In celebration of their 8 month birthday the babies wore their Dodger outfits given to them by our die-hard Dodger fan and best baby buddy, Megha (or Ms Kapadia). She comes on Sundays (and any other day I text her that I need help) and hangs out with us AAALLLLL day. We love her! Here are some cute picture of our flirtatious boys and grouchy girl.
Anthony (birth wt 2 lbs 9 oz) 13 lbs 6 oz 25 in long
Michael (birth wt 2 lbs 11 oz) 14 lbs 7 oz 24 in long
Jaileigh (birth wt 2 lbs 4 oz) 11 lbs 15 oz 23 3/4 in long
Jakob (birth wt 1 lb 15 oz) 13 bs 8 oz 24 1/2 in long
We visited Dr. Berry the GI doctor for their acid reflux last week. He said they are doing well and was pleased with them. Last time we visited him he told me I could stop feeding the boys at night and to just give them water. He said 4 or 5 nights of water and they would quit getting up at night. HA HA that is funny. They LIKE water. They get up at night and drink water. The only positive that has come of this water drinking at night is I have extra milk. I still pump at night and stick it in the fridge. I told Dr. Berry that they liked water and he said "GOOD". AAAHHHHGHGHGHGH
Any suggestions for night sleeping (except for Benadryl and letting them cry)?
We also went to the eye doctor and none of the babies need eyeglasses. Hooray another blessing and miracle. The eye doctor did have something interesting to add to the whole triplet mix though. She checked out their eyes and then when she was finished she asked if the boys were identical. I said yes and she said that she could tell that Jakob and Anthony were because of the way their retinas are forming. For most of you that follow the blog you know that Anthony has brown eyes and Jakob has blue eyes. So this is yet another curve ball to the mix.
Mornings at our house-The 4 amigos in our bed. The first 2 meals of the day usually take place in our bed. YUMMY!
Very quickly I will give you the answer because I know you have all been waiting and I have three crying babies and one near to tears. We still don't know if the boys are identical. The eye color is really not why we doubt because eye color can change up to 18 months of age. All of our boys have their own individual looks. We talked to our embryologist and she says that there are 2 things that could have happened. Here they are:
1. The two eggs were implanted, one became Jaileigh and the 2nd split into the triplet boys. Because they were preemies they will grow into their identicalness.
2. 2 eggs were implanted one became Jaileigh and the 2nd split into twin boys. Then somewhere in there I ovulated an egg that was not collected in the egg retrieval and then that egg was somehow fertilized.
Basically it comes down to DNA testing if we really care. Right now I don't want our babies to have to get poked for the blood draw and it doesn't matter that much to me. I think that we received 4 miracles and I am just thankful that I have them. The scientist in me will probably win and I will have them DNA tested one day.
If you look closely you can see that Jaileigh is sucking on Anthony's toes while he is eating. Teething has taken over our house.
Jakob holding his own bottle. He doesn't do this all the time and for sure not when I want him to.
Anthony holding his own bottle. He is the best bottle holder and is becoming very independent. He will cry if he doesn't want us to hold him when he is eating. He is too busy looking around to be cuddled. He now rolls all over the place and is trying to get the army crawl down.
Jakob and Michael holding hands
Jaileigh Michael and Jakob hanging out on the couch. Michael and Jakey are holding hands.
Jaileigh being a little stinker decided to pinch Michaels chubby cheeks. He didn't make a peep, just let her do it.
Jaileigh teething again, on my nose this time.
Jakob and Michael socializing in their bumbo chairs.
A humorous moment (thank you Diane for reminding us to take pictures). Mike was being a fun dad and was playing airplane with Michael.
It could be worse . . . . it is breastmilk vomit so it doesn't smell as bad as formula vomit.
Coming soon . . . . . identical or not? We called the embryologist (we found out she follows our blog too) to ask about our identical triplet boys that don't look so identical. We have her answer and will share with YOU next blog. We also have new weights from our visit with our acid reflux dr. I will leave you in suspense. Until next time, Good Night!
We are back in California and wanted to say THANK YOU to all of our helpers in St. George. We were there for 4 1/2 weeks and every day that we were there we had the most awesome help! Contrary to popular belief that I can manage 4 infants alone, I can't! Mike and I rely on volunteers from our church and community to help us. Most of these people have no idea who we are, they are just good people that see a family in need and want to help. While I was at my parents people came in from their ward (church). I was so spoiled! Every 2 hours 2 volunteers came in starting at 7 am until 3:30 pm, then my mom and sister came home, then we had 2 more from 6-8 or 9 pm. Many nights people would just drop off dinner to help out. Over 400 service hours were calculated while we were there. Despite all the help I am extremely exhausted. I am not posting any pictures of myself because I look so horrible. I am praying that one day the exhaustion will go away and I will feel somewhat human again. That day will come right?
While we were there Diana Berry organized the volunteers and asked me if I could take pictures of the volunteers. She is using them to make a bulletin board for church. I decided to use them to say thank you! I didn't get pictures of all the volunteers but I did get quite a few. So here they are . . . . . Again thank you so much and I also want to thank our volunteers here in California. Now that we are back we are hoping to get back into the routine again.
Here is our thank you sign. Jaileigh was sleeping. This was the day she decided to take a 4 hour power nap. So I finally just took the picture without her. She says thank you too. (Anthony, Michael and Jakob)
Jeff Wilcox and a very sleepy Michael. He came with his wife for couples night. I can't seem to find Kaatje's picture?!
Our Aunt Tia reading to Michael. She came over everyday with her baby, Major to help us too.
Diane Maggard and Michael. She entertained 3 babies at once with her Donald Duck voice. Very talented lady!
Nurse Barbara and Michael- She came and gave the babies their Synagis shots while we were at Grandmas. Thank you! Mandy Tenney and Anthony. The first time she came she stayed from 7am until 1 pm. She even washed my yucky Dr. Browns' bottle parts.
Lindsey Walker and Jaileigh
Our friend Lorna was over the MANY times helping and bringing us YUMMY food! That's Jakey all swaddled in the gown. Doesn't she look good at 7 am!
Heidi and one of the babes- Heidi came everyday that we were in St. George. She was amazing!
Lois and Jaileigh. Lois has a daughter that I went to school with, so we reminisced about the old times.
Judy and her little "Tony". Thank you for the adorable outfits!
Laurie Lundin and Jaileigh
Golda came by twice a week. She is holding Michael.
Cheryl and a baby : )
Heidi reading to Michael- The babies love books now.
Teri and Jakob- all the babies love Teri. She was so fun to be around. Thank you for the new PJs we wear them all the time. We even wore them to the dr because they are so cute.
Rey and his wife Lauralee came twice a week to hang out with the posse
This is Rey holding Anthony. I thought Anthony's pose is hilarious. He has his little hand up his shirt and he is so relaxed.
This is sweet Lauralee and Jakob
Donna and Michael
Geraldine and Jaileigh-Bug
Sue Nichols and Michael and Jakob-she came over a couple of mornings a week. What a trooper, I even have her multi-tasking!
And our famous organizer- Diana Berry and 3 of the crew. She filled in for people who couldn't make it and would pop in just to hold babies. We miss you!
Again a HUGE thank you to all helpers in St. George and in California. We love you and would not be able to survive without you. Someone the other day said, "You just have 4 kids, a lot of women have 4 kids!" I wanted to say "Are you kidding? You really think its the same?" I guess I wouldn't know since I don't have 4 kids at different ages but I'm pretty sure its not the same. So, another HHHUUUUUUGGGGGEEEEE thank you to all of you who try to understand and are compassionate. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!