Mema & Pepa with the "4"
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
We've been biting our nails, pacing the floor, just frantically awaiting today's appointment for Noah. Last week we went to the GI/Liver Specialist it was grim and grim. Most babies should gain 150 - 200 grams a week and our little Noah had lost 25 grams for the week - putting him at 6 lbs 7 oz. On top of that, his billirubin count had gone up. So last week we went up to 27 calorie formula and doubled his Liver medication. Today Chris took Noah in and he gained a whopping 800 grams! Now, he and I both think the scale was a bit amiss or he was moving a bit too much becuase the pedi's office had him at 6lbs 12 oz yesterday and the specialist's office had him at 7lbs 9 oz today. Still, on either scale the boy is on the up and up with his weight gain! They drew blood to check his billirubin levels and we should see the good results later today. You know you've been in the hospital too long when you don't fuss with shots but wail with a diaper change - something's just wrong about that. Still, this news is a huge answer to prayer!!
Cohen 11# 9.5oz Sophia 8# 13.5oz Finn 8# 9oz Noah 6# 12oz
4 hands - 4 babies
The crying game is getting a little better this week. The babies are able to calm themselves down a little more quickly, it seems. Though, as I am writing this Sophia has awakened and is sobbing for help. :) I usually peek in to be sure she's not stuck in an awkward position or has an unwanted hand in her face. If all is well, I let her work it out for a few minutes and she'll put herself back to sleep. Noah is getting a lot better as well. He used to cry and cry when we would put him down for a nap. Surprisingly, now that he is on the four hour schedule and getting more rest between feeds, he seems to be more content to go down and sleep more. The days are so much more pleasant. We still have the proverbial question when it comes time for the 2am feed and they are still sleeping - I think they'll make it through the night; should we let them sleep or wake them up? Inevitably, one of them will wake up and answer the question for us.
Chris was so excited to "christen" Cohen and Sophia at the beach last weekend. The beach is in his blood, especially since he is BOI (born on the island for those not in the know); and as his pepa says, "He's got sand between his toes".
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
So it's our first vacation as a family of 6 and let me tell you this is a vacation unlike any we've had. When you have 4 newborns it's not so much fun in the sun as it is the same routine with a change of scenery. Nonetheless, we are making the best of it and enjoying being with the rest of the family who came down from Iowa and Minnesota.
On a pre-quad vacation, we would have no clocks, spend lots of time napping in the sunshine and chilling on the beach. Now we live by our watches so the babies stick to their schedule in hopes that one of these days they'll sleep through the night. The beach is a short trip in between naps while someone else stays here to watch the babies and man the monitors. Okay, it sounds like I'm complaining but I'm not - just observing how different our lives are now.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
change diaper, feed babies, keep babies awake for 1.5 hours, put babies down for 1.5 hour nap, Rinse and repeat.
We are gearing up for Thanksgiving and making plans to head to the beach. Hopefully, I'll get to take the surfboard out a little for the 1st time and introduce the babies to my first love - the beach.
Noah had an appointment today with the liver specialist. Noah was on TPN for 2 months and this stuff is super-hard on the liver. So now he basically has a mild case of liver damage and Simpson-like jaundice, which will only resolve with time. He has lost a little weight according to our scale but Dr. Quiros wasn't concerned at this time but does want to monitor Noah for the next week. Thankfully, doc said we could start feeding Noah as much as he could handle but had to be careful to monitor for signs of intolerance (ie too many loose dirty diapers).
Finn is adjusting well to this crazy home. We are pretty sure he is the sensitive one in the bunch because he will cry with his bros and sis, feeling their pain. He also loves to cuddle which makes Sophia happy because Cohen could care less about snuggling with her.
Bathtime with Finn
Cohen is still a little linebacker, breaking the scales at over 10 lbs now. For the past week, he has been having crazy meltdowns in the evenings, sometimes lasting from 6pm til 12am. With the new schedule, he may cry for 15min then fall asleep. Also, we decided to take him off reflux meds and is now chowing down his bottle in half the time.
