Sunday, January 4, 2009

Weekend update

Time flies when you're not hospitalized: I've been home for a week now, and so much has happened! The babies continue to amaze everyone with how well they're doing, and Ted and I could not be more proud of them. Here's the very latest on the Fab Four:

Isaac was moved to a bassinet on Friday, and he is doing great at keeping his temperature up. He is bottle-feeding about half the volume of his feeds; the rest is going down his tube (he needs to work on that if he is going to come home anytime soon!). I plan to try nursing him tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes. Although he usually acts pretty sleepy for us, he was very alert (and forgiving) as I tried my hand at giving him a bath today:

Isaac getting cleaned up by Mom

Lucia was moved to a bassinet on Friday night, but she had to be put back in her isolette today after a post-bath temperature plummet. The nurse says this is normal and nothing to be worried about; they are just putting her back in the isolette to be on the safe side. Like Isaac, she is bottle-feeding about half the volume of her feeds. I tried nursing her yesterday, but she just looked up at me like, "What is this all about?" and then fell sound asleep. Here she is back in the darkness of her isolette:

Lucia snoozing in her isolette

Jude was moved to a bassinet yesterday. His temp today was on the low side of what's desirable, though, so his nurse decided to postpone his bath; we don't want him to go back into the isolette like Lucia did if we can help it! He is bottle-feeding more than half the volume of his feeds; when I tried nursing him a couple of days ago, however, he was only interested for about 5 minutes. Here is one of the few moments today in which his eyes were open:

Jude pretending to take a bottle from Dad

Dahlia is still in an isolette, but the nurse thinks she'll be able to come out in the next day or two. Although she still doesn't have much fat on her for insulation, it's clear that she won't stay skinny for long: She is bottle-feeding all her feeds (which means no more tube in her nose!), and she is putting on more weight each day than any of the others. I tried nursing her the same day I nursed Jude, and she fed for close to 20 minutes! I think our little runt looks pretty serious about showing up her big brothers and sister:

Dahlia sleeping in Mom's arms

And last but not least, behold the picture of the reunited quads that I promised to post last time. Happy New Year!

The Fab Four
(taken by the night nurses on December 30, 2008)

21 comments:

jag said...

Wow! These pics are so cool! Let me tell ya, your little "runt" was just 2 oz. smaller than my biggest was. My smallest guy, Jack, is now the 2nd largest. No worries, about Miss Dahlia's weight. She can catch up! Way to go you guys! Thanks for the new pics and updates.

Julieta said...

Thanks for the photo update! So good to see all the babies doing so well! It must be crazy to look at all four of them and ponder that ALL of that was in your belly just over a week ago! Hope your sciatic has calmed down!
Love,
Julieta

Katrine said...

Oh my goodness! They are beautiful blessings!

BreezieGirl said...

So precious!!! Keep growing and thriving little ones!

Heather said...

How come Dahlia's topless in the group photo? Let the poor girl have some modesty when you plaster her pics on the Internet! :)

Seriously, those pics are adorable--Chris thinks Dahlia looks like you in the shot where she's sleeping, and I think Jude's eyes look like yours. How have you guys broken down the resemblance(s)?

Mommy Lisa said...

These are great pictures and gorgeous babies! It is impressive on how well they are all doing. God is good!

Love you,

Lisa, Joe and Reece

The Murray Crew said...

I'm head over heals...

jen cox said...

Oh, Suzy--they're all doing so well! They all look wonderful!

Jess said...

They are so beautiful and doing so well!

Know that you're being prayed for!

ruthie said...

Unbelievable! I'm totally flabbergasted. Your children are absolutely adorable and it is so good to hear that they are progressing so quickly. Lots of prayers and love are coming to you guys from California.

The Baldaufs

Chris Williams said...

Thanks for posting these pictures! We are so very happy for the family. The kids are truly special gifts from God. We pray that everyone can get some much needed rest. We send our very best from A-Town.

--Chris Williams

Suzanne said...

wow suzy!!! what a blessing! the kiddies look SOOOOOO big and healthy! praise God! hope you are healing well, let us know how we can help you--we are here for you!

Anonymous said...

I just love your updates! It's been fun top keep up with you this way. I think of you and pray for you daily! Your little ones...are sweet and precious gifts from God! I am so thankful that they arrived safely and that you are doing well. I will keep all of you in my prayers! Janelle

Leslie said...

Yea for progress! Sounds like they will be home in no time! Best wishes!

The Haughs said...

Lookin' so good! Love the new pictures and updates. :)

The Middletons said...

The babies look so good and are so precious!! I hope you are doing just as well mama. We are keeping you in our prayers.
Love~Staci

Treva said...

Crystal and I are looking at your cute babies and commenting that we are so glad they are all doing well! Good job, Mom!

Lori said...

Oh wow! Those pics are beautiful! You guys are so blessed. :-) They seem to be doing so well too. That's just so fantastic!!!!!

Giuliana Asalde Rojas said...

Que bellos bebes!!

Christine said...

I'm so glad everyone's doing so well! Lily was smallest of my three at birth, but quickly caught up and surpassed her sisters. She now outweighs Eve (who was the biggest) by 3 pounds!

I'm betting you'll have a baby or two home by this time next week!!!

-Christine

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! My daughter, Jenessa, told me about the birth of your babies. They are so beautiful! Thank you for taking such good care of these precious children, so carefully created in your womb by our Heavenly Father!

Diane

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