Monday, April 11, 2011

100 Days Old!

Addie and Savannah are 100 days old! Wow!

Addie is doing better. Her A's and B's are back which isn't good but she doing better today than the last couple days!

Savannah is absolutely amazing! She was weighed again today and she hit 4 pounds!! Actually 4 pounds 1 ounce! They are going to switch her from the CPAP to a nasal cannula tomorrow! I'm absolutely terrified to know that we could be bringing her home in a couple weeks.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Doing Better!

Sorry I haven't updated in a while! Addie has had a couple rough days so I wanted to be with her. She seems to be doing better lately though!

Savannah is doing absolutely amazing! She now weighs 3 pounds 15 ounces! YESS! She's almost 4 pounds!! The doctor says she could be coming home around April 25th (which was my due date)! I can't believe she could actually be coming home soon!!!

Tomorrow will be 100 days in the NICU. These have been the hardest, greatest, stressful days of our life! But everything we've gone through is all worth it for our baby girls!


Monday, April 4, 2011


Addisyn has hope!
She's made it through the first twenty four hours after her NEC surgery. One of the nurses said the first twenty four hours are the hardest. Hope isn't something we've had a lot of lately. I still hate seeing her hook up to the wires and tubes and it breaks my heart a little more each time seeing her like that. The doctor tells us that she's in very little if any pain but I still can't help but hurt inside when I see her wince every now and again.

Savannah has been doing awesome! She's up to 3 pounds 8 ounces now and developing amazingly well! She smiled at me this morning as if to say "No worries Mommy, Addie's going to be fine. Olivia's watching over both of us!"

The pain of missing Olivia is definitely still in both, Gabe and I's heart but the healing process has begun and I know she's watching over her sisters.

Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Addisyn got out of surgery yesterday. They removed 4 inches of her intestine and put in an ostemy bag. She's on heavy duty pain medication but she's stable. The doctor says she's not in pain but I can see her wince every now and then. It kills me to see her hooked up to even more tubes and wires. They've stopped the feeding tube feeds and are giving her nutrients through IV. I'm so scared for what lies ahead of us but so relieve she made it out of the surgery. She's one strong little girl and proof that God does work miracles.

I need to say a VERY big thank you to anyone and everyone who has kept us in your thoughts and/or prayers. Gabe and I find your words comforting when we have nowhere else to turn. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

So Scared

Addisyn's bowel rupture this morning so she is going into surgery shortly. I'm so scared because the survival chance is only 10-15%. Please pray for our baby girl!

Friday, April 1, 2011

3 months

Sad day today.

They x-rayed Addie and she definitely has NEC. She's on major antibiotics since yesterday had 1 platelet transfusion yesterday and 2 so far today but the doctors think she'll need more tonight. They are x-raying her every hour to hour and a half but so far nothing has changed. The docs think they caught it early but I'm so scared she'll have to have another surgery. The chances of making it out of this surgery are 10-15%. My poor baby girl has been miserable all day.

Savannah's doing absolutely perfect.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Just when we thought things were going great the doctors tell us today that Addisyn's platelets are low and this may be a sign on NEC. I've since come home and read as much as I can about it. From what I can get NEC is pretty serious, but the doctors don't seem too worried about it. They are doing tests to confirm and have her on major antibiotics.

I'm so scare!

Grow Miracles Grow!

I'm getting absolutely terrible at blogging! I just went back to work a couple weeks ago and trying to balance that plus still seeing the girls and spending time with Gabe has been a bit of a challenge.

Things have been going really good lately! (I never thought I'd actually be able to say that!) The girls are on day 89 of the NICU. 89 days?! Tomorrow they will be 3 months old.

Savannah is doing great! Monday she weighed in at 3 pounds 2 ounces and yesterday she's at 3 pounds 5 ounces! She is doing great on the CPAP.

