Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pictures

Here we sit waiting for the door bell to ring so the babies can get their RSV shots. I know that they really need them and its a good thing that they are getting them, but I dread it every month.


So anyway here are some pictures of everyday life at our house...















Well you know how Cheyenne has always been our fussy one. Well I don't know what happened to this little girl, but she is not the same baby as she was just 2 weeks ago.

Here is a picture of the old Cheyenne and then of the new Cheyenne...





Brody loves his jumper. He use to jump jump jump, but now he is starting to really play with the toys. Look at him reach...




They are getting so strong. Brody and Cheyenne can stand while holding on to something. Savannah isn't there yet, but it won't be long.






Here's a picture or two of Savannah. They all have such beautiful blue eyes. Here is a close up of Savannah's.




Now before I had babies or Brandon I had Bear. He is my love bug. Poor little guy doesn't get half the love and affection he use to, but he is still one of my babies.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sleeping through the Night

So the night before last the babies sleep all night. I put them down at 7:15 and they didn't wake up until 7:15am. Oh I was so excited. I got 9 hours of sleep and it was wonderful. I was hoping that this was going to be the new norm, but it sure didn't last very long. Cheyenne woke up at 1:30 in the morning and she will not go back to bed until she eats and that girl was hungry. She usually takes 6 ounces but last night she finished 8 ounces in about 5 minutes. I wonder if she is going through a growth spurt. She is getting so heavy. Little Savannah feels like a feather weight compared to Cheyenne and Brody.

I am going to post some pictures and videos tonight when I have more time.

Have a Great Day!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Infertility

I have read something on the Triplet Connection today that hit real close to home. As most of you know Brandon and I went through infertility treatment to conceive our precious gems and I wouldn't change a thing. The person who posted this had her triplets at 23weeks and 6 days and sadly lost them all. I just have to share this with all of you...

What do I think God meant when he gave me infertility?

Couples experiencing infertility often receive well-meaning but extremely insensitive "advice." We can all list the most popular ones: "Just relax and you'll get pregnant," or "adopt and you'll get pregnant," or "things happen for a reason", of the most painful from those who think they've got the goods on God's plan, "Maybe God never meant for you to have children." The sheer audacity of making a statement like that never fails to amaze me.

"These same people would never walk up to someone seeking treatment for cancer and say, "Maybe God never meant for you to live." However, because I am infertile, I'm supposed to get on with my life. It's hard to understand that people can not see infertility for what it is, a disease for which I have to seek treatment. What if Jonas Salk had said to the parents of polio victims, "Maybe God meant for thousands of our children to be cripples, live in an iron lung or die." What if he'd never tried to find a cure? Who could think for one minute that that was God's plan?"

What do I think God meant when he gave me infertility?"

"I think he meant for my husband and I to grow closer, become stronger, love deeper. I think God meant for us to find the fortitude within ourselves to get up every time infertility knocks us down. I think God meant for our medical community to discover medicines, invent medical equipment, create procedures and protocols. I think God meant for us to find a cure for infertility.

"No, God never meant for me not to have children. That's not my destiny; that's just a fork in the road I'm on. I've been placed on the road less traveled, and, like it or not, I'm a better person for it. Clearly, God meant for me to develop more compassion, deeper courage, and greater inner strength on this journey to resolution, and I haven't let him down.

"Frankly, if the truth be known, I think God has singled me out for a special treatment. I think God meant for me to build a thirst for a child so strong and so deep that when that baby is finally placed in my arms, it will be the longest, coolest, most refreshing drink I've ever known.

"While I would never choose infertility, I can not deny that a fertile woman could never know the joy that awaits me. Yes, one way or another, I will have a baby of my own. And the next time someone wants to offer me unsolicited advice I'll say, "Don't tell me what God meant when he handed me infertility. I already know."

-author unknown

I agree with every word of this. Brandon and I will sit and talk about the joys that we have and what we have had overcome to get here and it has without a doubt brought us closer as husband and wife. We believe that we are exactly where God intended for us to be. After reading this I cried and then I read it to Brandon and I cried again. I hope you enjoyed this as much as we did. I felt I really needed to share it.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mine! Mine! Mine!

It is starting already. Each of them wants the toy that the other one has. It is cute now but I know it won't be cute later on.

