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Got Milk? (UPDATED)

At some point, it got too confusing to explain which kind of bottles were for whom to Seth and the nanny each morning before I left for work. Abby gets 4oz bottles, Sam gets 5oz bottles, Ellie gets special 28-calorie bottles… It’s a lot to keep track of. Finally, one night I gave up and just labeled everything. The best part is, that’s just the bottles that I made up that I store on the door. You can’t see INTO the fridge in this picture. Inside the fridge there were a bunch of bottles of breastmilk and DOZENS of bottles of water for mommy. Because making milk takes LOTS of water.

Seriously, people wonder why I feel like such a freaking cow. Could it be that I’m as big as a freaking cow? Could it be the udders I’ve got? No. I think it’s this PILE of milk in my fridge! Amazingly, it’s still not enough. Ellie’s moved to 5oz bottles since this picture was taken and Sam is now clamoring for 6oz bottles. Abby waffles between wanting 4oz or 5oz per feeding, so she’s a little harder to predict, but she’s mostly still solidly in the 4oz camp. But I figure with all the feedings they take by bottle, plus all the nursing that they do while I’m actually home, they’re consuming about 100 oz of milk per day.** I’m falling short of that by a bit, but you know what? It’s still astounding how much I produce each day. It really is. Were humans really meant to do this?I’m thinking not so much.

**Edited to Add** I’m getting questioned on my math, and I do admit that math is not my strong suit, but I’ll tell you how I came up with that number. Abby eats 4-5 ounces per feeding and eats 6-7 times per day. So that’s about 30 ounces per day for her. Ellie eats 5 ounces per bottle feeding (4) and 5-6 ounces per breastfeeding (2), so that’s a minimum of 30 ounces per day for her, and really closer to 32 ounces per day (though she’s eating a caloric equivalent of closer to 40 ounces per day). Sam eats now 6 ounces per bottle feeding (4) plus he breastfeeds CONSTANTLY when I’m around. He only gets about 3 ounces per breastfeeding session, but he’s constantly attached to me. So my guess is his total intake per day is roughly 35-40 ounces per day. That puts their minimum total consumption at about 95-100 ounces per day. So maybe I rounded up by 5 ounces, but it’s still roughly 100 ounces per day. Incidentally, my research into how much milk a breastfed baby eats per day is not as low as Ewokmama’s research shows. My research comes up with numbers that suggest that most babies top out at 40 ounces per day which would mean that eventually we’ll be looking at 120 ounces per day between the three babies. I won’t be able to keep up with that demand, but that’s okay. My babies got 5 months of exclusive breastmilk and I’m pretty darned proud of that, and they’re continuing to get a whole lot of breastmilk, considering the circumstances.**

I pulled a bunch of photos off my camera at long last, but now I’m embarrassed to post them, because they just completely suck compared to anything Jess took. (Hey, did I mention that she gave me some MORE? Wow, an embarrassment of riches!) I may never be able to post my own photos again! But just for fun, I’ll leave you with JUST one.

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Got Milk? (UPDATED)

At some point, it got too confusing to explain which kind of bottles were for whom to Seth and the nanny each morning before I left for work. Abby gets 4oz bottles, Sam gets 5oz bottles, Ellie gets special 28-calorie bottles… It's a lot to keep track of. Finally, one night I gave up and just labeled everything. The best part is, that's just the bottles that I made up that I store on the door. You can't see INTO the fridge in this picture. Inside the fridge there were a bunch of bottles of breastmilk and DOZENS of bottles of water for mommy. Because making milk takes LOTS of water.

Seriously, people wonder why I feel like such a freaking cow. Could it be that I'm as big as a freaking cow? Could it be the udders I've got? No. I think it's this PILE of milk in my fridge! Amazingly, it's still not enough. Ellie's moved to 5oz bottles since this picture was taken and Sam is now clamoring for 6oz bottles. Abby waffles between wanting 4oz or 5oz per feeding, so she's a little harder to predict, but she's mostly still solidly in the 4oz camp. But I figure with all the feedings they take by bottle, plus all the nursing that they do while I'm actually home, they're consuming about 100 oz of milk per day.** I'm falling short of that by a bit, but you know what? It's still astounding how much I produce each day. It really is. Were humans really meant to do this?I'm thinking not so much.

