Welcome to our life in photos, brief thoughts and a glimpse of how we love.
Around the House Sweet PEA
We wanted to document our daily life around the house with PEA. Plus I needed to take some executive portraits of myself and I thought we might as well throw the babies in it too! I work from home a lot, I work cause I want to but also have to. As many of you know, I own my own business and want to see it succeed!
But above all else, I want to spend every waking moment with PEA (Penelope, Ethan and Alejandra). I decided to redo my home office and turn it into a room I'm happy to work in. I keep the babes on a strict schedule that really works for THEM. Right now they luckily sleep 17-18 hours a day which leaves me time to get on my email or have a meeting at the house. When PEA are awake I like to be there with them.
It's been a dream come true to feed them, pat a stubborn burp out, change about 21 diapers a day (I'm a big advocate of not getting a diaper rash cause I was too lazy to change a wet diaper), or snuggle a crying baby to sleep in the middle of the night.
Jeremy is actually the one that gets up with a baby if one wakes up. I've had major sciatic issues that has put me out of commission for a while. Sometimes I'll ask him to just hand me the baby and the bottle and then I get to snuggle them to sleep.
The cutest thing is that Jeremy really enjoys those middle of the night baby moments. We've waiting for so long to have these babies that everything that happens just feels right even when everything is going wrong!
Welcome to our home life.
Baby Costume Series!
I was so excited for Halloween this year since it was PEA's first time to dress up! We were doing it just for fun of course but one of the editors at the Huffington Post Parent caught wind of our Baby Series and asked if they could do a little story on PEA! It was so fun to see them in their little costumes! Brittany from The House That Lars Built teamed up with me to create the costumes and went the extra mile and created the costumes "recipe's" and video on how the costumes all came together!
Feeding PEA with @WellRoundedNY
I was able to chat with the gals at Well Rounded NY about why I choose to formula feed. I feel so lucky that I was able to breastfeed PEA for the first 6 weeks of their precious lives. It was such a special time for me to experience that skin on skin time and I was grateful to provide that nutritious colostrum but eventually I had to change to formula feeding. It wasn't a hard decision for me cause of my situation but it took a while for me to feel confidant about it. Read more about my story here.
Family Photos: Album 1
Even before these babies were born, I was lucky enough to have parents, family and friends that flooded our house with love and help and nothing changed once the babies came home.
My parents would come 3-4 nights a week from 9pm to 3am to let us sleep while they fed them and changed them every 3 hours. Jeremy's mom would come twice a week at night to do the same. To be honest the days are a blur. All I can remember is that we fed them every three hours and were constantly worried about their monitors going off. Ethan and Alejandra both came home on oxygen. We graduated from that schedule as Jeremy and I had more energy to figure out a schedule (and my parents went out of town so we sorta had to). Jeremy would go to sleep from 6pm to 3am and I would sleep from 3am to 9am. It was easier to just stay awake instead of trying sleep while they slept cause it took so long to feed them all.
I scheduled this photoshoot and asked my parents and Jeremy's parents to come cause they were already such big part of PEA's little life and I wanted us all to remember that.
The Day Sweet PEA Came to Earth
On March 11th, 2016 Penelope, Ethan and Alejandra came to this earth. I was 31 weeks and 6 days pregnant and miss Alejandra decided she was ready to meet us.
We had a doctors visit every other week from the beginning of my pregnancy but half way through we started going weekly! I felt a little lucky cause as you pregnant mothers know, everything made me worry about the babies and it was good to see them on a weekly basis. We actually did an ultrasound at every visit which was another bonus or us. We knew them as baby A (Penelope), baby B (Alejandra) and baby C (Ethan). The girls are identical (monochorionic-diamniotic) and Ethan is fraternal.
The last two months of my pregnancy were really rough. I couldn't walk any more cause I was in so much pain which put me on bed rest. The pain mostly stemmed from my sciatic nerve and it was debilitating. But the babies were doing just great! By now we were seeing our doctor twice a week. On Tuesday March 8th, Dr. Porter asked us to come in daily since Alejandra's heart rate was dropping and then jumping back up. On March 11th we came in for our visit again and Alejandra was getting worse. Her "episodes" were happening more frequently. Dr. Porter was at another office about 4 hours away but the attending doctor told us he was on his way and they thought he would still be able to deliver the babies.
We were sent down to labor and deliver where we began the nonstress test on all three babies. There were just two nursers helping us but about 20 minutes after being in Labor and Delivery the room was rushed with about 8 nurses and one handed Jeremy scrubs. I asked what was happening and they told me the babies had to come now. Like, NOW.
I remember the anesthesiologist talking me through the process as I tried to control my breathing and tears streamed down my face. "If the anesthesia doesn't kick in fast enough I'll have to put you completely out soon." Luckily that didn't happen. Within 3 minutes they were cutting me open and I just focused on Jeremy's eyes. The curtain was covering my pregnant belly and at 2:57 PM we heard the first cry of a our first new born baby Penelope. Jeremy and I began to cry the same tears of relief accompanied with nervous laughs of "we're parents." A doctor said, "ok a lot of pressure here" as they literally pushed Alejandra and Ethan out by 2:58 PM. We heard Alejandra cry but the only baby they showed me was Ethan before they whisked him away to the NICU to join his sisters.
There were 5 nurses per baby waiting through a window from the OR to the NICU. And my team of 10 doctors and nurses had done their job successfully.
I look back at photos of PEA now and can see what other people saw; little beings that didn't look ready to be here that you could hold in the palm of your hand. But at the time, all I could see were my beautiful babies and they were perfect.