This is what I wrote on June 8 (it’s been a bit busy since then…):
Speechless. Exhausted. Joyful. Smitten. How did these tiny, tiny beings come to be ours? It is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced.
Alan is, of course, the world’s best husband: as I recuperate from the c-section, he has done more than half of the feeding, almost all the burping and diapering, all the washing of pumping accessories, all the errand-running, and nearly all the visiting to the NICU (since I was not allowed to get out of the postpartum room until this evening).
And here they are, in their teeny glory, born June 7, 2011:
Audrey Claire, who got the hiccups nearly every time I laid down for the last trimester. Born at 10:21 am, weighing 4 lbs, 8 oz, and measuring 17.5 inches. She has a head of dark curly hair; nickname: Bean or Peanut.
Theresa Karen, who made the biggest waves in utero. Born at 10:22 am, weighing 4 lbs, 9 oz, and measuring 17.5 inches. She is blonde like her cousins Kirsten and Brenna, and makes so much noise in her sleep that I call her “Squeaker.” She loves to eat, therefore taking after her mom and her namesake aunt.
James Jeffrey, the smallest and the only Y chromosome. Born at 10:23 am, weighing 3 lbs, 7 oz, and measuring 15.5 inches. He is also fair; nicknames: Jamie, J.J., Little Man, Buddy…and I’m sure Uncle Jeff and Uncle Kevin will come up with more. He is currently in the NICU for help with maintaining consistent heart rate and breathing.
Update from June 16:
Jamie made it out of the NICU on Tuesday, and is now rooming with his sisters! It makes a huge difference for us not to have to shuttle between floors of the hospital. He is getting his feeding IV out today and all three of them now need to work on maintaining a steady heartrate and feeding from a nipple rather than feeding tubes (gavage).
We spend every day at the ISCU (Infant Special Care Unit) and are looking forward to the day when we can snuggle them whenever we want. More photos and updates later.