Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Time to here from mom again!

Sorry for the side boob but it's the best picture of the complete family : )

I apologize for not posting in so long. Phil likes posting eye candy and fun stuff but hasn't given much detail otherwise, so I'm here to catch everyone up.

Me: I was discharged from the hospital after a 7 day/6 night stay. Let's just say it was a rough recovery that I wasn't expecting. I was so worried about making sure the babies were healthy throughout the pregnancy and preparing for their arrival that I failed to ever think too much about myself and the recovery. I figured since most women are sent home after 3-4 days from a c-sec that I would too. Besides the major anemia I faced from the blood loss I was in a lot of pain from the incision and then my blood pressure was super high and was the reason for the last two days I spent in the hospital. I was discharged with my blood pressure a little on the high side (130-140/70) so I don't know how much better it is now. One thing I noticed was that whenever I got visitors my blood pressure would spike up real high. I would get so excited and want to talk and talk and talk. So for my health I had to turn away many people and wanted to apologize to anyone I did that to.

I feel so much better now but still have to walk at a snails pace, can't pick anything up from off the floor still and am taking oxicodone for the pain. I feel guilty for taking it cause it's powerful stuff. I've never been a pill popper and am always leery of taking any drugs, supplements, or even so called "natural" products. It makes me dream heavily, been talking nonsense in my sleep and according to Phil I make weird noises.

I feel I should give a shout out to my doctor and the nurses who took care of me. I would without any apprehension recommend Dr. C. Clock to anyone faced with a high risk pregnancy. She was very respectful and cooperative of my beliefs and wishes. She has great bedside manner and showed extreme confidence during the surgery. She never made me feel like something was wrong so I wouldn't freak out and am still learning about what all happened (I'm sure it would have made my recovery a whole lot scarier had I known). Also the nurses where all wonderful and patient with me. I never knew what good bedside manner was until my stay at OHSU (the hospital). Here is a shout out to Oksana, Maribel, and Kristine! I'm sure I'll never again be complemented again for passing gas and for producing two drops of colostrum, they were always sure to cheer me on for all the little accomplishments I made.

Babies: They are champions, for a while I thought they would beat me out of the hospital. My milk came in later than normal, about day 4, since I think my body was in shock. But now I'm producing more than enough for one baby so they are being fed 1/3 mommy milk and 2/3 formula. I pump about 9-10 times a day and I'm making a little more everyday so I'm hopeful I'll someday make enough for all three. I never thought my baby's head would be smaller than my boobs (don't know if I want to post a picture of that but it looks pretty comical! I wonder if they'll get even bigger once I start producing milk for more than one baby. I was never offered and I never asked for donor milk since it just kind of creeped me out to feed my babies milk from someone I didn't know (no offense or judgement to those who prefer donor milk over formula though).

The doc's thought that for a while that the boys would need to be treated for jaundice since many preemies do. But they pooped all their myconium out thanks to my two drops of colostrum and never had elevated levels of billirubin (spelling?). So they didn't even need that : ) I am still in awe of how healthy they are.

The only thing keeping them back from coming home is their ability to take in all their feedings by bottle/breast. Developmentally they shouldn't be able to do this yet so it will take some time for it to set in. They are fed through a tiny little tube that goes into one nostril and down into their stomach, it's called gavauge feeding. So what ever they don't eat by bottle or breast goes into the tube so they get enough nourishment. They started off needing 30 cc's (or milliliters) and after a day or two the doc's bumped it up to 35 cc's and then again to 40 cc's which is what they will need to take in before they come home.

The Plan: The NICU has been really supportive of my wishes to breastfeed, eventually exclusively, if possible. So after talking to a few lactation consultants we've (actually mostly them) come up with a plan. I am present for three out of six feedings. They are fed every three hours so I'm at the NICU from 11am-6:30pm everyday, I wish I could be there longer but it's all my body can take for now. We practice breastfeeding for about 15-20min, usually plenty of time to tire them out and then they are bottle fed and whatever they don't finish on their own goes in through the tube. When I'm not there they are bottle fed and gavauge fed. Thanks to a nipple shield, that helps them latch on, the babies are taking in 2-5 cc's at every try, it's a tiny amount since they need at least 40 cc's to fully nourish them. I'll cut them some slack though since they shouldn't even be born yet.

