December 28, 2006

The One Week Mark




Wow! Thank you God for the week these little triplets have had! I understand that there are going to be ups and downs through all of this, but these guys have done so good. Yesterday, Gabbie went from the oscillating ventilator to the regular ventilator. Today ALL 3 required NO VENTILATOR!!! The nurses said it is basically unheard of to go straight from the oscillating ventilator to no ventilator at all. Yesterday Greta got to do a "laying of hands" on both Gabbie and Niklas where you place your hands completely over the top of the baby creating sort of a blanket. They absolutely love this. Today we both got to hold Lukas, which was absolutely awesome. It's hard to wait an entire week to hold them. In the picture, Lukas is on C-PAP which is esentially oxygen over the nose. Anyway, thanks to everyone for the positive thoughts and prayers.


December 26, 2006

Update


Things have been really quiet over the past few days. Gabbie had an air leak in one of her lungs today similar to the type that Niklas had, but she is recovering from that very nicely as well. All three babies made small amounts of progress on their oxygen requirements as well. Lukas is down to "room air" on his ventilator setting, which means that he requires no more oxygen than is in the air.

All 3 babies have PDAs as well (no I am not buying them tech gadgets already). This is a passageway in the heart that remains open in utero, but closes after birth. Since our babies are 28 weekers, that valve is still open. They were given medication today to stimulate the heart valve to close. Tomorrow, the babies should be stable enough that we should be able to touch and interact with them a little bit more.

December 23, 2006

The Honeymoon

All three of our babies were doing very well right after the birth. Lukas and Niklas required only C-Pap which is essentially oxygen over the nose, while Gabbie required help from the ventilator. However all 3 moved were eventually on the ventilator and then the oscillating ventilator. The oscillating ventilator delivers 700 gentle breaths per minute keeping the lungs gently inflated. It's very common for pre-mature babies to make backwards steps like this their first few days out of the womb due to the stress. Niklas suffered an air leak in one of his lungs, but he recovered from it quite nicely. All 3 babies have been under the blue jaundice light at one time or another as well. With all of that being said, they are still doing very well and nothing out of the ordinary for babies born at 28 weeks. At around 34 weeks of gestation a babies lungs start producing a chemical called surfactant. This gives the lungs an elastic property that causes them to open back up after an exhale. Our babies are 28 weeks, so they do not yet produce this chemical, so they are given it artificially and are put on the ventilator. The ventilator allows them to be more comfortable while their lungs develop, as trying to breathe without surfactant is much too stressful.

December 21, 2006

The Arrival

Today we went to our weekly appointment at Dr. Bryant's office. We were excited for this appointment because they were going to measure and weigh the babies which we were expecting to be around 3 lbs at this point. However, when the sonographer plugged all of the numbers into the equation babies 'A' and 'B' weighed approximately 2 lbs 15 oz while baby 'C' weighed in at only 1 lb 12 oz. I suddenly became very concerned seeing almost a 1 lb gap between in the babies.

Shortly after the ultrasound, we were escorted into the "comfy" room with the nice couches, the room in which I figured we were about to hear some bad news. Dr. Bryant informed us that the placenta for baby 'C' was experiencing "Reverse Diastolic Flow", a condition in which the placenta does not get ideal blood flow. Although the baby has fallen in behind in growth, Dr. Bryant was confident that everything was okay with the baby, but given this condition he had about 48-72 hours of viability left. Greta and I were faced with a choice.

Option 1: Since all 3 babies occupy their own sac, we could continue the pregnancy allowing 'A' and 'B' more time to incubate at the expensive of baby 'C'.

Option 2: Deliver the babies now, giving 'C' a chance, but presenting more risk to 'A' and 'B'.

This seemed to be a no brainer for Greta and I, and we chose to deliver the evening of the 21st. It was very strange to be in the operating room just a few hours after our routine appointment. The babies were delivered in a matter of minutes, and were rushed out of the room to be stabilized. Everyone seemed to be doing fairly well the first evening, even the little guy.

