Wednesday, December 31, 2008

1 week old

It's amazing what can happen in the span of 7 days: Believe it or not, all of our little ones are off their CPAPs, no longer need phototherapy, and are feeding regularly (which means no more IVs!). The nurses put them all together last night for their first picture together, and today they gave us a print to bring home. As soon as we get it scanned, I will post it here, but I couldn't wait to share the good news!

Of course, this progress leads to the inevitable question of when the babies will be able to come home. According to the nurses, each baby first has to be weaned from his or her isolette (incubator). This is accomplished gradually, by first dressing the babies in clothes (check), then adding a blanket (check), and then turning down the temperature in their isolettes over the course of several days. Once it is determined that the babies can maintain their temperatures without help, they will be moved to open cribs (and that will be our cue that a homecoming is imminent). The babies must also be either bottle or breastfeeding at all feeds (right now they still have feeding tubes in their noses, which are used to fill their bellies when they are too tired to suck), be gaining weight, have no apnea (which none of them have, anyway), and pass a car-seat test (that is, be able to sit up in a car seat for the length of their trip home without experiencing any dips in heart or respiration rates).

Based on this info, I would bet that our boys will be the first to leave the NICU (no wimpy white boy syndrome here—I guess it pays for their mommy to be half Peruvian!), and the girls won't be far behind. Although the prospect of being in charge of these four tiny beings is admittedly scary, we are looking forward to settling into life as a family. For now, though, we must be content with precious moments like these in the NICU today:

Ted holding Isaac for the first time and Suzy holding Jude for the first time

Isaac going a little cross-eyed for the camera

Lucia being held by Dad for the first time

Jude giving a big YAWN! for the camera

Dahlia being held by Mom for the first time

22 comments:

Julieta said...

Oh my! Those babies are just too cute! I love the picture of four of the six of you! I'm so thrilled for you and the progress you've all made this week! Love you all!
Julieta

The Murray Crew said...

Suzy, They are BEYOND BEAUTIFUL! I got your sweet email and will respond soon. Getting over the worst 24 hrs. of my life, with a housefull of stomach flu.
How encouraging, huh? =) I love you and we are praying for you. Seriously, no guilt over taking care of yourself. You HAVE to! They need you when they come home. Take the wheelchair in if you have to...I did that a few times. Hope I can help you better. Hugs from your quad buddies!
Jen
PS Do you realize how FABULOUS your babies are doing? Absolutely amazing. Eating. Breathing. THRIVING!

jag said...

They are SO amazin! Thank you for sharing these pictures. I'll be praying for you all.

Carmen said...

Vaya! Que bonitos! I'm so happy for you, Suzy and Ted. You have 4 incredibly beautiful, precious little ones. I'm sure you're enjoying these first moments together immensely! Happy New Year! Que Dios les bendiga! Carmen Howell :)

Sweet Cassidy said...

no more IV, no more CPAP and dressing on baby clothes !!
the babies began good the new year
next goal : fedding in the bottle

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

Aunt Becky said...

Suzy & Ted your babies are gorgeous. I'm soooo happy with their progress. Your mom was telling me about each of their little personalities yesterday. I know you want them home more than anything, but this is a good healing time for you. Take advantage of it so you can physically cope with your new family! Love you. Give the kiddos a big hug for me. ~aunt becky

Gabriele said...

They are soooo cute!!!! Thanks for sharing the good news. They are doing amazing, just like their parents, eh.
I can't wait for the pic of all four next to each other.
Take care of yourself, rest a lot, and get ready for the thrill ride.

Giuliana Asalde Rojas said...

sooo cutes your babies Suzy!
Muchas bendiciones para cada uno y para los papás felices!...

Saludos de mi Familia..
We loves u:*

Jess said...

Awww.... what a great New Year, already.

Your babies are gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

They are so perfectly beautiful, it makes me cry. God is so good!
-Emily Trempe

Queen of pink in a house of blue said...

You have 4 beautiful babies! Congratulations! I pray they get to all go home SOON!! Happy New Year to all of you!

Anonymous said...

The babies are so beautiful. We are so happy for you.
Liz

Lindsay C. said...

What a cute family! And just think...that's only two-thirds of the Thompson fam in that first photo!

Giuliana Asalde Rojas said...

aaaah
no dejo de verlos..
son tan hermosos mis sobrinos x)

Kaitlyn said...

Gorgeous family, including four beautiful, precious children. Wonderful news, so glad to hear it!

Naomi said...

They are too adorable for words. And what great news for New Year's. Enjoy them!!!

The Haughs said...

Wow. Amazing, beautiful babies! They are doing so well! :) You look great, too, Suzy! :)

The Middletons said...

Suzy and Ted,

Your babies are absolutely beautiful!!! They are doing amazing! Keeping you close to our hearts.

Love,
The Middletons

julieb said...

The babies are soooo cute! I'm so happy that they're doing so well. Keep posting pictures of them; I love seeing their little expressions.

BoufMom9 said...

OH! Just GORGEOUS!!!! They are doing just incredible!
Will continue praying for your precious bunch!

Christine said...

Oh, they are so, so sweet. I'm thrilled to hear they are doing so well. NONE of them have apnea issues?!?! WOW. They will be home before you know it!

-Christine

Jenn said...

They're precious, Suzy! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures. I think of you often and hope you're recovering well. I'm sure the idea of having all four babies home is daunting for you both--you continue to be in our prayers all around!!

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