Friday, November 14, 2014
I can't believe, it but after 102 days in the NICU, Jude is the first to finally come home! It is absolutely astonishing that my baby C is the first one home because just a couple of weeks ago, I was so worried about him and we were so concerned about why he couldn't get off the high flow nasal canulla because babies cannot begin eating until they are on a regular flow. I'm so glad one of the Neonatologists experimented with putting him on a home oxygen setting just to see what he will do because he did great and was finally able to start chowing down. So far, my boy loves to eat! He was discharged on 11/10/14 at 7:30pm at 40 weeks and 6 days gestation. He was sent home on .3L oxygen at 100%. It is a very low flow but he really only needs it now while eating. Tim and I roomed in at the hospital on Friday night and got a taste of what it will be like to feed all 3 in the middle of the night. Then, on Saturday night, my mom and I roomed in with just Jude. He was so funny because he barely slept and neither did we. He loves to be held and wanted to be held all night. On Sunday, we figured out the home oxygen stuff and went on a shopping spree at Buy Buy Baby to prepare for our little man and little ladies who will be right behind him. It was pretty amazing to walk out of the NICU with a baby after leaving empty handed for over 3 months (everyday I left the NICU, I always felt like I was forgetting something). I felt happy and scared and, of course, sad because I left Cadence and Aria behind. God is so amazing though because He knows the perfect timing for all three of our munchkins. God gave me peace with it and gave us an AMAZING Holy Spirit encounter on our way home from the hospital! Tim turned on some music on the way home in our new van and it connected to my iPhone's Bluetooth somehow. I did not even touch my phone and somehow it ended up on shuffle. The song "These Are The Moments" by Sara Evans was on. I didn't even know that song was on my iPhone, let alone barely even know the song. I just listened to words:
These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
These are the moments I'll remember all my life
I've found all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more
Looking in your eyes
Seeing all I need
Everything you are is everything in me
These are the moments
I know heaven must exist
These are the moments
I know all I need is this
I've found all I've waited for, yeah
And I could not ask for more
I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
And every prayer has been answered
Every dream I've had's come true
Yeah, right here in this moment
Is right where I'm meant to be
Here with you here with me
I just wept and asked Tim what station was on because I was sitting in the far back row and couldn't see and he said the screen says the song was playing from my iPhone. I look at my phone and click on music and it said "shuffle." Wow. What were the chances of that very song randomly playing. I didn't even listen to music on my iPhone that day so I have no idea how that happened! I have no doubt that it was The Lord. It didn't stop there though. Next on shuffle was Tim's favorite song- Amazing Grace. I was praising God for this amazing Holy Spirit visit and then comes on a song called "Come Holy Ghost." Wow. Then, came on 311's "Love Song" and the main lyric of the song goes "Whenever I'm alone with you You make me feel like I am home again." This was when we were going down the hill approaching our neighborhood. We discussed how we want to make Noah feel special and how we were going to make him open the door of the car to get Jude and then next on the song shuffle was one of my vocal exercises on the syllable "no," which everybody knows that is what I call Noah. Seriously, what are the chances of all of that? That was no coincidence. That was the Holy Spirit welcoming Jude home. Thank you Lord for the encounter! Jude was the baby that was not even on the 6 week ultrasound. Jude was the baby on the 7 week ultrasound that was so small that was probably going to "poop out." Jude was the baby we were counseled to "selectively reduce." Jude was the one whose water broke at just 24 weeks. And now, Jude was the first triplet "home"after being born 3 months and 4 days early. Thank you Lord for baby Jude! Jude did very well at his first pediatrician appointment. He weighed 7lbs3ozs. He still has an open PDA so he will need to be monitored with a cardiologist and pulmonologist for his oxygen needs. But, he is doing very well and he loves being at home with big brother!
Cadence will most likely be home in a few days and Aria just needs more time maturing so she can take all her feedings. Dr. Bayder did put her on oxygen to help her while feeding. Cadence is 7lbs3oz and Aria just hit 6lbs!
