"34 weeks"

Monday, March 21, 2016

My babies are 2 weeks old!
or "34 weeks"
Oh my!
My "goal" was 34 weeks, but what a wonderful surprise
 to get to meet them earlier than expected.

How blessed we are that they are so healthy and learning what they need to come home with us! 

Over the past week they have lost alittle weight, but then gained it back plus more. Asher and Aspen are wearing big boy and girl clothes! No more just diapers. Cross our tiny boy wore his first outfit today! He just needs a bit more fat to help him maintain his body temp and will be catching up soon!

Last week Aspen and Asher's oxygen was removed, Cross did not require any since birth, no more IVs, they are now feeder-growers! They are tolerating their feeds and taking their vitamins:). 

The doctor ordered a brain sono just as a precaution, major problems are rare at 32 weeks, but I'm thankful for the extra Checking. Everything was normal. 

They are starting to learn how to eat orally, they are making great progress and eating more everytime we try. Aspen is food motivated! Most of the time she takes her whole feed in the bottle, if she keeps this up she will be coming home first!

They love to be held and we love to hold them... 
They make the sweetest noises like little baby dinosaurs. 

The last few days have been pretty exciting (for me). 

We had a photographer from "The tiny footprints project" come take photos of them. It's a wonderful organization that provides this free service to NICU families. We will look back on these memories and smile. We are so blessed. There is currently only photography for the DFW area, so if you are a photographer please consider donating alittle of your time- what a beautiful service you'd be providing. 

I got to snuggle them all skin to skin -together- for the first time. Cross thought he was an only child and was enjoying his freedom... He was a worm and fussy, then he got some lunch in his tummy and settled down alittle. It was pretty magical.
 I still can't believe they are mine... 

Here are some pictures our nurse took while the photographer was there so I could have a few now, I'm so impatient! 
And some pictures from today... Our skin to skin time. 

Thanks to everyone for being apart of our journey. We have no clue how we got so lucky. 

This is what a MIRACLE looks like...
Aspen, Cross, Asher 

If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart. 
Soon enough they will be too big to hold together. 

God IS Good.

They're here!

Monday, March 14, 2016

It's been a week!
What a week it has been.

I certainly didn't expect to goto my (32 week
appointment and then be told we are delivering TODAY!

I was sad and glad. Sad that I couldn't not get them further, but GLAD they would be soon be out and in my arms safe... I was starting to have anxiety everyday that something was going to happen.
We made it.  


Scrubbing in
Here comes Daddy!

More waiting...
Here we go... Major panic behind the smile.
Everyone was excited!  

And... they're coming... 

Hard work having 3 babies. I need a nap.


Today they are one week old and are doing SO well.   They will be in the NICU for at least 3-4 weeks, they are all "Feeders/Growers", off oxygen, IVs and only having feeding tubes. They start to bottle feed this week. Another answered prayer, they are moving right along for being born early.

We are so impressed and PROUD. 

 Asher born at 6:01 PM  3lbs. 10oz

Aspen born at 6:02 PM  3lbs. 14oz

Cross at 6:02 PM.  2lbs. 15oz

Thanks for being apart of our journey. 
God is SO good.
Holding them is surreal
We have been abundantly blessed.

What they don't know...

Saturday, March 5, 2016

What they don't know...

I don't think you have to be an expectant parent of multiples, or currently raising multiples to imagine the strange questions, rude remarks (though not always on purpose), intrusive questions, and staring like we are an attraction.

The blessings out way all this no doubt, but it's still infuriating when I hear some of it...
 Particularly for me.

You're going to be so busy!
So? Are you not busy? Why is being busy a bad thing... I laid in bed for almost 9 months, bored out of my mind, for them... Keeping them safe-
 I need some excitement. Even some chaos. 
I'll take it- gladly especially if that means I get them. 
Instead maybe tell me how blessed I am. 

How are you going to afford it? 
True story: Somehow every time we've hit a bump we've been provided for.  Whether it was amazing blessings from family and friends (sometimes strangers-other moms of multiples, gave us free or heavily discounted items), or just praying for something to fall into place and make this easier- and it did. 

"Are they natural? Did you do anything special?"
First of all, if that's all you have to say don't say anything. If that's your first thought and question I suspect you aren't genuine. 
Where's my congratulations and celebration, is that all you're thinking about? 
Do I walk around asking you how you got pregnant? About your sex life? 
Or Your medical history?
Here's your answer once and for all to know- the good ol' fashion way.
Even if I DID use some sort of IVF, IUI, Injections...
Why does that matter- does it make them less important? Babies are babies... Miracles, no matter how they arrive.
(&do you know how expensive that all is?) God bless those who DO have to go that route.

Are you going to breastfeed all three? 
Really? I'm rolling my eyes right now.  
I'll do what I am able to do and what is best for them (and ME). You can't anticipate the future, what you're able to produce- I'm smart enough to hope for the best, but not set up unrealistic expectations for myself. 
It shouldn't matter to anyone else. 
But, Yes I did for a brief period. 

Are you going to have them "naturally"?
Again, none of your business. 
Is there a natural way to bring your child/children in to world? 
(Almost as bad as asking "are they natural"... Nope they are fake, what?!!)
You can plan all you want, and I hope it goes according to that "plan" but this might be your first taste of- having a child means you can't "plan" for things to go your way. 
Learn to adapt. And respect.
{these two questions can be innocent- but ask yourself why do you care?} judgement?  

This one doesn't bother me too much, It just really confuses me... 
"Are you going to have more/you are done right?"
I have NO idea. Did you {would you} start planning your next child while still pregnant (with 3) or a month post p. My guess is no.
Can I survive these first? I need to make sure I can keep them alive and healthy for at least a year before I consider more!
{ I think that's pretty responsible of me! }

To be continued...

The comments-

From a man, "my mom would have killed herself". (Well good thing you weren't/aren't a triplet).

"You're never going to leave the house again." Maybe not, but that means I don't have to see you for more unnecessary comments! 

"My friend has twins"
Great. Congratulations? 
{what do I say next}

"Are these you're first"
{innocent question}
My first thoughts, "this is about to become uncomfortable... They have no idea..." 

"Your so small, where are you hiding them" 
My hips can assure you they are all there, and the scale doesn't lie, but God bless you! I think I love you.

{32 weeks! Thurston Triplets!}

All of these annoying comments and questions bring one thing to mind immediately. What they don't know is I've had to say goodbye to 3 children that should be here. 
No amount of Chaos, stress, stupid questioning etc, can compare to the stress, chaos and emotions I've already dealt with. 
I want to scream, "if you only knew!"

But,  I'll take it all if that means I get them. 

{I have a feeling I'm going to be editing this in the future as the craziness continues.}

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