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.