Born December 21st 2006 at 9:32 p.m. Niklas Robert Myers 2lb 13 oz
Born December 21st 2006 at 9:32 p.m. Gabriella Maria Myers 2lb 13 oz
Born December 21st 2006 at 9:34 p.m. Lukas Dailius Myers 1lb 12 oz

December 13, 2006

27 Weeks


We experienced a little too much exictement over the past 24 hours. On the night of the 12th, Greta experienced "stabbing" pains in her abdomen all night long which she described as digestive pains. We expained this to Dr. Bryant during our appointment on Wednesday and he seemed mildly concerned especially since Greta's cervical length has now shrunk to about 1.5 cm from 2.4 the week before. So, we made another trip over to St. Joseph for observation feeling all too much like professionals at doing so. Everyone thought that she would be there for at least 3-4 days like she was last time but, to our surprise, she was released later that day. They gave the babies another round of steroid shots to hasten lung development that day(they received similar treatment when Greta was hospitalized at 23 weeks), and another round the following morning of the 14th. In all of the excitement, I forgot to take the pictures from the doctor's office, hopefully I can pick them up next week. Greta and I are really having a hard time "holding our breath" through all of this, as it seems time has dramatically slowed down since her first trip to the hospital. Thanks again for all of the calls and visits. Here is a picture of the babies from the outside for a change.

December 6, 2006

26 Weeks




I have been falling behind on these blog posts again because of the proliferation of chores to do around the house. Really, it's shocking how much Greta did around the house. I always thought that I did my fair share, but I think I may have been wrong about that. This week was relatively uneventful except for work, the laundry, the cleaning, the cooking, the shopping, the dog and the worrying on top of it all. Twenty-Six weeks is a good milestone, but we still have our eyes set on the 30 week mark. After that we will concentrate on the "gravy", which is what I am calling every day past 30 weeks. Things have been pretty tough for Greta lately, she never goes outside, has constant heartburn, is continuously in pain and is also worried about the babies staying put. Thanks to everyone who has visited lately and has been thinking about us.

November 28, 2006

25 Weeks




At this point, Greta and I are in the "one week at a time" mode. Every week that the babies stay in there is really huge at this point. Our next big milestone is the 30 week mark, at which point the potential for complications and long term effects goes down substantially. Greta was having some minor contractions again and they hooked her up to the monitor for an hour. Turns out that the contractions she was experiencing were mild and not consistent so she was allowed to go back to being on the couch.

November 26, 2006

The Triplet Calendar

We have had a lot of offers for help at this point. In fact, my Mom and Dad spent Thanksgiving weekend at our house helping me catch up on a bunch of projects and to start to get the nursery ready. So, in response to all of the offers for help, I have decided to put up a web calendar to facilitate all of this. This feels kind of strange, since both of us are not the type to solicit help, but everyone has told us not to be shy about it due to the monumental scope of what is about to hit us. The idea of the calendar is pretty simple, and should allow people to see when we are actually getting help such as meals being brought over, babysitting, or when we are having house cleaning services come in etc., etc. It should also help with overlap, if you would like to help or just come over to visit, check out the calendar first and then just add yourself to it. Just click on the "Triplet Calendar" link on the left side of this page. At this point the calendar is going to be pretty empty, but I wanted to get this done considering how unpredictable things are right now.

24 Weeks




At this point, I have just been trying to adjust to taking on all of the household tasks. This has really opened my eyes to how much stuff Greta actually did around the house. The upside to all of this is that I have become a much better cook. We have been without incident over the past week, and Greta is just suffering from boredom more than anything else. At this appointment, no further cervical change was noticed, but Greta was put on the contraction monitor for about an hour just to make sure. We do have some flare ups of the contractions every now and then, but Greta is learning to rotate to different positions to keep them to a minimum.



