Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Introducing Sofia, Gabriella, and Ian!

Sorry I haven't gotten on the past 2 days. Needless to say, it has be CRAZY! Let's see if I can get this whole story out. As you all know, we were scheduled for a c-section on Monday evening. We got off to a late start due to an emergency c-section so we didn't even go in until almost 7pm. Once Dr. Adam said it was time to go, there was a mad rush afterwards! The epi was probably the worst part since I had to be poked TWICE before it was in there right. Not fun to go through that twice. Then before I knew it, my legs were getting numb. Then my toes, etc. Thankfully I didn't experience the not being able to breathe situation. Dr. Adam came in & said are we ready? Someone tried to tell her that Todd wasn't in there. This happened a couple of times. By the time they got Todd, she was already in to me & working on getting Sofia out. I'm serious, there was hardly any time at all! It was amazing how fast she worked!

I did experience all the tugging & pulling that everyone says, almost feels like your belly button is being pulled in every direction. Very weird! Before I knew it, I heard a cry & there went Sofia to her team of nurses & dr. Of course, Todd & I started to bawl! I'm trying not to cry typing this out. Before both of us knew it, Gabriella was out & then Ian! It happened soooooo fast that they were all born in the same minute. Yes...in the same minute, 7:20pm. They were all rushed out to their respective teams & Todd followed. He stayed out there, got his shirt printed w/ their feet & the baby books printed also. He came in to tell me that Ian & Gabriella were both on room air & Sofi had a little oxygen tent over her but was breathing w/o any problems.

I didn't know, but I was able to spend some time w/ the 3 of them while they were stitching me up. They brought in Gabi first & I actually got to hold her. It was so amazing. I couldn't believe I was holding my daughter. Then they brought in Sofi & although I didn't get to hold her b/c she had the tent over her face, I did get to touch her. Finally, they brought Ian for me to hold. Todd was holding Gabi & Sofi was between us. We were instantly a family of 5. WOW!

Sofia Genevieve, 4lb 9oz...no longer the smallest!

Gabriella Marie, 4lb 4oz...our middle girl!

Ian Giovanni, 4lb 1oz...our baby!


Recovery went well, I suppose like it should have gone. I was shaking like crazy! I was also allowed to make some phone calls which was nice. Todd went to tell the family & friends in the waiting room everything. Finally, at about 10pm, I was taken up to my room. Unfortunately I was not able to see the babies that evening. I got to see a few people but by that time, the demoral had kicked in & I was tired!

The next morning, the first thing I wanted to do was see my babies. I was wheeled down there to see them. Again, pure amazement! Sofi was on room air only a few hours after being taken to the NICU. All did not have to go to the Level III & were placed in the Level II NICU which was a huge relief. All had their 1st feeding of formula in a bottle. YEP! My babies were sucking, swollowing & breathing! Ian had a bit of trouble & a feeding tube was put through his nose but that only lasted for 1 feeding before he was back on the bottle. I'm so proud of my brood!

Our next visit was that afternoon w/ my parents. Todd had gone home to clean up so he missed that one. We happened upon feeding time & I was able to feed Gabi & Sofi. Again, I was just amazed that I was looking at my little girls. I couldn't believe they all fit inside me! It was so surreal! My parents were in awe of them. Just like them, so was I. We spent about 45 minutes in there before tired set in & I was ready to go back to bed.

Today was busy w/ NICU visits during feeding time & also pumping what little collustrum I can get. I pumped enough today for Ian to have a full bottle, 18 mL. I hope to get another bottle full for the girls tomorrow. It also looks as if the kids may be home w/ us by the middle of April, especially if they continue the way they are doing now. That will be a huge relief!

I have also swollen up quite a bit but they say it is totally normal so I am not too worried, just very uncomfortable. The pain from the incision is manageable. Honestly though, I can't wait to get feeling a bit better. Also, the baby blues have set in & I have been crying like a baby for the past 2 hours. Other than that, all is well in the world. I am now a proud mommy of 2 daughters & a son!

29 comments:

the schirano triplets said...

congratulations! they are just beautiful and i am so happy to hear how wonderful they are doing. welcome to the world sofia, gabriella & ian!

Clarissa said...

They are beautiful!!! Congratulations!! Sounds like they are strong babies. What a blessing.

I also had bad swelling afterwards. It lasted about a week or so. I'm happy to report that the ankles and feet do go back to normal. It won't look like elephantitis forever.

ccdean said...

Way to go Mama. They are beautiful. I wish you a fast and speedy recovery.
Christy

Jinx said...

they are beautiful congratulations

Amanda said...

Congratulations! They are gorgeous and I'm thrilled for you. You are so lucky and blessed to have such healthy babies, enjoy every second, and keep writing stuff down! Before you know it, they'll be home and you'll barely be able to remember what happened during their NICU stay.

