Eleanor, Tobias and Callista, lined up for a photo op not long after we got home from the NICU.

All three of our sweet triplets were discharged from the NICU on the same day. Born at 28 weeks and 1 day gestation, our trio spent 9 weeks and 5 days in the NICU – we came home on their 67th day of outside life.

The transition from the NICU to home has gone as smoothly as we could have hoped. Rob is spending some time off work to help us all get into some sort of rhythm. With these three, that rhythm will last approximately two days before it changes. I’ll call it a win as long as we can roll with the changes and maintain good physical and mental health.

So far, I’ve washed four sink-fulls of bottles (and just filled the rest of the dishwasher load with a bunch of bottles I didn’t feel like washing), I’ve done two loads of baby laundry, and we’ve changed an unknown number of diapers. We’ve eaten all our meals and have even managed to shower and clean.

We’re either in some sort of honeymoon phase or we have superhuman powers.

As I type, at 3:30 a.m., Callista is stirring in her crib. She’s pretty much on time to demand her next bottle. Eleanor started stirring early, so she’s been snoozing on my chest for the last 30 minutes or so. I propped her on my chest while I pumped using both hands till I gave up and held her with one hand while I pumped with the other. I may need to invest in one of those hands-free devices finally. I’m so cheap that I have been avoiding it.

And Toby, you ask? He has maintained the mellow demeanor he displayed in the hospital. He only fusses when he really wants something and is often patient enough to quietly wait while his dramatic sisters act as though the world will end if they don’t get held/fed/changed/looked at soon enough.

I have a few new blog entries up my sleeve, so stay tuned. I’ll find time at some point to write a not-selfish (I really needed that, though) entry about how I survived our time in the NICU. I also want to write about the baby-type things we’ve used to this point – mainly the things we’ve loved (hi, Emmy! I didn’t forget to write about this for you!). For instance, this grasssy bottle-drying rack is the bees’ knees!

On one hand, I’d love to blog my brains out about my trio and all the cute and crazy things we live through each day. On the other, I want to keep that to ourselves. Part of me feels like I’d be unfairly exploiting their lives in some way. We’re all embarrassed by the stories of our young lives – especially when we’re teens. I can’t imagine knowing my mom told everyone about how I pooped a fountain and got it all over my isolette in the NICU. (It totally happened, but I’m not naming names.)

Hungry baby calls. Peace out, homies.

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47 Responses to Home

  1. I love that picture it just makes my heart sing! I’m delighted you’ve got them home. Toby sounds a lot like Joseph, all my close friends have girls and they are so much more dramatic. Joseph does like a bit of drama, but only in emergencies!

    I am just so delighted you beat our 76 days, that was my little target for you :-)

  2. Sidnie says:

    Honey moon phase, or superhuman powers?

    Totally superhuman powers.

    I love that the babies came home on the same day. I worried about for you & your husband and for them.
    Sounds like y’all are settling in just fine. Enjoy the snuggles and the comforts of home.

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  4. carrie says:

    I love the picture!!! I am so happy that everything went so smoothly. What a testimony you have now!

  5. laura says:

    Yay! So happy for you that you’re all home together!

  6. Gina says:

    YEA!!! So glad the trio is home – now the real fun begins!! :-)

  7. Marcy says:

    I am bursting with joy for you Jenny. I have thought about your family of 5 all weekend long. The twins woke up Sunday morning around 4:30 and as I was grabbing bottles for me and David to feed them, I thought… I wonder if Jenny is up right now with her threesome.

    I am so happy that your babies all came home together and that things seem to be going in a nice rhythm. I can’t wait to hear more about them, well, as much as you’ll reveal. :)

  8. Ashley D says:

    I am so happy for you! Bringing them home is such an amazing feelimg!!

    I had to let you in on a little secret, cut tiny slits in a sports bra and you have yourself a cheap hands free pumping thing. Trust me, it works!!

  9. uncjules says:

    Congratulations on bringing your super adorable babies home! I know that must make you so happy.

  10. Jocelyn says:

    Congratulations on getting them all home! You have and continue to be an amazing mommy!

  11. Jessi says:

    Yay! Welcome home babies!!

  12. Meredith says:

    Congrats Jenny and Rob!!! Many wonderful days (and months, years) are filled ahead of you.

  13. Jen Bergem says:

    Your doin great!!

  14. sarah says:

    Ah I just love them!! You are doing a great job!

  15. Tonya says:

    So glad yall are home! Don’t waste $$ on a hands free device. I pumped lots since my boy was premature and I took advice from a NICU nurse and cut holes into an old bra. Worked wonderful! I am also glad I’m the only one who says bees knees. Congratulations!

