Monday/Tuesday I got home from the hospital at 1:00 am and at 1:25 am Mike called me in excruciating pain in his lower right abdomen. I was at Ronald McDonald and told him I was on my way. I was 10 minutes into the drive and he decided to drive himself to the hospital. SCAAARYYYY. He made it safely, I think because I was praying so hard. I was also praying that it wasn’t his appendix. I did not want him in one hospital and my babies in another. I couldn’t believe that this was happening. By the time I got there, in record time, they have found out what was wrong with him. He decided he wanted to have a baby too- he was passing a kidney stone. Thank goodness! That was much better than the appendix. They did a CAT scan and found that he had already passed it 95%. We spent the night in the ER. Mike was passed out from all the drugs he demanded and I was pumping every 2 hours and listening to all the other crazy patients. I got back to Ronald McDonald at 7:20 am. Just in time for my doctor appointment at 8:00.
Keeping it short isn’t really working so far . . .
Wednesday my Aunt Julie flew in for a visit. Hooray! The babies are at such a fun stage. She was able to hold and feed them. Most people don’t know that preemies do not do well with stimulus. The normal things that you do to babies like rubbing, patting, and holding them really stress preemies out. When the babies were first born we had to be really careful not to over stimulate them. So, no one got to hold them other than Mike and I. Now that they are getting bigger they are more stable and can tolerate a little more stimulus. Jakob still struggles and we have to be really careful not to over stimulate him. He does really well with skin-to-skin holding.
Friday Mike went in to the NICU and took care of the babies and Julie and I worked on moving more stuff from Crestline, unpacking and organizing the new house. Exhausting! I had a hard time being away from my babies. We went in that night and stayed a looonnnggg time.
Saturday morning Julie and I went back to the house to help Mike some more and when we got there, the people from our church were there. They were busy cleaning, organizing, moving big furniture, lining shelves with liner, fixing things. A couple of women took all the baby clothes home to wash, fold, and organize them. Dana even went and bought us a boxspring, delivered it, and set up our bed. We had to leave our box spring in Crestline because it wouldn’t fit down our stairs. It was amazing! We moved less than a week ago and already the church has welcomed us with open arms. It is such a relief to me. I know that I will have so much support and help. We don’t have any family here and I was worried about getting people to help. I am no longer worried.
Julie went home with promises to come again. I am trying to recover from a week of little sleep, a lot of work (I am wimpy, no muscles), and fun with babies. Here are the pictures and baby stats.
He is the worrier. He always has this worried look on his face. He is very alert and just stares. He is more of a night owl. I think that is my fault.
He is working on nippling. He sucks a lot but sometimes not much comes out of the bottle. He needs to work on getting stronger muscles.
He is 1908 grams 4 lb 3 oz He can be taken out of his incubator. We are just waiting for an available open crib. His incubator is turned off and he is keeping his body temp.
He is off oxygen!
He is the calmest baby. He rarely cries. He is so alert and when you hold him he will just stare at you with his huge eyes. I wish I knew what he was thinking.
He is in an open crib. He is working on nippling still. Sometimes he takes his whole bottle, sometimes he takes less.
He weighs 2020 grams 4 lb 7 oz
The princess knows that she is the princess. She knows what she wants and is very vocal about it. She does not like her diaper dirty and she does not like to be hungry.
She cries if she doesn't get to nipple. Yesterday she took her whole bottle under 10 minutes. She was acting like she was starving.
She likes to poop and pee all over whom ever is changing her. She projectile pooped all over her bed again and had to get a new one. That is really gross for a little girl.
1769 grams 3 lbs 14 ozs
Daddy gave her a tub bath last night. The nurses are doing a great job of training Mike so that when they get home he will be useful.
Little Jakob is no longer the smallest. He passed Jaileigh and left her in the dust. He is now nippling and took his first whole bottle this morning. Toni, his nurse, is a miracle worker! He is tolerating more stimulus and we are able to hold him more. He is still the "stressiest" baby.
He is more alert than he used to be. He will also look at you when he is held. He doesn't stay awake as long as the other three. He has the cutest little bottom. I just want to pinch it.
He is 1840 grams 4 lb 1 oz. He can also be taken out of his incubator!
Michael and Jaileigh cuddling.
"This is my mommy time, go away!" Jakob is telling Jaileigh
Jakob and Jaileigh- "Fine I'll share mommy, I'll even let you suck on my fingers."
Melissa, one of our favorite nurses, with Jakob. She has already promised to come live with us (right Melissa?)
Daddy holding the babies- Jakob, Jaileigh, Anthony, Michael
Aunt Julie, proud parents, and the babies
Aunt Julie and Michael having an intense conversation about life.