What a great week for the Ferraro quadruplets!
Henry, the first baby to come home joined us on Saturday. He was born the smallest of the four babies and yet managed to do the best in the NICU.
Henry was 3 lb 2 oz when he was born and when he went home two and a half weeks later he was up to 4 lb 1 oz.
Having a new baby at home has been relatively easy once they've been in the NICU. The nurses there have the babies on such a great schedule that Henry was well trained by the time he made it home!
He wakes up to be changed and eat every 4 hours like clockwork. We will see how long that lasts as more babies come home to join him!
One of the things Charlie and I were most excited about was having Molly finally get to meet a sibling.
Because it's flu season, no children under 12, including siblings are allowed in the NICU. When Henry came home it was the first time she had a chance to see any of the babies.
We have been practicing kissing him on the head...instead of poking him in the eye.
Molly has been very helpful following Henry around trying to put his hat on, bring him his pacifier, and even pat his back when he needs to burp.
(She has started undressing herself in her crib during naps and at night though...which hopefully is an attention-getting phase that will quickly pass!)
Three days after his hospital discharge we took Henry to his first pediatrician's appointment. There he clocked in at 4 and a half pounds and got an A-OK from his doctor.
It's been relatively easy having a well trained infant at home. What has been a bit harder are the logistics of getting back to the NICU to visit the other 3 babies still there. As a "discharged sibling", we can take Henry back in to the NICU, but there's really nowhere for him to hang out except his car seat, which he is still a tad small for. Fortunately, our family and friends have all been more than generous with their time to babysit Molly and Henry so we can go visit the rest of the bunch at the hospital.
Here's their updated photos from this week in their first set of matching outfits, gifts from Aunts Kelly & Dana:
If you're curious how the rest of the bunch are doing...Charlie, Claire & Dillon are continuing to improve in the NICU. Everyone has their feeding tubes out and all are now allowed to eat ad lib - basically whenever they get hungry as opposed to on a strict schedule. (But at our request, thankfully the nurses keep them on a close-to-every-four hour feeding schedule, which we hope will help with our sanity when everyone finally comes home.)
If we had to bet, odds are baby Charlie will be home next. He is hanging out in his crib in the corner of the NICU, eating fine, gaining weight and having less frequent negative breathing events compared to his siblings. Charlie and I are looking forward to having more babies at home - and Miss Molly is too!