Friday, December 29, 2006

Bath Night

UUMMMMMM, no formula smell, no poopy smell, clean clothes.................wait, nope 2 pooped. was a good 10 minutes!!
Cameron on the left, Cora in Yellow and Carter looking handsome in blue!

Girly pic today!

Cameron is on the left & Cora is on the right

Thursday, December 28, 2006

6#'s 3 oz

Yesterday, all three babes had their RSV shot!!

Weight check....all three of them are

Carter is a champ & exceeding an 1 1/2 ounce gain a day....he is eating us out of house & home! Girls are growing right on track at 1 ounce gain daily!

The babies are becoming more alert and still holding their 3 1/2 hour feeding schedule.

Love to all!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Cameron is ready for the Lake!

Who put the bow on Carter? Yes, that will cost hours of therapy!

Cora also received the same Swim Suit & Stylish Sunglasses - Unfortunately, Mommy forgot a picture!

Christmas Morning - What an amazing Christmas

Collin must have been a REALLY good boy! Check out the real Hockey Gear!

uummmmmMMMMMMMMM Prime Rib - Perfection!

Christmas Eve - My Boys!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

12-21 - new Pictures!! 3.5 weeks old

Meyers Christmas!

Christmas with Meyers 12/20

12-19, 12-20, 12-21

12-19 - Christmas with the Breningers!!! Our Annual Christmas Cookie Baking....Candycanes, Gingerbreadmen galore!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

3 weeks 2 days!

Babies are doing great. Home Health visited Monday and the babies weights are:

Cora - 5#'s 12 oz
Cameron - 5#'s 10 oz
Carter - 5#'s 6 oz

They are gaining about an ounce and 1/2 a day! They are taking 75 cc's at every feeding and today we are trying the Playtex Drop in bottle and as they have outgrown the Hospital bottle & nipple (only holds 75 cc's)!!

As Christmas approaches, cards are mailed, gifts are wrapped, baking is complete, I pause and admire the twinkle in Collin's eye with anticipation of Santa's visit, the 3 beautiful healthy babies, the supportive husband that God has given me and I quickly am reminded through sleepy eyes, lack of shower, non brushed teeth for the 2nd day in a row and the smell of baby poop ......... Yes, I am blessed. Truely, blessed.

Merry Christmas to each and all of you. Lots of pictures to follow in the next week!

Much Love,

Sunday, December 17, 2006

3 weeks tomorrow!!!

Babes sleep, eat & poop. So far, us rookies are managing great!

Enjoy latest pictures...

Much Love,

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Day 17!

Pedi appt today went great!

Cora 5#'s 6 oz / 18" long

Cameron 5#'s 3 oz / 17.75" long

Carter 4#'s 12 oz / 17.75" long

Yesterday, Jenny Wheat came by and took some pictures of the babes. More to come later this week, but here is a sample! Left to Right - Carter, Cameron & Cora.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

12/11 & 12/12 - New PIctures!!!

Great Grandma Visits! Hands are full!


Sunday, December 10, 2006

Day 12 & 13

Our family is home.....complete and healthy. Here are pictures from our trip home. The circus adventure through the hospital turned a few heads as they loaded the babes up in the wagon to get them to the car. Carter went with us to ensue his sisters came home safely. Collin went to a movie with his favorite girls and now can proudly do the "Happy Feet" dance.

Our first night home last night was great! It was an adventure! Chris & I did fine, if I do say so myself. They are eating on the same schedule, every 3 hours. Both girls came home on Zantac for Reflux and are on a special formula that is hypoallergenic (EXPENSIVE, YIKES!).
Our night time feedings are a little trial and error but both Chris & I get up, each of us take one baby and feed. The first babe done, ends up with the other burping while the babe finishes up their bottle and the free hands get the third baby and feed. We can feed all three, diaper in 45 minutes. Not too bad for a couple of rookies. Chris slept in this morning and then I napped this afternoon, ready for night two!
So far, the reflux is under control and all sleep well between feedings and do not have any painful cries or spitups.