  16. Jill says:

    Congrats and so glad you are all home! Enjoy every single minute with them from the big moments to the little ones. It goes way too fast…I blinked and I have a toddling 13 month old.

  17. Vee says:

    So glad they are home with you – what a big step! They are so adorable. Take care :)

  18. I can’t believe all three came home on the same day! That is just wonderful! Don’t forget to take that shower everyday. I swear, the 10 minutes of steamy alone time is what fuels your superhuman strength!

  19. Jill says:

    Perspective for me… I have that blanket. Fitting three babies across it? Mind blown. (Mine were 9 lbs even and 9 lbs 6 oz).

    It makes my heart happy to see them all home together and to read about your blissful time together. May you always feel like Supermom! And if (when) you don’t, look back on this post to know that you can always get it back :-)

  20. Karis says:

    The picture of the three of them home together makes me cry. My twins didn’t get home from the NICU together and when they finally were reunited at home it was the most wonderful feeling. So glad you’re all home now!

  21. Julie says:

    The photo of them all together makes my heart melt! SO glad you are home. You guys sound like you are getting a rhythm, and I am sure that is a good feeling.

  22. Heather says:

    How precious is that picture? Glad you guys are all home together and I hope things continue to go as smoothly as possible.

  23. Suz B says:

    Definitely superhuman & super mom & dad! So excited for you to have all the babies home. Congrats Jenny. :)

  24. pam says:

    so sweet!

    get a cheap sports bra and cut a small x over each boob. the pumping horns will fit in and won’t move. cheap!

    enjoy having them home. i remember when the boys first came home, i was all, “this is so easy!”

    and then they hit their due date and all hell broke loose. 😛 hopefully your trio is better behaved than mine was. in any case, enjoy the “easy” time. :)

  25. Mama Fisch says:

    Such a great picture and so happy you are home! Not that you asked but I used the Medela In Style Pump and just bought a hands free nursing/pumping bra for $20 online. It made such a difference to have both hands free! Enjoy all of it!

  26. Brooke says:

    Congratulations on having all three of your sweet babies home! Enjoy your time at home with your family :)

  27. Krista says:

    This whole post makes my heart sing. I’m so happy for your little family!

  28. Adrienne says:

    So happy you are all home as a family!

  29. tillie says:

    YAY!!!! Congratulations your beautiful babies are home now!!! So happy for y’all!

  30. Molly says:

    I’m so glad you’re all home and healthy! What a blessing!

  31. D says:

    Love Love Love!!! Welcome home :)

  32. Jess says:

    I’m so excited for you!

  33. bekah says:

    What a beautiful sight!

  34. Curbsideprophet says:

    What a cute picture, so glad they are all home.

  35. Jayme says:

    Beautiful pic! I am so happy for you!

  36. Heather says:

    Aww! Three baby burritos! They look as delicious as burritos too!

  37. Tameka says:

    Welcome home beautiful babies!

  38. Emily Walls says:

    Did I just get a shout out or are there other Emily’s that read but never post comments?! Oops. Glad you’re all home and doing well. I look forward to more updates.

  39. Sarahviz says:

    I met your friend Blair at Blissdom and she told me about this picture – so sweet! Following your journey from here in Massachusetts…

  40. Copz says:

    what a beautiful picture…sometimes they really are worth a thousand words.

  41. Rachel says:

    yay for home! That is so exciting! how is it without wires and tubes?!?! must be pretty liberating. we’re on day 23 in the nicu. working on the feeding. who knew it would be SO hard to get them to feed normally! getting by and loving your blog. it has helped my mom to understand what we’re going thru and why i cannot ok her booking a flight yet or talk about discharge.
    btw- ditto the comment about cutting holes in a bra. i bought a sports bra at target and cut holes – it’s great.

  42. Lynn/PA says:

    Welcome home! This photo made me cry – happy tears. Beyond perfection! Beautiful – simply priceless!

  43. ell.uu says:

    wow. what a gift to have them all home together. enjoy those sweet babies

  44. Busted Kate says:

    I’m so so so thrilled the trips are finally home! They look so super cute all three bundled up, I wish our little guy would still stay like that. Welcome home, PB&J!

  45. Laurie says:

    I am so happy that they are home now! Honestly though, I can’t imagine handling three of them at once. I am in awe of you and your husband! My hats off to you. I look forward to watching them grow bigger and stronger.

    Instead of buying one of the hands free contraptions I cut holes in an old sports bra. It works like a charm!

  46. Erin says:

    That is quite possibly the cutest picture ever. So glad to hear that all three have come home!

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