So I can't really tell if nap time is getting any better. I started just putting them down and letting them cry it out a week ago. I think they are going to sleep faster which is the most important thing to me because I really hate hearing them cry, but they sure don't sleep for very long. So if any mamas want to give me some advice it would be appreciated. How long do or did your babies sleep at nap time. Around here we cry for about 10 minutes and then we sleep maybe 45 minutes and that's on a good day. Aren't they suppose to sleep longer than that? I have been battling with the naps since they have been home.



My other issue is that we aren't eating any solids yet. We are strictly formula. I am hoping that we will start some sort of solids next week. Our next dr appointment is on the 4th of Feb and I am hoping that our pedi tells us to start. She told us at our 6 month appointment that the babies weren't neurologically ready to start. I guess we will see. I have also been told by both my pediatricians and have read in numerous articles that solids don't help your baby sleep better or more. Now I believe a lot of what the doctors and the experts say, but I have a very hard time believing this. I know that when you start your babies on solids its more of experimenting and finding what they like and don't like and they are still getting their nutrition from their formula, but it has to help a little. What do ya'll think?

They are getting so strong and loving their tummys. Well Savannah and Brody love their tummys. I put them to bed on their backs but when they wake up they are on their tummys. This is the milestone I thought we would never reach and it is so exciting that we have.






Here is a picture of Brody and Savannah on their tummys and Cheyenne sitting up cuz thats what she likes to do.





Wednesday, January 23, 2008

SERIOUSLY!!!

Seriously! I get so frustrated with doctors. We had Brody's follow up appointment yesterday for his hydrocephalus and it was almost a complete waste of time. So ya'll remember back when he was three weeks old he was transferred from UNM Hospital to Presbyterian because the Pediatric Neurosurgeon was there. Well right after we got to come home the surgeon moved to UNM. It was a pain in the a$$ to even get his 1st follow up appointment because they said he didn't have a medical number at UNM. What?!? He was born there. So anyway we finally got an appointment and the dr looked at Brody said he was doing fine and that we would get another ultrasound and follow up again in 3 months. Well here we are 3 months later and we went and had an ultra sound done about 2 weeks ago and yesterday was suppose to be the dr explaining the results of that ultra sound to us. Well this is what we heard. The ultra sound come back negative, meaning that his ventricles are larger than the previous ultra sound they had. But the last ultra sound they have is the one when he was three weeks old. So they need me to go to Presbyterians x ray department, get them to burn a CD of all the images taken there, take that CD back to the surgeon's office, he will look at it (who knows when) and then call us to let us know if everything is ok and come back in 3 months or if we need to go get a cat scan to see if we need to start treatment. This is not what I wanted to hear when I went in there. I thought when we requested all of his records to go to UNM they would have gotten everything they needed. And when I told the dr that he said no they only send the paperwork. Well why in the hell couldn't he have taken all the records from the patients he had at Presbyterian to UNM. That would have been way too easy. I just want to scream! OK enough about that! We had Brody and Savannah's eye appointment on Monday and everything looks good. The dr said that they are far sided, but that doesn't mean a whole lot because all babies are far sided, but I guess Brody was a worse that normal so he has to go back in 6 months for another check up but Savannah doesn't have to go back for a year.

Brody having fun at the Doctors
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Going Mad

Oh Savannah. I feel like I am going to go crazy. Ms Savannah will not just go to sleep. Crying it out is one thing, but this girl SCREAMS. I let her finally scream it out this morning and it took about 25 minutes. Talk about a very long and hard 25 minutes. I just sat there and listened to her to make sure she wasn't going to choke or something. And she rolls over to her stomach when she is screaming like that and can't get back to her back so it sounds like a muffled scream. I would just go turn her back over and let her scream. I feel so bad, but I don't know what else to do.

I use to be able to say, "well at least they sleep good at night." Not really anymore. We put them down at 7pm and they use to sleep until about 3 or 4, but now they are waking up at midnight and won't go back to sleep unless we feed them. Well they don't all wake up its usually Cheyenne, but I wake them all up if I have to feed her. They all eat at around 12:30 or 1am and go back to sleep but then Brody usually wakes up around 4am. I am hoping its because they are teething and not that this is going to be their norm. It is harder after we've had company for a while because they are use to all the attention and then when everyone leaves its just me. I'm not complaining because I actually like it when its just me and the babies, but they want a lot of attention when they've had it for a while. So hopefully we will get back into a routine and things will go back to normal.

