Home Sweet Home

  
Luca James is home sweet home. The Doctor released him yesterday since his vitals were good and he wasn’t having trouble breathing. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Continue to keep him and the family in prayer so that no one else catches whatever he had. 

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Back to the Hospitalย 

Luca James
 
Last night Renae noticed that Luca was running a fever. Shortly after noticing this he began to breath very irregularly. He was breathing short shallow breaths. She immediately called the Doctor who told her how to check his respitory rate. They told her the average was someplace around 50. Higher then that and she should bring him to the ER. Luca had a rate of 100 give or take for a margin of error. 

They admitted Luca for the night and monitored him. After running a few tests they believe it to be a bronchial infection and not pneumonia. They are doing blood work trying to determine the exact cause. They have warned us the other boys may come down with whatever this is also. 

Please keep Luca, my wife, Avah and the other boys in your prayers. I will continue to update you as I find information out. Thank you. 

So Many Bottles

  
These boys can EAT! 

Thank you Dr. Brown for making a bottle that is both a life saver in the proverbial sea of infant care and a millstone around my neck. 

These stinking bottles have so many parts! In order to feed the boys we currently need 24 bottles a day and around a liter and a half of formula. These bottles are fantastic for the boys as the help with colic and gas however they are a headache to wash and prepare. Anyone who says, “sleep while they sleep or do dishes/laundry while they sleep” has clearly never had triplets. 
Just figured I’d share my love hate relationship with Dr. Brown. 

TWINS!

Jaxson (left) and Luca (right) are identical twins. Jaxson is clearly much larger then his younger (by 1 minute) brother. This was due to the fact that in the womb Jaxson was taking more of the nutrients from his twin. This is common with twins but it can be dangerous. Luca will eventually catch up with his brother. It’s so funny to watch them interact with each other and with us. They act alike and in close up photos it is nearly impossible to tell them apart.  

God has his hand on these babies from day one and they are absolutely perfect! We are so happy to have all three of our little guys safe, sound, and at home with us. 

 

Jax The Giant
  
 

The Boys are One Month Old!ย 

Happy birthday to my sweet boys! 

Left to right: Noah, Luca, Jaxson  
So much has happened in the last week! We are so happy to report that the boys are all out of the isolettes and are eating on their own, so that means no feeding tubes! 

They are in open cribs now and this is the last step for them before they are able to come home.  They have seriously accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. We are so very proud of them! 

Here is the update on their weights 

  • Jaxson is 5 pounds
  • Luca is 4 pounds 7 ounces
  • Noah is 4 pounds 6 ounces 

The only thing keeping them in the hospital is their occasional episodes of bradycardia which is a sudden drop in their heart rate.  This is a common thing in premie babies and they generally grow out of it, but as long as these are happening they can’t send them home.  They have to not have any episodes for at least 5 days before they can come home. Every time they have an episode the clock starts over again. So prayers are appreciated please! 

We are getting very close to having them home with us! At least one baby could come as early as next week! We are just taking things one day at a time as things can change everyday. It’s getting harder and harder to leave them at the hospital. I just desperately want my babies home where they belong, but I know they are in good hands and if they need a little extra time then that’s okay with me.

  
Jaxson (baby A) is our “fatty baby” he is always leading the pack in weight. 

Nickname is Action Jaxson because he decided he was ready to come out, thus starting my labor and leading to the birth of our three precious boys. He also likes to move a lot and kick his monitors off of his feet. 

  
Luca (baby B) is Jaxson’s identical twin.

 His nickname is Laid Back Luca. He was smashed in between Jax and Noah in my belly, so when he was born he wasted no time stretching out and prefers a sprawled out position. 

  
Noah (baby C) has the most hair. You will have to take my word for it since he has a hat on in this picture. He also likes to smile a lot!

Noah’s nickname is Noisy Noah. He is very vocal and doesn’t so much like when his brothers are getting more attention than him.  He is also known for peeing on the nurses so they have nicknamed him Mr. Peabody.

It’s so funny how they all have their own personalities already. We just can’t wait to get them home so Avah can finally meet them. It has been so hard on her to be patient, but soon and very soon our whole family will be under one roof! 