Addisyn is doing great too! I got to hold her last Sunday! Does the amazement of holding them ever wear off? They tried to take her off the vent last Monday and she crashed on the CPAP and was put back on the vent. That was a pretty horrible day for me! They are going to try and put her on the CPAP again sometime next week. She weighed 2 pounds 11 ounces and yesterday she hit 3 pounds! YAY!!

I'll try and get back to blogging regularly! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for our family!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's Been A While!

Hello everyone! Wow it's been a while since I updated this thing! Where do I start? oh let's start with the best! I GOT TO HOLD SAVANNAH!!! I got to hold Savannah! I got to hold Savannah! Okay, it's out of my system. It was absolutely amazing! I got to hold her for twenty minutes it was definitely the best 20 minutes in a very long time! I cried the whole time and cherished every second. She's also now off the ventilator and onto the cpap! The doctors also weighed both girls today and Savannah weighs 2 pounds 12 ounces!

Addisyn is doing great too! Her apnea and bradycardia is doing great and she hasn't had an episode in awhile! I could get to hold her by Friday but the doctor said it may be a couple more weeks before she can come off the vent. She now weighs 2 pounds 8 ounces!

We're so blessed!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Our Thunder Storm Turned Into a Hurricane

Well, our thunderstorm has turned into a hurricane! I noticed Monday night that my left breast was extremely sore and really red. So Tuesday morning I woke up and I had a bit of a fever and it was really swollen so Gabe and I went to the emergency room and I have a breast infection and the infection was starting to get into my blood. So they admitted me into the hospital and started me on some serious antibiotics and it's clearing up nicely.

That being said I haven't see the girls all freaking week! I'm going stir crazy sitting here all day knowing my babies need me. Gabe's had to take it easy since his appendectomy so he hasn't gone to see them everyday but tried to go at least every two days.

I've called a countless number of times (I'm thinking upwards of 200 calls) and the girls seem to be doing well. Addisyn's apnea settled down again Wednesday so that's a sigh of relief. Savannah's been doing amazing all week!!! The doctor said that probably by the end next week I might be able to hold her!!! EEEEEEEK! Let me just have a moment . . . . . . . and I'm good. Addisyn might be a while still before we can hold her because she's still sensitive to sounds so we'll work on that for a while more then work with touching.

Not a song today but a quote that says millions to me right now:

We may not have it all together but together we have it all.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

6 WEEKS?!?

HOLY CRAP!! Has it really been 6 weeks since the girls were born?

Just a short update this morning going to see the girls shortly. Gabe came home Thursday evening from the hospital and is feeling great! My brothers still healing a little slower then normal the doctors say but still healing. Savannah's doing great and getting stronger and stronger everyday. Addisyn's breathing is still acting up but she's still doing better then she was last weekend.

Anyway gotta go jump in the shower and go see my girlies!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

When It Rains It Pours!

Well what they say is true! When it rains it pours!

It all started with my brother's car accident last Wednesday. He's recovering well but they may have to push the wedding date back a bit so they're thinking maybe late September just so they don't risk him not being fully healed and not being able to walk down the aisle.

Then on Friday Savannah contracted an infection from one of the IV lines. So Friday night into Saturday was one of the hardest nights in the past few weeks. I had flash backs to the night Olivia past away. I cried for hours thinking there was no way she was going to make it through this one. But she did! She fought off the infection with some help from the antibiotics. She'll still be on the antibiotics for a while but she's getting stronger!

Then Addisyn's breathing started acting up again and she needed assistance the whole day Sunday and most of Monday then again a bit on Tuesday. And as a result her heart rate was pretty low the whole 3 days.
All through the day Tuesday Gabe kept complaining about this pain in his lower left side. I thought it's probably something he's eaten. Well on Wednesday morning (probably about 1 or 2 am I'm not sure) he said the pain was unbearable so I drove him to the hospital. It turned out to be appendicitis and he needed his appendix out. So by 9 o'clock Wednesday morning he was in surgery. He's recovering well and should be home later today with orders to just take it easy.