**Edited to Add** I'm getting questioned on my math, and I do admit that math is not my strong suit, but I'll tell you how I came up with that number. Abby eats 4-5 ounces per feeding and eats 6-7 times per day. So that's about 30 ounces per day for her. Ellie eats 5 ounces per bottle feeding (4) and 5-6 ounces per breastfeeding (2), so that's a minimum of 30 ounces per day for her, and really closer to 32 ounces per day (though she's eating a caloric equivalent of closer to 40 ounces per day). Sam eats now 6 ounces per bottle feeding (4) plus he breastfeeds CONSTANTLY when I'm around. He only gets about 3 ounces per breastfeeding session, but he's constantly attached to me. So my guess is his total intake per day is roughly 35-40 ounces per day. That puts their minimum total consumption at about 95-100 ounces per day. So maybe I rounded up by 5 ounces, but it's still roughly 100 ounces per day. Incidentally, my research into how much milk a breastfed baby eats per day is not as low as Ewokmama's research shows. My research comes up with numbers that suggest that most babies top out at 40 ounces per day which would mean that eventually we'll be looking at 120 ounces per day between the three babies. I won't be able to keep up with that demand, but that's okay. My babies got 5 months of exclusive breastmilk and I'm pretty darned proud of that, and they're continuing to get a whole lot of breastmilk, considering the circumstances.**

I pulled a bunch of photos off my camera at long last, but now I'm embarrassed to post them, because they just completely suck compared to anything Jess took. (Hey, did I mention that she gave me some MORE? Wow, an embarrassment of riches!) I may never be able to post my own photos again! But just for fun, I'll leave you with JUST one.

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The Triplets had their four-month appointment today. Can you believe it? Four months have passed since they were born and I still haven’t gotten my shit together to write about the day of their arrival into the world. I suck. Needless to say, it’s not that I don’t care, it’s just that I’ve been wrapped up in their lives and in caring for them. Yeah, that’s it. Uh huh. Anyway, they will be 18 weeks old tomorrow. It’s amazing how quickly time flies when you’re having this much fun. And seriously, how come no one told me it was going to get to be this much fun? All of a sudden they’ve started noticing people and they’re all smiley and interactive and loveable! I adored them before, but now, ohmygosh, it’s a whole new level of love that I didn’t even know existed! Seriously, I knew before how much I wanted to be a mommy, but if I’d known it would only get BETTER after they were born, well, gosh I’m not sure I would have been able to wait five years for these little monsters to arrive!

Anywhozit, they went in for their four month check up this morning and Sam and Abby are definitely growing, but Ellie… oh poor, sweet Ellie. She isn’t! I don’t know what to do with my poor Ellie-Bellie! Here are their current stats:

Sam: (my little piggie!) 10 lb, 6 oz 21.5 inches long
Abby: (my smiliest) 9 lb, 7 oz 21.5 inches long
Ellie: (my teeney beanie) 7lb, 8oz 21 inches long

Ellie last got weighed on January 4th and she was 7lb, 7oz. Seriously! I actually made the nurse re-weigh her today to make sure we’d read the scale correctly, because I just couldn’t believe she’d only gained an ounce. My poor, tiny baby. So we don’t know why she’s not gaining weight. We know that she doesn’t like to eat as often as the other two, that’s for sure. But we also know that when she does eat, she’s eating a sufficient amount (she gets about 3-4 ounces when she breast feeds…we’ve weighed her before and after feeding and she consistently gets that amount). In the past her weight gain has been borderline worrisome, but never really, really awful. Now, obviously, she’s definitely giving us something to worry about. In a way, it’s almost better because now at least we KNOW that it’s time to be more aggressive and we know that we’re not poking and prodding her for no good reason this time.

So here’s the plan: We drew blood from her today to run a CBC and a full metabolic panel on her (she’d previously had a thyroid panel drawn which came back normal). We’ll also have her stool checked for blood. We’ll add 22 calorie fortifier to her EBM feedings to try and get some extra calories into her. We will bring her back next week to be re-weighed and bring a copy of her feeding log so that we can calculate how many calories per day she’s eating. We will aggressively wake her to eat every three hours (we’ve tried this before with little success, but we’ll do our best).