I have to say that although our time in the hospital was the LONGEST of my life, St. Lukes of Kansas City was an amazing hospital with more amazing staff. Special thanks to all of the nurses but a special few (Theresa, Lindsey, John, Diana, Daryn & Carol) who really took time with our kiddos and made a special mark on our heart.

Thank you all for our friends and family that have prayed with us, cried with us, visited, brought gifts, diapers, formula, dinner, and cold beer! You are all invaluable in our lives and Chris & I are so very blessed to have you all in our lives.

It is the most amazing miracle to have all of us home. It is hard to belive that less than one year ago we were pursuing adoption. Either path would have completed our family and we are so grateful to have our prayers answered.
I will get pictures of the babies together tomorrow and post as they will be 2 weeks old!

Much love to all.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

DAY 12. . . .

OFF TO PICK UP OUR GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Thursday, December 07, 2006

Collin & Cora 12/6 (9 days old)

Little love from Big Brother!

Little love from Big Brother!

Dad, Mom, Collin, Cameron & Cora 12/6 St. Lukes

Comeron is on the left and Cora is on the right


Yesterday was a little improvement for the girls. They are up to eating about 60% of their feedings. Cameron during the day did a little better than Cora did.

THEN, last night, Cora pulled out her feeding tube and has 4 FULL feeds. If she continues, we are on the right track!.

Pics from yesterday!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

12/5 Update & new pictures from today

Carter went to the hospital today with us to talk some sense into the "Divas". Carter also had a big day as he had his very first ped's appointment. He is a whopping 4lbs 3 oz and growing strong. He ate a total of 303 cc's today which continues to rise daily. He also had his first bath tonight which was not a big hit but he was certainly ready for his bottle when we finished!

Cameron & Cora's update. While we were at the hosptial both girls ate close to 30 cc's and the balance (17cc's by the feeding tube). Tonight they have both lost weight again. Cameron lost almost 2 ounces and Cora lost 1 1/2 ounces. Sounds like we may change their formula tomorrow, perhaps try thickening and a higher calorie.

I had read that the longest days of your lives are the time they are in the hospital without you. They truely are the longest days of our lives. When you live, feed to feed, every three hours, time seems to tick very slowly. Progress is what we need. Prayers is what we need more of. We are anxiously awaiting their "light bulb" to come on very soon. Our family is very incomplete without them home and mommies heart hurts a lot.

12/4 Update

Carter is doing great at home. Collin decided that Carter needed a bedtime story too.

Cora lost 20 grams and Cameron lost 10 grams. Their feeding continues to be a struggle. They are taking about 1/2 by mouth and the rest by feeding tube. They are showing signs of acid refulx so they started Zantac last night. Should be 3-4 days for us to see if it is going to help them.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

12/3 Update

Carter came home last night and is doing great! He ate like a champ and slept great. He is weighing at a whopping 4'2oz today.

The girls are struggling a bit with their eating and showing no signs of giving up their feeding tube. They take about 15 cc's by mouth and then decide they prefer to have their rest of their feeding the "easy way". However, the docs tell us it can be any day that the "light bulb" comes on. The girls weighted 4.6 (cameron) and 4.9(cora) tonight!

The days have become a little longer with trips to hospital to see the girls twice a day! Pray they come home soon!

Love to all!

12/2 Pics

Babes are doing great.

12/1 Monitor free, Carter is tube free

12/2 All passed hearing tests; Carter discharged!

48 hours old

They kiddos are 48 hours old here! 11/29 evening

They arrived 11/27 at 34w5d!!!!!!!!

They arrived Monday 11/27!!!
Cora weighed in at 4 pounds 13 ounces
Cameron weight in at 4 pounds 10 ounces
Carter weighted in at 4 pounds 7 ounces
They did not need any oxygen or breathing tubes! They did receive a feeding tube.
They all went into isolettes for 2 days. On Wednesday they were all placed into open cribs!