Monday, January 9, 2017

A Day In the Life

Good Evening!

Well, we've had the kiddos out of the hospital for a few days now and our schedule is starting to take shape.  Before I delivered, I wondered how this would all come together and slowly but surely, we are figuring it out.

As of now, it takes at least three--if not four--adults to care for these little ones.  They feed every 3 hours--8:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 11:00 pm, 2:00 am, 5:00 am and 8:00 am.  Then, we start over.  That's 40 bottles a day, friends.  Four zero. Typically, four adults do the 11:00 pm feed and then I take the next shift off, sleeping from 12:15-3:45 am.  Then, I'll get up and pump, make coffee, and warm bottles in preparation for the 5:00 am feed.  No, I'm not putting the coffee in the bottles--I'm not that delusional (yet).  Typically, Michael takes the 8:00 am shift off and sleeps from 6:00 am to 9:30 am.  My only fear is that this won't be sustainable once Michael returns to his typical work schedule.  Still, I'll worry about that another day.  This is about survival, right?

L to R:  Millie, Ava, Clara, Luke and Isabelle



We finished our first trip(s) to the pediatrician in Arizona this week.  At one point, we took four kiddos to the doc.  You can imagine the stares we got.  I wish I had taken more photos.  I'm working diligently to organize all of the kids' paperwork and schedule all of their appointments.  Who knew being a mom required such administrative prowess?  I guess all of you moms out there already knew that.   Joke's on me.  

Right now in the temporary Arizona house, we have two babies in each bedroom with the adults.  Luke and Ava room with Michael's mom.   Isabelle and Clara are the room next door and Millie is in my room.  Here's a cute photo of Millie holding onto Isabelle's arm last night.

Millie is on the right and Isabelle on the left.



Bringing our last baby (Millie) home this week was bittersweet.  We are thrilled to have our little ones out of the hospital, but we are sad to leave the staff of the Neonatal ICU at St. Joseph's Hospital.  These doctors, nurses and administrators became our family.  We spent Christmas with them, reading A Christmas Carol to our children.  We spent New Years with them, talking about our hopes and plans for 2017.  We know them by name; we know about their children and loved ones.  We have shared interests and common goals.  Most of all, we love little Ava, Clara, Millie, Luke and Isabelle.  Walking out of the NICU last night brought tears to our eyes.  We miss our NICU family already and we will thank God for them daily.

For now, know that there are indeed angels on Earth and several of them work as nurses in the neonatal units across the country.  

Rest well this week, my friends, knowing that God is good and brings peace and comfort to those in need.  I myself won't be sleeping very much, but know that my soul is at rest, giving thanks for this giant gift God has given us. 

If only we all slept as well as Ava does!
 
We will head home to Virginia this weekend.  I cannot WAIT.  It's like Christmas come again in January.  More to come!

4 comments:

  1. Hi Margaret, I'm with NBC29 in Charlottesville and first off CONGRATULATIONS on all those beautiful babies...someone passed your story along to me and what a blessing. I would absolutely love to feature you and your family for a story here I think people in the community would be overjoyed and love to help however they can. Once you are home and feeling settled if you think you'd be interested in having me come out I would love that...my cell is 703-554-4842 and mcarter@nbc29.com. God Bless - hope to hear from you soon!

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  2. Hi Margaret,
    My husband and I saw you and your husband walking into Pediatric Associates this week. It was remarkable to see 4 baby carriers. Your husband said, "This is 4 of the 5!" You all had smiles on your faces. It was priceless. I am so happy you all are doing so well. Best of luck as you venture home to, safe travels!!
    Jules Leverenz

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  3. Hey there! My husband and I have 2.5-year-old triplets, and I just want to say congratulations! You guys seem to be doing really well...I remember those busy, sleepless (sleep-little?) nights very well, and I can only imagine what it would have been like to add two more infants into the mix! Will (my husband) and I went to Taft too, so we heard about your story from the Piacenzas (Will's cousins). Wishing you all the best, and if you ever want to chat multiples, let me know. I think it gets exponentially harder with each additional child though, so I might not be much help :) Good luck getting back home!
    -Eleanor (Gillespie) Strumolo

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