Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A homecoming to remember forever!

Hi everyone, Tanya and I are elated to announce the homecoming of Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan! All three boys were released from the hospital yesterday and we got home about 3:30. The boys are eating about every three hours and doing fantastic.

All of the boys now weigh more than their birth weights too. And, they're all two weeks old today!

Thanks for all of your support and please check back regularly for updates to this blog.

Above and Below Pics: Left to right - Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Zayne Moved to Step Down; Ethan and Tristan Doing Good

Hi everyone, Zayne has been bumped from the NICU because he was stable enough to no longer need to be in that room physically. A new baby was born this week who needed to be in the NICU more than Zayne. So, this means, while he's still considered a NICU baby and is under the direct care of the neonatologist, he's just not physically in the NICU. Zayne is probably the most likely to come home first. He is completely off IV fluids and respiration machines.

Both Ethan and Tristan are in the NICU and need a little encouragement with eating. They've both dipped below four pounds and need to get their weights up before they can go home. On the positive side both Ethan and Tristan are too off respirators, IV fluids, and, both are off their billilights!

We got some interesting news today. Zayne and Tristan are confirmed to be the identical twins after pathology testing on the placenta(s). There was also confirmation Zayne and Tristan had TTTS (twin to twin transfusion syndrome) but it was stage 1 and minor enough a donor/recipient could not be determined. This does; however, explain the one pound difference in weight between them at birth! No long term effects are expected which is great.

That is all for now. Take a look at these photos!

Tanya with Ethan, Lauralee with Zayne and Jeff with Tristan

Our front yard :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tanya's home and the triplets are doing good

Hi everyone, here's a quick update. Tanya has been released from the hospital and she's now home. We're making frequent trips to the NICU to visit the triplets and bring them milk; Tanya is pumping and doing great.
All three of our boys are off of IV fluids and respirators. And, they're all off the billilights! Great progress.
They now all must be able to maintain their internal temperatures and eat at least 50cc of milk every three hours. They're not doing very well with the eating thing so they're all three on feeding tubes. Not to worry though...they'll be good to go very soon. Doctors and nurses are amazed at how well each are doing for being born at 34 weeks. And, they're truly amazed at Tanya for carrying Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan that long. Here's a couple photos...

Tanya with Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan

Jeff's mom with Zayne and Tristan

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Triplets are HERE!

From left to right, Zayne, Tristan, and Ethan

Tanya and Jeff with Tristan Scott P.

Zane Richard P.

Jeff with Ethan Thomas P.

At 34 Weeks and 1 day, Tanya, the most perfect baby making mom of all time, has delivered three wonderful and miraculous baby boys!

Mom and babies are doing great.

Ethan Thomas weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces and was 17.5 inches long; Zayne Richard weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and was 18 inches long; and Tristan Scott weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces and was 17.5 inches long.

Thanks everyone for such amazing support. Your prayers and warm words of encouragement are what got us through this.

More to come..

Friday, February 8, 2008

33 Weeks and 3 days - Getting Close

Hi everyone, we have had a roller coaster week. Tanya went to her perinatologist yesterday (Thursday) and was admitted to the hospital based on high blood pressure and contractions. She is at the hospital now and doctors are keeping her there until the triplets are delivered.

All tests which have been run show no sign of preeclampsia which is a good thing. But, Tanya is getting uncomfortable and has back pain, water retention, etc.

On a positive note, all three babies, as seen on the ultrasound yesterday afternoon, are measuring > 4 pounds and look great.

Tanya's OB has scheduled Tanya's C-Section this coming Wednesday, February 13. Please keep Tanya's and the babies in your thoughts and prayers.

More to come...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

32 Weeks and Still Sailing

Hi everyone, this past Tuesday, January 29, Tanya hit the 32 week mark! And, this means in a few short days, on February 5, she will be at 33!

All three of the babies are continuing to do very well. And, according to the ultrasound results, they're measuring as follows: Baby A - 4 pounds, 3 Oz; Baby B - 3 Pounds, 11 Oz; and Baby C - 3 Pounds, 13 Oz. For once, at least on ultrasound, Baby C has surpassed B!

Doctors are now saying if Tanya begins pre-term labor, it's unlikely aggressive treatment will be used to curb the contractions since she has passed the 32 week milestone and all steroids are on board, that's doctor lingo, to help with all three sets of lung development. Doctors injected Tanya with two rounds of steroids when Tanya was admitted to the hospital a couple weeks ago.

The Special Thanks Section:

* Special thanks to Tanya for carrying these three babies!

* We'd like to say a special thanks to our family and local friends who have been most generous with time and gifts. Tanya's sister, Amanda, and friends Lauralee and Sharon, put together a shower yesterday afternoon for family and close family friends. Amanda, Lauralee, and Sharon are fabulous. All who attended, and even some who couldn't make it to the shower, were very generous with gifts and words cannot express our thanks. We got lots of bibs, baby clothes, and other cool baby stuff which will make our lives easier once the triplets here.

* We'd like to extend a special thanks to all of our neighbors, Lisa Hill, Melissa Hoy, Diane Gilbride, and Elizabeth Schrogie who have managed to keep us fed while Tanya's been on bed rest and for a good start to filling up our garage freezer for when the triplets get here.

* Special thanks to Tanya's mom Kayela for spending several hours at our house in the past month helping with all the things Jeff struggles with -- you know, the fun stiff like laundry, cleaning, dishes, etc.

* Special thanks to Tanya's mom Kayela and Tanya's sister, Amanda, for all of their decorating talents. Our downstairs looks fabulous thanks to both of them. And, Amanda put the finishing touches on the nursery yesterday.

* Special thanks to our teams at Bank of America. Both Tanya and I work for Bank of America and everyone there, in Richmond and across the country, have been overwhelmingly supportive. Also, a special thanks to Perry and Eric with the auxiliary police unit for all of your support.

* Special thanks to all of you who have loaned us and even given us baby items like cribs, bouncies, high chairs, etc. etc. This is truly remarkable.

* Special thanks to everyone else who help watch Brenden, say prayers, calls and writes to check on us, etc. We could not do this without you.

* Jeff and Tanya's moms and dads and Jeff's sister, Kara - running around after our son Brenden when you're at our house and especially when you watch him at your house is tremendous.

That is all for now. Tanya has two doctor appointments this week and we'll send an update toward the end of this week. We'll leave you with a picture from yesterday as Tanya opened a preemie outfit with the help of Gary and Katie Bailey's daughters Claire (left) and Rachel (Right).