Get these tubes off of me!

It was another sleepy day for the triplets. Having their own room makes for quieter, darker quarters, which I think makes for longer naps! Clearly all that sleeping has been paying off, because they are gaining weight like rockstars. They each gained about an ounce and a half in the last twenty-four hours, and they are closing in on four pounds.

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Zoom in on Jack, face-down in his bed. Long day of eating, sleeping, and growing, sir?

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Henry catching zzzz’s.

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Sophie, content after some snuggle time with Grammie.

Even in their sleep, these little buggers are growing more and more active. Henry, who favors his belly above all, and his right side over his left, managed to turn his own head from the right to the left while he slept. This happened shortly after a lecture from his nurse, Marie, warning about the possibility of a flat head on one side. A smidgen of vanity never hurt anyone!

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Giving the right side a chance to breathe. Or giving the left side a chance to flatten out? Either way, we’re going for some semblance of symmetry here.

Sophie, you might recall, is our resident drama queen and mischief maker. After her constant attempts to remove her nasal cannula resulted in the doctors’ decision to let take her off the CPAP for half the day, Sophie’s got it in her head that if she keeps removing her feeding tube, they might just let her keep that one out too. Yesterday she managed to remove three feeding tubes with the help of her tongue and her fingers. She even got the tape below her chin to peel off by rubbing her chin back and forth on the blankets. She’s located the tape on the side of her face as well and can be found picking at that and wailing (in the way that teeny, 3.5 pound preemies wail) whenever she’s awake.

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Attempting the chin rub.

Though he is still pretty mellow, Jack has now had a taste of freedom from his nasal cannula. He grew tired early yesterday morning, so he had to go back on the CPAP, and he was NOT having it. Taking a page from sister Sophie’s book, Jack successfully removed the prongs from his nose on several occasions. Because he was face down, his method of choice was like Sophie’s attack on the chin tape: rub the face back and forth against the blankets, and something might just pop off! Jack also received his first infant massage today, and he spent the whole ten minutes calmly staring in my direction. Those were about the only ten minutes that I saw those pretty eyes, but it was wonderful!

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Relaxing post massage.

Two Weeks Old

Henry, Jack, and Sophie are two weeks old today! It is hard to believe it’s already been two weeks since they decided to grace us with their presence. All reports at the NICU today were about how well they were doing. The nurse practitioner on duty was thrilled that Sophie and Jack are over 1 kilo, and Henry is very close to catching up, weighing in last night at just about 1000 gm. Dr. Topsis even joked that soon they’re going to put Sophie on Weight Watchers, because she is a whopping 1085 gms! That’s 2 pounds, 6.3 oz in case you were wondering. Jack and Henry also gained weight today, weighing in at 2 pounds, 5.2 ounces and 2 pounds, 5 ounces, respectively.

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Jack and Will

E.T.? Just kidding! The red light is Henry’s oxygen saturation monitor.

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Sure, she looks like an angel now. Just wait…

Physical Therapy. We also met the physical therapist today, and she came to exercise the triplets’ arms and legs and to make sure they maintain their full range of motion. She will continue to work with Henry, Jack, and Sophie throughout their stay at the NICU–one of the perks of the Beth Israel experience! All three were amenable to their new exercise routine, but Henry seemed the most at ease. Totally awake and alert, and perfectly calm.

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Henry after physical therapy

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Sleepy Sophie

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Skeptical Sophie

Kangaroo Care with Henry

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Pacifier Practice

Sophie’s day nurse today, Cherry, commented on how obedient our little girl is. Little does she know! (See below for Sophie’s nighttime mischief).

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Sophie is a pro!

Bedtime

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Dozing off

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Settling in.

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Making mischief! That’s her nasal cannula (breathing tubes) around her neck like a necklace.

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And we’re pretty sure she’s smiling about it!