Thursday, June 4, 2009

Horrible blogger

I am such a horrible blogger. I know those of you that live farther away look here for updates on the kids. They are all doing well. Joey is on an apnea monitor, but it doing well. Most of the alarms are for loose leads and not an actual event. We took all the kids to church last Sunday. Lindsay is at the age where she wants to be on the move all the time. She spent most of the service in the cry room with grandma Jan. That's not her fault. She has legs that walk her around now and she wants to walk everywhere. I love that little girl to death. I wish I had more time in a day to spend with her. She is walking/almost running all the time. She is saying more and more words now too. We are trying to get her to say "that's ridiculous". She hasn't quite got it yet. She knows her animals and what sounds they make now. She is growing up so fast. I can't believe she is 17 months old today. The triplets are also doing well. They are all cooing and smiling now. You can't help but smile when they smile at you. It makes all the worries of the world go away. They can also hold their heads up as well. Joey is the best at it, but the girls are catching up quickly. They are 3 months old already. Where does the time go? They have been home for 2 months now and it sometimes feels like we just brought them home. They are all over 10 lbs now. Keri is leading the pack at 11.5-12 lbs. They have rolls too that are so cute! I better enjoy all this cute baby time. These are the last babies I will have. All my kids are growing up so fast.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thank You Abbott!

My family and I would like to extend our thanks to Abbott, the makers of Similac brand products. Upon discharge, we enrolled in the Similac multiples program in which Abbott sends some of their product to assist the families of multiple births. This week we were delighted to receive the first shipment of Similac Neosure. With three babies that are quickly gaining a healthy appetite, this generous offer is greatly appreciated.
Once again……My family thanks you, Abbott!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Joey's adventure

We are on day # 2 in the pediatric wing at Genesys. Monday afternoon, Joey was at home having him afternoon feeding when he stopped breathing. He stopped breathing long enough to start to turn blue. Besides that, Joey was not acting himself that day. He was very sleepy/groggy and not as alert as he usually is. We took him to his pediatrician, who sent us over to the hospital. He has been diagnosed with reflux. He had some blood work done and it all came back normal. It did reveal that he has anemia. That can be corrected with a supplement of iron. Yesterday, Mike was with him at the hospital. He said Joey wasn't doing great. He was having trouble eating and just wasn't himself most of the time. I got to the hospital last night after work. The first feeding I was there for was the 9pm feeding. Everytime I put the bottle in his mouth, he would stop breathing. I tried for over an hour to feed him. Mike called the nurse in the room. We tried to explain to her what was going on. She kept saying that she would note this in the chart and would let the doctor know about this. We were both very worried. Joey just wasn't his usual self. He usually was alert and looking around quite a bit. We set him in his bed and were just going to wait until his next feeding time. He kept crying and acted like he was hungry. We offered him his bottle and he ate the entire bottle in about 5 minutes. After that he was acting a little closer to his normal self. His next few feeding went good. He took his bottles and had very few d-sat's. For his 8am and 11am feedings, we gave him 1/2 his bottle and tried to get him to burp and then tried giving him the rest of the bottle. During the 2nd 1/2 of his bottle, he was having a lot of d-sat's and would stop breathing. He went for an upper GI and a chest x-ray. The upper GI was normal. We are waiting on the x-ray results. He was very alert after the tests. He is due for a feeding in a few minutes. I am hoping he does as well as he did last night. We are going to be in the hospital another night. He will sent home on an apnea monitor so we can watch his d-sat's. He has been taking zantac for his reflux and that seems to be helping. Hopefully we will be well enough to go home tomorrow.
While Mike and I have been with Joey, thankfully our parents have been able to take care of the girls. I have only seen Lindsay for a few minutes in the last few days. I miss all my girls. It is hard having a sick child in the hospital and 3 other kids at home. We are praying that Joey will be able to come home soon so all the Sella's can be under one roof again.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Due Date!