November 14, 2006

23 Weeks




Once again there has been a lag with these posts, mostly due to the excitement of the 23 week mark. On November 13th, Greta began to feel some minor contractions. This was nothing new, in fact we had been to the hospital for something similar a few weeks earlier, but the doctors said it was nothing to worry about. However, Greta was timing them this time and noticed that they were only a few minutes apart. So, that afternoon we went to the hospital just to be safe. The major thing that they look at when examining is cervical length, and if it begins to shorten there is a cause for concern. Up until this point, Greta has always measured 35mm and this was also the case on this trip to the hospital. Again, the doctors figured it was just irritability, sent us home, but told Greta to return in the morning for another examination just to be sure. In addition, Dr. Bryant (our specialist) felt that it was time for Greta to be on bedrest. That morning she measured .25mm which is a pretty dramatic change in length, so they admitted her to the hospital. They gave her medication to stop the contractions which were occurring every 2 or 3 minutes, and gave the babies a steroid to hasten lung development should the deliver. Honestly, this was some pretty scary stuff. A neonatologist came in Greta's room and gave us the hard and cold facts about our odds if the babies were delivered at this stage. Most babies born between 20 and 24 weeks do not survive, and if they do they spend months in the hospital and have a very huge risk of suffering adverse health effects. The next day, the contractions had slowed way down to 3-4 an hour, which was a big relief. Greta stayed in the hospital until Friday afternoon at which point she was sent home on bedrest. We have been incident free so far. At this point, we have to take it one day at a time as each day the babies are in there, the better their chances are.


October 23, 2006

20 Weeks




So it has taken a little too long for me to get this post up. These are from our appointment on October 23rd, which was actually a big milestone. At this appointment they look thoroughly for signs of a number of abnormalities and diseases. The look at the major organs, heartbeat, blood supply, signs improper lip development and thickening of the skin on the back of the neck. This is the point where people with a singleton pregnancy get their ultrasound to make sure everything is ok and find out the sex of the baby. I am getting pretty used to having all of these pictures taken every other week, but needless to say, I held my breath through this appointment. I gradualy felt better and better as we got the "all-clear" every step of the way. So, just past the halfway point in the pregnancy, everybody is looking very healthy. They are almost 1 pound each and are becoming very active. There is hardly a moment that goes by where one of them isn't moving, kicking, or punching. We also got video of the ultra sound at this appointment as well. The doctor found out about the blog and gave me a couple of clips to post immediately. This clip is very short, but I plan on transferring the rest of the video sometime soon. You are looking at the heartbeat of triplet 1.

October 6, 2006

18 Weeks

Well it's taken a little while for me to get caught up on this. The images below are from Greta's appointment on 10-06, which I was unable to attend. The doctors were able to confirm that we are having 2 boys and 1 girl, so we really have produced an instant family. We also had our first mini-scare on the 10th. Greta started having an uncomfortable tightness in her stomach, so our specialist recommended that we head over to St. Joseph's just to make sure everyting was OK. Everything turned out fine, but it is apparently normal for a uterus with 3 babies in it to experience irritation and tiny contractions. Greta will probably have to start spending more time resting from here on out. Our next appointment is on the 23rd of October.



September 27, 2006

17 Weeks

Today, my mom came along for the appointment. We were very excited to find out the sexes, but the verdict still stands at Boy, Boy, and probably Girl. Baby number 2 seems to be very shy and is hesitant to expose his/her parts. Greta and I are both hoping for #2 to be a girl. At this point everyting is completely normal and healthy with Greta, but just to be safe our specialist wants to start seeing us once a week. I guess that means we can see more pictures. Fortunately, our doctor told us today that Greta's tissue "scans well", whatever that means. I guess Greta can put that on her resume.

September 11, 2006

15 Weeks


Now we are bringing along guests to our appointments! This time Greta brought along her friend Jenny to view this amazing miracle. We were able to determine the sex on 2 of the triplets, at this point it looks very much like we have 2 boys and one girl. They were fairly confident about the 2 boys, but we will not know for sure what the sexes are until our next appointment.

August 28, 2006

13 Weeks


Here are the triplets at 13 weeks, they are definetely starting to look like little babies now. It actually looks like the triplet in the picture on the upper right is attempting to suck his/her thumb.

August 14, 2006

11 Weeks





This ultrasound was taken upon our return from Lithuania, on our firt visit with our specialist at about 11 weeks.

August 4, 2006

9 Weeks

This is the triplets at about 9 weeks. This was the first ultrasound that I got to see, which took place in Vilnius, Lithuania.