Monday, April 20, 2015

All About Nash - 1 Year Old

Triplet A vigorous upon delivery with spontaneous cry. Brought to warmer, dried, stimulated. Bulb suction applied to mouth/nares. HR>100, RR 50's. Cord clamped and trimmed by Father. Baby banded, wrapped, and shown to mother prior to transport to NICU in isolate. O2 sat 100%, HR 140s prior to transport.

APGAR Scores
1 Minute: HR:2  Resp:2  Tone:2  Reflex: 2  Color:0  Total:8
5 minutes: HR:2  Resp:2  Tone:2  Reflex:2  Color:2  Total:9

Nashy Nash!! Eleanor calls him Nashy, and I love it.

Nash stole my heart the first time I saw him. He was so aware of me, and still is to this day. If I am in the room, he is watching me. I catch him looking at me all the time. My heart melts every time. It feels so good to feel so unconditionally loved by him.

He was the chillest little newborn. There were MANY occasions where I thought or said out loud, "Thank goodness for Nash!". He was always the calm in the storm. 

It seems like most people are drawn to him. Especially kids. In my opinion, he has a young spirit. I always felt Eleanor had an old soul. Well, Nash, he's just a baby soul. In the cutest way possible.

He likes to be happy. Even when he is miserable and crying, I can get him to smile or laugh. It wasn't until I had and got to know Nash that I understood why people loved the baby phase so much. He was the kind of baby that made other people want babies. 

He rolled over the first week he was home from the hospital. Which means he was 3 weeks old. Which means he really wasn't even supposed to be born yet(36 weeks gestation). It wasn't even a fluke. I think he rolled over like 4 times that first week. 

He never tolerated formula well. He would puke it all up. And then get super constipated. That got old, so he got almost all breast milk for a pretty long time.

He loved to nurse. I was the saddest about weaning him, because he loved it so much. Oh, and I just loved the way he would look up at me while nursing. 

Nash had hair when he was born, but after it fell out after about 3 months, it hasn't really grown back. He's so cute without hair, I can't really picture him WITH hair. 

Dimples! He has dimples!

His eyes looked pretty blue for a while. They slowly started changing, but I'm still not sure what color they are. I think they'll be brown, but they are still a grey/brown/blue/hazelish color. Yeah, I don't know. And most girls would kill for his long, curly eyelashes.

He had the hardest time when we started sleep training. First of all, when I went to just put his pacifier back in, he would quickly grab my finger and grip so hard that I had to pry his fingers off. He was so quick! He just loved having that reassurance. 

Started sitting up unassisted at 6 months. Scooting at 7 months. Crawling at 8 months. Pulling up to stand sometime after that. Walks along the furniture at 10 months. How am I supposed to remember all these milestones?! 

His back is super ticklish. 

He is strong, and doesn't realize it(duh, he's a baby!). His body is pretty solid.

Toy rattles were made for this kid! He loves anything that makes noise. You will hardly ever find him without something in his hand as he makes his way around the house, banging the toy against the ground with every move. 

The shortest distance from point A to point B is a straight line, and that's how he lives his life. He will plow through anything to get to where he wants to go.

He went through a woody woodpecker laughing phase.

He 'barks' back at the dog.

He loves to give kisses. Especially to his siblings. 

My guess is that he'll love to entertain people. Just like his dad.

When he first started eating table foods, he would concentrate so hard on getting his two fingers directly on the food to pick it up(pincer grasp in full effect). As opposed to the other two babies who would grab with their whole hand and shove in their mouths.

Pretty sure he'll be a snorer and drooler for life.

He loves bath time. He's gone under water a few times and was totally unfazed.

We always know when bath time is over for him because his chin starts to quiver and lips turn blue. He gets cold so easily.

He is so determined. When he gets his mind on something, he will not stop until he gets it. My dad was emptying the dishwasher. He obviously wanted to play in it. I picked him up and took him to the hallway to let him crawl around and play. He immediately turned around and made his way back to the kitchen. This happened 3 times in a row. 

He was first to figure out how to knock down and climb up the gate guarding the stairs. 

When he gets in to things, he's pretty quiet about it. I will come in to a room where he's been, and every cabinet will be open and every single thing pulled out. 

He says "mama", "baba", "papa", "dada", and signs "more".