We have a couple of doctor appointments this week. We are going to get Brody and Savannah's eyes checked this afternoon. Their eyes were ok when we left the NICU so they just wanted us to get them checked in 6 months so that's what we are doing. Tomorrow afternoon we have a doctor's appointment with the neurosurgeon about Brody's hydrocephalus so I am kinda nervous. I believe everything is ok and we don't have much to worry about, but I can't help being a little scared. We had the head ultrasound a couple of weeks ago and we haven't heard anything so I'm sure everything is fine.

Oh Cheyenne is screaming in excitment and it is so cool. I will try to get it on video soon.

Hope everyone has a happy Monday!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

We already miss you Nana and Papa!

Well my mom and dad are driving back to California this morning. We had such a wonderful time while they were here. The babies love having all the arms here to hold them. It took them a few days to get use to the people, but they did good.



It has been a while since I have written and a lot happens around here in 2 weeks.



Cheyenne is getting better as far as her fussiness. She is still the fussiest of the three, but I do believe she is getting better. She loves being carried around in a snuggle and as long as someone is walking around with her she is great. We all just take turns "wearing her". Brandon thinks she is just so smart that she gets bored really fast. So a couple of days ago she started sitting on her own. She can't get to the sitting position on her own but she is strong enough to hold herself up while sitting. It is so amazing to watch her sit in the middle of the floor and play with her toys.



Here is a picture of Cheyenne in her snuggle with Nana.





Cheyenne sitting like a big girl.




Brody and Savannah are so close to being able to sit too. It won't be long. Brody and Savannah are rolling over, but Cheyenne hates being on her tummy at all. Our early intervention therapist says that she might just go from sitting to crawling. All in all we are doing wonderful. Here are some more pictures...


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Video

Well my parents will be here in about 3 hours and I am so excited.

I haven been trying something new with the babies lately. They don't nap very well and I rock babies all day long so I have decied to try the CIO method. I hate it! It kills me to here them crying, but it seems to be working. They cry for about 5-10 minutes and then they all go to sleep at the same time. Its actually really nice for me because I get a little down time during the day. I still rock them to sleep at night, but I may start trying to let them put themselves to sleep for bedtime too. I don't know.

Anyway we are all doing so good. Brody and Cheyenne both have their bottom two teeth and Savannah has one bottom tooth. It is so cute!

Here is a video of the babies. I like it a lot because if you notice Brody sooths both the girls with his touch.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

8 Months Old Today

We had fun tonight! Uncle Larry and Auntie Amber came over and we took lots of pictures. It was a little late in the evening, but we still got a few good ones.

GO COWBOYS!!!!!













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And another tooth

Today Savannah's first tooth broke through. She screamed her poor little head off and then she bit me and low and behold there was a tooth.

We had our first appointment with the occupational therapist yesterday. They came and evaluated the babies back in October, but the therapist just got an opening to start working with the babes. They are doing great! She said that they are doing better than their adjusted age as far as most of their motor skills go. They are 8 months old today so they are 5 months adjusted. She said that they are sitting like 6-7 month olds. They all have "rolled" over, but they aren't doing it anymore. I don't think they actually ever rolled over on their own. They always had some kind of help so that is what we are working on now. I am just so thankful and amazed how wonderful my babies are growing. To have 26 weekers (I say 27 weekers) and for them to be doing so great is nothing short of a miracle. I have three healthy babies. We are going for Brody's head ultrasound next Tuesday, but other than that we have no concerns at this time.

They got their 3rd round of the RSV shots today and they did so good. We only had about 2 minutes of crying from each of them. We also had Auntie Amber here to help sooth the babies after the shots which helps me out a lot.

My parents are coming to visit from California in a few days. They will be here on Sunday and I am so excited. Brandon and I keep making plans like diner for two or a night out on the town. I already told my mom she won't get to see me much because I am going to be catching up on some sleep. Although I think I get plenty of sleep I still feel tired all the time. I CAN"T WAIT to see MY mommy!