Today is the term due date for the triplets. They are all doing better than I could have ever expected. When I found out I was pregnant with triplets, I prepared for the worst. I had read that I could be on bed rest my 20 weeks and possibly have a stay in the hospital with bed rest. For me, a person that is very independent, I didn't know how I would handle that. Somehow, I managed to avoid preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and every other complication associated with a multiple pregnancy. I did develop some pretty bad swelling the last few weeks of the pregnancy, but that was about it. I never had to make a trip to the ER for preterm labor, no bed rest, nothing. I was truly blessed with this pregnancy. I worked up until I was 30 weeks pregnant. Most of the doctors were not really happy with me, but with nothing medically indicating me to be on total bed rest, I wanted to keep busy. I was pretty huge by the time I delivered. I was running out of clothes that would fit over my belly. It was also getting very hard to walk around and do the simplest of daily activities. And sleep was almost non-existent. I went in for a "routine" appointment with the high risk doctor. Baby "b (Madison) had a high heart rate. I was sent to the hospital for a non stress test. They found that the heart rate was high, but would recover quickly. They had forgot to hook up the uterine contraction monitor. As soon as they did that, they picked up the contractions that I had been feeling for the past 20 minutes. They tried everything to stop the contractions, but nothing was working. I was dilated to 4 and wasn't stopping. I did everything to make it to the 34 week mark, but they decided that 32 weeks 3 days was enough for them. February 24, 2009 the triplets came into this world and blessed our family. The past 7 1/2 weeks has been a bit of a blur. Sleep is still hard to come by. But I would not change anything. Thank you to everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers. We will need it in the time to come. I also want to thank all of our family and friends for all the help. We would really be lost without it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Weights and measures

Just a quick post to let you know that the doctor's appointment went fine. Mike and I managed to take all 3 kids out and survived =) Madison and Joseph weighed in at 7lbs and are 19 1/2 inches long. Kerilyn weighed in at 7lb 4oz and is also 19 1/2 inches long. They are growing like weeds. I can't believe they are 7 weeks old already. Time sure does fly.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Our First Easter

Last Easter we were a family of 3. Who knew that one year later we would be a family of 6 =) I know that I have been horrible at getting posts out to update everyone. The past few weeks have been a bit hectic. The girls both came home on March 27th (Friday) and Joey came home on April Fools Day (Wednesday). It has been an adventure so far. If I didn't get sick enough when they were in the hospital, it's been no different since they have been home. Last weekend, I came down with the flu. I unfortunately gave it to Lindsay. She is almost back to normal, which is good. But both Mike and I both have the flu this weekend. My dad and Mike's mom also have a touch of it as well. This year has been a bad year for illness. I can't wait for the summer to get here and less sickness going around.
The trips are doing great. They are eating every 3-4 hours. The girls are up to eating 3oz each. Joey is eating about 2 1/2 oz. I will update with they weight and lengths tomorrow. They have their 6 week well baby check and RSV shot tomorrow. Our first outing with all 3 babies. That should be an adventure. Lindsay is getting better around the babies. I think she is still a bit jealous, but that is to be expected. Since I last posted, Lindsay began walking. She is now cruising all over the house. Last night she even cruised her way into the bathroom and dropped my phone in the toilet. Luckily I still have my old phone that I can have activated. At least she didn't try to flush it =)
The triplets have all been home about a week and a half and things have pretty much been a blur. Thankfully we have had at least one person here helping at all times. That has been a God send. It allows one of us to sometimes skip a feeding and get some extra sleep. Well, I better go get some sleep before the nest feeding. Hope everyone has a Happy Easter and I will try to be better at posting updates.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Some great news!

I still have not been going to the hospital to see the kids because my cold sore has not fully scabbed over yet. I didn't want to expose the kids to anything more than they already have been. But I got a call today that just made my day. The nurse said that she talked to the doctor's at rounds and they think that the triplets would benefits from a visit from their mother. I just have to refrain from kissing them and wear a mask (which everyone has to do anyway because of the risk still of passing on the RSV) I can handle that. I can't wait to get up there to see them. I have been missing them a lot. I also called today to get the usual update. Keri has been taking her feedings well. She is taking every other one by bottle. She continues to do well. Joey has not been getting a bottle as he was having some breathing issues. He was showing some signs of labored breathing yesterday. They suctioned his nose and did get some actual boogers, not just snot. They also put him on some oxygen, which seemed to help. They have decreased his oxygen today and he seems to be doing better. They did draw some blood yesterday and ran some tests. The best news is that he tested negative for RSV! =) But with him having breathing issues, they have been feeding him by his tube to let him get his rest. And Miss Maddy is eating like a champ! She is taking all her feedings by bottle. Her feeding tube is even out. (I think she may have pulled it out) But the doctor's said that as long as she is eating 40-45 cc of her 50cc feeding by bottle, she can keep the tube out. The first born has to show the others how it is all done. So Joey may have had a little set back, he is bouncing back like the fighter that they all are. Keep up the good work kiddos and Mom will be up there tonight to see you all.

I also want to send a BIG THANK YOU to Mike. He sent me some flowers yesterday from the triplets. HE knew I was a bit down because I hadn't been able to see the little ones. He sent 2 pinks roses and 1 red one. They were perfect. I truly do have the greatest husband a girl could ask for, I love you Mike!!! =)