This kid loves being outside. He belongs outside. Almost the entire first year of his life was spent inside, away from germs and cold weather. He often goes to the window to just stare out. Whenever we've gone outside to take pictures, we literally can't get him to look at the camera because he is too busy taking in his new surroundings. Or playing with leaves. He is captivated when he's outside.

If I could, I would snuggle him night and day. There is something about him - he just feels right when in my arms.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

All About Audrey - 1 year old

Triplet C (Audrey) delivered in cephalic presentation, transferred to warmer with transformer pad in place in vigorous condition. Good tone and respiratory effort with fair color and HR>100. Several short pauses in breathing requiring continued stimulations but otherwise good respiratory effort. At 4MOL infant developed deep subcostal retractions and nasal flaring. CPAP 5 at 40%FiO2 initiated with pulse ox placed and sats of 78%. Retractions proved with CPAP and FiO2 titrated down to 21% for saturation of 95%. OG tube placed with copious clear amniotic fluid returned. Infant intermittently with desats to mid 80's requiring oropharyngeal suctioning and FiO2 titration. Transported to NICU at approx 25 min of life on CPAP5 at 25%FiO2.

APGAR Scores
1 Minute:  HR:2  Resp:1  Tone:1  Reflex:2  Color:1     Total: 7
5 Minutes: HR:2  Resp:2  Tone:1  Reflex:2  Color:1     Total: 8

Audrey Girl. Sweet, sweet girl.

I have a feeling Audrey is the dark horse. Watch out for this one.

From the beginning she has seemed that she was somewhat behind. She had a hard time learning to breastfeed, she was the smallest at birth, she had the most adverse events in the NICU. Then once we got her home, she was usually last to reach milestones. I was never worried, because she wasn't behind on her adjusted age timeline, but of course I can't help but compare her to her brothers. 

Well, Audrey is one of those girls who sits back, watches, then takes off and passes everyone. I won't be surprised if she's the first to walk. She is sneaky and scrappy. And I love it!

While in the NICU, the nurses would tell me that when she didn't like something(usually taking baths and dirty diapers), she would let everyone know. The first time I heard that high pitched scream, I knew what they were talking about. She could scream at a higher pitch than I've ever heard. It made me laugh every single time I heard it. 

She was so fragile. Her little legs were so skinny and wrinkly. 

Now at 1, her eyes are finally proportional to her head. But in the beginning, it seemed like her eyes took up half her face. They are so big and beautiful!

She is a pacifier girl. She loves her pacifier as well as any other pacifier she can get her hands on. She started putting her own in her mouth at 5 months. She takes any chance she can to steal her brothers' pacifiers as they are sitting next to her, or even crawling past her. She is quick with her hands. 

She has long skinny fingers(she got those from me). She has always been great at picking up food. Her fine motor skills have always been on point.

She used to be really smiley, then she got to be more chill. And now, when she does laugh, it's like a rare, hidden gem. It makes it that much better knowing it doesn't happen all too often. 

She is content sitting in my lap and watching tv. It's nice to have one who doesn't have to be moving all the time.

When she first started solids, if she didn't like the food, she would raspberry it out of her mouth until it was all gone. There was one time I gave her avocado, and she just left her mouth wide open, refusing to close it until I got it out. She held it open for at least a minute! It was pretty funny. 

When she finally started scooting, she could only go backwards. For a long, long time. 

This girl is scrappy. She gets what she wants. I sit back and watch her interact with her brothers. If they have a toy she wants, she goes in, finds a way to grab the toy, snatches it, then either fends off the others as they try to get it back, or crawls away with it as fast as she can. It's pretty impressive. The boys will usually cry/whine if something gets taken from them, but if someone takes something from her(which hardly ever happens with her kung fu grip), she fights back for it until she gets it. Proud mom right here.

She'd rather feed herself than be fed.

When she hugs you, she'll say "ahhhhhh".

She had the best stretches as a baby. She stretched from fingertip to toes. I looked forward to it every time I got her from her crib.

She loves baby dolls. 

She loves blankets. I will put her in her crib, and she'll immediately grab her blanket and wrap herself up in it. Most of the time she gets it around her shoulders.

The girl knows how to eat carbs! She loves anything bread. 

I think she has a silly side to her. It's just starting to show, but my bet is that she'll have a good sense of humor.

She was first to get teeth. She has 6 right now - still in the lead.

She says "mama", and signs "all done". 

I've got so much love for this girl. I can't even express how I happy I was when we found out that Baby C was a girl. Evening out the genders perfectly. She is the perfect little balance to our trio.