able to take you off the breathing jet and have you on the normal ventilator. Your lungs are still behind your sisters, which they are both on CPAP, but it is normal for Pre-mature baby boy's lungs to develop slower than little Pre-mature girls.

The Roller coaster ride that you are going through is definitely the worst one you will ever be on, but the people that are taking care of you every second of the day every day of the week are wonderful and give you extra-ordinary care. They are the people that help this Roller coaster ride be as short and smooth as possible.

Your mother and I love you very very much. We sit at your bed sides and pray for the best each day. The doctors tell us that soon we will be able to hold you and we can't wait.

Cheyenne 05-06-07

Saturday, May 5, 2007

May 5, 2007

Brody has had the roughest road so far out of our three little ones. He has had a couple of respiratory problems since the first few moments of his life. He was doing great, just like his sisters, when he was born, but soon the doctors found that he was struggling a little with every breath. So they did the necessary things to help him breath a little easier. His sisters are using a CPAP, and he has to have a breathing tube. He also had a collapsed lung the first night, and the doctors had to put in a chest tube. He has since had a blood transfusion, and put on IB Profen to help close a duct valve in his heart (PDA). Tonight, we noticed that his color is getting better, and we have high hopes that his road will soon get smoother.