That's all I can think of for now besides that they think they may come home in about one week.



Caitydid said...

I am glad that they are doing so well.

Jonalyn said...

Janét ... you have 3 boys. OF COURSE you will be complimented again for passing gas. ;-)

nan cee said...

I have to agree with Jonalyn on the passing gas! :o) It is good to hear that you are all doing okay and it is unbelievable how good you look Janet! Just remember when you get those sweeties home to make some time to take care of yourself. I am sure it will be over whelming at first having three babies to watch over and take care of but I also know with Jehovah's help you and Philip will do a great job!
My love to you all,
Aunt Nancy

Amber Seah said...

One Week!! Phil and Janet that is phenomenal. I think you should make some kind of record for best triplets. Keep up the good work with the breast feeding. And yeah I know where your coming from with the boob size. I remember Jason getting a bit worried when Gab had little Jason because she kept getting bigger and bigger and big..
Samantha was born full term and it took her a week to learn how to suck and still had trouble so definetly cut them some slack and just have a long range view. They/You are amazing.

Lots of Love to you All

Anonymous said...

Three future elders! Life couldn't be better.

Sara said...

No offense Phil, but I definitely favor Janet's attention to detail on the blog. Of course, hats off to the instant head of a family of five, who has had all 4 of his family members in the hospital, needing love and care, and still taking time to post on the blog. Phil, in case you haven't been told enough, you are awesome, too. Janet carried those babies, and she gets and deserves most the credit, but she couldn't have done it without a loving, supportive husband. That being said, I have been eagerly waiting for a picture of mommy with the boys, and so happy to see you looking so great Janet. My friend who had a baby c-section at 33 weeks said that the traveling back and forth to the hospital to visit her baby was very hard on her with the incision. I really feel for your tenacious spirit throughout everything. The babies look SO TINY in Phil's arms, Rachel pointed out that their heads are smaller than his hands...and apparently other things...

Tati said...

Aww, all the babies look so peaceful! Were they sleeping in that pic? No worries about the accidental boob shot... That happened to me in one of my snorkeling pics.

I think it's amazing that you're actually going to be able to produce enough milk for all three babies!

Anyway, I enjoyed both of your guys's postings, and hope to see more pics :)

Myra said...

What a great photo! I have saved it and have looked at it so many times today...Just before we went home from the hospital today i panicked just a bit about how it would go when we got home, then I looked at your picture with the babies and decided I am definitely not in the position to panic! You guys are my heros! And I didn't think about the boobs being bigger then the baby's head until today, and yes, I checked myself and you are correct. Its a strange thing...
PS- Elliot says hello to his friends! said...

Hello and Congrats! My name is Jessica and I have seen your story on the news and also heard lots about you from Phil's uncle David (?? cant remember exact relationship) He is very excited to have triplets in the fam! Maybe he has mentioned the twins in his cong? They would be mine. So I just wanted to say congrats your boys are beautiful you did a great job! Your blog brings back many memories of my time in the hospital & trying to get a handle on the breastfeeding :) If you ever have questions or need advice or to talk to someone who may have gone through similar experiences feel free to give me a call or email any time! I also have an experience I would like to share with you about someone I met today that had watched your story on the news. :) Congrats again! I love that your sharing your story. Jessica

Alexis said...

YEAH!!!! Are you taking visitors yet at home??? It would just be me until the boys are bigger (yours of course) before I bring Josef and Charlie...SO ADORABLE! I love the boob bigger than head thing, love them all that you can, they may never return ;). So glad to hear you are doing better and love see that the boys are home. Love you guys and miss you, hope to see you 5 (crazy FIVE now) soon!