Day 2 Update
First of all, thank you all very much for the tweets, emails, Facebook messages, and blog comments sent in over the last couple of days. They all mean so much to us during this hectic period of transition. They’ve brightened Esther’s day while she struggles a bit to recover from her c-section. Having 17+ lbs. of baby removed from your body after 37 weeks and 2 days of gestation obviously takes its toll.
Emilia, William, and Jackson are doing great. The doctors and nurses say they look perfect and have passed all their tests. They also keep telling us the “cuteness factor” is extremely high with these three as well. Not sure how they test for that but hey, we’ll take it! ;-)
Everyone keeps asking “How much time do they need to spend in the NICU?”. Answer: Zero! Emilia came up to our room right after Esther was moved from recovery. The identical boys (William and Jackson) came up early the next afternoon. The only reason the boys didn’t join us right away was due to the doctors and nurses not wanting to overwhelm us the very first night.
The triplets were all there (NICU) after being delivered to be briefly evaluated by the doctors, but no breathing or temperature regulation issues were observed and they all instantly took 5mL of formula from bottles. Again, quite amazing and a blessing!
Interestingly enough, and something we were totally not aware of, our hospital (UCSD Medical Center: Hillcrest) has a “level 3” NICU which is awesome, but no nursery! What’s that mean exactly? If a baby does not require time in the NICU they send the baby (or babies) straight up to the room with Mom and Dad. That’s usually fine with a singleton, but not so great for a new triplet Mom recovering from major abdominal surgery. That leaves only Dad to try and manage 3 brand new infants and all their various needs. Mom wants badly to help of course, but can’t due to pain and whatnot associated with just going through a c-section. Let’s just say, it was a long day and a half for Dad until Mom was able to get on her feet again and help here and there…
As it stands right now, Mom and triplets are doing great and we should all be going home late this afternoon!
Finally, I want to thank Esther’s Mom Pam for being here with us and spending countless hours helping prepare for the births and for helping us take care of these brand new babies. Also, big thanks to the doctors and nurses (especially Sheila, Lindsay, and Cheryl) here at UCSD Medical Center for doing everything they can to help us and for keeping Esther comfortable while she recovers. Without their patience and knowledge this just wouldn’t have been possible.