Wow! It is really hard to believe our little bambinos are four weeks old today! How time flies when you're not getting any sleep! Seriously though, it really does seem crazy that we've already been home for three weeks. We had another pediatrician visit yesterday and I am happy to report that the babies are all growing and have all surpassed their birthweight! As usual Isaiah is leading the charge weighing in at 6lbs 5.9oz! The way they measure length is an inexact science at best, but they marked him at 19.25 inches yesterday. And as you can tell from all the pictures, he has a big noggin, measuring 35.5cm around. Avery wins the award for the biggest gainer weighing in at a whopping 12oz over birthweight (5lbs 8oz) passing up Miss Ellie who weighed in at 5lbs 7oz. The girls both measured 19 inches long and with a head size of 33.5cm. Dr. Brink seemed please with their progress and said they all looked great. We will continue to focus on getting more calories into Ellie and try to get her as much hind milk as possible, but we do not have to do any more supplements, which is great. We've been gradually eliminating the supplements over the past week and everyone seems to be doing fine. That makes our feeding process just a little less labor intensive, and therefore less time intensive too. We are happy with their progress, but to put their size in perspective, even Isaiah is below the 5th percentile and the girls are more like the 1st percentile for their age, so we have a lot of growing to do! Multiple visitors have commented that they look much smaller in person than they do in the pictures!
I have a bunch of little ideas for blog posts germinating in my brain, but haven't been able to flesh any of them out into something coherent. It could be the sleep deprivation catching up with me! Last night was actually one of our best nights recently with Michelle and I getting two straight hours of sleep a couple of times I think. It is funny though how getting that much sleep in some ways makes the night seem harder. I think it is because we actually get into a deep sleep cycle and then have a hard time coming back up to the surface of wakefulness, whereas in nights where we don't get more than half an hour of uninterrupted sleep we never really sleep so we aren't as out of it (though we do tend to be crabbier I think!).
Overall I think all of our little munchkins are doing really well. I mean, really, think how advanced they are. They shouldn't even be born yet and here they are having to breathe, eat, poop, pee, and move against gravity! That is a lot to manage! It's funny actually, because each week on Tuesday or Wednesday, Michelle and I each get an email from babycenter.com telling us what that week of pregnancy is like and how the baby is developing in utero. Seriously though, it seems like they are more alert each week and are getting more endurance for eating, which will hopefully help them keep growing big and strong. We can tell they've gotten bigger because most of the preemie clothes are too small now, though most of the newborn things still seem a little big.
Good news...we got the final pics from the photographer! If you want to see them all you can go to this website http://www.enjoyphotos.com, and fill in the following information:
Username: Therrien Triplets
We are very happy with how they turned out! The hard part now is figuring out which ones to buy and print!
Here are a few pics from the past few days