Monday, July 5, 2010
Here are my cute firecrackers in adorable outfits from Katy and Justin:
Not sure if all babies are like this, but all three seem to have their hands by their face all the time!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
The babies had all of their measurements taken and Dr Kennedy checked them over. All of the babies are doing very well, and their PKU's all came back normal. The only concern there was was that the babies were not quite up to birth weight yet. While this is something we need to watch, I do not think it is unusual since they were only 9 days old, and are eating only breast milk. We do have an appointment scheduled for July 13th, which is just a weight check to make sure they are gaining weight. The following are the babies' measurements:
Birth Weight - 5 lbs. 12 oz.
9 days old - 5 lbs. 3 oz.
Length - 19 1/4 "
Head Circumference - 12 1/2"
Birth Weight - 4 lbs. 13 oz.
9 days old - 4 lbs. 9 oz.
Length - 17 1/2 "
Head Circumference - 12 1/8"
Birth Weight - 4 lbs. 14 oz.
9 days old - 4 lbs. 13 oz.
Length - 18 1/2 "
Head Circumference - 12 1/4"
Overall, the babies' were not even on the charts for the percentile in which they fall, since they are so young. This is not a problem, we just need to watch how they grow.
Throughout the pregnancy, I knew that Al would be a great dad, but I did not realize how great he would be. He has completely blown me away with his help, love, and affection toward our three beautiful children. He has gotten up with me at every night feeding and has changed probably three times the diapers I have. When I think about the changes I have seen in him, it brings tears of happiness and joy to my eyes and just reaffirms the commitment we made to each other three years ago. While I know everyone says the kids come in between many marriages, and I know we are very new parents, I feel that it has brought us even closer together. I know that I could not do this without him. I look forward to spending our lives together, enjoying and cherishing our family together. I love you always and forever Al!!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Currently, by pumping, I am producing enough milk for the babies, and hope that continues, although I know that may not be possible. The three hour feeding schedule of 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 12:00 definitely takes patience, but we are making it work. It is a little frustrating that when people come over, I do not really want others feeding the babies bottles because Al and I are working so hard with them to make sure they are doing it correctly so I can soon put them to breast. I apologize in advance and do not want to offend anyone, but this is something that is really important for the babies. In my opinion, it is my job as their mother to provide the best nutrition for them. While saying that, if anyone wants to come over and change diapers, be my guest :)
Here is Grandma Judy visiting Griffin, but I don't seem to have a picture of Grandpa Wes.
Thank you to all that visited, and those waiting to visit. Hopefully some others have a few more pictures to share (especially aunts and uncles!)
Lillian Jean - Devired from the flower, Lily. Symbol of innocence, purity and beauty. Her middle name is my mother's middle name. 5 lbs. 12 oz. - 19 inches longAddison Marie - Meaning, son of Adam. We really liked this name and I think from the show,
"Private Practice," always reminds me of an independent, brilliant, almost defiant woman. From inside the womb, to outside, Addy has lived up to her name perfectly! 4 lbs. 13 oz. - 18 in. long
Griffin Michael -Derived from "Griffith," meaning prince. This has definitely fit him as he is as handsome as a prince and seems so mature and alert already. 4 lbs. 14 oz. - 18 inches long. This picture is of him in the NICU, where he spent 2 days, because he had a little fluid in his lungs and he was spitting up his food.
The VERY proud dad and new family:
I don't think there is anything comparable to the overwhelming experience of the miracle of life. The birth of our babies was a day Al and I will never forget.