From a health perspective, everyone is stable. Madison’s eyes are locked on, and she won’t need another MRI until the second week of May. Noah still is troubled by reflux, but since he got off of the oxygen he smiles a ton more and sleeps better. Chloe as a moderate case of plagiocephaly (a.k.a flathead), which we are working to treat.
For those of you who don’t have kids or had them prior to the advent of Back to Sleep, flathead is a more common thing babies can get these days. Since sleeping on the back greatly reduces the chances of SIDS, babies spend much less time on their tummies than on their backs. As a result, babies need specific exercise time to strengthen their necks (“tummy time”). In addition, if a baby sleeps in the same position every night, parts of their head can flatten out from the repetitive pressures being applied to the same spot. Mild to moderate flatness is not a health concern, but it can be a cosmetic issue if not addressed. There is still plenty of time to fix the issue before a baby’s head fuses at around one year or age, so we are not overly concerned about Chloe currently.
The kids are getting better and better with sleeping though the night, which is a big relief to me since I’m the night nanny. Madison has been a champ, but we hear her talking in her sleep all night over the baby monitor. Chloe will wake up once a night complaining of a wet diaper, but lately she has been falling back asleep on her own. Noah generally sleeps though the night, except for important nights like the one prior to a visit at my work from a group of Comcast VIPs from Philly. Of course on that night he decided to throw a fit from 1-3am. The two nights following that he’s gone back to sleeping soundly.
The hardest part right now is feeding times. We have a nanny to help while we are working during the week, but dinners and weekends are all ours. Our nights are usually like this. I get home around 5:45 in time to relieve Sandy, the nanny. Between 5:45 and 6:30, Julie and I do our best to cook and eat dinner, catch up on our days and otherwise get done what we need to get done.
Somewhere in that window the first baby will wake up, and it’s off to the races. The next 2 to 2.5 hours is spent fighting with/feeding the kids. Sometimes it will go smoothly, other times one could have a crying fit which precipitates crying fits from the others. It helps if we separate the instigator for a few minutes until everyone calms down enough to eat again. Every night is a challenge with Noah because of his reflux. If he eats more than 30-40cc without a burp, it is highly likely he will throw up through his mouth and nose. He aspirates the liquid and spends the next 5-10 minutes choking, gasping and crying. Needless to say, you want to feed him slowly and make sure he burps and rests every ounce. It could take two hours to feed just him depending on how easily he burps and if he spits up. The feeding ends in the 8:30-9:00 range and we put the kids to bed. After that it’s back to work for Julie and me on our respective computers to catch up with what we didn’t get to earlier.
People give me funny looks when I tell them we hire a babysitter and don’t go out. The dinner feeding routine really means we don’t ever get nights “at home”. We have a standing babysitter every Friday night, and often we will go out to dinner. But sometimes, like last night, we just pick up a pizza and have a relaxing dinner in our own home where we can just sit and talk. Last Tuesday night Julie had to work, and I hired a baby sitter just so I could watch my first Yankee game of the season.
The kids were weighed last week for their final Synagis shots of the season and Noah weighed 11lbs 6oz, Madison weighed 11lbs 14.5oz and Chloe tipped the scales at 13lbs 2oz. Their gestational age was 3 months yesterday (the age they would have been had they not been preemies), and their chronological 6 month birthday is only a couple of weeks away. Time sure flies with triplets.