I want to thank everybody for all the prayers and support. God heard your prayers and performed 3 miracles. Thank you, Lord!!! Thank you for being Jude "home."
Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them."
Sunday, November 2, 2014
The babies turned 3 months old two days ago and are 39 weeks 5 days corrected today! I am so proud to say that since my update last week that there are some major developments! First, Cadence and Aria went on room air on Monday and are doing beautifully. That means I get to see their beautiful little faces better (perfect timing for their professional 3 month photo shoot- thanks, Maria!) Cadence got her ng feeding tube removed two days ago because she is taking all of her feeds (at least 80% of what's offered to her). Aria still has her ng tube in. She's just smaller and a little more fragile so she gets tired easily and is sometimes unable to finish her bottles (she regressed a little bit from last week). The big news of the week is about Jude though... He is now eating and taking his bottle like a champ! Last Sunday the doctors put him on a home oxygen setting (so basically wall oxygen .3L at 100% because you can't bottle or breast feed on the high flow nasal canulla and they really wanted him to start feeding). Well, he seemed to have tolerated the change okay but when we tried the bottle with him that night, his respiratory rate was high off the charts so they stopped feeding him. Well, on Thursday I was really down and feeling like we were going to leave Jude behind at the nicu so I personally asked the doctor if I can try him again on the bottle and he said yes but I needed to work with an occupational therapist because he reacted last time very immaturely for his gestation and he was possibly aspirating. Well, I worked with the OT and not only did he do beautifully but he ate better than both of his sisters! He has literally taken every single bottle since and even wants more and drinks like a very mature baby. He also had his feeding tube removed two days ago. Go Jude!! So, looks like they are preparing him to go home on oxygen. He still has reflux, but I really think the pepsid and me changing my diet to eliminate the dairy has helped. I am happy to say that my babies have been 100% breast fed so far. I know that their will be a time where I won't produce enough for all three but at least I was able to provide for them til they were term (they will be 40 weeks in two days). I also have a pretty impressive looking freezer stash though in reality is only enough to feed them like three days, lol. Jude still has a heart murmur which means his heart PDA is still not closed so he will need follow up appointments with a cardiologist. Studies show that it almost always closes two months post term. The PDA is probably why he still has an oxygen requirement. The doctors are predicting that Cadence will be home in about a week and Aria and Jude will be home shortly after. We are scrambling to get things ready and one of the things that was a top necessity was a vehicle that can transport our family of 6 safely. We are not proud owners of a 2015 Honda Odyssey as of yesterday! It had 8 seats and is very flexible with seating and car seats and such. It is the perfect mini van for four car seats. I cannot believe that we are almost done with the NICU but honestly, we are going to miss that place. We've had a pretty great experience and love all of our nurses and doctors. Tim and I have learned so much about the medical field that we would have otherwise never have known. We've bonded with those who have taught us and cheered us on and some other families that have and have had babies in the NICU (many of my friends whom I've met have already been discharged). Unfortunately, one family yesterday was not as lucky as we were.Their 24 weeker lived about 24 hours and passed away in the room next to us. The room the baby was in was cleared out and the mom held the baby as the baby transitioned to Heaven. It was really sad. It just put it into perspective on how my babies are real miracles. It's a miracle that all three survived and did so well. I think The Lord called that baby home so the baby didn't have to suffer through this life. Heaven is a perfect place and The Lord wanted that baby to skip this imperfect life and be with Him. My babies were chosen to live here on Earth and they were given to Tim and me to raise. I promise the raise them the best that I can and the way that The Lord wants His children to be raised. Thank you, JESUS for this opportunity. Just a few years ago I was infertile and thought I might never have children. Thank you, JESUS for my four miracles (Noah, too!) I get teary-eyed about how far Cadence, Aria, and Jude have come and the miracles that God has performed for all three of them. We are almost home!! My new prayer: they come home on the same day!
He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.
Aria, professional photo.
Cadence, professional photo.
Jude, professional photo.
Little Miss Aria.
Funny little Cadee.
Jude still loves the kangarooing!
Jude taking his first successful bottle!
Girls dog piling on mommy.
They love being together!