And through all of this my sister and her kids have come down with horrendous colds. So I've been trying to avoid getting to close to them and risk me getting sick, that's really the last thing I need right now!

Song of the day is Stand by Rascal Flatts. I heard this song coming home from the hospital Monday night and balled my eyes out listening to the lyrics. I had to pull over because I thought I was going to crash. It's everything I've felt the passed almost 6 weeks.

Stand - Rascal Flatts

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Anniversary, Two Weeks and My Brother

I'm feeling better. Well as best as I can. The past couple days have been really up and down for me. It was Gabe and I's anniversary yesterday so we decided to just take a day off from everything and just be us again. We spent the whole day together and just talked. We went out for dinner and went to see a movie just like we did before all this craziness.

It's been two weeks since Olivia passed. I'm dealing with it better. The hospital hooked me up with a grief consular and that has helped a ton. Addisyn and Savannah are doing amazing! They took out Addisyn's umbilical cord line today as she will not be needing daily blood tests anymore. We haven't been able to touch her since last week but she opened her eyes at her daddy today! We're thinking Addie might be a daddy's girl and Savannah (who we've now been calling Anna thanks to my 3 year old niece who has been tripping over the name Savannah since they were born) will probably be a mommy's girl.

Yesterday at 8 pm we got a call that my brother was in a car accident. He's 26 and engaged. He was hit by a drunk driver coming home from his fiance's house. He broke both his legs, snapped his arm in 3 different places and shattered his pelvis. The drunk driver who hit him walked away from the scene completely unhurt. He's in stable but critical condition and they're pretty sure he's going to make it but will take a while to recover. Please pray he makes a speedy recovery as seeing his wedding is planned for May 7th!

Song of the day is Unstoppable by Rascal Flatts

Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Being Strong

The past couple days have been harder not for Savannah and Addie but for me. I woke up yesterday morning and all I could think was that Olivia is gone and she's not coming home. I miss her so much my heart aches. It feels like theres been a whole punch in my chest and everytime I think about her it seems to get bigger. I know I'm suppose to be strong and hold it together for Savannah, Addie and Gabe but I can't anymore I'm done being strong.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tears of Joy

Good day in a row number 3! Gabe and I stopped to have a nice quiet breakfast before we went to visit the girlies. Savannah opened her eyes at her daddy today! I've never in my life seen Gabe cry not at our wedding, not when we were told we couldn't conceive naturally, not when we miscarried or even when the babies were born. He's always been a rock for me but today for the first time I saw tears. It was precious! He tried to pass it off as "he got something in his eye" but please Gabe I'm not that stupid! Addisyn is doing good she had a little bit of difficulty breathing for a couple minutes last night so no touching for a while but still doing great!

We're going out tonight with my sister, her husband and their 3 kids for supper. My sister is the most amazing women/mother I've ever known. She 3 years older than me. When our mom died when I was 12 she took over the mother role for me and my younger brother. Her and her husband have 2 boys and a girl Nathan (Nate) who's 7, Benjamin (Benny) who's 5 and Lillian (Lilly) who's 3.

The song of the day isn't really a song, it's a quote that hit me like a freight train today.

"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Smile's Worth A Thousand Words

I smiled today. I even laughed a bit. While I was sitting with Savannah I was in tears knowing that I would never be able to do that again with Olivia but just then she opened her eyes again. This time she looked straight at me as if to say "I know your hurting mommy but it will all be okay, please be strong for Addie and I" She closed her eyes again. When I told "our nurse" that she opened her eyes "our nurse" seemed stunned and said that she hasn't ever seen her with her eyes open. She then went to ask the doctor and other nurses if they had ever seen her with them open and everyone said no. Turns out she's never (been seen) opened her eyes without me being there beside her. I've only seen it twice but it feels like she's saving it for me and that's so special.

