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We are all home and settling in. My life is definitely going to fall into the pattern of: Change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, pump! Change a baby feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, pee! Change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, take a nap! Etc.

S is snoozing for the moment, the kids are snoozing, having all just eaten. Maggie Moo is running. I am holding my eyes open with toothpicks. Once Maggie Moo rests, I'll sleep for an hour before the next kiddo wakes up. Ooops, I just dozed off for a sec there. Heh. Gotta take it where I can get it. :)

All went off without a hitch getting them home, so it's sink or swim time now! Fortunately, the kids are cute, so I think they'll be worth it. I do have pictures, but need to upload them, which might take a while, so bear with me!

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hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: October 14th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
How wonderful! I was just telling a friend today that your babies should be home soon. :-)

jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: October 14th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy heck! I can't believe you're even *able* to make time for an update.

I'm glad your babies are home and and doing well. I hope you get as much help as you need with this transition!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, there's not much else to do when I'm attached to Maggie Moo. Except, you know, sleep. But posting occasionally while attached to Maggie is doable.
marag From: marag Date: October 14th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Hooray! Please holler when you're ready for me to come help change a few babies :)
zis770 From: zis770 Date: October 14th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
just a tip: she might be too busy to actually holler! I mean I might be wrong but that was a big problem with me. Everyone said get help from the government for instance and I had no time to even think of trying to figure out who to even call.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Right now we're in the "you can look but not touch" stage of visitors, but with their CONSTANT NON STOP GOD WILL IT NEVER END feeding schedule, having visitors isn't the easiest thing anyway. Definitely call me in a couple weeks when my head comes up above water a little.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: October 14th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
your life sounds like it could be a song! we just gotta put music to it and the title is karen's life!

i'm glad to see you so happy! my heart fills for you!
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
at 6am this morning, I realized I needed to pee. At noon, I had a home health nurse here checking on the babies since they were discharged from the NICU last night and I finally realized I couldn't take it one second longer and I left her weighing Ellie so I could go pee.
buildin_a_bayis From: buildin_a_bayis Date: October 14th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back! What great news! I noticed you didn't put in eat -- I hope you're finding some time for that too...best of luck with this challenging but exciting beginning, will you be getting help?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
there's definitely not time to eat, but my husband is good about putting food in front of me and reminding me anyway. :)
kmelion From: kmelion Date: October 14th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mazal Tov! Enjoy them!
gnomi From: gnomi Date: October 14th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Welcome home to one and all!
happyduck1979 From: happyduck1979 Date: October 14th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tee-hee. I sang that to the llama song.

What are you doing online? I, HD1979 the great and not particularly powerful order thee to bed if your house is quiet!

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 14th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was pumping, so couldn't go to bed at that point.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: October 14th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
So exciting! Welcome home Cohen babies!

Don't forget to insert "Karen eats!" somewhere in the middle of that pattern. You need food if you're going to make food!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am very bad about remembering to eat. Seth is very good about remembering to feed me. It works out well, so long as he's home.
hopeness From: hopeness Date: October 14th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, since you don't have much time to read comments, I'll limit myself to a "wow, yay, and take care of yourself, too"!!!
mindycl From: mindycl Date: October 14th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, pump! Change a baby feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, pee! Change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, change a baby, feed a baby, take a nap! Etc. I am holding my eyes open with toothpicks."


TOLD YA SO.

Good luck keeping sane and awake :). Kiss up the babies and enjoy being a mommy!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 14th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
First of all "told ya so" is not terribly constructive. Second of all, never ever did I deny that I would be an exhausted zombie. Third of all, even if I'd had another person here last night, I wouldn't have gotten any more sleep than I got last night. I got almost as much sleep last night as I've been getting on the nights that they've been in the NICU. When I got to the point that I couldn't stay awake for another diaper change, I woke Seth up and had him change a diaper, which he did so willingly and happily (and if he was grumpy about it, he hid it well).

I knew LONG before I delivered these babies that my life would consist of changeababyfeedababychangeababyfeedababychangeababyfeedababychangeababyfeedababy and nothing more for a long long time. Fortunately, the babies are cute and worth it for the moment. We'll see if I still think they're worth it in a few weeks when I'm going insane from sleep deprivation.
mindycl From: mindycl Date: October 14th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here is a crucial tip for you regarding diaper changes:

DO NOT CHANGE THEIR DIAPERS AT NIGHT, unless it's a bowel movement. THeyre not uncomfortable from a bit of wetness and it will make your life 1000% easier, plus they won't become wide awake from becoming nekkid. Please please don't change wet diapers in the middle of the night. You'll gain a lot of sleep this way.

Good luck with the hard work of parenting newborn triplets! Can't wait to hear more about it :).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
virtually all of their diapers are poopy diapers. MRN points out below that this is apparently a function of being breastfed babies. I never realized this made a difference. At any rate, it's all good. The babies are doing fine, B"H, and they are well-tempered for the moment and relatively low maintenance otherwise. I have little cause for complaint.
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: October 15th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Mindy, breastfed babies almost always wake up with a poopy diaper. But that's neither here nor there -- if Karen doesn't get more sleep soon, she will make herself sick. G-d forbid she should fall asleep driving or fall asleep and drop one of the babies. I'm not sure why you're not sleeping (especially before they came home) but you have to make that a priority. At 8pm, put on eye shades, put in ear plugs, and sleep until midnight or 1am. Your body needs to go through a REM cycle! Seth is a grownup, he can handle a feeding or two, no?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
If I went to sleep for five hours I would wake up in tears from the pain my breasts would be in. The reason I'm not sleeping more than I am is because I'm up pumping whether I've got babies home or not. Even when ALL I do is pump and have no babies to take care of, that means pumping a minimum of every three hours, which means time to get it set up, 30+ minutes actually pumping, then time to clean the components before I go back to sleep.

