Monday, November 24, 2008

Triplets - Two Weeks Old

I have recently got a couple of comments about being behind on this blog. "They are two weeks old, not one!" They look very much the same as last week, but it has been eventful none the less. All of the babies have returned to and exceeded their birth weights. Cohen is now 5lbs 10 ounces. Sawyer is 4lbs 11 ounces,and Andraya is 4 lbs 10 ounces.

Cohen has continued to struggle with his breathing. We have tried a few times to reduce the amount of oxygen that he is on, but he has not responded favorably to room air yet. We are planning to bring him home with an oxygen tank. About three weeks after he comes home we will go to the Children's Hospital for assessment and testing of his lungs to see if he has outgrown his need for oxygen or not.

Sawyer has been the healthiest of the three. He was well enough to come home last week, but we thought it best not to split up the group. The doctors have detected some defect in his kidneys, called mild bilateral hydronephrosis. That just means that his kidneys don't dump the urine effectively into the bladder. It is a condition that is commonly outgrown within a few years. We are planning for some special imaging studies and a pediatric nephrologist to see him in the New Year.

Andraya had a brady with apnea on Saturday. She has to go five days without a brady before she can be released. A brady is when the heart rate slows down, and then picks up again. They are going to give her a stimulant (straight caffeine--yeah!) to help her get through five days with no more issues. Hopefully they can all come home on Friday, the 28th.

All babies are feeding well. They all have regular feeds of breastmilk from the bottle every three hours. The feeds take about 1 1/2 hours to complete with burps and cuddles. That does not leave allot of time between feeds, especially with pumping but they are growing well so it is worth it. I am looking forward to getting them home. In some ways they do not feel like they are completely ours yet. Life at home has returned to the same way it was before the triplets arrived. Raygan is very glad to have her Mom back after two weeks in the hospital. It was rough on her for me to be gone for so long. We feel like we have two very seperate families. Their arrival home will result in one more major adjustment--the next phase of this great adventure. It is a good thing that we have got such great support from family and friends.

Raygan with Andraya.

Riley and Andraya.

Xander with Sawyer. These two look alike, except maybe the size.

Avery and Andraya

Avery is already showing signs of being a great mother.

Here is Cohen with his oxygen tubes. He does not seem to want to let go of this.

This video shows the boys with their eyes open. I love it when they are awake, as rare as this is. I am sure that at some point I will wish for them to be asleep.


Teena Dietz said...

Lets try this again...somehow I lost the message as I signed on..

I am so proud of you NIKI! What a rockstar you are...The children are blessed to have such a fabulous mother and father!

I am blessed to be included in the news of their arrival. I know that God will continue to bless those little peanuts with endless grace, healing and love as they grow into toddlerhood.

What a beautiful family you have sister! I wish I could be there to help. For now I send you so much love, prayers for rest and strength and healing and a big big hug of congrats to all of you!

So much love, The Dietz Family
Teena, Bill, Lexie and Jack....

Please send me your address that I might send a care package...

SuzanneSH said...

Hi Johnsons!
Congrats on your wonderful news and the updates. Thank you so much for sharing your news with Brad and me.
Niki what an ultimate gift... I hope that they are all in good health and that you will have all the energy and help you need to take on this new expanded task.

The children have grown so much since we saw you last. Avery is such a beautiful young lady, Riley looks really grown up and Xander has the same great smile. As for Raygan, we only saw her as a baby... she's now a cute little girl.

Blessings to all of you and we will be keeping aprised of your progress on the blog.

God love you all!

Suzanne and Brad