Our quadruplets are one week old. And what a whirlwind of a week it has been as they try to adjust to life outside the womb, and we begin to fathom what having four babies at once is really like!
Having been born at 34 weeks' gestation, our 3 boys and 1 girl - Charlie, Claire, Henry and Dillon - are relatively healthy and stable compared to many of their NICU neighbors. We are so grateful for their health, and for all of the wonderful staff who are working so hard to see them get stronger.
Today was an incredible day for Charlie and me, as we got to hold all 4 babies at once for the first time. We have been spending time holding them one on one for a few hours each day, but to have them all there back together again, but this time in our arms - instead of my massive belly - was truly amazing (and a tad frightening).
Here's the week 1 roundup:
Charlie is cantankerous; perhaps a bit like his namesake father? He was off and on the CPAP all week and graduated to room air today, only to have to go back on the nasal cannula right before our group photo. He is a pretty quiet kid - also like his dad. The nurses have taken a special liking to him, probably because he seems to be very low key and agreeable.
Claire is certainly the most feisty of the bunch. She was the most active kicker during my pregnancy, and continues to be a bit of a diva. She weighed the most at birth (4 lbs, 2 oz) but had a few days' setback with a blood vessel condition called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). PDA is common in premature babies, but thankfully her condition resolved with medication and she didn't require surgery.
Today was the first day we saw Claire without any breathing tubes, and she is certainly beautiful...and blonde.
Henry and Dillon are definitely on the same team. They were both pretty quiet in utero and have stuck together since breaking out a week ago. Henry was the smallest of the quads (3 lbs, 2 oz) but he and Dillon are certainly the best eaters and were the first to graduate to the step-down nursery and move to room air earlier this week. Henry was able to nurse for about 30 minutes for the first time yesterday and he seemed to figure it out pretty fast.
Dillon is a rockstar. He was the first to take a bottle, the first to try nursing and the first to breathe on his own. Because he is a bit of a show off, he occasionally forgets to breathe when he is eating and Dillon sets off the most alarms of any of the quads for sure. He's been rockin' this sweet rasta hat the nurses found in the preemie donation box all week:
So that's the quads one week roundup. We are loving getting to know them better and learning how to take care of them vs. be scared of them. We are also realizing how incredibly important the loving staff in the NICU are to their success, not to mention how lucky we are to have such a supportive and loving group of family and friends (who we hope are ready to come hold babies as soon as these guys and gal can come home!)
Happy one week birthday Charlie, Claire, Dillon and Henry!