I love our pediatrician and I’m very glad that he’s very level headed, but being very aggressive about working with us to find answers on this. We are relieved that her head circumference growth is exactly perfect on the growth charts, that her neurological development seems spot on, and that her muscle tone and motor development does not seem impaired. These are all good signs, so perhaps the weight gain (or lack thereof) needn’t be so alarming, but we still definitely need to explore it.

After the appointment, I went off to my first day of work. It was a very, very short day since I just really needed to fill out some paperwork and do a little reading, but that was okay with me. I think I’m going to enjoy this job. I hope so, anyway. I came home to smiling babies and promptly pumped 15 ounces, a new record for me.

Finally, I leave you with some pictures of my gorgeous trio…

The Trio:

Sam Playing:

Abby, Cute as a Button:

Ellie Sleeping:

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The Triplets had their four-month appointment today. Can you believe it? Four months have passed since they were born and I still haven't gotten my shit together to write about the day of their arrival into the world. I suck. Needless to say, it's not that I don't care, it's just that I've been wrapped up in their lives and in caring for them. Yeah, that's it. Uh huh. Anyway, they will be 18 weeks old tomorrow. It's amazing how quickly time flies when you're having this much fun. And seriously, how come no one told me it was going to get to be this much fun? All of a sudden they've started noticing people and they're all smiley and interactive and loveable! I adored them before, but now, ohmygosh, it's a whole new level of love that I didn't even know existed! Seriously, I knew before how much I wanted to be a mommy, but if I'd known it would only get BETTER after they were born, well, gosh I'm not sure I would have been able to wait five years for these little monsters to arrive!

Anywhozit, they went in for their four month check up this morning and Sam and Abby are definitely growing, but Ellie… oh poor, sweet Ellie. She isn't! I don't know what to do with my poor Ellie-Bellie! Here are their current stats:

Sam: (my little piggie!) 10 lb, 6 oz 21.5 inches long
Abby: (my smiliest) 9 lb, 7 oz 21.5 inches long
Ellie: (my teeney beanie) 7lb, 8oz 21 inches long

Ellie last got weighed on January 4th and she was 7lb, 7oz. Seriously! I actually made the nurse re-weigh her today to make sure we'd read the scale correctly, because I just couldn't believe she'd only gained an ounce. My poor, tiny baby. So we don't know why she's not gaining weight. We know that she doesn't like to eat as often as the other two, that's for sure. But we also know that when she does eat, she's eating a sufficient amount (she gets about 3-4 ounces when she breast feeds…we've weighed her before and after feeding and she consistently gets that amount). In the past her weight gain has been borderline worrisome, but never really, really awful. Now, obviously, she's definitely giving us something to worry about. In a way, it's almost better because now at least we KNOW that it's time to be more aggressive and we know that we're not poking and prodding her for no good reason this time.

So here's the plan: We drew blood from her today to run a CBC and a full metabolic panel on her (she'd previously had a thyroid panel drawn which came back normal). We'll also have her stool checked for blood. We'll add 22 calorie fortifier to her EBM feedings to try and get some extra calories into her. We will bring her back next week to be re-weighed and bring a copy of her feeding log so that we can calculate how many calories per day she's eating. We will aggressively wake her to eat every three hours (we've tried this before with little success, but we'll do our best).

I love our pediatrician and I'm very glad that he's very level headed, but being very aggressive about working with us to find answers on this. We are relieved that her head circumference growth is exactly perfect on the growth charts, that her neurological development seems spot on, and that her muscle tone and motor development does not seem impaired. These are all good signs, so perhaps the weight gain (or lack thereof) needn't be so alarming, but we still definitely need to explore it.

After the appointment, I went off to my first day of work. It was a very, very short day since I just really needed to fill out some paperwork and do a little reading, but that was okay with me. I think I'm going to enjoy this job. I hope so, anyway. I came home to smiling babies and promptly pumped 15 ounces, a new record for me.

Finally, I leave you with some pictures of my gorgeous trio…

The Trio:

Sam Playing:

Abby, Cute as a Button:

Ellie Sleeping:

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Photographic Proof

In trying to get a snapshot to include with my super-cute birth announcements, I got a lot of really cute photos that were less than announcement-worthy. But they were too cute to pass up the opportunity to pass on to the world!

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Photographic Proof

In trying to get a snapshot to include with my super-cute birth announcements, I got a lot of really cute photos that were less than announcement-worthy. But they were too cute to pass up the opportunity to pass on to the world!

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