I got to touch Addisyn today!!! I got to put one finger in her tiny little hand. Her heart rate stayed the same and her oxygen stats were perfect! Savannah's still a little too sensitive to be touched yet but hey we're getting somewhere. "Our nurse" was there with me while I got to hold her hand and she held my other hand while I cried but today they weren't tears of sadness they were tears of joy.

What I've learned over the past days and weeks is every day is a new beginning and the past is the past, some days are high days and some days are "one foot in front of the other days". But everyday is worth a smile because a smile is worth a thousand words.

Monday, January 24, 2011

You'll Be In My Heart

I finally stopped crying last night. I hadn't been to see Savannah and Addisyn since Thursday. So I got up the strength to shower this morning, eat breakfast and visit them. Savannah opened her eyes for the first time today! It was only for about 2 seconds but they were definately open!!! Addisyn hasn't forgot to breathe since Friday night! The girls are doing awesome!

Me on the other hand is a different story. I must have said I'm fine thanks a thousand times today and I didn't meen it once. I stopped crying but I didn't stop hurting. Everyone says it will get easier with time but I want to know when is that time?

Friday, January 21, 2011

I Lay Down and I Don't Want To Get Back Up

I don't know how I'm going to type this. 1:30 am Thursday morning we got the call no mother ever wants to get. Olivia had stopped breathing on her own and was now depenant on the life support. When we got to the hospital I couldn't walk through the doors. We got to hold Olivia one time each first I did then Gabe held her when it was time to take her off life support he gave her back to me so I could hold her for the last time. She took her last breath at 3:08 am. That was the hardest thing I've ever done. In the moment I saw everything we had planned for her, her first steps, her first day of school, her first date, her prom, her wedding it was like seeing her whole life flash in front of my eyes. We gave her kisses and hugs and let her go. I have been crying non-stop since Thursday morning. I lay down and I don't want to get back up. I don't know how I'll keep going.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Goodbye Olivia :'(

The doctors told us today that we should start saying goodbye to Olivia. She has developed severe pneumonia and her tiny little body won't be strong enough to fight it off. They are treating her with antibiotics but they are holding out much hope. It tore me apart inside to walk out of the hospital knowing she could not be alive the next time I see her. I don't know how I will do this.

Monday, January 17, 2011

We Love Boring Days!

Nothing really to report today! (YAY!) Savannah and Olivia had an awesome day! Addisyn "forgot to breathe" a couple times this morning but she's been better this afternoon.

Gabe and I went out for dinner last night for two hours and I didn't even call the hospital once! I should mention I called the second we got in the door but still I went two whole hours without calling. That probably sounds so weird to you but to me it's an accomplishment! When I did call the nurse that was on duty (not our nurse a fill in that was kind of a b---h) said wow you made it two whole hours in a really snarky way. Let's just say I lost it with her. I don't remember everything I said but the just of it was that they are my babies and I have every right in the world to know how they are. She didn't say much after that. Gabe was surprised by how authoritative I was. I've never been really bossy and I don't take control too often but when it comes to my babies I'll do anything.

Song of the day is Miracle of the Moment by Steven Curtis Chapman.

Miracle of the Moment - Steven Curtis Chapman

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bye Bye UAC!

No more UAC for Savannah! The umbilical catheter was for daily blood tests she won't be needing anymore daily ones, probably every second or third day. Olivia and Addisyn still have theirs. The girls doctor thinks Olivia's may be able to come out sometime this week and Addisyn's may have to stay in for another week or so. All girls were strong today! We love proving the doctors wrong!

We Made It Two Weeks! (and a day)

The girls were two weeks old yesterday! Their doctor told me yesterday that when they were first born he wasn't sure any of them let alone all of them were going to make it. Wow! was all I had to say about that. This is just a quick update because I'm going to visit the girls now. Just wanted to let anyone who cares know that they are still improving!!

Song of the day is Ordinary Miracle by Sarah Mclachlan. I thought it was suitable for the past couple days.

Ordinary Miracle - Sarah McLachlan

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Here Comes The Sun (do do do do)!

