Yep, I didn't even have time to post about it yesterday b/c it all happened so quickly. We knew it was a possibility but I didn't want to get my hopes up, tell everyone & then not bring him home. We finally got the call about 2pm yesterday & off we went to go get him!
We left the girls w/ Grandma Donna. I was a bit nervous about leaving them behind, not b/c I don't trust Donna but b/c I didn't want to leave my girls w/ anyone at all. I wish we could have brought them w/ us but it just didn't make any sense. They aren't allowed in the NICU so one of us would have had to wait outside w/ the girls while the other went in, got the discharge teaching, signed paperwork, stayed for the carseat test...you get the picture. Who ever was w/ the girls would have had to wait a long time! Not to mention we would have had a feeding to do also. YIKES!
As at all major events in our lives, I took a silly "party picture". You know what I am talking about...you stretch your arm as far as it will go & try to get a halfway decent picture of you & who ever else it right next to you. The 1st one is of us right before we got the girls. The 2nd was yesterday right before we left the NICU for the last time.
Here is our little man in his coming home outfit. I know you can't see the whole saying. It says "Man in the making". TOOOOOO CUTE!
Here he is in his carseat WITH the snuggler that the pediatrician said was ok to use. Much better than the way the girls came home. I highly recommend getting one if you have a preemie. They are made by Kiddopotamus. Nice, soft & helped Ian's head stay still the whole way home!
Of course, here is the shot of us taking the 1st step in to the house. I still can't believe we have all 3 babies at home!
And, we can't forget their very 1st picture together. Todd took it so it may not be the best of the ones but it is the FIRST & that is what counts!
So, you are probably wondering how the 1st night went...HA! Well, let's just put it this way, the kids are big fussers at night. Seems like 11pm is when all the fun begins. I think it has to do w/ the fact that we are trying to get them accustomed to day & night. Night being the 11pm & 2am feedings. This means that we wake them up, feed them, change them & put them back down. We don't talk to much to them & we don't stimulate them. They just need to get adjusted to that at night b/c in the NICU, it seems like it is daytime the whole 24 hrs. We do put static noise on but that is it.
During the day, we are now doing the feeding/wake time/nap time schedule. For those of you unfamiliar, it is a method of helping teach the kids the difference between day & night as well as gearing them up to sleep at least through the 2am feeding by about 10 weeks old. This comes from a book called Babywise which came highly recommended by a few triplet mommies. Honestly, I don't see how to do it any other way. It takes a good hour to feed all 3 babies, if not a bit longer. By the time they are changed & put back down, we are about 1 hr & 15 min into the 3 hr time period. Yeah, that means very little sleep for mommy & daddy. We don't want to lose our sanity so we are trying to follow this & their feeding schedule. We were also told by the NP at the NICU that we should feed them formula at night b/c it is heavier resulting in the kids sleeping a bit longer. I'm all for it, even if it is only 15 minutes longer!
Other than that, I think we are hanging in there w/o going insane nor getting cranky w/ one another. As a matter of fact, I think we make a great team. Now, when Todd goes back to work, this may be a whole other issue. Let's pray for the best!