The triplets are three weeks old today! (Well, yesterday, at this point, but I really can’t seem to get these posts up by midnight…sorry!)
Grammie came to visit, and she held Miss Sophie (still breathing happily all on her own) for the first time. See how peaceful she looks?
So what’s happening at 3 weeks (31 weeks gestational age)?
Stats: 2 lbs, 10.2 ounces; feeding 11mL/hr every three hours (two hours on, one hour off)
Other updates: Cycling on the CPAP (12 hours on, 12 hours off). She has already done a 36 hour stint without any help breathing, during which she was saturating at 90-100% the whole time. The nurses think she probably doesn’t need the CPAP at all, but it’s earlier than they would usually remove it (32 weeks), so they don’t want to risk it too much. Tierney, Sophie’s night nurse today and the one who admitted her to Beth Israel three weeks ago, cannot believe how alert Sophie is. She even took some photos of her a few nights ago because her behavior was so unusual for a 31-week-old. To quote Tierney, “She’s looking at me the way a three-year-old would. Saying, ‘Why aren’t you playing with me?'”
Another fun (phun!) fact (phact) about Tierney for all of you Georgetown alums–she was class of ’01 in the nursing school and a huge Phantom Phan! Small world…anyway, back to the babies. That is, after all, the point of this blog.
Sophie has been practicing her sucking with the pacifier, and she is a champ! It tires her out, but in the picture below, you can see just how eager she is to try. That’s Will’s hand presenting the pacifier, and Sophie is all over it!
Stats: 2 lbs, 9.6 ounces, feeding 11mL/hr every three hours (two hours on, one hour off)
Other updates: Dr. Fourdjour decided Henry should have another blood transfusion today, with the hope being that this would help boost his oxygen levels and decrease his heart rate. For all of you medical folk out there, Henry’s hematocrit level was a bit low (31), and combined with his increasing need for oxygen (up to 33%, sometimes a bit higher), this indicates that a transfusion is in order. As scary as it sounds, he reminded us that it is an entirely normal aspect of a preemie’s journey during the first few weeks. In fact, he noted that the only thing that wasn’t normal was that the triplets haven’t needed more transfusions.
Stats: 2 lbs, 10.2 ounces, feeding 11mL/hr every three hours (two hours on, one hour off)
Other updates: Nothing really! Jack is our mellow fellow, going with the flow and just trying to keep up with his sister Sophie in weight gain. He is also taking some cues from her about this whole CPAP business. He seems to think that if he also pulls out his nasal cannula all the time, he will drive the nurses so nutty that they will just have to leave it out. So far, this strategy isn’t working. Jack also has a tendency to present what we have now dubbed, “sympathy saturation problems.” Often, when Henry’s monitor starts ringing and flashing yellow because his oxygen saturation is dropping, the nurse will walk over to Henry’s bedside, only to find that Jack’s monitor starts ringing and flashing moments later. Sure, it could just be a coincidence, but I am suspicious.
A few fun videos for your viewing pleasure:
Sophie with the hiccups (make sure your sound is on)
Henry, our little lizard
Jack, our mellow fellow