Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy 10th Anniversary

To Jeremy, thanks for being the greatest husband I could ask for. We have been through so much together and we have so much to look forward to. I love you!

6 Weeks Old

Well it has been a while since I have posted, we have been very busy with all three girls at home. Jocelyn came home on July 24th, so all three girls have been home for three weeks and doing great! Jocelyn is still having some digestive problems and likes to projectile vomit at least once a day. I cut dairy out of my diet to see if that would help, but it didn't. Her doctor put her on Prevacid to help with reflux and hypoallergenic formula called Alimentum to help with the milk protein allergy. We are going to have to take out a second mortgage to pay for this stuff. So to everyone that keeps asking what to get us the answer is formula and diapers.

Speaking of projectiles, Ava continues to impress us with the range on her projectile poops. I am not kidding when I say her poop flew 7 feet out of the crib the other day. That is some power. Austin thinks it is hilarious. He is doing really great and has adjusted to having 3 little sisters. He loves to talk to the babies, and knows their names, but I don't think he can tell them apart yet. Other than these minor issues we are so happy that everyone is healthy and doing great! The girls are feeding every four hours at 8, 12 and 4, so Jeremy and I have been taking turns with the middle of the night feedings.

We have had some chaotic and exhausting moments, but all in all it has not been half as bad as I anticipated. A large part of that is we hired a nanny named Danielle who is wonderful. And my mom has been a champ staying until 12:30 am some nights to help us out. Without those two I would have lost my mind. And our friends have been so great keeping us fed. We have never eaten so great, thank you all for taking such good care of us.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sophie and Ava are home!

On July 21st just before midnight, we brought home Sophie and Ava. Since we were all done with the flu, the plan was to bring home all three girls on Tuesday. But at around 2pm we got a call from the NICU saying that Jocelyn had some blood in her stool. Since colitis can be serious in some cases, they stopped feeding her and started an IV so that her tummy would not get more irritated. They did some bloodwork and x rays and fortunately everything came back normal. She has been doing much better, and the doctors think that it is a milk protein allergy since they ran out of breastmilk the day before and had started formula. So if all goes well she should be able to come home tomorrow.

It has been so great having two of the girls home. And honestly it has not been too hard, we'll see what happens when we throw the third one in the mix! This has been such a long road and I am so excited to have the whole family together at home soon. Gotta go, someone is crying. I will post some more pictures soon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Why no new posts???

Well lets just say it has been an interesting couple of weeks, but not in the way we expected. First and foremost, the girls are doing really great! They are all breathing well, eating well, and passed their hearing tests. And this is the most important news I have to report. Today they are back to their approximate birth weights. So they are just about ready to come home, they just need to eat a little more consistently. Here is the problem....they can't.

On the Monday after the babies were born, Jeremy spiked a really high fever and it did not go away for 5 days. We think he picked it up in the hospital. Then Austin caught it, then I caught it. So we have all been struggling with a really nasty flu. I mean nasty swine-ish flu. So the hospital will not release them until we are symptom free for 48 hours. And I think that is a great idea, although I really miss them because I have not seen them in a week, but I STILL have fever. And poor Jeremy has not seen them since I was discharged from the hospital on July 4th. He only got to hold Sophie. Trust me if there is a pandemic, the Hertz family will be involved. We are looking forward to feeling better and bringing our girls home.

I want to say thank you to my mom and Jeremy's mom for braving our extremely virulent home to do everything for us! Feeding us, grocery shopping, and driving an hour away everyday to drop off breast milk at the hospital. And thank you to Christy and Kirsten for bringing over meals this week, we would starve without you people! And I would like to apologize for literally not returning phone calls for the last month. My excuses in chronological order are 1) side effects from debilitating labor preventing drugs, 2) post c section while trying to care for Jeremy and Austin with the flu, 3) catching the flu myself. Thanks for understanding. :)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Triplets are here!

After much anticipation, our girls are finally here. On July 2nd my doctors decided to do a c section because one of the girls had not grown in 2 weeks. So they ran out of room in there and an amnio was done to determine that the lungs were ready. The OR was packed, there was a team ready for each baby. Dr. Fu and Dr. White delivered Ava Corrine at 5:39 pm, Jocelyn Reese at 5:40 pm and Sophie Isabel at 5:41 pm. Ava was 4 lbs 10 oz, Jocelyn 4 lbs 3 oz, and Sophie 3 lbs 13 oz. They all started crying and breathing on their own immediately, which is great for babies that were born at 34 weeks and 1day gestation. It was truly an amazing experience and I was so happy that I got a chance to hold each one before they were taken to the NICU for evaluation. Jeremy was an amazing partner throughout this whole experience and I could not have made it throught 3 1/2 months of bedrest without him. I was discharged from the hospital on July 4th, truly my Independance Day after being there for over 6 weeks. Above are some photos of our newest additions. Top is Sophie, middle mom feeding Ava, bottom is Jocelyn, and all three in their crib.