Krissy said...

Congratulations on your healthy family! What a blessing!

The baby blues are no fun at all...they left me feeling like I was crazy. I have heard that it is worse for mom's of multiples, because of the additional hormones...hang in there, cry all you need to, and eat dark chocolate!

Christie said...

Congratulations! Your babies are beautiful and what great weights! Hang in there. Everything will get better with time.

Christie
mcgoverntio.blogspot.com

Brandi said...

Congrats Astrid!! Hope you get to take those healthy babies home soon, and welcome to Instant Familyhood!

Katy said...

Congrats Astrid. They are absolutely beautiful. It's great to see that they are doing so well. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Katy

xx

Meluch+3 said...

They are so adorable and seem to be doing really well! Way to go mommy!!!

Mel

Joy said...

Congratulations!!! They are beautiful and what awesome birth weights! You did a great job momma!!! You should be SOOO proud! They are going to be home SO soon! Our girls came home in 18 days and they weren't bottle feeding right away, so you will be a complete family before you know it. Make sure you take care of yourself and allow yourself to heal...the swelling and pain are annoying and the baby blues are so normal and hard to control! You are awesome! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Leah said...

Congratulations!! Beautiful babies you have! And they are doing so well!! Enjoy every moment possible and write things down if you can!

Marla said...

Congrats Astrid, they are all just beautiful!!! Hang in there, your swelling and baby blues will get better soon, but I remember how rough that is. Darn hormones!!

Take care and I look forward to seeing more pics of your cuties!

Andrea said...

Oh Astrid! I am so happy that everyone ended up doing so incredibly well. You did an amazing job! And I cried too as I read your story...lol! I can't wait to see Terry bawling at the sight of his new son. =)
Once again, congrats to you, Todd and the awesome threesome. Can't wait to see them in person. Take care!!!

Andrea

Norina said...

I have been checking your blog like crazy and Becky and I have been calling on another asking "any word yet?" I am sooooooooooo happy for you and Todd. The babies are beautiful just like thier mama! Congratulations. May the Lord bless you all and keep you, always.

Christa said...

CONGRATS!!!! Sounds like they are doing great! Now the real fun begins! :)

Emma said...

Astrid & Todd, congratulations on the arrival of Sofia, Gabriella & Ian! I cried a lot reading your blog - I am so over the moon for you both! It brought back a lot of memories of my c/s - although mine wasn't quite so action packed! Can't wait for more photos of the miracle 3!

Lots of love from New Zealand
Emma & Gaby xxxx

p.s. My Mum said to tell you the triplets are beautiful

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!!!

I can SO see Todd in Gabi! Seriously! For some reason, I think the other two look more like you...maybe it is just the angles of the pics, but really! Gabi looks ALOT like him.

Amazing how they all fit in you!

I am so happy for you. I wish a speedy and uneventful recovery for both you and the babies!!!

Love and prayers,
Cece

steffie said...

Congrats! Ah yes, I remember two days after my c-section when the pain meds, the pain, and the reality of it all set in and I got quite teary-eyed. Don't worry, it doesn't last very long! I think it's just a product of all that your body has been through as well as being separated from your babies. It gets better fast. It helps to have a strong support system and somebody who is willing to wheel you around for the next week or so! I'm so happy for you and you should be so very proud of what a great job you did getting them here safe and sound. I wish you all the best and a very speedy recovery!

Kelly from JM said...

Congrats Astrid and Todd, those babies are just gorgeous! I can't wait to see more pics of them!

Jessica said...

Congrats!!!! :)

mama2monkee said...

You and Todd are amazing. You are going to be such great parents!!

Rhonda and Nick

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Wow -- you couldn't ask for healthier triplet babies. Way to go, Mommy! The weepy mommy part happens to EVERYONE and it might not be the true "baby blues." Think how crazed your hormones are after what you just accomplished! Congrats

Carly said...

Congrats Astrid & Todd! Welcome to the world Sofia, Gabriella & Ian!
The babies are beautiful and such great sizes- you did an awesome job as it shows. They sound like they will be home before you know it.
Can't wait to see more pics of them

Carly

Anonymous said...

Congrats! THEY ARE PERFECT! GORGEOUS! I am so so happy for you! I have followed your pregnancy, prayed for you, and now here they are and its so exciting! I can't wait to continue to hear more about how they are doing! AWE! TRIPLETS! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! -Shana aka Little Mrs Sunshine - JM

MaryBeth said...

Just wanted to say congratulations!!

My name is Tammie said...

Congrats!!!! They are beautiful! Perfect little angels!

becky_handsfull said...

Congratulations x3!

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