Tyler, Tanner, Lauren & Hannah are now 6 weeks old and almost 35 weeks gestation. And man oh man, are literally getting bigger by the day! Many of you may have already seen this picture, but first let me start by the highlight of my last week--- all four together again since July 17, 2012!
|Tanner, Lauren, Tyler & Hannah all snuggled in mommy's arms!|
Lauren very rarely sets off any of her alarms, so she is laid-back in this way, too! We like babies that don't alarm often!!!
Feeding wise, Lauren is really getting the hang of bottle and breastfeeding!The suck, swallow, breathe reflex takes a while to master, but she seems to get the hang of it quickly with both a bottle and when I try to nurse her. What a smart girl we have! She is not able to take a full bottle yet (it is very tiring for them!), but every day is a new day!
|Sleepy Lauren! (love the chubby double chin she's getting!!!)|
|Aunt Wendy & Uncle Todd visiting with Lauren|
|My sweet Lauren & I!|
|Nursing like a champ!|
|Tyler seems to be very curious with a great demeanor|
Tyler now weighs 3# 7 oz. Quite the weight gain since his birth weight of 1# 14 oz!!!!
|sooooo... very.... sleepy!|
He is taking bottles but has not finished a whole one yet either. Like Lauren, he also has had some good success with breastfeeding and his little eyes are always taking in his environment. He is a thinker, and a handsome & curious little cutie!
|Tyler getting a bath. He's not a big fan (typical boy!)|
Besides helping with feedings and changing diapers & taking temps, I also give the kids a sponge bath twice a week. I have done this three times now, but that's 12 sponge baths--- I already feel very well equipped and have a system down for "bath day"!
|All clean & alert, mom! Now I'm ready to eat!|
|Tanner a few weeks old|
|Tyler & Tanner at 6 weeks old- I think Tyler look like Tanner's picture above|
|Tyler trying to pull out Tanner's gavage feeding tube|
TannerTanner is getting so big and strong!
|My handsome little man Tanner!|
|Tanner snuggling with grandma|
Then today, I was informed he had 3 more overnight and 2 today so far! What a big boy he is! He has not really had a successful breastfeed so far, but no worries! In order to "graduate" from the nicu, babies need to show they can take full feeds consistently. That means quantifiable results, which a bottle can easily tell. Maybe he will be the first to go home? He just needs to stop the alarms!
|Tanner getting a sponge bath- "Whatchya doing with that washcloth, mom?"|
|All nice & clean!|
Tanner is one verbal boy. He often is squirming and grunting as he sleeps and when awake. He certainly lets you know he is there! Sometimes I think it might be reflux, but other times I think it's a ploy to get a good snuggle with mommy or a nurse! He seems to have a little more alarms than Lauren & Tyler, and sometimes his respiration's are a little fast. However, as soon as he is in my arms, all his stats look wonderful on the monitor and he snuggles in quietly. Jenna was and is such an active baby, she never much had time for cuddling. Maybe my Tanner will be the cuddlebug!
|Tanner (and the others) are SO much more alert this week than before!|
|Our sleeping boys- one pound (16 oz) difference is a lot when they are so teeny!|
HannahLast but not least, our beautiful biggest baby Hannah! She is now a big whopping 4# 10 oz and does not look like a preemie to me at all any more! (but my comparison is skewed a little ;-))
|Our beautiful Hannah girl!|
I have a feeling she will be a rock star once she gets going!
Like Tanner, Hannah can be a squeaky and grunty sleeper, too, but not nearly as much as her brother!
|Mom + baby girls|
|Hannah is on the left, Lauren on the right. Although it looks like Lauren is bigger, she isn't, it's just the camera angle;-)|
|Cuddling with my beauties!|
Last but not least, our biggest sweetie and proud big sister Jenna is doing PHENOMENAL. She loves to visit the babies, and is so very helpful at home and with us. She will be such a great helper when the babies get home--God created her with such a sweet, loving and kind heart!
|Dancin' in the front yard :-)|
|Jenna snuggling with dad & Tyler when he was on CPAP for a couple days last week.|
|Our Beautiful Jenna Joy!|
We are so richly blessed by these things, and I can attest to how graciously God is answering those prayers. The babies are healthy and growing like they should-- Praises to God! Our marriage & family is staying strong- Praises to God! We have a roof over our heads, our needs are met beyond what we would imagine, and we have close family and friend support- Praises to God!
I find that I simply cannot plan ahead. I use to, & I will again some day (hopefully!). But for right now, God is not equipping me to do this. But that's OK. When I try to plan ahead, I get anxious and fearful and forget to trust God. I also get really selfish and start feeling entitled, which I sorely am not. Right now I feel God's presence very closely (probably because I am so dependent on Him right now!). He clearly asks me to trust him daily for what I need. "Do not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34) . So I do. Or, I try to. God is good. He is allowing me to go day by day, step by step with no anxiety or fear. In faith I am taking it one day at a time and 100% of the time God has helped us get through the day victoriously.
Don't get me wrong, I am still so flawed and so in need of His work in my life. But praise to His holy name, God is at work in our circumstances. And He will continue to be. And so because of this, we are doing really, really well and are really, really richly blessed!
Thanks everyone for your continued prayers and support. I will try to update again soon!