Thanks for reading!! ๐Ÿ’™

-Renae

3 week update

The boys are doing great! I can’t believe they are already 3 weeks old! There really isn’t too much to share but I thought I would update with weights and some pictures. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Jaxson is 4 pounds 6 ounces 
  • Luca is 3 pounds 15 ounces
  • Noah is 4 pounds 

All the boys are now regulating their own body temperature which is a huge accomplishment. They get to wear cute little shirts now (which of course swallow their tiny bodies).

There are now all learning how to take a bottle as well as breastfeed and this can take some time because they haven’t quite developed the reflex to suck yet. This is one of the major things the boys will have to get really good at before being able to come home with us. It could still be several weeks for this to happen, but the boys are all learning and growing everyday and we know they will get the hang of it!
Here is a picture of me feeding Jaxson. 

 Here is Noah 

This is a picture of the twins looking all identical and such ๐Ÿ˜  Luca on top and Jaxson on bottom  
Thanks for all the continued prayers and support! They boys are doing great! 
With love,

Renae  

2 weeks old!ย 

I can’t believe the boys are already 2 weeks old! Just wanted to give a quick update, they are all doing very well! They are each growing and increasing the amount of milk they are getting and the amount of calories being fortified into the breast milk. I’m trying desperately to keep up with the demand, but it’s inevitable that they will need to be supplemented with some formula eventually, and that’s okay. Producing enough milk for 3 babies is tough! Other than that we really don’t have very much to update, and that is a great thing! They are just trying to fatten the babies up so they can come home with us. 

 Here are a few pictures from Father’s Day! It was such a special moment to get to hold all the babies at the same time. I’m sure they liked being together again too ๐Ÿ˜Š  
 

Thank you for the continued prayers, clearly they are working! God is so faithful and we are confident he is going to use our boys to show the doctors just how mighty He is! 
Prayer request:

Noah has been on an antibiotic because his blood culture was positive for an infection. He is already doing better and has been decreased from 2 antibiotics to just 1.  We are believing for it to clear up very soon so he can get that IV out and be more comfortable. 

Thanks again,

Renae

Random Facts

I’ve learned a few things about preemies:

They give my boys a dose of caffeine to help them to remember to breathe. Because of the boys being born so early their brains haven’t completely developed and so they don’t always remember to breathe. The caffeine helps keep their little brains thinking and so it helps them to remember to breathe. Just think… You take caffeine to remember what you’ve got to do at work and have the energy to complete it… They take caffeine to remember to inhale and exhale! Pretty crazy right?!

Their weight will go down before it goes up… This is true for our little guys. Current weights are:

Jaxson – 3lbs 6oz 

Luca – 2lbs 11oz

Noah – 3lbs

The reason the babies must stay in the isolette is because they can not regulate their own body temperature. When they are moved to a normal crib it is a huge milestone for them!

Dad’s First Touch

My job has me out of town this week and I am extremely sad about this. I want nothing more then to see my boys but “a man who doesn’t work doesn’t eat”. 

Yesterday I finally had the chance to hold one of my boys. AXtion JAXson had his first encounter with dad outside of his isolette. It was an amazing moment to say the least for me. I think he was just happy I was warm. 

Things hadn’t really sunk in yet for me. I know I’ve got 3 baby boys but it just hadn’t hit me. I didn’t really understand the gravity of what God entrusted me with until the moment I took Jaxson into my arms. As the nurse helped get him into my shirt (they prefer to have skin to skin contact) I felt as if she was Atlas placing the world on top of me. Instantly a love came over me that I couldn’t explain or express in that moment. I love these boys more than words could possibly explain. They don’t need to earn my love or do anything to keep it. I love them just because. 

This is the type of love God has for us. It is unconditional and freely given to us just because. What a truly great God to give us such an undeserved love freely. 

As Jaxson slept comfortably on my chest I began to cry. I can’t explain everything I felt in that moment but it was an amazing time. 
My love for my wife, daughter, and boys has grown so much over the past week. God continues to reveal His faithfulness and love to me and I just hope I can show my family what he is showing me.