Sorry I was MIA yesterday. Gabe's parents were down for the day and we were visiting with them.

The girls are thriving! All of them are doing better even Addisyn! Gabe and I still can't touch them because it would overstimulate their senses. It's so hard for them to be almost two weeks old and I haven't even touched them yet. Somedays it's hard to put one foot in front of the other but then I go and see those tiny little faces and I feel 1000% better.

The song of the day is Here Comes The Sun by the Beatles. I heard it while driving home from visiting the girls and thought it was perfect for the past couple days!

Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I have no other title for this post other then :D! We've had 3 good days in a row!!! All of us and I don't mean just the babies. I've even been feeling better. Of course I get emotional when I have to leave but it's easier at night to sleep knowing my babies are okay. I'm only calling about every 2 hours now. The babies were weighed today! :

Savannah's 1 pound 4 ounces gained 2 ounces!
Olivia's 1 pound 3 ounces gained 2 ounces!
Addisyn's 1 pound 4 ounces gained 1 ounce!

All the girls are doing better and their medications are working great! Addisyn has developed GERD (reflux) so now all the girls are on medication for reflux. Her heart rate was unstable yesterday afternoon (the reason why I couldn't update). All in all we've had an awsome couple of days!

Another song I found that has really helped is What It Means To Be Loved by Mark Shultz I'll attach a link to the song from youtube for you.

**WARNING** If your hormonal or don't want to be seen crying at the moment wait and listening to the song at a later date because it WILL make you cry!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

We Found Our Guardian Angel!

The girls have one nurse who has been there since the moment they were born. This nurse is amazing! She has sat with me through absolutely everything! She told me her story the other day, She has a daughter who was a 27 weeker and weigh 1 pound 1 ounce when she was born. The doctors told her to not expect her daughter to live through the first 24 hours of her life, her daughter is now 11 and perfectly healthy. During one of my moments she told me to close my eyes, she said now imagine your daughters 4 years old, your on your way to the ice cream store and all 3 girls are riding their tricycles. Your holding your husband's hand and laughing at how worried you were back in the day (meaning now). Savannah's in front and bolting down the sidewalk, Addisyn's right by your side because she's mommy's girl and Olivia is lagging behind because she's the tiniest. I don't know why but I felt so much better after that. I feel like there's light at the end of the tunnel There IS hope!

Every time I'm having a moment I go back to "our ice cream store". I have now requested that she be the girls primary nurse any day she's working. Yesterday when I was being discharged she was there for us. It was only later this afternoon that I discovered she wasn't scheduled to work yesterday. She wasn't being payed for working yesterday she just wanted to be there for Gabe and I.

She truly is our guardian angel!!

How many times can you call a hospital in a 12 hour period?

Is it bad I called 11 times to the hospital during the night? I called every hour on the hour (I'm pumping so I was up anyway) until 8 this morning when we could finally go and visit them. I spent 4 hours there and what felt like forever trying to leave. It took me only an hour to say goodbye this time (yesterday it took almost 3 hours).

The girls are absolutely perfect! Savannah's medications have taken great effect and she is doing a lot better. Olivia's breathing has improved a lot! It's still going to be a while before she (or any of the girls) can come of the ventilator but a little improvement is better then none! Addisyn's surgery to close up her PDA worked wonders and the doctors say her heart murmurs are completely gone! Her apnea is being treated with a medication to stimulate her breathing and her heart rate has stayed up for the past day! It's true . . . God does work miracles!

I'm feeling a bit better, still having my moments but feeling better. I also found a song that speaks a lot to both Gabe and I. It's called "Mountains" by Lonestar. Go watch the song! My sister made me listen to it this morning during one of my moments.

Thank you everyone for the thoughts, prayers and support you have given to our family! There obviously working so please keep them coming!


Saturday, January 8, 2011

First Night Home

Alright sorry about the third post today but I need to vent . . .