I actually cope quite well with sleep deprivation, and I took several naps during the day today. Seth does take care of feedings, but I'm trying to get the babies to nurse as much as possible so that I can get myself out of this endless pumping cycle, so there's a limit to how much he can do. He took care of the 5am feedings last night and will likely do the same tonight, though he's got to be up with Julian to get him ready for school and take him to school and then go to work, so he can't be up all night either. That being said, if I told him I needed an entire night to sleep (if I even could do so given the pumping thing), he would gladly let me have it.
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: October 15th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG, go on line right now and buy more pump pieces! Or call around and go to a medical supply store that has them in stock. after you pump, just put on clean horns and bottles and throw the soiled ones in a basin of soapy water until morning! BTW the medela horns fit perfectly on el cheapo Gerber bottles, and from what I understand the el cheapos are also BPA free. When I pumped a long time ago, I would pump into the gerber 8 ounce bottles, then pour the milk from both breasts into *one* of the bottles, and then shake and reapportion in the morning. The problem with nursing preemies is that if you nurse a baby for five minutes while pumping on the other side, and then remove the baby and continue to pump both sides, the baby got all the fore milk, and what you are pumping is hind milk. If you are always latching one because he or she is the best nurser, that baby will plump up, and the others will be getting skim milk. So you have to mix it with milk from the other breast to get the calorie content back up, or add calories another way. Another thing I invested in was a case of botttle nipples. You can buy boxes of nipples and then throw them away if the mood strikes, or throw them in the soapy water too.

Since you're already fatigued from the pumping, I guess it's easy to understand that I gave up on pumping after only a few months with my twins and have resolved to never pump again. It was just too hard on my breasts... I was always getting plugged ducts because one of my babies was a much stronger nurser and couldn't empty the breast as much as the other one, so if I alternated, one breast wouldn't be emptied. Eventually I just dedicated one breast to each baby and supplement with formula as needed. I think alot of triplet moms do that -- if one baby can't get the hang of nursing that one goes to formula and the pump goes on the shelf!

I still stand behind the idea of going to sleep early and letting Seth do the 11pm feeding instead of the 5am. Even if all you do is rouse for 1/2 an hour to pump and then roll over and go back to sleep. Let him clean up the pump pieces and put the milk away, you deserve the rest!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
As it turned out, ALL of us slept through the 5am feeding last night. Even the babies didn't wake up for it! So I would have gotten a solid 2 1/2 hours of sleep if Ellie's apnea monitor hadn't been going off continuously (they weren't real alarms... the leads were coming loose all night... I hate that stupid monitor!)
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: October 14th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mazel tov on having everyone home.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: October 14th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
YAY! Everybody's home now! I'm so glad to hear it! Good luck - I know that things are going to be crazybusy, but at least you'll be crazybusy with exactly what you always wanted!
yarbiedoll From: yarbiedoll Date: October 14th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! It's great to hear that you are all home and settling in. Just think... right now you're at the very beginning of what will probably turn into the most exciting times of your lives. That's so cool.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, they certainly won't be the most boring times of our lives ahead!
yarbiedoll From: yarbiedoll Date: October 16th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's for sure!
kalki From: kalki Date: October 14th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
don't forget to feed yourself too! :)

I'm so glad you're home!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's why I have Seth. He's much better at remembering to feed me than I am.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: October 14th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful!! *sends E, A, and S big cuddles*

The cuteness does make up for so much, doesn't it?? :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 14th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
been meaning to write to let you know we received your very thoughtful gift and card. As soon as I figure out how to do anything other than change a baby, feed a baby, or pump, I'm going to try out the wrap!! :)
cellio From: cellio Date: October 14th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!

I hope you manage to get some "you time". Sounds busy!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 14th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get the feeling that "me time" is a thing of the very distant past.
kressel From: kressel Date: October 14th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)



So glad to hear everyone is home! I hope you get some help because that schedule sounds harrowing. Also, do you need any little boy clothes? I've got boxes and boxes if you're interested.
yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: October 14th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome home!!!!

yeah for milestones!!!
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: October 14th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't even expect you to be able to post for 5 or 6 weeks, to be honest.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 14th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't either, to be honest. There are the VERY occasional quiet moments interspersed in the night here.
magid From: magid Date: October 14th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for family all under one roof!

I hope their stomachs grow quickly, so there'll be more time between feedings. And the rest of them to match, of course :-)
indigodove From: indigodove Date: October 15th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I am so glad for you all! Happy nesting!
skatured From: skatured Date: October 15th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
A new chapter begins! Congratulations!
zsero From: zsero Date: October 16th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for the kids coming home!

And yay for sleep when you can get it. I don't suppose you can doze off while pumping, or is that a silly question betraying my congenital masculinity?

As for peeing, can't you nurse while doing that? Or is that another stupid male question and I should stop with them already?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 16th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You are not asking stupid male questions. The answer to your first question is yes, I can doze off while pumping and often do (usually not on purpose, but it works). It's not what I'd call "quality sleep", but at this point, it's ALL quality sleep.

As for peeing while nursing...I imagine there will come a point where I'm skilled enough to manage that. Right now? Not so much. Nursing a baby is a lot harder than it looks! (definitely not a stupid male question)
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