The triplets have arrived! They were a bit of a surprise because they were exactly three months early. They were born on May 11, 2009.
Mckenna led the way and was born at 7:56 am at 2 lbs and 14 1/2 inches long. She very long and lean with very dark brown hair and from what we can tell looks like a carbon copy of Kyle.
Madison came second at 7:57 am and was 1 lb 15 1/2 oz and 13 1/2 inches long. She is the runt of the litter (only by an inch) and might end up being a blondie. She had the least amount of hair but it looks lighter than the other two. We're not sure, but we think she looks more like Sunny.
Carly was our final baby arriving at 7:58 am and weighed 2 lbs 4 oz and 14 1/2 inches long. It is amazing how big of a difference 4 ounces makes! So far she is the one doing the best but the others are right behind her. She has brown hair and we think it will be curly (hooray!) and looks like a combination of Kyle and Sunny.
Mckenna and Madison had PDA, which is a heart valve issue that is fairly common in preemie babies. They have been treating the problem with drugs, and we found out Saturday that the valve has closed, which was great news. Mckenna is the one we are worried about most because she has had bleeding in her brain, which is quite serious because there is not much they can do to treat it. We got a call from the neuro-surgeon on Sunday, and he said that it looks like the brain bleeding has stopped and the bleeding is not putting pressure on the brain. This was such great news because the brain bleeding can cause mental and developmental disorders. I'm sure that how well they are doing is directly correlated to the fasting and many prayers from our family and friends. We want to let everyone know how much we appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
We are quite lucky that the babies were born at St. Luke's in Boise, and they are in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) there. The NICU is an amazing place and the teams of doctors, nurses, and other medical staff are outstanding. The NICU is so quiet and peaceful, and is almost a sacred place. It is unlike any other area in the hospital, and I'm sure it is because of all those special spirits there that are so fresh from their Heavenly Father's presence.
We will continue to keep updating about their status as time goes along. The pictures below are of each of them on their one week birthday. We already love them so much and are so excited to be parents of these special babies.