Life is definitely changing for us! One thing this Journey is teaching me is that there are more ups & downs, twists and turns than a roller coaster. As soon as I get use to a new "phase", another one comes. My husband probably would tell you that although I am a fairly flexible person, I takes me a while to get use to life changes... of which we have, and will continue to have, a plethora of! From phase to phase... pregnancy, quad birth, NICU, their return home... you better believe God is doing a work on us!
|Our new home away from home: Tyler & Lauren's Isolettes in our NICU room|
|I needed to go to a happy place just now. Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh... much better.|
Our four beautiful miracles are stable and overall doing good! While each day has its ups and downs, I feel we have turned a corner from fearing one of them might not make it to knowing they will live, but not knowing how their stories will unfold. I try to visit for at least a few hours each day, and I rotate holding at baby each day. The staff encourages "kangaroo care" skin-to-skin holds for at least an hour, so with four babies I usually only have the luxury of holding one every fourth day! Once they are off cpap I will be able to hold 2 at a time. Yeah!!! I wish I could be there longer or go there several times a day, but this is often not realistic. I just do what I can, and so does Andy.
Tyler continues to thrive outside of the womb. Praise Jesus! However, he was put back on oxygen via a nasal cannula because sometimes his O2 drops a little low (preemies often "forget" to breathe, as they are still practicing this in amniotic fluid until birth at 40 weeks). We pray he does not need to go back on cpap!! He still is the littlest, but gaining weight steadily. Tyler is on a "full feed" (15 cc's- around a teaspoon!) and so was able to get his IV taken out! He currently is 13" long and back to his starter weight, 1#14 oz.
|"Hi, everyone! I'm the laid back dude of the crew!"|
|Tyler getting cleaned up by Nurse Lori|
|Cuddling with my Lauren Bug!|
|A nurse cleaning up pretty Lauren's face|
|Sweet baby girl holding my thumb!|
|Mommy & Lauren|
Hannah's first round of medicine to close her PDA valve did not work, but a second round did-- More praises! She also FINALLY got a successful PICC line in (a reinforced IV that will not collapse). Poor girl had 5-7 attempts before this one worked. She has very tiny, spidery veins which makes the procedure very difficult. She had a bad reaction to the pain meds given to her on the first attempt, so each other attempt has been without pain meds. My poor girl! She is up to almost a full feed and has a double chin starting! She is still on cpap but hopefully will be off soon. Hannah is our biggest at 17" long and 2# 15 oz-- almost a 3 pounder!!!
|Sweet Hannah Bean with the picc line in her wrist|
|Our Tanner man snuggling under some bean bags (positioned on his tummy & legs)|
|All the kids' favorite position: on their tummy! Tanner getting some zzzzz's|
Thank you all who have sent cards, gifts, well wishes, made meals, helped out, etc.!!! I normally try to be so prompt with writing thank-you notes for gifts, but for the moment it might be safe to say that they will be coming a little later than normal.
My four small but very loved babies in the NICU are learning to breathe successfully on their own and thrive... and in the same way, I need to remember to breathe. and. take. it. one. day. at. a. time.