Jack and Sophie Reunited

Since they arrived at Beth Israel, the triplets have maintained their spot center stage in the NICU, with Sophie, Henry, and Jack stationed on the center wall in that order, from left to right. As a result, Sophie and Jack have been separated from one another for the past four weeks with Henry residing smack dab in between the two.

Until last night, that is!  Sophie and Jack have been in cahoots from afar for a while now. See Jack pulling at his nasal cannula below? And see how unapologetic he is about it? Jack must have heard that Sophie was getting time off from the CPAP…he is eager to join her in celebrating that milestone!

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Well, they’ve also been in a race to gain weight, and tonight, Jack bested Sophie by .02 ounces.

Here they are together again, celebrating their latest milestone: “We’re three pounds!”

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I’m not sure where Sophie thinks she’s going in this photo, but she always seems to have her own agenda,  doesn’t she?

 

 

Earlier, in her isolette: Sophie, suddenly camera shy…

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Our dear sweet Henry has been making mischief of his own, although you’d never guess it from the photos below!

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Henry’s mischief-making is of the digestive variety. After a couple of x-rays, some ugly green bile, antibiotics, and a night off from feeding, Henry was looking much better this afternoon, but the doctors and nurses are being cautious. We are hoping they will start his feeds again this evening–if he’s anything like his father, he’s going to start getting cranky if he misses too many meals! As of 3pm, we were still awaiting the official results of this morning’s repeat x-ray. In the meantime, he’s getting his nutrition via an IV, and he was happy to enjoy a long kangaroo care snuggle this morning. When I left the hospital at 3pm today, he was, as you might have guessed, back on his belly and quite content!

 

 

Pacifier Practice

Tonight after their baths, the triplets worked on becoming stronger suckers with their pacifiers.

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Sophie, the multi-tasker –she must take after her mom!–was even sucking on her pacifier while getting her daily dose of Harry Potter.

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And the race is on…

…to see who will reach 3 pounds first!

At tonight’s weigh-in, Jack was in the lead, with Sophie at his heels and Henry close behind.

Sophie: 1325 grams (2.92 pounds)

Jack: 1335 grams (2.94 pounds)

Henry: 1305 grams (2.88 pounds)

All three are following the doctors’ orders to gain between 20 and 30 grams a day. Is it any surprise that our children are rule followers?

The Littlest Chelsea Fans in the World

I may be wrong, but if I had to guess, I would bet our trio of 31.5 week old (gestational age!) preemies are the youngest Chelsea F.C. fans in the world. Thanks to Uncle Joe, they are are outfitted and ready for their first game as fans. 14037429502_c66461d2b1_b

In other news, we had a low-key Sunday at the NICU.

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Sleepy Sophie

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Jack, practicing for Halloween as one of the three little pigs.

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Henry, looking at Dad with a bit of skepticism. Perhaps he’s not sure about this whole Chelsea thing…

Sophie slept the day away, so it was her brothers’ turn to be awake and alert. And boy, were they determined to let us know they were awake! I swear they were in cahoots while setting off their oxygen alarms today. As soon as Henry’s would subside, Jack’s would start up. It went back and forth like that for the better portion of an hour. One of their first practical jokes as identicals…I am betting there will be many more to come!

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Aunt Jen Comes to Visit!

The triplets had another visitor today! Aunt Jen came up from Maryland to visit, and Henry, Jack, and Sophie were thrilled to meet another member of their enormous extended family 🙂

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By the end of the afternoon, they were all tuckered out.

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Later that night…

Everyone had bath time at the same time tonight, and the nurses joked about what an ordeal it was going to be when we get home and it’s just the two of us trying to get everybody clean. Today I helped with Jack while Will observed Nurse Charlotte bathing Henry, and Nurse Ann made sure Sophie cleaned up nicely.

Jack’s Bath: 

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Henry and Will took a field trip to Jack’s isolette and the two were reunited again (as if they could have forgotten each other!) while they were warming up after their baths. Unfortunately, we ran out of storage space on our phones, so there are no photos. Apple clearly never considered parents of triplets when they established the number of gigabytes to allot for photos. So, until tomorrow (when we’ve cleared out our phones), this is all we’ve got!

Story Time: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” — the triplets have begun book three!

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Note: If you don’t already know this, Will and I started reading “Harry Potter” to the trips before they were born. They went crazy in my belly every night when we settled into the story. We had made it halfway through “The Chamber of Secrets” when Henry, Jack, and Sophie insisted on an early arrival. Now, given their set-up in the NICU and our sensitivity to the fact that there are other babies and many nurses around who may not be interested in the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione (unlikely, I know, but there are some haters out there), each of our three hears just one-third of a chapter each night in their isolette. We figure it will be a fun game when they get older to see if they can piece the story together…just kidding. But here you see that Jack heard the first few pages of “Prisoner of Azkaban,” and Sophie will likely here the last.