I thought the first night home, the baby was suppose to cry all night not the mom. I thought the baby was suppose to be up all night not the mom. I admit I put on a good face, I put on a smile to get through the day but when I fall asleep at night I cry, I cry and I cry some more. I try to hide it from my family even from my husband but I can't do it any more I can't pretend like I'm not broken I can't pretend like my heart is not left back at the hospital with my three girls. I can't pretend that it doesn't bother me that my daughters are a week old and I haven't even touch them yet. I can't pretend anymore . . .

Told You I Was Going To Be Emotional!

Okay I may have done the worse thing I can ever think of just an hour ago. Absolutely everything I have in me was telling me to stop and turn around as I was walking out of the hospital. Mother's instinct? I visited each girl one last time and told each one of them how much I loved them and I would be back soon. Luckily my sister who lives about ten minutes away from the hospital offered to let us stay in her basement apartment until the girls can come home. It's a blessing in it's self to be so close to the hospital in case anything happens. I've already called twice since we got here. Absolutely nothing has changed since we left but I still can't help but worried every second that somethings wrong with my babies. How will I ever get through this? :'(

Our Story

My name is Jenna and I'm a new mom of fraternal girl triplets. My husband, Gabe, and I have been married for almost 10 years. We tried to conceive a baby for three years before I finally broke down and went to see a fertility specialist. She diagnosed me with PCOS and told us there was very little chance I'd ever be able to conceive with medical help. That's when we started IVF treatments . . .

On our first try we got pregnant with twins. Sadly Twin B miscarried at 8 weeks and Twin A stopped growing at 10 weeks. We went through IVF again and I didn't become pregnant.

I was done trying to have kids but Gabe convinced me to try IVF one last time. We were happily surprised when we got pregnant but shocked to find out there were four babies! We learned that they were all girls at my 18 week ultrasound.

November 30th, we learned that Baby A had died in my belly. I was put on hospital bed rest for the doctors and nurses to monitor the three remaining girls. I was released from the hospital with orders to just "take it easy" for a while two weeks later.

On December 26th 2010 I had an obstetrician appointment. When my OB checked my blood pressure it was at 161/110. She admitted me to the hospital right away. I was given magnesium to try and bring down my blood pressure. It didn't come down until the next Saturday (January 1st 2011). During that week I was air lifted to a hospital with a level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) because that hospital had a better chance of being able to save the girls if they were born early.

January 1st 2011 at 23 weeks and 5 days pregnant my water broke in the afternoon. I was immediately sent for an emergency c-section.

Savannah Tess was born first. She weighed 1 pound 2 ounces and was 10.5 inches long. She hasn't had anything major. She does have anemia and GERD (reflux) but both are being controlled by medicine.

Olivia Emerson was born next. She weighed 1 pound and was 10 inches long. She has RDS (respiratory distress syndrome) She is being treated and will be on a breathing tube for a while. Since the doctors discovered it she has improved greatly! She also has GERD (reflux) but it's being managed by medicine which is working wonders!

Addisyn Penelope was born least but certainly not last. She was the biggest weighing 1 pound 3 ounces and was 11 inches long. She had PDA (patent ductus arteriosus). Addie was given treatments for it but they didn't work so she had to have surgery on January 6th. The surgery close up the PDA (THANK GOD!) and she is doing much better. Addisyn also has apnea which is commonly found in preemies and it's where the baby "forgets to breathe". Her apnea has resulted in bradycardia. Bradycardia is when a babies heart rate is too low. She's on medication to stimulate her breathing until it all gets sorted out.

My husband and I have been on an emotional roller coaster or rather just me. Gabe has been optimistic and a rock through everything. I on the other hand have not been so stable. The first couple days I was a wreck. just seeing my babies hooked up to all the tubes and wires was so hard for me. I've been better now that I realized they HAVE to be hooked up to the tubes and wires. I have to go home today and the girls obviously have to stay here so I don't know how I'll be but stay tuned for an emotional post later on today . . .