Monday, January 28, 2013

Feeding Frenzy

Today is the triplets actual due date, and yesterday was their one month mark.  According to Taya and Bennett's weights today (6.15 and 7.6) plus Anderson's weight from Friday (8.5 + about 6 ounces like Taya gained over the same period, that would put him at 8.11), that would put their total weight at 23 lbs.  I don't know how close that would have been to actual birthweight but regardless, that is a lot of baby!  It is a good thing that she had them when she did!
These weight numbers are from Friday:
Taya
Bennett
Anderson
As I was thinking today about the past month and all of the amazing things that have come our way, I realized that I never even mentioned that on the exact same day that the triplets were born they had two cousins born too!  One was Beau and Amy's little son Tennyson, who was actually a huge surprise to come when he did.  Amy was due two days before Emily (which would have been 1/26/13), and he decided to come a few weeks early!  He was an awesomely perfect little baby and their story is one you should hear, pretty amazing!  The other cousin born on the same day was to my cousin Spencer and his wife Michelle.  Their baby Sam decided to show up on their first anniversary!  Lots of cousins born on the same day, pretty special!  (Sorry Spencer, I don't have any pictures of your kid!)
Cousin Tennyson

So, we have really been feeling like we have got this whole triplet thing down...well, that was our thought anyway.  Today, my mother-in-law left, and now we feel like lost little sheep.  For all of you who know my mother-in-law, she is the neatest person, she was such a HUGE help, she would do the laundry, make dinners, help with feedings in the middle of the night, etc, etc, etc.  Needless to say, we are not as ready as we thought we were.  Thank the heavens that my mom will be here tomorrow to help out!  Those of you who know my mom, know that she is a HUGE help too!  She also has helped with the laundry, the feedings, the dinners, etc, etc, etc.  We are thrilled to have some more help for the next couple of weeks from our moms.  They really are the best moms anyone could ask for!  THANK YOU!!!
Grandma Jewkes
Grammy Hutchings
It sure feels as if our world right now revolves around the hours of 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 10pm, 2am and 6am.  Those are the hours these little tikes wake up to get their bottles.  And do they like their bottles! Usually.  It is a chore and sometimes we get lucky enough to be the only ones to feed them, so we have to get creative with feeding them.  Today while I was at work and school, Cooper decided to pitch in and fed 2 babies!  Even our little man Coop is getting the hang of the feedings!  Now we just need to teach him how to change their little bums.  After all is said and done, we can usually have all 3 fed and diapered in about 30 minutes, not too bad if I say so myself!  Based on this we are changing 21 diapers a day, give or take about 3, and we are going through about a can of formula a day!  It seems like a lot, but we wouldn't change it for anything in the world.  I think that everyone should be blessed to have multiples (yes, I realize I am saying this after only a month, but I mean it).
Cooper showing us how it's done!
While Emily was still in the hospital, a nurse came in to the room to ask if she could take pictures of the babies for her portfolio, she has a side job of photographer.  We said that would be fine (because she said she'd do it for free!).  Anyway, she came over yesterday to take some pictures, it was kind of fun, except that it took about 2+ hours.  She said that is usually about the time it takes her to do a shoot for a singleton baby, so she must've done really well with the triplets!  Here are a couple of "behind the scenes" and preview pictures:




Also recently, we have realized that our 2 boys look like they are going to be redheads, especially Bennett!  I have tried to get a good view of the color, but it is hard, this is all I have gotten so far of Bennett:

And some random shots for your viewing pleasure:

Burritos, Hutchings' Style





Thursday, January 24, 2013

And.....Action!


The babies are 4 weeks old today!  I can't believe how fast time flies.  Not only is it their 4 week mark, but today they made their acting debut.  It was fun, we had a lot of camera crew and equipment in our home.  They were here for about 4-5 hours filming, interviewing  and taking pictures.  It is amazing to me how much goes into a 30 second commercial!  We even had the boys at school today so they couldn't mess stuff up by running around, screaming/crying and jumping off of all sorts of furniture.  We did however pull Cooper out of school a little bit early so they could do a few shots of the brothers running around and holding the babies. They got some sound of them too which I'm sure they will have plenty of!  It was great fun, and the crew was very friendly and easy to work with, so a big public thank you to 3 Advertising and all involved who were here today in this process!  They even told Emily that she could do some voice-over work if she wants, I say she should! (I was told by the director that I could put some pictures on the blog, so it's cool!)
The Crew!

This could come across as naughty!
The kids in their acting debut.
Some have asked about Emily because she is pretty much a recluse these days (just kidding).  She is doing very well!  I think that the lack of sleep is catching up with her a little bit though.  She has been so happy with the babies, and loving every minute with them.  She is a very content mother of triplets!  I can't say enough about how amazing she has been!  She is always getting up with and feeding the babies, she is the one that changes their bums, she is just a trooper!  I love her and her love of being a mother.  I feel as though I have been kind of an absentee father, I guess I kind of have been with work and then school.
Feeding Time
PRES is awesome!

Awesome shirts!  Thanks Deahl!
Our little Aunt Jemima!
Till next time!  Oh yeah.  For all of you in the NM area, they said they will begin airing the commercial in 2-3 weeks, I guess it won't make it in time for the Super Bowl.  Oh well.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Home

We are finally getting some-what used to having 3 little babies at home.  It is fun!  The brothers are SO nice to them, and want to hold them all the time.  Ethan sometimes gets a little too excited and jumps on the couch next to them (or on them), and then when he gets down he'll get his foot caught in Taya or Bennett's nose hose and it yanks on their face and they start to cry.  For the most part though things have been good.  The babies are all on a good schedule, they wake up at 2:00 and 5:30 for their nightly feedings, which really isn't too bad!  It allows us to get a couple of little cat-naps in throughout the night.

