Monday, March 23, 2009

Good News! Babies Are Improving

Zach and Alex in PICU, 3.20.09

Close up of Riley in PICU, Legacy Emmanuel 3.20.09

Okay, so Riley cries like me. What can I say?

Close up of swollen Alex. Doesn't he look like Rex Jr. and Madison?

Monday, March 23, 2009: We went to Portland yesterday to see Rex Jr. and Aleece, Seth and Madison at the Ronald McDonald House. Everyone was doing well. They took us up to see the babies (one block away) at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. Riley and Zach are now in the pediatric unit sharing a room. Zach is unplugged from everything but his heart rate, temperature and breathing and oxygen saturation machines. He is greatly improved, the pneumonia is gone. The doctor came in during our visit and said how well both boys are doing. He asked all the same questions that everyone else asks (Was this all natural? Did you have in vitro fertilization? Are there multiples in the family?) I should start charging money to answer those three questions to start a college fund for the boys. It would add up quickly!

I was able to hold the boys, putting on the sterilization foam before and after touching each baby. I think I lathered up about twelve times while there. No wonder our hands are so dried and cracked. I've been lathering on lotion day and night just to try to keep up with it. It was so nice to be able to hold the babies again.

We went down the hall into the PICU department where Alex is alone in his room. He is still swollen from the IV which is in inserted in his head, poor thing. He is still intubated and hooked up to all sorts of monitors. He is improving though and they think he's just a few days behind Zachary in his progress. He looks like Rex Jr. and Madison beings his face is swollen and fuller looking. As of today, it looks like both Zach and Riley will be released on Tuesday from the hospital!!!!!!!!! Alex may be released as soon as Thursday!

Jessica graduates from The Art Institute of Portland this Friday, the 29th. She will receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts. We are excited to have a college graduate in the family!
On Sunday the triplets will be blessed. At this point we are hoping it will be in the Jan Ree Ward sacrament meeting, but the back up plan is to have them blessed at home, because of their fragile health. Aleece's parents, brother and sisters, Grandmother and Grandfather are coming in from Utah and Nevada on Wednesday for the event. We ordered the blessing outfits two months ago in size 2XS. When they first arrived we thought they were still huge on the babies but now we hope they will fit and not be too small. We had the babies names embroidered on the vest collars, just so they each get the right blessing outfit for their posterity and so that Rex Jr. will remember which baby he's holding (and so we can remember which baby we're holding and photographing later on, too!)
It is also Spring Break so Lacey is home from school. We delivered Seth to Jessica's apartment last night on our way home from the hospital. We all ate a very late dinner (10:00pm? I think). Madison threw up her dinner all over Lacey's bed in the middle of the night. She is lethargic and has little or no appetite and isn't getting into trouble.....not at all like the Madison we know and love. We're hoping she has just a 24-hour bug and is well tomorrow.
Jessica took Seth to school with her today where he modeled three sports items she designed and sewed for a class final. She said Seth did very well and she was pleased with his performance.
Aleece had her six weeks check-up which means the babies are six weeks old today! It is a busy and event filled week.


Charmayne said...

It's so nice to read updates on your blog Sharon. Those three little boys sure are special! One day when they are all big and tough you'll have to remind them about their fragile entrance into this world. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance. You are all in our prayers.

Archambault Family said...

Wow, what a crazy week....Shoot out to Jessica!!! Congrats on the Bachelors! I am so proud of you. I can't wait to see you start designing your own clothing!

I am glad to hear all the great news on the boys. Sorry to hear Madison is sick again. I too hope it is just a 24 hour bug so she can enjoy being with the family.

Thanks for all the updates!