Sophia is our primadonna - who would've guessed? She is adapting very well to the schedule, but demands a lot of attention. Who can blame the gal...after all she has 3 brothers to compete with.
Mari and I were laughing together the other night at just how naive we once were. We were thinking God must've thought we had some great characteristics to give us four babies at once. We know now He knew some very important traits were missing and we needed a swift kick in the pants to change. We're getting there, just feeling some bruises on the backside along the way.
Friday, November 9, 2007
We are in awe that the day is finally here! Tonight we picked up Noah and now, after 72 long days, we have our family together again under one roof! It's an exciting and anxious time.
Many will not agree with our actions, but we decided to discharge Noah against medical advice. The doctors wanted to watch him for a few more days to play with his feedings a bit and show that he's gaining more weight, but we just felt like we could monitor him at home. The medical staff has done a great job with his medical treatment, but we feel like bonding at home is the last piece of the puzzle for him to gain weight. In addition, he has been very fussy in the hospital for the past week and we're hoping that being here will help to calm his anxieties so he can hold on to as many calories as possible. Please pray that Noah will thrive at home, gaining weight and find peace being back with the fam.
Hopefully we'll have time to post details over the weekend or at least post a few pics so you know we survived!
Funny monitor story of the week: Sophia's monitor went off in the middle of the night. With much gusto, Tim sprang into action and ran into the closet to save Sophia. He quickly realized we stopped letting her sleep in the closet and instead was in the crib:) Good 'ol Grandpa was just checking for monsters.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Our three little fire alarms all lined up
The other night, the apnea alarm was going off so in a hurry I sprung out of bed got halfway out of the bedroom and realized I didn't have my shorts on. So I grabbed my shorts off the floor, stumbled around in the dark while I tried to pull them on but could only manage to get both legs in.....the same hole! I figured I didn't have time to fix this since one of my babies wasn't breathing and waddled into the nursery to save my baby's life. But, Tim was already there. I still had both legs in the same leg hole and hurried out of the room hoping he didn't notice.
A few nights before that, the alarms had been going off like crazy. I have a tendency to not hear them when I am sleeping; or maybe I act like I'm sleeping so I don't have to get up. Well, Mari hears these things and she is the closest to the door so she usually hops up and takes care of it. After doing this several times in a row and after Tim stubbed his toe racing in there as well, Mari kinda got upset with me. She tried to make me feel guilty about her dad stubbing his toe and me not getting to the nursery before him. So the next time the alarm sounds I get up and head toward the nursery, the alarm stops on its own, I come back to bed. Mari comments that I didn't seem to be in a hurry to get to the nursery - suggesting I run a little faster next time. She asks me how the baby's color was and I told her I didn't know because I didn't have my glasses on. Mari responds, "Well, I sleep in my glasses." (I think she just decided that at the moment because I don't recall seeing her glasses on while sleeping before.) The alarm sounds again. Mari jumps up in superhero fashion and sprints through the bedroom trying to prove a point. THUD! Mari runs into the wall racing around the corner to the nursery! I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time, but now I'm dying laughing just writing this.
You might imagine it is tricky trying to keep all the monitor beeps straight - you never know who is going off- especially in the car or stroller when the monitors are somewhat hidden. It has happened a couple of times now where the monitor is going off and Mari is trying to startle Sophia to wake up only to find that it was Cohen's monitor the whole time. Sophia is rudely awakened and Cohen is still beeping away!
Another funny thing that seems to happen is we all start running after any beep in the house. The microwave is going off and Dawn is running to the nursery. Our old coffee machine would beep three times when it was finished brewing - it would get us every time! Our baby monitor beeps when the battery is low and we all find ourselves in the nursery looking at the monitors and laughing as we realize we were tricked again!
The most amazing thing thus far is that Finn, our little guy who has had so many breathing problems, the one who we recite the infant CPR method in our heads for, has not had a single alarm yet! Cohen and Sophia's apnea alarms are still going off in the night and Finn is calm as can be, breathing strong - proving us wrong! (Update: His Apnea alarm just went off as I was posting this - darn!)
Noah - Look How Strong He Is!