We have a homehealth nurse come in twice a week to check Bennett and Taya, since they were the ones that came on oxygen.  She checks their vitals, weight, oxygen levels, etc.  She came on Thursday (1/17/13), and both Bennett and Taya were at least 1 pound above their birth weight.  The nurse said that she thinks we can wean them off of the oxygen possibly this next week.  It is such a hassle to have these kids on oxygen (especially with a 4 year old brother who doesn't pay attention to anything!), so hopefully we will be oxygen tank-less next week.
Checking weight and vitals at home
It is so funny to walk into our house.  We have a pack-n-play set up by the front door where they take naps, next to that we have their 3 carseats, when you walk a little further into our living room you are met by a plethora of swings and bouncers where they spend a lot of their time.  Needless to say, we have baby blankets, burp cloths, bottles and extra diapers strewn across the floor and couch (you never know when you will need to pick one up).  It has definitely been an adventure (and an obstacle course) having the tiplets home!



Also on Thursday we were visited at our home by a producer for Rust Presbyterian because they want us to do a commercial for them about our experience at Rust.  Because they want us to be honest and open she said that she can't pay us.  No big deal, we had a great experience there.  They are going to start filming on Wednesday and Thursday.  Pretty exciting huh?  Then from doing the commercials they are going to start a reality TV series about us to begin filming in February when it settles down a little.  Just kidding.

Here are some pictures that we have taken this week of the trillizos (triplets in Spanish).  We don't always have the camera on us so it is hard to take a ton of pictures, anyway, enjoy:
Anderson and Taya
Anderson and Taya
Bennett and Taya
Our kids
First family picture since the addition of triplets
Our Stash (we haven't purchased anything baby-related in this picture)!
Thanks to all of you who have been generous in giving, helping,
feeding, babysitting for our family at this time.  It has meant so much to us--you all know who you are.
THANK YOU!  It means the world to us to have such awesome family and friends!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Adios NICU!

This is a bittersweet, but mostly sweet, feeling.  We have all 3 of them home now!  What a blessing.  I can't express my gratitude enough to the hard work and dedication that the NICU nurses have demonstrated for our 3 little ones.  Today as we rolled our 2 littlest ones out of the NICU, we left them with NO babies!  3 days ago they were at full capacity , and today zero.  They are going to be bored tonight!  All day as I was working I would check my phone constantly to see if Emily had texted about the babies.  She did tell me that Bennett had a Brady today just as she was walking into the room as if he was saying, "I think I want to stay with the nurses here!"  But, it wasn't a full-on Brady, and Bennett was able to kick right out of it, so they watched his patterns very closely for the rest of the day thinking that it was probably just a misread from the monitor.  Apparently it was, because he is home now!
Last pictures in their NICU beds:
Bennett
Taya
It was fun to get them in their carseats, they are so little.  We got them in the car and said goodbye to the nurses that were there today.  One cool thing (literally cool) is that it snowed, so they got to come home in freezing cold temperature and a skiff of snow on the ground.  Talk about driving like a nervous wreck!  I had my eyes super peeled looking for anyone sliding or following too close.  What has happened to my driving skills in the snow?  I guess I have been away for too long.


Yes, we are those people now (and this is only for 2)
Good-Bye NICU
Both Bennett and Taya are on oxygen, which we learned very fast that it is going to be a huge hazard in our house of bigger boys.  I think that we may just have to leave them pretty stationary until they can get rid of the nose hoses.  They seem to be happy being together for the first time, next to each other since the womb.
So, Taya's official discharge weight was 5 lbs 3 oz, she went up 10 ounces from birthweight!  Bennett was officially 5 lbs 15 oz, he did the same, 10 ounces!  Anderson had a pediatrician's appointment today and he weighed 7 lbs 3 oz, that is up 1 lb 2 oz from his birthweight, Chunk!  Soon he'll be able to do the "Truffle Shuffle"!




We are so excited to have them home, I'm not looking forward to the nights (I know Emily is even less excited than I am about nights) but someone has to do it and it might as well be us I guess.  Well, till next time!
Usually when you see a line up of 3 or more babies, it is a picture
of cousins that are close in age.  Not here!  These are siblings! 



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ready or Not, Here They Come (Maybe)!

First of all, I need to apologize to my wonderful fans for not posting anything yesterday. So, for a consolation prize here is one of the 2 pictures we took all day yesterday:
Lukey and Anderson
We are at a point now where there is not a lot happening. Like today for instance the only thing that happened at the house with Anderson is that he took a bath, he slept, he ate, and that's it.  At the hospital, Taya and Bennett have just been doing amazingly, they both passed their carseat tests!  And that means that tomorrow they will be coming home (of course, that is if they have no episodes tonight or tomorrow)!  And they will be coming home with the oxygen tanks.
Anderson
Bennett
Taya
When we went to the hospital tonight, there were 2 Walgreen's bags, and inside them were 5 cans of formula each, for those of you who can't add that would be 10 total (if you can't add, it's ok, I went to UVSC so I needed a calculator to figure it out myself), those cans are $17 a piece, again according to the calculator that is a total of $170!  The nurse came in and told us that it was a gift from a friend of Dr. Pash's.  Emily and I have a very strong feeling that it was Dr. Pash himself because we were telling him yesterday how expensive that formula is and we have 3 kids to feed with it, each of those cans will last us about a day.  The calculator tells me that for a month with 30 days in it that is $510!  So, we are pretty sure that Dr. Pash was thinking that we wouldn't feed our kids this necessary formula that helps fatten preemies up, so he went and got some for us so he knew we would give it to them!  Thanks to the friend of Dr. Pash, what an exmple of generosity!


So, until tomorrow when we get our other oxygenated babies to the house, here they are: