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What's Going On? - Karen's Musings
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What's Going On?
I am SuperMom!
Some days are harder than others, but most days go pretty smoothly. We're sleep deprived, yes, but that's to be expected. We're getting more sleep than I expected we would be getting at this point, though less than we would like to be getting. But sleep deprivation aside, the days go more smoothly than I could have hoped. Some days, though, I am reminded that I am super-mom. Like the other day when I fed three babies at once. How many moms can say that they've fed three infants at once? I was nursing Ellie and Sam and bottle feeding Abby in the middle. It required some serious balancing and a bit of work, but it worked!

There are days that I get nothing done other than feeding and changing the babies. And there are days that I also get four loads of laundry done and a meal or two eaten. But regardless, every day is an accomplishment, because I know that I am doing so much more than most moms have to accomplish in their first weeks at home with new babies. We don't get out of the house much, except for the occasional doctor's appointment, but that's okay, we're happy here, and we'll get out eventually... AFTER RSV season.

Speaking of RSV
Insurance Companies Suck. My insurance company has denied coverage for the triplets for the RSV vaccine. RSV in a full-term baby isn't a big deal; it's like a cold. But in preemies, it's a huge deal. There is a prophylactic vaccine for it, called Synagis, but it is very expensive, and it's a monthly IM injection, which must be given from October through April. The triplets received their first dose in the NICU, but will not be receiving any subsequent doses. We can't simply pay for it out of pocket, because we'd be looking at probably close to $15,000 worth of expenses for the season. Therefore, please don't take offense if we turn down invitations between now and April (the end of RSV season)... we won't be taking the triplets out in public much or at all. We're under pretty strict instructions from the pediatrician to restrict their exposure. We're also asking friends to hold off on visiting if they've got sniffles or colds or are living with someone with sniffles, etc. It's not that we don't love you all, it's that we can't afford to have very sick babies. I feel much better about the stealth bris now. I know a lot of people's feelings were hurt, but now I'm very glad that we didn't risk it.

Reason to Celebrate
We sponsored Kiddush at shul this week, though the triplets and I didn't go (see above paragraph). We had many reasons to celebrate... Yesterday was our fifth wedding anniversary, today is the third anniversary of Julian coming to live with us permanently, and we were also celebrating the birth of the triplets (and the fact that the triplets' due date is this week!). November is a good month!

Some Pictures

Julian feeding Ellie


The Girls

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marag From: marag Date: November 4th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh oh oh oh oh! Cuteness! Especially Julian feeding Ellie :)

I'm glad to hear that you're coping and believe me, if you can keep them changed and fed, that's the most anyone can possibly expect of you! Heck, I could barely handle that with one :D

As for your insurance company turning down the RSV vaccine...I must resort to my roots and say "May they grow like onions, with their heads in the ground." Grrrr.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 4th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that picture, but I'm also especially fond of the picture of the girls! :)

I wasn't super-shocked by the insurance company decision, but it's been a big pain in the neck and they've been very obnoxious about it. We technically are still on the last level of appeal, but it's not going to go anywhere. Bleh.
archgirl06 From: archgirl06 Date: November 4th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: November 4th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are killing me with cuteness, and I don't mind a bit. The smile on Julian's face is priceless.

>> How many moms can say that they've fed three infants at once? I was nursing Ellie and Sam and bottle feeding Abby in the middle.

Did they fit you with an extra arm in the hospital? In all seriousness, I am in awe.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 4th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
aren't they cute? I do grow cute babies! :)

I had Ellie and Sam each balanced on a knee and I had Abby in the middle feeding her with a bottle. The trick was that I needed to get Ellie and Sam latched on and settled first and then Seth had to hand me Abby. I couldn't have done it without a second set of hands, honest.
mindycl From: mindycl Date: November 4th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww :) amazing.

1. I cant get over the fact that youre actually nursing. I couldnt do it with ONE preemie, never mind three!

2. Shimmie didnt get synagis either. They said his birth weight and gestational age made him ineligible.

3. DOnt worry, in many circles the baby girls dont attend the kiddush either.

Glad to hear how well youre coping! Keep it up and never feel bad if you don't! Great for all of you! :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 4th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I seriously can't afford formula for three babies, so I'm DETERMINED to nurse them! They haven't gotten any formula since they were four days old, except for the fact that Abby's expressed breastmilk is fortified with extra calories to help her grow a little faster since she's so little.

The triplets meet the criteria for the Synagis based on one set of criteria, but not based on another... that's the frustrating part. It's fine. We're just going to have to be super careful.

As for the kiddush, I didn't entirely expect to make it, but it would have been nice. Some people were a little insulted about the stealth bris, so this would have helped make up for it, but either way, we had good reason for doing things the way we did, and given the subsequent rejection from the insurance company.

Most days go really well, but there are definitely days where I'm overwhelmed. I believe this would have been true with a singleton as well. For the most part, I'm surprised with how well things have been going. We are fortunate to be in a very supportive community.
kitsunebeast From: kitsunebeast Date: November 4th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on 5 years, one Julian, and the three new additions. You're right -- November is a good time to celebrate! :)

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I love November... that's why we got married in November. :)
rlitterst From: rlitterst Date: November 4th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
You go super mom!! Congratulations on all the November happiness!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
arosoff From: arosoff Date: November 4th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are super mom! I'm impressed!

Evil insurance company--that sucks.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

BTW, I'm STARTING to figure out the Moby wrap, but I totally suck at it! I'm working on it though!
kalki From: kalki Date: November 4th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
awww, the cuteness is too much.

Insurance does suck. I dont suppose there are any groups that help with things like vaccines?

You definitely sound like you have things together!!

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
There aren't any groups that I know of. It's not the end of the world, we just have to be super-careful, which we would have been anyway. And I need to make sure I go get a flu shot, which I should have done anyway.

Some days I have things together, some days I don't. But mostly, I get through every day and the babies have clean clothes, clean diapers, and full tummies, so they're doing well. If nothing else gets done, that's okay.
From: have_inner_lady Date: November 4th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
You ARE supermom!

And I am so looking forward to meeting the babes in person in or soon after April!

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're definitely welcome to come see them before April. I just won't bring them out into a big group of people before that (e.g. no big get togethers, no shopping mall trips, no parties, etc). A couple people at a time, provided that they AREN'T SICK OR SNIFFLY is absolutely fine.
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: November 4th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, you are super-mom.

Ugh on the insurance company not covering the shots. May you have an uneventful winter.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, we're looking at a very boring winter, since my plan is to stay inside most of the winter! And that's JUST FINE with me. :)
realeez From: realeez Date: November 5th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
They are absolutely beautiful! I hope you have a very healthy winter!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aren't they cute? I know I'm biased... but I do think they're cute!
farfalla_dolce From: farfalla_dolce Date: November 5th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh Karen, your children are beautiful. All 4 of them! Congrats love for all that has blessed you. You are doing an amazing job and I am in awe of it all.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some days I only do an adequate job, but you know... I'll take adequate! :)
gnomi From: gnomi Date: November 5th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Such cuties they all are!

And those are the hats you knit, aren't they? Yay, you!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish they were the hats I knit. I'm not quite that cool and ambitious. Those were knit for us by a fellow blogger. My hats were single-color hats. I'll try to post a picture of them soon.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: November 5th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
SO happy you had a few moments to post how you're doing. I think about y'all a lot and you ARE SO Super-Mom! Rock the house with your bad self! :-)

Mazal Tov x3 (not just for the 3 babies, but for the 2 anniversaries as well)

See you in the Spring. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! How are you feeling?
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: November 5th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
so cute x4 ka''h!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! They're fun. :)
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