I have not been keeping my promises to update my blog; however, I feel like I have 3 great excuses. So I know that you will all forgive me! :)
Things have been going suprisingly well since we've all been home. The first couple of nights were different, but things are getting better. The first night we were all home, Shane and I were jumping and checking on the boys with any noise that we heard. Funny story: we bought a humidifier for our room that gurgles like a water cooler. Anyway, it gurgled while we were both sleeping and it scared us to death! We both jumped out of our bed and went to check on the boys. We were so confused when we saw they they were all sleeping soundly, it was then that we realized it was our new humidifier! :)
We run a pretty tight ship around the Kesler house now! I am sad to report that all of our animals now live outside. We just can't have all that dust and dander in the house with these boys. Also, we are still limiting visitors to the house. I'm afraid that it will be that way for a while per our Pediatrician's instructions. It's just a real heavy RSV and Flu season and we can't risk the boys being exposed to any of that.
Just to give everyone an idea of what goes on as the Kesler House......We feed the boys every 4 hours. Right now, we are on a 7-11-3 schedule. That means that we are feeding them at approximately 7a, 11a, 3p, 7p, 11p, & 3a. We try our best to make sure that none of them eat at the same time because we want to make sure that one person can handle the feedings - this way I know that I can take care of them alone during the day and Shane and I split the feedings at night so we can both get some uninterrupted sleep. An example of a feeding is: 7a - feed, change, etc for Clay. 7:30a - same for Seth. 8:00a - same for Paul. Sometimes we can get them all done in under an hour, sometimes it takes up to 1.5hours - each feeding is different. From what I can calculate we go through 18 bottles and approx 25 diapers in a 24 hour period. So, that's about 126 bottles, about 4.5 cans of dry formula, and about 175 diapers in one week! Holy Cow!!!
Shane and I both consider ourselves so lucky that our boys are home and doing well. They are very happy babies and usually only get fussy when they are hungry (especially Clay)!
People keep asking what we need: We will always need formula, diapers, and gift cards. Our pediatrician has told us that we can use the Enfamil, Enfacare and Similac, Neosure formula - both are a higher calorie formula for premature and small babies. Again, we can't thank you all enough for your love and support. I won't make promises, but will strive to do my best to blog more often.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Ready for the ride home to Oxford!
Asleep in one of their cribs, upstairs in our bedroom
Wow - I can hardly believe that we are ALL finally home!
I know that everyone is wondering how we are doing......
We are all doing really well! Shane and I have kept the boys on a pretty tight schedule, a benefit of them being in the NICU.... We've got our schedule worked out and are able to get sleep and keep it together without freaking out! For the last two nights, Shane and I have been splitting up the feedings so that one of us can get uninterrupted sleep. For example, I did the 12am feeding and Shane did the 4am feeding. It's been working out great for us so far.
We take the boys to the pediatrician tomorrow afternoon for a check up with our new doctor. We will also get a current weight then. I can tell that they are all growing right before our eyes.
Oh Boy! Well, boys! There are some good times to come. Be sure to check back often for updates and pics. My blogging should get a lot better now that we're home. (Again, Meg - I am aspiring to be like you! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!)